WHAT TO READ: SUMMER EDITION
Summer is a great time for big blockbuster films, but it's also a great time to catch up on some good, fun summer reads -- to slow things down and let your imagination take over by reading a great novel!
Whether you're at the beach or on vacation...or on a plane or lounging around the house...or just hanging out at the local park -- you can never go wrong with setting aside some time to immerse yourself in a good book.
Below are a few of my favorites (and a couple I've just picked up) that I'm diving into this summer!
BEHOLD THE DREAMERS by Imbolo Mbue
An Oprah Book Club selection (you know me and my book clubs)! :) Behold the Dreamers "follows the travails of a Cameroonian immigrant who lands a job as a chauffeur for a Lehman Brothers executive during the 2008 financial crisis."*
Published in 2016, this novel is Imbolo Mbue's debut novel and she signed a million dollar deal with Random House to publish it! :) The novel also won the PEN/Faulkner Award which is claimed to be the largest peer-juried award in the country!
According to Oprah (taken from her Instagram): It's got everything that's grabbing the headlines in America right now. It's about race, class, the economy, culture, immigration, and the danger of the 'us vs them' mentality. And underneath it all pumps the heart and soul of family love, the pursuit of happiness, and what home really means."
You sold me Oprah, you sold me! Behold the Dreamers is now at the top of my list!
THE WOMAN IN CABIN 10 by Ruth Ware
I just added The Woman in Cabin 10 to my "currently reading" list last night! You might know Ruth Ware from her best selling debut novel: In a Dark, Dark Wood! I read that one last fall! It's a nice, easy read -- but what a novel that one was -- whoa!
"From New York Times best selling author of In a Dark, Dark Wood, comes an equally suspenseful and haunting novel -- this time, set at sea."*
Although I enjoyed In a Dark, Dark Wood, I've been getting mixed reviews on this one and I've been hesitant to read it -- but I just decided to give it a shot ahead of Ruth's third novel (and after reading a recommendation from a book blog I follow)! Published last summer, The Woman in Cabin 10 was also an RW Book Club pick!
Also, look out for Ruth's newest novel, The Lying Game, out later this month!
THE ALICE NETWORK by Kate Quinn
Published last month, The Alice Network comes recommended by one of my favorite actors, producers, and bibliophiles Reese Witherspoon!
From Reese (off of her Instagram): "I think you'll enjoy this exciting and fast-paced story about a pregnant American socialite who teams up with a female ex-spy and a hot-tempered young soldier in the aftermath of WWII. A story of courage and redemption."
Another RW Book Club selection, The Alice Network by national best selling author Kate Quinn, is definitely going on my summer reading list.
I take any book that Reese recommends seriously you guys (along with Oprah)! :) She actually held a contest and her followers picked this book for her to read over her summer vacation.
I can't wait to dive into this one!
THE DEAD MAN CHRONICLES: FEAR by Ellis E. Fowler
My friend, Ellis Fowler, wrote the first novel in his book series and it's currently available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble NOW! This superhero, action-thriller is filled with emotion, suspense, and twists! A great, easy read (less than 150 pages y'all!) with well rounded characters that you can invest in -- and that's enthralling and leaves you wanting more!
Make sure you get this one! It debuted second on Amazon in its category and it's only $2.99 on Amazon right now.
Add The Dead Man Chronicles: Fear to your summer reading list!
MILK AND HONEY by Rupi Kaur
Okay y'all, I've been quoting, writing, commenting on this book for a while now -- and this book is not only a summer read, but a year-round read!
"Milk and Honey, a #1 New York Times best seller, is a collection of poetry and prose, divided into four chapters, about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity."*
Published back in 2015, this gem is filled with inspiring anecdotes coupled with Rupi's own drawings. I highly recommend it to every woman out there (and man too)!
What's on your summer reading list!? Let's chat! Drop me a line on Insta!
(*Description quotes taken from Barnes and Noble website.)