What to Read This Summer: 9 Books You Won’t Be Able to Put Down

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What to Read This Summer (Whether Your Headed on Vacation or Not)

Feet in the sand, cocktail in hand, and a good book in front of you. Hello, summer.

There is something about sitting poolside or at the beach and getting sucked into a juicy, can’t put down novel. Reading is a hobby that I enjoy year round, but in the summer I love a lighter page-turner. If you’re wondering what to read this summer I’ve got you covered with nine books guaranteed to suck you in until the very last page!

The Good Girl

This addictive page-turner had me guessing until the very end! 

One night, Mia Dennett enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn’t show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. At first Colin Thatcher seems like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia’s life. 

The Girl on the Train

This one has been out for a few years and has been adapted into a movie, but if you haven’t read it, it’s definitely should be on your list for what to read this summer!

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. Now everything’s changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she’s only watched from afar.

The Couple Next Door

Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all–a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story.

Inside the curtained house, an unsettling account of what actually happened unfolds. Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something. Both Anne and Marco soon discover that the other is keeping secrets, secrets they’ve kept for years.

All We Ever Wanted

Emily Giffin is one of my all time favorite “chick-lit” authors and does not disappoint in her latest novel, All We Ever Wanted

Nina Browning is living the good life after marrying into Nashville’s elite. More recently, her husband made a fortune selling his tech business, and their adored son has been accepted to Princeton. Yet sometimes the middle-class small-town girl in Nina wonders if she’s strayed from the person she once was.

Tom Volpe is a single dad working multiple jobs while struggling to raise his headstrong daughter, Lyla. His road has been lonely, long, and hard, but he finally starts to relax after Lyla earns a scholarship to Windsor Academy, Nashville’s most prestigious private school.

Then, one photograph, snapped in a drunken moment at a party, changes everything. As the image spreads like wildfire, the Windsor community is instantly polarized, buzzing with controversy and assigning blame.

The Husband’s Secret

From the author of Big Little Lies, which was also adapted into an incredibly well-received miniseries for HBO titled the same. This might be one of my favorite books (and shows) of all time and I am counting down the days until season 2. I haven’t yet read The Husband’s Secret, but it’s next on my list of what to read this summer!

Imagine your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret—something with the potential to destroy not only the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. And then imagine that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive…
 
Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all—she’s an incredibly successful businesswoman, a pillar of her small community, and a devoted wife and mother. But that letter is about to change everything—and not just for her. There are other women who barely know Cecilia—or each other—but they, too, are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret.

When Life Gives You Lululemons

A new fave, move When Life Gives You Lululemons to the top of your what to read this summer list! We find Emily Charlton, Miranda Priestly’s uber catty assistant from The Devil Wears Prada, in the suburbs of Connecticut, and the result is hilarious. Emily, now in her 30s, is living in Los Angeles with a husband and a career as an image consultant—a career that is suddenly floundering—when she gets a desperate summons to Greenwich, Connecticut, from her old friend Miriam. Miriam’s pal Karolina is all over the media with a bogus drunk driving change, and this senator’s wife and former Victoria’s Secret model needs an image makeover, fast. The narrative is split between the three women as they uncover a major betrayal and in doing so form an enviable bond.

Marriage Vacation

Attention Younger fans!!! This book kicked off my summer reading; it’s a total guilty pleasure of a summer read. Sometimes you just need a book that’s just easy and fun. And, if you watch Younger you know about this book… and it’s real! Such fun cross-marketing? This summer read essentially asks the question:

Is a wife and mother allowed to have a midlife crisis? And, if she does, can she ever be forgiven?

All These Beautiful Strangers

A young woman haunted by a family tragedy is caught up in a dangerous web of lies and deception involving a secret society in this highly charged, addictive psychological thriller that combines the dishy gamesmanship of Gossip Girl with the murky atmosphere of The Secret History.

There Are No Grown-Ups

Another what to read this summer that I cannot wait to crack open…What are the modern forties, and what do we know once we reach them? What makes someone a “grown-up” anyway? And why didn’t anyone warn us that we’d get cellulite on our arms? Part frank memoir, part hilarious investigation of daily life, There Are No Grown-Ups diagnoses the in-between decade.

Have you read any great page-turners this summer? Share them with us in the comments!