As summer has officially begun, we find ourselves eager to sit down, relax and enjoy the newfound warm weather. What better to accompany your relaxation than some of the summer’s most talked about stories? Today I am leaving for my own relaxation time to sail around the British Virgin Islands for a week, and these are the books I'm bringing aboard with me! Unlike my husband, I'm not much of a sailor...in fact, this trip was 100% his idea and I'm hoping these books will distract me from my seasickness. Stay tuned for updates this week...
Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns by Lauren Weisberger
The sequel to the ever-famous The Devil Wears Prada is here! Andy Sachs and her former arch-rival Emily have put aside their differences and teamed up to create their very own high-end bridal magazine called The Plunge. While still editor-in-chief at Runway, Miranda contacts the girls because she wants to acquire their magazine. While Andy is opposed to selling, Emily is thirsty to do so.This is a pleasant, entertaining read with a fashionable focus and dramatic intrigue. I am also willing to put money on a movie coming out in the near future--so this is definitely a must read!
Beautiful Day by Elin Hilderbrand
Bestselling author, Elin Hilderbrand enthralls readers with her most recent novel set on Nantucket Island of course. A summer wedding on the island seems to be falling into place quite seamlessly, as the bride’s deceased mother left behind specific instructions on her youngest daughter’s wedding details. However, a scandal is soon to arise and the seemingly perfect day is in question. This engaging and dramatic story is the perfect summer read for those long days on the beach...especially on a Nantucket getaway!
Wild: From Lost to Found by Cheryl Strayed
In the wake of her mother’s death at age 22, Cheryl’s life seemed to completely unravel; her once close knit family dissipates before her eyes while her marriage slowly deteriorates. She flunked out of college, had sex with too many strangers, and found herself caught in a heroine addiction. Life was at rock bottom when a book in a bookstore catches her eye, The Pacific Crest Trail, Volume 1: California, and she made the impulsive and life-altering decision to hike the Pacific Crest trail. With little to no training, a 26 year old women hikes from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State...all alone. Wild tells the story of the long and treacherous path that took Cheryl from a state of brokenness to strength and courage. Now a major motion picture, you’ve got to read this book before watching Reese Witherspoon play the part of the rugged and lost Cheryl Strayed. The perfect book to read on a quiet beach day!
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
If you’re one of the many Gone Girl fans, then this book will be right up your alley. Rachel rides the same train route every day to work, and every day she flies by the same couple eating breakfast on their front porch. Not only does watching them for a brief moment become part of her daily routine, but it becomes a highlight of it; she is infatuated with them and admires them as a perfect couple. However, in one of Rachel’s brief daily passing of the two, she notices something shocking, something she can’t unsee. She feels obliged to bring what she saw to the police, and before she knows it she is wrapped up in the investigation. The Girl on the Train is a suspenseful thriller that is incredibly easy to get lost in on your beach day.
All the Light we Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Though slightly heavier than our previous suggestions, this novel is sure to entice you no matter what your scenery is this summer. All the Light we Cannot See tells the story of a blind French girl and a German boy whose worlds converge in occupied France as they both struggle to survive World War II. Marie-Laurie lives in Paris with her father, where he works at the Museum of Natural History. When Marie-Laurie goes blind at age 6, her father builds her a miniature size of their neighborhood to memorize by touch so that she can find her way home. Six years later, the Nazis occupy Paris and the two flee to Marie-Laurie’s great-uncle’s secluded home in the walled city of Saint-Malo. With them they carry the museum’s potentially most precious and dangerous jewel. Meanwhile in a mining town in Germany, an orphan named Werner grows up with his younger sister and becomes an expert at building and fixing radios, which are vital instruments during the years of the war. His skills earn him a spot at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth where he becomes an expert at tracking government resistance. Werner’s job forces him to ultimately travel to Saint-Malo, where his path collides with Maurie-Lee. This novel is fascinating, packed with information on the history of the war, physics of the instruments, and insight into the psychology behind blindness.