I proclaimed this the summer of us! So what does that mean exactly? It’s means more unplugging, more relaxing, and more reading. One of the things on Ethan’s Summer Bucket List was to learn to read (more on his summer reading list later!). And what better way to help him learn to read than by modeling reading. If he sees me reading more, than he might be more interested in reading itself. So once again, I am setting a Summer Reading List for myself.

10 simple books. Beach reads, some would say. But never the less, I will be reading more this summer.

Summer Reading List: 2014

summer reading list

The Only and Only by Emily Griffin:  The One & Only is a luminous novel about finding your passion, following your heart, and, most of all, believing in something bigger than yourself . . . the one and only thing that truly makes life worth living.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green: I want to see the movie but, first, I need to read the book! Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple: It all begins with a promise: If eighth-grader Bee Fox earns a picture perfect report card, she and her family will depart on a cruise to Antarctica. The prospect of the trip is exciting; too exciting, it soon becomes apparent, for Bee’s brilliant, severely agoraphobic architect mom, who, just a day before the scheduled departure, simply disappears. Taking the loss of her mother to heart, Bee begins a feverish, yet systematic search for her, thus piecing together in the process the dynamics of an unforgettable family.

Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella: Sophie Kinsella has been a long time favorite author of mine! She returns to her beloved Shopaholic series with Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) newly arrived in Hollywood and starry-eyed. She and her two-year-old daughter, Minnie, have relocated to L.A. to join Becky’s husband, Luke, who is there to handle PR for famous actress Sage Seymour. Unexpectedly, Becky is offered the chance to dress Sage’s archival, and though things become a bit more complicated, it’s a dream come true!

The Life You Left by Carmel Harrington: The life you lived. The life you loved. The life you left. It started out like any other day for Sarah Lawler; getting the kids ready for school, making the pack lunches and juggling baby Ella’s feeds. There was no way of knowing that her husband, Paul, would leave for work that morning and simply not come home.

All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner: Another one of my all-time favorite authors! With a sparkling comedic touch and a cast of unforgettable characters, this remarkable story of a woman’s slide into addiction and struggle to find her way back up again is Jennifer Weiner’s most masterful work yet.

What’s on your Summer Reading List this year?

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