Book Round Up: Easy Breezy Summer Reads

Summer is my favorite because it is the perfect time to read easy, fun and simple books. I think I still have a little bit of that "school kid" attitude when it comes to summertime- I really just don't want to do anything too serious. That's why I love reading lovey dovey, mushy books! So with that in mind, I have collected some beach reads that I have read reviews for lately that have really caught my attention! 

That's What She Read's Summer Edition of Book Round Up! 

From Goodreads: For the Posts, a two-week trip to the Balearic island of Mallorca with their extended family and friends is a celebration: Franny and Jim are observing their thirty-fifth wedding anniversary, and their daughter, Sylvia, has graduated from high school. The sunlit island, its mountains and beaches, its tapas and tennis courts, also promise an escape from the tensions simmering at home in Manhattan. But all does not go according to plan: over the course of the vacation, secrets come to light, old and new humiliations are experienced, childhood rivalries resurface, and ancient wounds are exacerbated.

This is a story of the sides of ourselves that we choose to show and those we try to conceal, of the ways we tear each other down and build each other up again, and the bonds that ultimately hold us together. With wry humor and tremendous heart, Emma Straub delivers a richly satisfying story of a family in the midst of a maelstrom of change, emerging irrevocably altered yet whole

From Goodreads: From the internationally bestselling author of four books, including The Opposite of Me, a vibrant, compulsively readable novel about two married couples who pursue a dream to open a bed-and-breakfast in small-town Vermont. In Catching Air, Pekkanen turns an unflinching eye on the tangled relationships of two pairs of thirty-somethings.

A chance to run a B&B in snowy, remote Vermont—it’s an offer Kira Danner can’t resist after six soul-crushing years of working as a lawyer in Florida. As Kira and her husband, Peter, step into a brand new life, she quells her fears about living with the B&B’s co-owners: Peter’s sexy, irresponsible brother Rand, and Rand’s wife, Alyssa…who is essentially a stranger.

From Goodreads: Thirty-three-year-old Shea Rigsby has spent her entire life in Walker, Texas—a small college town that lives and dies by football, a passion she unabashedly shares. Raised alongside her best friend, Lucy, the daughter of Walker’s legendary head coach, Clive Carr, Shea was too devoted to her hometown team to leave. Instead she stayed in Walker for college, even taking a job in the university athletic department after graduation, where she has remained for more than a decade.

But when an unexpected tragedy strikes the tight-knit Walker community, Shea’s comfortable world is upended, and she begins to wonder if the life she’s chosen is really enough for her. As she finally gives up her safety net to set out on an unexpected path, Shea discovers unsettling truths about the people and things she has always trusted most—and is forced to confront her deepest desires, fears, and secrets.

By Jen Doll 

From Goodreads: Wedding experiences come in as varied an assortment as the gowns at any bridal shop, and Doll turns a keen eye to each, delivering a heartfelt exploration of contemporary relationships. Funny, honest, and affecting, Save the Date is a fresh and spirited look at the many ways in which we connect to one another.

Right now, I'm reading 

Somerset by Leila Meacham, who also wrote one of my all time favorites, Roses. They are huge books, sagas, really. They span several decades and generations in families and I've always loved that in books. Somerset is a prequel to Roses and it's about generations of cotton plantation farmers in the mid 1800s. Love it. 

I'm also listening to The Weird Sisters on audio book.

Since I have 2 sisters of my own, plus a ton of other women in my family who I consider to be as close as sisters, I love a good family drama. The sisters in this book could not be more different and they are actually pretty hostile to each other, so it's drama filled, which I like, but there is some tenderness in their memories about their childhood together so I am interested to see how they can mend their relationship as the book unfolds. 

From Goodreads:  The Andreas family is one of readers. Their father, a renowned Shakespeare professor who speaks almost entirely in verse, has named his three daughters after famous Shakespearean women. When the sisters return to their childhood home, ostensibly to care for their ailing mother, but really to lick their wounds and bury their secrets, they are horrified to find the others there. But the sisters soon discover that everything they've been running from -- one another, their small hometown, and themselves -- might offer more than they ever expected.

So that's what my summer is going to look like from the book shelf stand point! 

Other than that, it's shaping up to be a great couple months full of t-ball games, twirling practices, parades, camping and a whole love of fun! 

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! 


  1. My best friend loves Emily Giffin and I keep hearing great things about her on the blogs. I guess I will have to check her out one day soon.

  2. The Weird Sisters and Save The Date sound interesting. I've just finished You're The One That I Want by Giovanna Fletcher, I recommend that as a nice summery read.

    Rosie x

  3. I've been trying to decide what my summer reads should be this time around. Somerset sounds right up my alley!

  4. I love Emily Giffin, so I'm reading that one for sure. I have seen The Weird Sisters, but I wasn't sure what I would think about it. I might give it a try since it has your endoresment. The others look right up my alley. I am writing this whole list down! Thanks!

  5. These sound like wonderful summer reads indeed! I'm particularly interested by "Catching Air" and "Somerset".

  6. All of these are right up my alley and perfect for summer!


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