Summer Reading List {2020}

Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Ahhhh....summer when responsibilities seem to disappear? Okay, maybe not disappear, but at least chores don't seem to be as important, right? 

Although we all probably have mixed feelings about this Spring's Shelter in Place, I have been grateful for the extra reading time! 

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How Do You Read?

This past year, I read over 60 books so putting this li
Are you Team Kindle/E-Reader or Team Book? I’m a HUGE fan of the Kindle.  It is on me at all times so I’m never without a book. I have the Kindle Paperwhite…because I like to read in bed using the illuminated screen.  It really is worth the extra bucks! And did you see that they now have colored versions? What?!
But, I sometimes do love to snuggle up with a real-life book once in a while! One of my absolute favorite treats in the mail is my Book of the Month! Each month you select one book {or more if you just can't decide!} and it's delivered to your door. What's even more awesome? You often get early access to new books!

I pay for Kindle Unlimited.  For just $9.99 a month, you get unlimited access to millions of books and unlimited audible files, too! The best part – the first month is FREE! I've discovered some fun “summer read authors over the year - hello, Lauren LayneR.S. Grey, and Lucy Score books are my favorites}! You can cancel anytime, so it’s definitely worth a try – even if just for the summer!
A few months ago I discovered It's similar to Audible but your monthly fee goes to local bookshops! Isn't that cool? You can listen on any device through the app or website. You can sign up for a free month here!

Books You Should Read!

This past year, I read over 60 books so putting this list together this summer was very tricky!
Books to Read in Summer 2020

JB and I started a Book Club between us this year because we wanted more to talk about than just Luke :) Ha! Our first pick was The Nickel Boys and it is EXCELLENT. The writing is incredible, but more importantly, the story is disturbing and so very sad. If you read one book from this list, please read The Nickel Boys

Last 4th of July I read Where the Crawdads Sing in one day. I ignored Luke, laundry, and basically all the festivities to read this incredible novel. If you haven't read it, you're so lucky! It's beautifully written and the story is simply amazing.

In my latest Book of the Month box, I selected The Last Flight and One to Watch {both are early release titles} The Last Flight is a thriller {but not the scary kind!} that follows two women who switch tickets at the airport to start new lives. When one of the planes crash, it changes plans for one of the women. SO good and a must-read!

If you're a fan of The Bachelor, you'll love One to Watch. The story follows Bea, a plus-size influencer, as she becomes the main character on Main Squeeze {a thinly-veiled Bachelor copycat!} Bea is so lovable and you can't help but cheer for her to find love.

I have a few authors that I will truly read anything they write. Emily Giffin is one! Her latest, The Lies That Bind, is incredible. It takes place in NYC in 2001, just before the world changed after 9/11. If you've read her Something Borrowed series, keep an eye out for Darcy, Rachel, and Ethan :) 

Two thrillers that I couldn't put down were The Wife Stalker and Sister Dear. Have you ever read a book and thought, "Oh, this is totally what is going on." only to discover that you very much had no idea how this book was going to unfold? The Wife Stalker is one of those books! Sister Dear was just shocking. I'm not saying anymore - just read it!

Is it even summer if you're not reading Elin Hildebrand's latest? I got an advanced copy of 28 Summers as an audiobook and it was AMAZING! I mean, Elin could re-write the phonebook and I'd probably buy it!  I'm also obsessed with Nantucket because of Elin's books! 

Another Book of the Month treasure was The Guest List. I honestly could not put this book down. It takes place during a wedding weekend on a small island in Ireland. Everyone has a secret and they unfold as the story goes on. 

One of the most powerful books I read this year was A Woman is No Man. It follows three generations of Palestinian-American women trying to find their way. It's incredible and I thought about the story long after I finished the book. 

And my final recommendation is Oona Out of Order. I listened to this on and it was read by such a fun listen! When I read the synopsis of the story I was very confused. But as soon as I started listening, I just couldn't stop. Oona is surrounded by other amazing characters and 

Books I Want to Read!

Books to Read in Summer 2020

A few years ago I read The Mothers by Brit Benett and I thought about that story a lot after finishing. I am hopeful that her latest, The Vanishing Half will be the same. The story follows a set of twins who run away and then their lives go in two very different directions.
With all that's going on in the world, I've realized that I have so much to learn. Biases to sort through, privilege to recognize, and much more. I've started reading, I'm Still Here and Me and My White Supremacy.  I'm Still Here is a memoir of a Black woman's experience in a white world whereas Me and My White Supremacy challenges everything!  White Fragility is on order and I'm anxiously awaiting its arrival. {I've heard this is a book that's better in book form instead of e-book}
I Was Told This Would Get Easier is a story about a complicated mother and daughter story as the daughter heads off to college. I've heard it's witty and snarky!
Stranger is the Lake is at the very top of my list. I've LOVED all of Kimberly Belle's previous books. They are truly the books you turn the final page and think, "OH MY WORD - I did NOT see that happening!" I read Dear Wife a few months ago and it was an incredible thriller!
Honeymoon Alone finds the humor in the societal pressures to find a husband. It follows Lucy as she takes an unexpected trip to London on her own! 
I love a book that has a sequel {and threequel on the way}! I'm excited to read The Bromance Book Club
I've had Tell Me Everything on my TBR list for quite some time. I've heard it's similar to Gone Girl and who didn't love that book?
My other go-to author for the summer is Nancy Thayer. All of her books take place on Nantucket too so even if the story is lame, the setting isn't :) I'm anxious to read her latest, Girls of Summer.
Need more ideas? Check out my Reading List from last summer here!
If you like some of these suggestions, make sure to follow me on Instagram. I often share the books I read using the hashtag #luckyreads.  Are you on Goodreads? Follow me and I'll follow you back!
Have a book you think I MUST read? Leave the title in the comments and I’ll check it out!


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    1. Oh, I LOVED that book! Her books are always filled with such emotions!


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