The Best Books for Summer

I think the summer is a great time to find a good book. I love to read when I’m traveling, spending time at the beach, or relaxing poolside. I really love to read all year long, but with summer around the corner I selected some especially fun books to put on your list. In no particular order:

  1. The Heartbeats of Wing Jones by Katherine Webber: I ran cross country in High School with the author and I was so impressed with how she took her own experiences and crafted a beautiful and creative story. I couldn’t put the book down, it was touching and inspirational! There’s also a hint of fantasy that is just enough to keep me wanting more. I don’t want to give away the plot, just go read it.
  2. Where’d Yo Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple: A friend of mine sent me this book last year when I needed a good laugh and it really made me giggle. If you’re looking for an entertaining satire, this is the book for you. Even when you figure out what’s going to happen (and the element of surprise is gone), the book is still guaranteed to make you laugh.
  3. Sixty Million Frenchmen Can’t Be Wrong by Jean-Benoît Nadeau & Julie Barlow: My husband gave me this book when we first started dating. I’m very thankful he did because the book discusses important French history and culture. I learned about many differences between Frenchman and Americans that I later experienced in our relationship. For example, many French people are much more comfortable arguing in public than Americans. If you’re a francophile, I recommend this book. On that note …
  4. My Life in France by Julia Child: If you’re a francophile and/or foodie, I also suggest this autobiography. I loved every page. I wanted to go back in time and become friends with Julia Child; I think we’d get along well. We’d enjoy a delicious French meal in the countryside while discussing our experiences at an all women’s college. Which leads me to my next and final book (a novel that Julia Child probably read and enjoyed) …
  5. The Group by Mary McCarthy: I have to be honest, I haven’t finished reading this book yet. But so far, so very good. The story is about the post-graduate lives of a group of women who attended an all women’s college. Despite being set in the 1930s, it’s a relatable premise. It’s amusing to compare what has or hasn’t changed in the past 80 years.
  6. Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhnik: This is another book I am still in the process of reading (yes, I love to read multiple books at the same time).  I was inspired to read this book after I recently had the pleasure of meeting one of the authors; she’s a very smart lawyer, hence her interest in Ruth Bader Ginsburg. However, you don’t need a law degree to enjoy and be fascinated by Ginsburg’s life and legacy.

Happy (almost) summer and happy reading!

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