Today, we’re excited to share our summer reading list with 48 of the best books to read this summer. This list is comprised of all sorts of books covering everything from novels to personal development to home décor!
As I’ve shared with you guys so many times spending a lazy afternoon flipping through the pages of decorating books is one of my all-time favorite activities. I love the smell of the coffee brewing in the café, the scones and cupcakes in the bakery and the smell of the book pages too.
Honestly, just taking the time to read a novel, implement new strategies or study the pages of a home décor book feels like a luxury especially when our calendars get hectic. So, this summer we’ve vowed to turn off the tv and enjoy reading more.
Now, some of the books on our summer reading list have been suggested by friends or fellow bloggers and others I’ve chosen because I’ve read the author’s books in the past and have enjoyed them.
I tried to keep a wide range of topics from heavy to pretty light on this list. I mean, it is summer after all and whether you’re reading in a comfy chair on your lanai, at the beach, the lake house or the cabin summer reading should be fun.
If you’re not into reading novels, no worries, I’ve included a few of our favorite decorating books to give you a summer of inspiration. In addition, if you’re using this summer to grow your business or for personal development, we have you covered too.
Here’s a look at our summer reading list…
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Summer Reading List – Novels& Memoires:
Amazon Summary: A sweeping yet intimate epic about one American family, The Last Romantics is an unforgettable exploration of the ties that bind us together, the responsibilities we embrace and the duties we resent, and how we can lose—and sometimes rescue—the ones we love.
A novel that pierces the heart and lingers in the mind, it is also a beautiful meditation on the power of stories—how they navigate us through difficult times, help us understand the past, and point the way toward our future.
Amazon Summary: When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town—and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs.
Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood—and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.
Amazon Summary:From the moment Lucy met her husband’s mother, she knew she wasn’t the wife Diana had envisioned for her perfect son. Exquisitely polite, friendly, and always generous, Diana nonetheless kept Lucy at arm’s length despite her desperate attempts to win her over. And as a pillar in the community, an advocate for female refugees, and a woman happily married for decades, no one had a bad word to say about Diana…except Lucy.
Fractured relationships and deep family secrets grow more compelling with every page in this twisty, captivating new novel from Sally Hepworth.
Author:Kristin Woodson Harvey
Amazon Summary:With the man of her dreams back in her life and all three of her daughters happy, Ansley Murphy should be content. But she can’t help but feel like it’s all a little too good to be true.
When two new women arrive in Peachtree Bluff—one who has the potential to wreck Ansley’s happiness and one who could tear Emerson’s world apart—everything is put in perspective. And after secrets that were never meant to be told come to light, the powerful bond between the Murphy sisters and their mother comes crumbling down, testing their devotion to each other and forcing them to evaluate the meaning of family.
Amazon Summary:Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara’s older brothers became violent.
When another brother got himself into college, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home.
Amazon Summary: For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So, in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl.
But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life–until the unthinkable happens.
Author:Mary Kay Andrews
Amazon Summary:Drue Campbell’s life is adrift. Out of a job and down on her luck, life doesn’t seem to be getting any better when her estranged father, Brice Campbell, a flamboyant personal injury attorney, shows up at her mother’s funeral after a twenty-year absence. Worse, he’s remarried – to Drue’s eighth grade frenemy, Wendy, now his office manager. And they’re offering her a job.
But when a suspicious death at an exclusive beach resort nearby exposes possible corruption at her father’s firm, she goes from unwilling cubicle rat to unwitting investigator, and is drawn into a case that may – or may not – involve her father. With an office romance building, a decades-old missing persons case re-opened, and a cottage in rehab, one thing is for sure at Sunset Beach: there’s a storm on the horizon.
Amazon Summary: Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office.
Soon to be a major motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is the smart, warm, and uplifting story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes the only way to survive is to open your heart.
Author: Angie Kim
Amazon Summary: In rural Virginia, Young and Pak Yoo run an experimental medical treatment device known as the Miracle Submarine―a pressurized oxygen chamber that patients enter for therapeutic “dives” with the hopes of curing issues like autism or infertility. But when the Miracle Submarine mysteriously explodes, killing two people, a dramatic murder trial upends the Yoos’ small community.
Angie Kim’s Miracle Creek is a thoroughly contemporary take on the courtroom drama, drawing on the author’s own life as a Korean immigrant, former trial lawyer, and mother of a real-life “submarine” patient. Both a compelling page-turner and an excavation of identity and the desire for connection, Miracle Creek is a brilliant, empathetic debut from an exciting new voice.
Amazon Summary:At 28, Stephanie Land’s plans of breaking free from the roots of her hometown in the Pacific Northwest to chase her dreams of attending a university and becoming a writer, were cut short when a summer fling turned into an unexpected pregnancy. She turned to housekeeping to make ends meet, and with a tenacious grip on her dream to provide her daughter the very best life possible, Stephanie worked days and took classes online to earn a college degree and began to write relentlessly.
