My Favorite Reads of Summer 2016

I can't believe the summer is over. Honestly, I am even a little relieved. I consider myself a die hard Autumn girl. The only thing I really like about the summer is how tired my kids get after a long day at the pool. And all of the coconut scented things, of course.

Maybe if I was the kind of woman who got that sun-kissed, olive  skin look after spending the afternoon poolside, but all I ever get is an arch of freckles above my upper lip that looks like a mustachio. I also don't "glisten" with sweat. I am a puddle. It's just not a cute season for me.

However, I do appreciate the sunshine, gardening and laying in the hammock watching my husband mow the lawn. And spraying the kids with the garden hose. And ice cream.

Our summer was pretty lazy. Lots of trips to the pool, a weekend of camping, and mostly just trying to find ways to spend fun time together. I was really focused on getting a lot of reading this summer so I wanted to share my favorite summer reads. The best books of the summer were hard to pin down so I am going to limit myself to picking just 6 but if you check out all the reads from the entire summer, you will understand how hard it was for me to pick.

My Favorite Summer Reads:

One True Loves - It must have been the summer of love for me because I fell for this love story. Hard. Mushy, sad, and all of the things. Your teenage crush heart will love you for it. 

The Girls - The perfect hot summer read. It's dangerous, it's secretive and a total guilty pressure. 

Sweetbitter - The food and wine descriptions alone had me at "I'll have the Pinot." 

Siracusa - Affairs, Italy, a dead body and once again, really good food. 

Eligible - A modern retelling of Pride & was everything I hoped it would be. Nice and fluffy but still hit all the good parts. 

The Assistants -  I love meeting characters that make me feel like a slightly better person. Or even better, when you feel good about fighting for the "underdogs" of the world and they end up on top.

I feel like I have to put this out there: There are far, far better books to be had out there this summer. Honestly, I know this is just a tiny little tip of the iceberg of the amazing work that I could have gotten my hands on these past couple of months but there is just never enough time.  

Now, bring on the salted caramel and pumpkin scents, the leggings with over sized sweatshirts, the falling leaves and the dewy mornings of autumn! 


  1. I was totally going to buy One True Loves and I totally forgot about it! I'll definitely have to look into it.

  2. The Girls and One True Loves are definitely on my tbr. I've heard so much good things about them!

  3. I've been kind of effy on Eligible, because I wasn't all that impressed with Prep by Curtis Seinfeld - I take it you would recommend this one?

  4. I've wanted to read The Girls forever but I still haven't gotten round to it yet! I'm a bit wary of Austen re-writes after I read Joanna Trollope's version of Sense & Sensibility, but I might have to give Eligible a go.

  5. The Girls, The Assistants, and Eligible all look good! :)

    Lauren @ Always Me

  6. They sound like some interesting books

  7. That's a great list! "The Girls" is the only one I got to this summer (as an audiobook) but I found it a little underwhelming and the prose a little over the top. My favorite parts were the insightful psychological observations of teenage girls. What did you like best?

  8. sweet bitter is definitely an amazing read! If anyone is interested in some more reading try Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie currently my fave. I've also done n article of her on my blog feel free to check it out at imani explores.

  9. just stumbled upon your blog and love it! I've always been embarrassed that I never read Pride and Prejudice, but when I saw Eligible it made me want to read it as soon as possible! My TBR is sky high!

    Nihaad - Read & Seek

  10. I agree about One True Loves and Eligible. I loved them both! I couldn't put them down. I need more great books like those.

  11. I loved Eligible! I plan on reading Siracusa and One True Loves.

  12. I really wanted to like The Girls - but the explicit content dealing with a minor was just to my for this girl lol. Ugh I saw The Assistants at the library yesterday, I knew I should've grabbed it! Oh well, added to the TBR : ) great list!

  13. I just finished One True Loves, I absolutely loved it!!

    The Bookish Loner


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