Summer is almost here and I am living for it right now. Our new home is in a great community with a pool, park, and basketball courts so I know we’re going to be spending a lot of time outdoors. One of the things I’m looking forward to the most is reading poolside and soaking up the sun. Over the last few years, I’ve pretty much switched to reading eBooks (they are just so much easier!) but there’s something about summer that makes me want to have a real book in my hands. There’s a Barnes & Noble about 5 minutes from us so I’ve been spending a lot of time there planning my 2018 summer reading list.
I’m on the hunt for a locally-owned bookstore so I can buy my books there and I found one down on Main Street I hope to check out soon. It’s down the road from a little coffee shop we discovered last week that has the most delicious lavender honey latte I’ve ever had in my life. Ever. No lie. It was beyond delicious and I’m determined to figure out how to make it at home. That coffee shop also has a sofa and huge overstuffed chairs that make you feel like you’re being hugged by an angel. I mean, I took like two steps inside and wondered if I’d accidentally stumbled into heaven. It’s the best! Having the bookstore down the road means I’ve totally found my favorite place in the St. Louis burbs and I’ll be spending way too much time (and money) down on that block.
Anyway, right now I’m stalking the aisles at the huge Barnes & Noble scanning book after book on to my GoodReads TBR shelf. There are hundreds of books on there already but I can’t resist creating a good seasonal reading list.
I am also trying to make it a personal mission to actually read all of the books I recently packed up in boxes. When I was packing to move to Missouri I realized I have a lot of books I haven’t actually read and I’m going to try really hard to change that this year. Some of them I bought because I thought they would look pretty on my shelves. Others were sent to me by the publisher in hopes I’d share reviews on the blog. A couple of others I was gifted for a birthday or holiday. There are just so many books and so little time for reading but I want to read every book on my shelves by the end of the year.
Most of the books on my shelves are biographies, historical fiction, or horror and while reading goals are good let’s be honest – summer is meant for light-hearted chick lit and easy breezy summer reads. I’ll get to those other books later, for now, I am focused on my 2018 summer reading list and enjoying the long summer days ahead.
For my 2018 summer reading list I have my eye on…
- The Subway Girls by Susie Orman Schnall
- The Subway Girls is the charming story of two strong women, a generation apart, who find themselves up against the same eternal struggle to find an impossible balance between love, happiness, and ambition.
- The Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams
- A spellbinding novel of romance, murder, class, power, and dark secrets set in the 1950s and ’60s among the rarified world of a resort island in the Long Island Sound . . .
- The Summer I Met Jack by Michelle Gable
- New York Times bestselling author imagines the affair between JFK and Alicia Corning Clark – and the child they may have had.
- Visible Empire by Hannah Pittard
- Visible Empire follows the chaos—and hope—that remained in the wake of the crash, and the truths that became evident because of it. This is a story about how we choose to look at the world, and those moments when we finally see it for what it is—whether we’re ready for that clarity or not.
Mystery / Thriller
- She Was the Quiet One by Michele Campbell
- When one dark night ends in murder, who is guilty, who knows the truth, and who has been in on it all along? SHE WAS THE QUIET ONE…because murderers are almost never who you expect.
- The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy
- An addictive psychological thriller about a group of women whose lives become unexpectedly connected when one of their newborns goes missing.
Women’s Fiction / Chick Lit
- Not Her Daughter by Rea Frey
- Emotionally powerful and wire-taut, Not Her Daughter raises the question of what it means to be a mother—and how far someone will go to keep a child safe.
- My Ex-Life by Stephen McCauley
- Stephen McCauley has written a novel that examines how we define home, family, and love. Be prepared to laugh, shed a few tears, and have thoughts of your own ex-life triggered.
- By Invitation Only by Dorothea Benton Frank
- A young sophisticated Chicagoan falls for the owner of a farm on Johns Island, a lush Lowcountry paradise off the coast of South Carolina-trading the bustle of a cosmopolitan city for the vagaries of a small southern town.
If you missed the books on my 2017 summer reading list, you can catch them here.