March 31, 2016

2016 Spring/Summer Reading List

The girls and I have already started making our summer vacation reading lists. I'll admit, it's tough to buy a book and know that you can't read it until June, but the anticipation is usually worth the wait. (Yes, we have cheated.)

Here's my list of must-read (mostly) fiction books... some of them aren't even out yet and some you may have already read.

The Nest - First-time author Cynthia Sweeney sinks her teeth into this juicy novel about a dysfunctional family, money, and all of the trappings of the combined. It's getting rave reviews and I'm certainly up for reading about a family more dysfunctional than the ones I know.

The Girl on the Train - Her life is drab and boring. Until she starts to imagine the life of a couple who eat breakfast on their terrace every morning. She starts to dream about what their wonderful life must be like. Until... This one will be read while I grab onto the covers to keep from falling out of my bed.

The Nightingale - Kristin Hannah tackles historical fiction and travels back in time to France in WWII. Two very different sisters face moral questions and life-or-death choices. Packed with suspense.

Here's to Us - It just wouldn't be summer if I weren't reading about the characters of Nantucket. Elin Hilderbrand is the queen of beach reads. A man's three wives, his children, and his best friend all come to the island to say good-bye. Then they must find their own way.

The Girl's Guide to Moving On - I'm not a big Debbie Macomber fan, but this one looks different. A mother and daughter-in-law band together to start over and find happiness once again.

The Light Between Oceans - Honestly, this was a book I meant to read last summer. A couple move to Australian to keep watch over a lighthouse after WWI. As they try to put their lives back together after traumatic events, a boat washes ashore with a baby in it. Find out what they do. (Soon to be a major motion picture.)

Eat, Pray, Love Made Me Do It - Although not written by Elizabeth Gilbert herself, fans of EPL will gobble up this one too. 10 years after EPL was published, this is a collection of 47 essays inspired by her story.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II - 19 years later... Every HP fan will be coveting this book regardless that it's written in script form. They play opens in London in July.

Miller's Valley - I read all things Anna. This is a story about love, loss, deception, loyalty, and above all, family. 

P.S. You may also like What Are You Reading?, You Are What You Read, and Children's Books.


Kristen516 said...

The Nightingale was Amazing!!!!! I sobbed at the end.

Kimberly Merritt said...

Hi Kristen. I haven't read that one yet. I've gathered about half of them so far and I'm looking forward to reading them all.

Glad you enjoyed it!