Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Summer Reading Recs!

My favorite summer past-time is relaxing on the beach or by the pool with a good book! In case you're looking for book ideas for an upcoming beach vacation or a lazy afternoon by the pool I have listed some recommendations below. I am a huge fan of the public library and highly recommend getting a library card wherever you live. It's usually free or a very minimal cost and gives you access to lots of books! Of course I do purchase books I especially enjoy or know for sure I will love because it is nice to have a personal book collection as well! For instance, I bought Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson's book the day it came out (featured in last week's Friday Favorites post). For a more detailed description or plot synopsis of each of these books you can click on the links I've included. Happy Reading!

Love The One You're With by Emily Giffin
Emily Giffin is one of my favorite authors, and this book is my favorite out of her five published chick-lit novels. I'm definitely looking forward to the release of her sixth book later this summer!

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
This is an amazing Christian fiction work based on the book of Hosea and set in a nineteenth century mining town. Don't let the length intimidate you-it is so incredibly good that you will keep turning the pages and finish in no time!

Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
This is a humorous read, the first installment of Kinsella's "Shopaholic" series. Reading about all the scrapes protagonist Becky Bloomwood finds herself in will keep you highly entertained! After you finish this one then read the rest of the series (there's about six books total).

Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews
Three childhood friends take a month-long beach trip together and encounter some unexpected twists and turns during their stay.

Shoe Addicts Anonymous by Beth Harbison
Four women from completely different walks of life bond over their common love of shoes and size 7.5 feet.

Chalked Up by Jennifer Sey
This riveting memoir by the 1986 national gymnastics champion shares some of the dark aspects of elite gymnastics, including her struggle with an eating disorder.

So Long, Insecurity by Beth Moore
I just read this book this past spring in a Bible study group and highly recommend it to every woman, because we all struggle with insecurity in some way, shape, or form whether or not we realize it!

This is a hilarious, entertaining memoir by a Southern girl trying to navigate Deb culture and be a proper Southern Belle. While I may not identify with the author now, it is definitely a must-read for anyone who has felt out of place or struggled to fit in at any point in their life.

Writing this post has made me want to re-read some of these books that I haven't read in at least a couple years! There are definitely many other books out there I have read and enjoyed. I might feature some of those in a future Friday Favorites post. As I read new books this summer I will be sure to share those that I especially love! Have y'all read any of the books I've included in this post? What are your favorite books and what books are you hoping to read this summer? I'd love to hear from y'all so comment away!



  1. Awesome! Thanks for posting some of ur summer reads! They ALL look like great ones! Adding 2 my list Now:-)

    1. You are so welcome! Let me know which ones you read and I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

  2. Love the shopaholic series!! I have always see the Emily Griffin series - will have to pick one up! New follower :)