What's on my Summer Reading List


The days are long and the weather is hot. Summer is here and there's no better time to get lost in a good book, whether you're at the beach or curled up on your couch while the kids are napping. With Brady out of school, it's incredibly important for me to ensure he's spending time everyday reading. But what about me? It's been a minute since I've dedicated myself to a good book. I'd say it's from lack of time, but if I'm mindlessly scrolling through social media several times a day, surely I could replace that with a chapter to two, right? I certainly think so. 







Last weekend, I put my summer reading plan into action. We stopped into the cutest little bookstore in Midtown called Commonplace Books and I felt like a kid in a candy store. I picked up Bunny, one of the books I mention below, and then salivated over all of the gorgeous new coffee table books - including Grace: The American Vogue Years. It's a stunning hardcover filled with every single editorial Grace Coddington directed at Vogue. Swoon!

After doing a little more research on hot new summer reads, I compiled a list of six books I'm so excited to dive into over the next few months. These novels range from fictional rom-com's and tales of self-discovery to psychological thrillers and the always fascinating 1970's drugs and rock 'n' roll documentaries. 
You'll find links and descriptions for each one below! 

A captivating novel about a woman who falls into an overwhelming mutual obsession with the Upper East Side mother who hires her as a nanny, Devotion is a psychological thriller does not disappoint. Slick and sexy, Madeline Stevens’s debut novel follows broke 26-year-old Ella Crawford as she accepts a job nannying for Lonnie, an Upper East Side wife and mother who is the same age as her. As Ella’s obsession with Lonnie grows, so does her resentment. Riveting, propulsive and startling, Devotion is a masterful debut novel where mismatched power collides with binding desire, challenging our perceptions of femininity, lust and privilege. Available August 13.

City of Girls is a delicious novel of glamour, sex and adventure, about a young woman discovering that you don't have to be a good girl to be a good person. Getting kicked out Vassar College after her freshman year is probably the best thing that ever happened to Vivian Morris. At 95, she has the perspective to realize such things conclusively. Vivian looks back on the years she spent in the New York's theater scene in the '40s. What results is a sumptuous period piece with lessons that are relevant to women today. What else would we expect from the author of Eat, Pray, Love if not a novel of a woman's self discovery?

"Life is both fleeting and dangerous, and there is no point in denying yourself pleasure, or being anything other than what you are." - City of Girls

A spellbinding, down-the-rabbit-hole tale of loneliness and belonging, creativity and agency, and friendship and desire, Bunny is the dazzlingly original second book from an author whose work has been described as honest, searing and necessary. The novel follows Sam, an outsider who doesn't get along with the girls in her highly selective MFA program in New England. How could she? They roam around in a well-dressed pack and call each other "bunny." In her final semester, she finally gets what many odd-one-outs yearn for: An invitation to hang out. She finds the Bunnies, as they're called, are bound together in a disturbing ritual.

Bunny has been named the best book of Summer 2019 by The Washington Post, Elle, Vulture, Nylon, Entertainment Weekly, NPR, Bustle, TheSkimm, Purewow and Boston.com. 

The Travelers is a structurally ambitious novel with a whole lot of heart. With piercing humor, exacting dialogue and a beautiful sense of place, Regina Porter's debut is both an intimate family portrait and a sweeping exploration of what it means to be American today. Each chapter jumps around in place and time, focusing on a sliver of the book's two main families. These unforgettable characters' lives intersect with a cast of lovers and friends. 

The premise of this adorable rom-com is relatable to anyone who has the plot of at least one rom-com memorized. Twenty-seven-year-old Annie is waiting for her Tom Hanks to arrive – or at least a man cut in the mold of one of Tom's characters. Her new relationship was just starting to resemble a rom-com when real life butted in. How's she going to deal? 

Written in the format of a documentary-style interview, this gripping novel chronicles the whirlwind rise of an iconic 1970s rock group and their beautiful lead singer, revealing the mystery behind their infamous breakup. A New York Times bestseller, Daisy Jones & The Six offers a fresh, engaging take on that familiar mix of '70s drugs and rock ’n’ roll. 

"I devoured Daisy Jones & The Six in a day, falling head over heels for it. Daisy and the band captured my heart." - Reese Witherspoon (Reese's Book Club).


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Happy Reading!



xo

Jen

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