Thursday, May 18, 2017

{9} Books I'm Excited to Read Summer 2017

I'm always excited to read a good book but I think I may love summer reading most of all.  My reading tends to be a bit cyclical, reading more self-improvement books in the early months of the year, cozy books around Christmas, and a lot of chick-lit-ish novels in the summer.  That's when most of those types of books are released but I'm also usually up for something pretty light and fluffy this time of year.  Perfect for sitting and reading by the water, either the lake, ocean, or just the backyard inflatable kiddie pool.

I haven't read ANY of these so no guarantees on the quality or content but they are ALL authors I've read and enjoyed in the past which makes them all ones I am greatly looking forward to reading this summer!  (And obviously I'll be reporting back on how I liked them.)  Here's to a great summer of great books and lots of time spent with my feet in the water, cold drink, and book in hand!

The Sunshine Sisters by Jane Green - release June 6th
I spent a lovely period in 2010 or 2011 reading her entire works up to that point and they were mostly super enjoyable - from the single girl in London books to married mothers in the New York suburbs, I've liked almost everything she's written (although her last book, Falling was a disappointment last summer).  Still, optimistic.  About a mother, her three estranged daughters, and life (or a dying mother) bringing them all back together.  

The Summer House by Hannah McKinnon - release June 6th
I read my first book by her last summer, Mystic Summer, and enjoyed it enough that I'm looking forward to this summer's!  About a mother and her three children (sounds a little familiar...) who are gathered back together again to celebrate their father's birthday.  There is always drama when family is all back together under one roof.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid - release June 13th
Her last book, One True Loves, was one of my top 10 favorites last year (and I just received it as a Mother's Day/anniversary present) but I've seen iffy reviews on this one so...cautiously optimistic.  An unknown magazine reporter is picked to write the story of aging Hollywood icon and their stories just happen to intertwine...

The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand - release June 13th
Everything she writes is set mostly on Nantucket and almost all during the summer which makes them pretty perfect beach reads.  Have I looked into vacationing on that island after reading her books? Yes.  (It is  expensive? Yes.)   Grown-up identical twin sisters who live on Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard switch lives.  Things probably don't go well. 

A Paris Year: My Day-to-Day Adventures in the Most Romantic City in the World by Janice Macleod - release June 20th
This is on my birthday list, to (maybe) be bought before I've read it!  That's how much I enjoyed her last book, Paris Letters (mentioned here, here, and here)!  That one was about her journey to living in Paris, this one is about actually making a life there.  I'm a sucker for a good "I quit my life and moved to Paris" story.

Cocoa Beach by Beatriz Williams - release June 27th
My favorite of hers is still the one I read first, A Hundred Summers, BUT I have enjoyed them all.  I read the summary and I can't even make sense to condense it to a sentence or two.  Prohibition-era Cocoa Beach, probably different stories taking place in different decades that will somehow collide (just a guess from reading her other books).  I don't even need to know what it's about; I'm going to read it.

Fitness Junkie by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza- release July 11th
Their last book, The Knockoff, was one of my favorite books I read in 2015 and that was enough to earn their new book a spot on this list.  CEO of a couture wedding dress company is photographed eating baked goods and is forced to lose weight.  A humorous take on fitness obsession (please tell me there will be "athleisure" mocking). 

Hello Sunshine by Laura Dave - release July 11th
I enjoyed Eight Hundred Grapes last summer (which I know I read inflatable pool-side).  A culinary star who gets hacked and all her secrets come out.  She's forced home and to an estranged sisters (maybe a theme for this summer's books?).   I have (a lot of) sisters and while none of them are anywhere close to being estranged, I get sister drama.

What to Say Next by Laura Buxbaum - release July 11th
The only YA on this list!  Two unlikely teens befriend each other, which could be the one-line summary of almost every YA book I've ever read.  And I've liked most of them.  So, sold.   

Tell me what you are looking forward to reading this summer?  A favorite place to read?  Our front porch will always be a favorite if I can't be next to water!

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