Hey readers! One of my favorite leisure activities is reading for pleasure. However, as a student, it can be hard to find time to read anything other than a textbook. This summer, I found an author that I really love and got back into reading again. I ended up reading so many books this summer! I decided that it would be fun to share my reading list each season with all of you so you can enjoy these books and authors as much as I do. Here’s what I have read this summer:
Beautiful Day by Elin Hilderbrand
This book is what truly got me back into reading for pleasure again. I was browsing my local library one day and saw a display with lots of Elin Hilderbrand books, and they all sounded like the perfect summer beach reads. Elin lives on the island of Nantucket, MA and all of her books are set on this quaint, beautiful island as well. I love that I recognize many of the places that are mentioned in the book, and I am so excited to visit Nantucket in a couple of weeks to explore some of the places I have read about! I took this book with me on a trip to Florida, and I finished it in about three days. It was that good! From there, I was hooked. Beautiful Day still stands as my favorite book by Elin Hilderbrand that I have read this summer. I have read so many other Elin Hilderbrand books since then, including all of these:
A Summer Affair by Elin Hilderbrand
The Castaways by Elin Hilderbrand
The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand
Barefoot by Elin Hilderbrand
Here’s to Us by Elin Hilderbrand
The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand
I am currently reading The Identicals, and so far I’m a fan! (No surprise, I love all of her books.)
A Nantucket Wedding by Nancy Thayer
I decided to read this book because I had read multiple Elin Hilderbrand books back-to-back and thought I should switch it up. I liked that this was another author based on Nantucket and that her books also seem like great beach reads. I definitely got attached to the characters and wanted to know what happened, but in my opinion the writing style wasn’t as good as Elin’s. However, I still recommend this book!
Gmorning, Gnight! by Lin-Manuel Miranda
It’s no surprise that I am obsessed with Hamilton if you have been following my Instagram or blog for a while. This summer, my boyfriend and I were lucky enough to score tickets to the show in NYC. This musical was basically the best thing that I have ever seen. Naturally, I had to pick up Lin-Manuel Miranda’s book of poetry in the Hamilton store while I was in New York. I loved all of these poems and the artwork that accompanied them. If you like Hamilton or poetry in general, I highly recommend checking this out!
Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
I enjoyed Gmorning, Gnight! so much that I decided it was time to finally read Milk and Honey. It has been sitting on my bookshelf for so long, but I just never picked it up to actually read. I also have The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur waiting on my bookshelf to read next. Rupi Kaur’s books filled with beautiful poems and artwork, as well.
The Lie by William Dameron
This was a great book that was actually written by friend’s dad. It is a true story of catfishing, two marriages, and coming out. I highly recommend checking out this great biography!
Girl, Wash Your Face & Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis
What can I say? I jumped on the band wagon and really loved both of Rachel Hollis’ books. If you haven’t read them yet, what are you waiting for?!
A Love Letter Life by Jeremy & Audrey Roloff
I read this book after I read Rachel Hollis’ books, and I liked it! It gives a great perspective on Jeremy & Audrey’s love story and how to be intentional in your relationship.
You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero
This is another book that I jumped on the band wagon for, but I was left a little disappointed. This book is super popular, and I urge you to make your own judgement of it (clearly lots of people love it). I honestly couldn’t even get myself to finish it…
Wow, I didn’t realize how many books I have read in the past few months. Most of these I read between May and September. In future installments of Allie’s Reading List, I will break up what I am reading by season (every 3 months). I hope you enjoyed this post! Comment below if you pick up any of these books to read, as well!
Thanks for reading!