Her compassionate, unflinching writing as a journalist gives voice to the “servant” worker, and those pursuing the American Dream from below the poverty line. Maid is Stephanie’s story, but it’s not her alone. It is an inspiring testament to the strength, determination, and ultimate triumph of the human spirit.
Summary:New York City is filled with opportunities for single girls like Alice Weiss, who leaves her small Midwestern town to chase her big-city dreams and unexpectedly lands a job working for the first female editor in chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, Helen Gurley Brown.
While pressure mounts at the magazine, Alice struggles not to lose sight of her own dreams as she’s swept up into a glamorous world of five-star dinners, lavish parties, and men who are certainly no good. Because if Helen Gurley Brown has taught her anything, it’s that a woman can demand to have it all.
Amazon Summary:With The Gown, Jennifer Robson takes us inside the workrooms where one of the most famous wedding gowns in history was created. Balancing behind-the-scenes details with a sweeping portrait of a society left reeling by the calamitous costs of victory, she introduces readers to three unforgettable heroines, their points of view alternating and intersecting throughout its pages, whose lives are woven together by the pain of survival, the bonds of friendship, and the redemptive power of love.
Author:Dorothea Benton Frank
Amazon Summary: Queen Bee is a classic Lowcountry Tale—warm, wise and hilarious, it roars with humanity and a dropperful of whodunit added for good measure by an unseen hand. In her twentieth novel, Dorothea Benton Frank brings us back to her beloved island with an unforgettable story where the Lowcountry magic of the natural world collides with the beat of the human heart.
Amazon Summary:Fresh from college, irrepressible Vivian Schuyler defies her wealthy Fifth Avenue family to work at cutthroat Metropolitan magazine. But this is 1964, and the editor dismisses her…until a parcel lands on Vivian’s Greenwich Village doorstep that starts a journey into the life of an aunt she never knew, who might give her just the story she’s been waiting for.
Amazon Summary:Laurie is pretty sure love at first sight doesn’t exist anywhere but the movies. But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who she knows instantly is the one. Their eyes meet, there’s a moment of pure magic…and then her bus drives away.
What follows for Laurie, Sarah and Jack is ten years of friendship, heartbreak, missed opportunities, roads not taken, and destinies reconsidered. One Day in December is a joyous, heartwarming and immensely moving love story to escape into and a reminder that fate takes inexplicable turns along the route to happiness.
Amazon Summary: Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she’s a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she’s a disgrace; to design mavens, she’s a revolutionary architect; and to 15-year-old Bee, she is her best friend and, simply, Mom.
Then Bernadette vanishes. To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, and secret correspondence–creating a compulsively readable and surprisingly touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter’s role in an absurd world.
Summer Reading List – Business & Self Development:
Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…And Maybe the World by Admiral William H. McRaven (U.S. Navy Retired)
The Next Right Thing: A Simple, Soulful Practice for Making Life Decisions by Emily P Freeman
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
The Magic of Thinking Big: Acquire the Secrets of Success, Achieve What You’ve Always Wanted by David J. Schwartz, PhD
Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, & Sharpen Your Creative Mind by 99U & Jocelyn K. Glei
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad by Austin Kleon
Building a StoryBrand: Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Listen by Donald Miller
Summer Reading List – Home Decorating Books:
Beth Webb: An Eye for Beauty by Beth Webb & Judith Nastir
Patina Living by Brooke and Steve Giannetti
Country Farmhouse by Cindy Cooper (release date June 1, 2019)
At Home with Country by Christina Strutt
Living Life Beautifully by Christina Strutt
Decorating with White by Country Living
(This book was updated and re-released as Shades of White also by Country Living but you guys, it is T-I-N-Y! The size of the book makes it SO hard to appreciate the photographs so I would skip the new version and buy the old one)
The World of Shabby Chic by Rachel Ashwell
Cozy White Cottage by Liz Marie Galvan (release date September 24, 2019)
Classic Cottages: A Passion for Home by Cindy Cooper
Pale and Interesting by Atlanta Bartlett
Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave by Joanna Gaines
My French Country Home: Entertaining Through the Seasons by Sharon Santoni
Beekman 1802 Style: The Attraction of Opposites by Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell
A Place to Call Home: Timeless Southern Charm by James T. Farmer, III
Nora Murphy’s Country House Style by Nora Murphy
No matter if you choose to enjoy one or all 48 of the books from our summer reading list in a comfy chair, snuggled up in bed, relaxing in the bathtub, stretched out on the beach, at the lake or in a quiet hammock, let this year be the year you actually reach your goal of reading more. It’s such a simple way to relax and unwind!