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Reading is one of my favorite things to do in my spare time. It’s great to pass the time while traveling and also helps ease anxiety and stress. I love getting lost in a book and until recently, I stuck to nonfiction. But thanks to monthly book clubs like Hello Book Lover, I’ve been getting into fiction books as well. I recently wrapped up In This Country We Love, Bossypants, and Brooklyn. I have a quite a few on my list and since I’ll be traveling quite a bit in August & September (including two solo trips to Europe!), I’ll have plenty of time to knock these out.
Here’s what’s on my summer reading list:
“In Originals Adam Grant addresses the challenge of improving the world, but now from the perspective of becoming original: choosing to champion novel ideas and values that go against the grain, battle conformity, and buck outdated traditions. How can we originate new ideas, policies, and practices without risking it all?”
I love motivational and enlightening nonfiction books and I have a feeling this one is going to be awesome. I’ve had it in my audible cart for so long and finally made the purchase the other day. Oh, and the foreward is by Sheryl Sandberg. Win!
“Lily Dane has returned to Seaview, Rhode Island, where her family has summered for generations. It’s an escape not only from New York’s social scene but from a heartbreak that still haunts her. Here, among the seaside community that has embraced her since childhood, she finds comfort in the familiar rituals of summer.
But this summer is different. Budgie and Nick Greenwald—Lily’s former best friend and former fiancé—have arrived, too, and Seaview’s elite are abuzz. Under Budgie’s glamorous influence, Lily is seduced into a complicated web of renewed friendship and dangerous longing. As a cataclysmic hurricane churns north through the Atlantic, and uneasy secrets slowly reveal themselves, Lily and Nick must confront an emotional storm that will change their worlds forever…”
“Despite the disapproval of her best friend, who owns the local bookstore, Alice is proud of her new “balancing act” (which is more like a three-ring circus) until her dad gets sick, her marriage flounders, her babysitter gets fed up, her kids start to grow up, and her work takes an unexpected turn. In the midst of her second coming of age, Alice realizes the question is not whether it’s possible to have it all but, what does she really want the most?”
I might be most excited for this one. Although I’m not quite on Alice’s level, I can totally relate to the balancing act premise. I mean, can’t we all? Life is just a journey of constantly trying to figure out how we can have what we want and make it all work. Can’t wait to see how it turns out in A Window Opens.
“At thirty-nine, Manon Bradshaw is a devoted and respected member of the Cambridgeshire police force, and though she loves her job, what she longs for is a personal life. Single and distant from her family, she wants a husband and children of her own. One night, after yet another disastrous Internet date, she turns on her police radio to help herself fall asleep—and receives an alert that sends her to a puzzling crime scene. Suspenseful and keenly observed, Missing, Presumed is a brilliantly twisting novel of how we seek connection, grant forgiveness, and reveal the truth about who we are.”
Half of these books are from Hello Book Lover, a monthly subscription book club that includes not only the book of the month, but fun goodies following a different theme each month. This month was beach bum and it included a pin, flamingo floating drink holder, a pineapple hairtie and pretty pink paper straws. Too cute!
The sweet owners of Hello Book Lover were kind enough to send over a coupon code! Use LUSH10 at checkout for 10% off. I promise you’ll love it!