Monday is Labor Day, so you know what that means. It’s the end of summer. Well, the unofficial one, anyways, as the summer extends until September 21st.
One of the best parts about summer is reading lazily on a beach with waves rustling in the background. This summer was no exception. So, as we head into the last true weekend of the summer, here’s some of my favorite books I read this summer:
- Educated by Tara Westover
The critically acclaimed novel is worth 100 percent of the hype. This novel is a powerful and shocking read about Westover’s childhood as she grew up with survivalist parents.
- Things You Save In A Fire by Katherine Center
Katherine Center’s latest read talks about starting over and forgiveness. Cassie is an award winning firefighter who is up for a promotion. One act of revenge sends her down a path to Massachusetts, where she becomes the only woman on the fire station — despite her abilities. Oh, and she’s enlisted to take care of her sick mother. Soon, Cassie learns to forgive and to move on.
- City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
New York in the 1940s. An interesting time. Elizabeth Gilbert tells the story of Vassar dropout Vivian, who uses her seamstress skills as a costume maker to the play, City of Girls. However, one mistake unravels all of that.
- How to Walk Away by Katherine Center
Margaret has it all — a dream job, a wonderful condo and has just gotten engaged. However, right after the ring is slipped on her finger, they are in a tragic plane accident, where Margaret loses the ability to walk.
With that being said, Margaret’s life is changed forever — especially when her long lost sister comes back into the picture, and she loses that perfect life. As she begins to heal, she soon learns to adapt into her new normal.
- Say You Still Love Me by KA Tucker
Ahh, nothing like a second chance at love, right? Piper Calloway was dragged to Camp WaWA by her mother. She never guessed that she would fall in love with Kyle. However, 13 years later, the two are forced apart — only to be bought together. KA Tucker tells an amazing Romeo-Juliet style story of two lovers who come from different worlds, who despite all odds, find their way back to each other.
- After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid
What happens after the wedding cake was eaten, and after the house was bought? Taylor Jenkins Reid tells the story of Lauren and Ryan, college lovers who decide to take a year off from the marriage to figure out if they still want to be with each other. Spoiler: you’ll need tissues.
- The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*CK by Mark Manson
I’ve been on a self help kick this summer. This book explores ways to live the life you live — and not feel guilty about it.
- Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey
Annie Cassidy is obsessed with Tom Hanks. Not just any Tom Hanks — the Tom Hanks in Nora Ephron’s hit movies. However, she’s in a funk. It takes a movie set coming to town to realize that she’s the one who is holding herself back — professionally and romantically.
- Girl Stop Apologizing, and Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
A must read for anyone unhappy or wanting to reach your goals. These two books were so inspiring and can send you down a rabbit-hole of learning how to change your behavior.
Sarah falls in love with Eddie, and the two share a beautiful romance that lasted a week. Then, he disappears. Sarah becomes obssesed and looks for him. I loved this book, because it has so many twists and turns that you question what is going to happen next.
- The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen
Emma Saylor has an entire family that she doesn’t know — her mother’s side. That same mom who passed away when she was in her pre-teens. However, one summer she is sent to the lake, where she is deemed the rich cousin. She becomes a maid at the family hotel, and soon learns more about her roots.
- When Dimple Met Rishi and There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandha Menon
Dimple wants to be her own woman, but her parents want her to be tied to her Indian roots. Rishi is the perfect Indian son. Needless to say, Dimple is surprised that her parents let her go to a camp for young and aspiring technology hopefuls. However, she soon learns to meet Rishi — her Indian husband to be.
Both When Dimple Met Rishi and There’s Something About Sweetie tell the story of Indian tradition and first love. Definitely a great read to bring to the beach this weekend.
So, what did you read this summer? Let me know in the comments below.