Vacation always reminds me to slow down and embrace the simple pleasures in life. Our lives are usually so busy that it’s easy to get lost in the chaos. To forget about the book I started reading. To end a hectic day by plopping down on the couch watching mindless television or aimlessly scrolling through social media.
But a getaway from reality helps me break this bad habit.
Whether your toes are buried in the sand, you’re sitting under a shady tree or curled up on your couch during a thunderstorm, summertime is the perfect opportunity to dust off that book you started ages ago and dive back in.
All of these books were entertaining in their own unique way.. I highly recommend adding them to your summer reading list.
Little Fires Everywhere: by Celeste Ng
This book follows the intertwined fates of the seemingly perfect Richardson family and the mysterious mother and daughter who upend their lives. It “..explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood – and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.” It’s hard to put down! Also, after you finish the book of course, check out the original Hulu series.
Everything I Never Told You: By Celeste Ng
I didn’t realize when I started this book that the authors were the same but evidently I really enjoy Ng’s books. Based in 1970s Ohio, a Chinese-American family deals with the mysterious death of their daughter along with their struggle to find a place in this world, to understand each other and manage their secrets.
Leaving Time: By Jodi Picoult
Leaving Time is one of my favorite recent books.With her mother’s mysterious disappearance, Jenna refuses to believe she would have abandoned her as a young child. Jenna seeks the help of a psychic and a detective and pours over her mother’s research of grief in elephants in hopes to find answers. Such a good book!
The Death of Mrs. Westaway: By Ruth Ware
In classic Ruth Ware form, The Death of Mrs. Westaway is thrilling, dark and mysterious. Hal receives a letter bestowing her a substantial inheritance. Although the letter was sent to the wrong person, desperate Hal decides to attempt to claim the money only to find herself entangled in a very wrong and strange situation.
Capital Gaines: By Chip Gaines
Lately, whenever I start feeling bitter or impatient with people, I’ve been telling myself to “be more like Chip Gaines.” His fearless and loving take on life is so refreshing, especially during a time when the world seems to be falling apart. This easy read is Chip’s personal account of his journey through life and the road to success.
The Last Mrs. Parrish: By Liv Constantine
Amber’s envy for socialite Daphne could eat her alive.. her money, her husband, her life. But Amber has a plan, as long as the skeletons in her closet aren’t discovered. Deception, suspense, drama and a thrilling twist.. the perfect beach read.