Book Buzz: Summer Reading List 2018

Summer Reading List 2018

I never start a new book without finishing another one… until now. For whatever reason I’ve had complete lack of self control when it comes to reading this summer. There are so many great books out there! I’m reading about 6 right now* and this shit is crazy. I want the ability to speed read so I can get through all of them.

Last fall, before we went to Asia, I tried checking out lots of e-books from my library’s app for the long flight, but everything I wanted to read was on hold. I put holds on about 10 different books (the max allowed) and they’re all becoming available NOW. Three have landed in my app this week alone. You only get them for a week, so I’ve had to make the choice to send some back so somebody else can get to them and put myself back on the wait list. Because there are so many people waiting on them, you can’t extend the loans on some of these.

Here’s what I’m currently reading (links to all in the photos) and hopefully you can get through faster than I can… with a little sense of focus: 


Beneath the Scarlett Sky

I heard about this book from 3 people in the same week and my friend Cate let me borrow her copy! If you read The Nightingale, you’ll love this. It’s historical fiction based on a true story of an Italian boy in WWII. It’s 462 pages, and is one of 4 books I’m reading at the same time, but I love it so far and am about 1/3 of the way through it. I love history and this story is amazing.


The Woman in the Window

The perfect thriller beach read so far! It’s fast paced in the beginning, drags a little later, but then picks back up for a good summer book. It’s also good to alternate it with the heavy topics from the first book I mentioned. If you like books like Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, this should be right up your alley.


I’ve read a bunch of investing books, but not many help because they’re older and not relevant today. This one though was published this year! If you’re wanting a beach read, this is not a page-turner per se, but I’ve learned so much from this book and I’m only halfway through it, I’d still recommend it.

I love that the author is a millennial on the late end of the scale – like me – and is trying to figure out as much as she can in her 30s to help her out the rest of her life. It helps that her dad is one of the top investors in the country. You’ll want to buy this one though. I had to return it to the library, but I’ll purchase it myself – too many good things to underline and highlight that I want to come back to!

Play On

I heard about this on the Outside Podcast and loved everything I heard from the interview with the author. We don’t have to retire from doing the things we love in our 40s. We don’t ALL need to have hip replacements! Looking at the new science, there are ways to make our bodies durable through the decades and I for one intend to do just that. I’m only two chapters in, but it’s fascinating.

Yes We Still Can

Dan Pfeiffer was the former Communications Director of the White House and now is a co-host on one of my favorite podcasts, Pod Save America. I bought his book to support him and the charity fundraiser he ran from the pre-sale copies he sold.

Same – I’m only 2 chapters in, but since I own this one, I can take my time. If you’ve felt bogged down by this administration, here’s some good stuff to take into account.

Hey Ladies!

This is HILARIOUS if you understand that it’s parody. It’s satirical fiction based on friends in our groups that we all know. And if you’ve ever been on a multi-person email thread for months on end trying to plan a bachelorette party, wedding/baby shower, wedding, or girl’s trip, you totally get it! This one’s a renter though. Get it from a friend or the library. It’s short! ; )

Hate to Want You

Hear me out. I used to read romance novels in high school because they were wonderful. Castles and milkmaids and stable boys, etc. Great fodder for the teenage years! However I hadn’t read one since then… until this summer. A friend of mine was telling me about her re-entry into the world of romance novels – super quick reads and some steamy scenes that prove to be a nice escape from the heavy news stories happening right now. And I tell ya… this one didn’t disappoint. It’s a modern one, which I wasn’t used to, but I can tell you I’m looking for the next in the series from my library…

The Kiss Quotient

Not as steamy as the first one I just mentioned, but at just a couple hundred pages, it’s fun, fast read while you’re on vacay. Also, it’s like a male twist on Pretty Woman… so that’s fun. Get it from the library!


Mating in Captivity

Don’t read too much into this title – I’m not having marriage issues! Esther Perel has written a few books, but this is the only one my library had so it’s on my iPad right now. I’ve only gotten through the first chapter, but I heard the author speak on the Dear Sugar podcast (I subscribe so I listen to every episode) and she’s a couple’s therapist with some really fascinating things to say about sex and relationships. The co-host of the podcast, Steve Almond, said both he and his wife read this book and had some interesting conversations about it afterward. We’ll see what she has to say in this book, but from what I’ve gathered online, she’s world renowned!

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What I’ve had to send back to the library: 

Antony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential

Michele McNamara’s I’ll Be Gone In the Dark

Caitlyn Doughty’s From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find The Good Death

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So many books. Too little time.

What have you read that you LOVE lately?!

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