Summer is officially in full swing. Beach days, berry picking, ice cream stands, and my favorite summer pastime — reading! I loved summer reading lists as a kid, and now, as an adult, I create one for myself each year.
After having kids, grabbing a book and heading to the beach isn’t as easy as it once was. Whether it’s a toddler jumping on your head or a fussy baby to tend to, it can be difficult to squeeze in some reading time. This is where my commute to work becomes a blessing. I read one book at least every two weeks last summer, and it was a great escape from the daily grind. The iBooks app also made it incredibly easy to pull a book out no matter where I was. Anyone who uses public transportation understands that balancing a book, a purse, and a coffee while riding the T can challenge even the most seasoned riders. To be able to pull out my phone and flip a page with my thumb is simply awesome. The same is true for waiting in line at Target or the grocery store, or maybe even sitting in the car with the AC cranked after the littles fall asleep driving home from a trip to the park!
I’ve put together a list of books I love as well as some I plan to read this summer. For the most part, these books are entertaining and fun! I love reading about my favorite celebs, and I love getting lost in a good scandal/romance, too. Here is a handful of options to kick off your own summer reading adventure!
Bossypants by Tina Fey: I read this book last summer, and it was great! Fey is a Second City veteran who went from being an amazing writer to landing a spot on the weekend update desk on SNL. You might remember her for the genius that is “Mean Girls” — definitely one of my favorite movies — as well as the brilliantly written “30 Rock.” She’s incredibly talented, she’s hilarious, and she’s a working mom. You’ll love hearing her journey.
Yes Please by Amy Poehler: One of my favorite female comedians! She hails from Burlington, Mass. and was this year’s Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year. Poehler is also formerly of Second City, SNL, and my personal favorite, “Parks and Rec.” After reading the sample on my phone, I can’t wait to read the full book. One of the things that makes an autobiography great is when the writer’s voice leaps off the page, and Poehler’s voice is smart and distinct — she doesn’t disappoint.
The Chris Farley Show by Tom Farley, Jr. and Tanner Colby: This one was bittersweet for me. Chris Farley has always held a special place in my heart, and hearing the details of his life was both heartwarming and heartbreaking. From Second City to SNL and beyond, Farley battled demons that ultimately got the best of him. The accounts of his life and career, as told by his family and friends, will make you laugh, cry, and be grateful we all had a chance to know him, even if his time with us was much too short.
Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny by Holly Madison: Madison is hardly the first to expose Playboy secrets — who could forget Gloria Steinem’s exposé on the New York Playboy Club back in the 60s? Secrets from the mansion sound enticing. If you, like me, followed “The Girls Next Door,” this book probably sounds pretty fascinating. We all wanted to know what it was “really” like for Holly, Bridget, and Kendra, and here’s our chance! Told from the point of view of Hugh’s number one girl, this book promises all the secrets you want spilled! I finished the sample on my way home from work the other night, and can’t wait to dive into this juicy tale!
My last two selections are from my new favorite writer, Elin Hildebrand. Her descriptions are detailed and engaging, and you’ll fall in love with Nantucket, even if you’ve yet to set foot on the island. I love reading books set locally, and Hildebrand draws you right in. I read eight of her books last year, including her first ever Christmas novel, “Winter Street.” I couldn’t choose just one to recommend today, so below I’m sharing my favorite as well as her newest release.
The Blue Bistro by Elin Hildebrand: I fell in love with this book last summer and recently found out it was also Hildebrand’s fave! A young girl comes to Nantucket without a job and ends up working at the most exclusive restaurant on the island. Throw in a handsome owner and his mysterious chef/best friend, and there’s lots to get excited about. It’s a great story full of secrets and descriptions that put you smack in the middle of every scene! It’s a do-not-miss!
The Rumor by Elin Hildebrand: Two best friends, an affair, a financial scandal, and a book deal. Seriously, what about that doesn’t grab you? I’m about 50 pages in, and it’s tough to put down. Just a couple weeks post release, Hildebrand’s 15th novel became number 3 on the “New York Times” bestseller list! I’m really looking forward to how this story will unfold — I highly recommend giving it a chance!
What are your “must reads” this summer?