When we can finally exhale with relief for a few minutes from the chaos of the school year, and maybe grab a minute or two for ourselves to read a book! And book lovers I’ve got some goods ones for you- from thrillers to chick lit, and even a cookbook or two! So visit your local library (or just click on the Amazon links provided) and get that beach bag stuffed with books, because guess what’s really lit? Actual LIT.
My Lovely Wife by Samantha Dowling
This book is all kinds of crazy! It’s also the one in this list that I guarantee you will finish in a couple days. Meet a regular, married suburban couple with two kids, who dabble a little on the side in, uhhh….murder. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to see how these psychos were gonna end up.
An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
Booklist said about this one, “masterfully escalates the suspense” and they’re right on. If you’ve ever wondered what goes in real psychological research studies, and if enjoyed Greer and Sarah’s other thriller “The Wife Between Us,” you’ll be on board for this one too.
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
Mind blowing, and probably destined to be the biggest psychological thriller of the year, this debut novel is not to be missed. Why would a successful artist living a near perfect life suddenly shoot her husband five time in the face, and then refuse to speak one word about it? You’re gonna need to unravel this mystery for yourself.
Watching You by Lisa Jewell
I did not know where this slowly evolving mystery was going to end up until nearly the last chapter, and that’s a good thing. Set in a perfectly sleepy town outside London, and flashing back between the diary of a teenager and events happening today, you’ll never imagine who is watching everybody. Everybody.
The Mother-In-Law by Sally Hepworth
Hepworth is slowly becoming my new favorite Aussie author, and her latest lives up to her earlier works. She is becoming a queen of domestic mysteries, and this tale of a much despised mother-in-law turning up dead and a daughter-in-law who is, well… less that sad about that, will keep you guessing.
The First Mistake by Sandie Jones
How much do you trust your best girlfriend? With your secrets? Your husband? You’re about the find out how much Alice trusts Beth in this follow up domestic thriller to Jones’ bestseller, “The Other Woman.” When that trust becomes your first mistake, it could ultimately end up being your last.
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
If a laugh out loud romantic comedy movie suddenly became a book, this would be it. This is a sweet, funny, heartfelt falling in love story that will leave you with all the warm and fuzzies. You will love this “not a couple” who very much turns out to be one.
The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary
O’Leary is being called the next Jojo Moyes, and with good reason. This is a delightful accidental love story that will give you all the feels, as you watch a pair of roommates who never see each other fall for each other. How does that happen exactly? Read and find out.
The Overdue Life of Amy Byler
Stressed out single mom Amy gets a much deserved break from life when her ex-husband takes the kids for the whole summer, and she spends it alone in New York City. Yes, amazing things happen to her (including a new man) and you’ll be cheering for all of it the whole time.
Queen Bee by Dorothea Benton Frank
Nobody writes about Carolina’s Low-country better than Frank, and her latest which takes place on Sullivan’s Island, and is a story woven through sisters, mothers, and even neighbors we’re dying to know more about. Funny, smart, and even nutty at times, this is a nice read for beach time.
Sunset Beach by Mary Kay Andrews
Nobody writes the quintessential summer sizzler as deft as Andrews, and Sunset Beach is no exception. This books has a little of everything- some mystery, some family drama, some romance, breezy beach settings, and even a fixer upper home story, so pack this novel in your beach bag. You won’t be sorry.
Drawing Home by Jamie Brenner
USA Today calls Brenner’s novels, “the gold standard of summertime escapism,” and this new release lives up to that. Taking place on the idyllic beach community Sag Harbor, an unexpected local death of a famed artist and his subsequent unlikely will leaves everyone scratching their heads.
The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman
I am a huge Abbi fan, so can’t wait for this one. Her books are FUNNY, with sarcastic and witty dialogue and plenty of Gen X references, and yet are able to pull at your heartstrings and give you plenty to contemplate. Nina Hill will be your new favorite “Bridget Jones.”
Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner
Weiner is back with a decades long story of two sisters and how they find their place in the world. Follow Jo and Bethie from kids in the 50s to today, and see how they handle womanhood and motherhood, and all the worldly changes of the last several decades that have affected the both of them.
Wunderland by Jennifer Cody Epstein
This is your historical fiction pick of the list, and if you liked The Nightingale, and other sweeping WWII stories featuring families and women, you’re fall for this one. It’s a Kirkus starred review- that means it’s GOOD.
The Ultimate Instant Pot by Coco Morante
All I’m gonna say about this book is I own two Instant Pots and about 7 Pot cookbooks (I’m obsessed), and this is the one I reach for the most.
Sister Pie by Lisa Ludwinski
Do you eat pie? Wanna learn some masterful and easy tricks to baking the best one from some serious sister bakers? BUY THIS BOOK. (and some whipped cream, just sayin’)
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