Thursday, August 14, 2014

Top 10 Summer Beach Books of 2014

Remember when you were a kid and the library had a summer reading program, where you could win prizes based on how many books you read? I was always totally into crushing those contests, so it's no surprise that I'm still obsessed with libraries (it seems like magic when I can borrow books on my Kindle!) and with summer reading lists.

A great book is a staple of any beach vacation or pool day. In today's fast-paced world, finding time for the simple pleasure of losing yourself in an absorbing novel is not easy, so I always like to have a list of books ready to go for the rare occasions that I have some free reading time. Here are the books that top my 2014 summer reading list:


I've been an Emily Giffin fangirl ever since my college roommate was moving across the country and I inherited her copies of Something Borrowed and Something Blue, so naturally I've been chomping at the bit to see what Ms. Giffin has in store for us now. Smart, girly, and always relatable, her latest novel follows a woman in her early thirties who has to decide whether the hometown she's always loved is enough for her, or if there is a bigger passion for her to pursue elsewhere.



Lately it seems like I can't take a single subway ride without seeing a young woman absorbed in this book, and this week I joined their ranks by cracking open my copy. CEO and all-around badass Sophia Amoruso shares her unconventional path to the top with real world tips for women to succeed and thrive in their professions.



This was my airplane book during my recent trip to Vegas, and I could not put it down (after all, I love a good mystery). I don't want to spoil it by giving away too many plot details but there is a mysterious disappearance, a killing plot, cyber seduction, and more...it's an intense ride!



Last summer, I read Brandi Glanville's first book and recommended it to our TSN readers, so it's only natural that her sequel would make this year's reading list. Brandi is irreverent, outrageous, and more than eager to spill the juicy details of her checkered dating past - it's like chatting with your best gal after a few too many glasses of wine! 



Jennifer Weiner is basically the unofficial Queen of Chick Lit for Smart Women, so of course her latest novel is a highly anticipated release. This one centers around a woman who appears to have it all, but slowly descends into addiction to keep up the facade of her perfect life.



I have to admit, I was originally drawn to this book because of its crafty-sounding title. As it turns out, this is less DIY and more memoir, as the author shares her story about what she learned as a nanny and how it impacts her life as a daughter and mother. I always have a soft spot for stories about caregivers and how the lessons they learn on the job influence their personal lives, so this one sounds right up my alley.



Rachel Bertsche is a total gal's gal, and I loved her MWF Seeking BFF because it focused on the importance of female friendship and her challenging quest to find a true BFF (and after reading about some of her struggles, it made me even happier to have M as my main gal!). I was pleasantly surprised to see that she has a new publication out this year that centers on celebrity girl crushes, and if emulating their lifestyles holds the key to happiness. This author is refreshingly honest, so I can't wait to see what kind of awkward scenarios she's gotten herself into this time on her journey to creating a glamorous celeb-esque lifestyle!




I loved Megan Abbott's creepy exploration of the cutthroat world of cheerleading in Dare Me, and it looks like her signature mysterious style is back once again with The Fever. This novel follows a seemingly normal community shaken by an unexplained illness that tears through the town, leaving plenty of questions in its wake.



Cindy Chupack made a name for herself as a writer on Sex and the City, so we've been longtime fans of her observations on dating. This book explores her marriage and all of the adjustments it takes to build a life together after being single for so long (she met her husband when she was 39). A friend of mine attended a reading of this book and gave me a personalized copy signed by Cindy as a gift, so I'm eager to dig into it!



What happens when an unknown actress is thrust into the spotlight after marrying an A-list celebrity, who has been haunted by gay rumors for years? Amy Sohn's latest novel is set in the glamorous world of Hollywood, where the personal lives of this "perfect" couple are not quite as rosy as they seem.


Which great books have you read this summer? Let me know what else I should add to my list!

xoxo
B

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  1. I like your list! I'll be checking out a few of these as soon as I finish Roses....if I finish Roses. LOL

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  2. the one and only, all fall down and MWF seeking BFF are on my list. the one and only has terrible reviews though, so hopefully i like it..

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    1. Despite the reviews, I'm still holding out hope since I've really enjoyed her past work!

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  3. I haven't heard of some of these books and now I'm running to amazon to download them!! thanks for the recommendations!!

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  4. Loved All Fall Down! I'll have to look into a few more of these.

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  5. Those all sound great! I haven't heard of most of them!

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    1. Thanks! I always jot down a new title when I hear about an interesting book from a friend or in a magazine so that I always have a long list of options.

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  6. OMG Jennifer Weiner has a new book!?!? How did I not know this? Going home to download that immediately! And I want to read The One & Only too! SO many good books!

    <3, Pamela
    sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

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    1. Yes, I was so excited that she came out with a new novel this summer! Of course, the waiting list at the library is super long so I'm trying to stay patient!

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  7. I have not read a single book this entire summer... it's pathetic. Time has just gotten away from me but I want to read these ALL! We have the exact same book "taste" :)

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    1. I meant to do this post way back in June, but reading had slipped to the back burner for me as well. So glad that these all sound appealing - let me know if you've read anything great that I should check out!

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  8. You've inspired me to plunge back into reading some actual books, haha! These all sound great!

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    1. Haha well let us know which ones you check out!

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  9. i was totally that kid that crammed as many books from the library as she could in her backpack! haha. thanks for the suggestions, i just finished up some of the books i was reading and am in need of a few new ones!

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    1. That was totally me too, haha! Let us know what you think of them!

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