One of my most visited blog posts from last year was my 2021 Summer Reading List! I received soo many messages from you telling me how many you had read, which ones were your faves, and even what they made you think about.
After careful consideration, I’ve compiled another Summer Reading List for you! This one is a mix of books I’ve read and loved, but also books I’m looking forward to reading. So grab a pool chair, a Chappywrap, or plop on a porch and dive into one of these page-turners!!
by Taylor Jenkins Reed
Looking for an exciting read? In this New York Times Best Seller, four famous siblings throw an epic party to celebrate the end of the summer. But over the course of twenty-four hours, the family drama that ensues will change their lives will change forever. The Washington Post also named it one of the best books of the year and People Magazine thinks it's irresistible!
This perfect contemporary romance read was named The #1 New York Times Best Seller! With two best friends, ten summer trips, and one last chance to fall in love, you won't want to put this book down. It'll transport you to vacation mode and leave you feeling the warmest post-vacay lust.
In just seven days in June, teens Eva Mercy + Shane Hall fell in love. Fifteen years later, they meet again unexpectedly and the same emotions arise. But this time their both older with a lot more to lose. Will they overcome temptation to revisit the past? Or will they be strong enough to resist the urge to fall head first?
This Vanishing Half is one you can't miss. Two identical sisters run away from the southern Black community where they were raised and choose to live in very different worlds. While one returns to her hometown with her Black daughter, the other takes a very different path deciding to live her life passing as a white woman. This novel is one of President Barack Obama's favorite reads and was named Best Book of 2020 by The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, People, Time Magazine, and many more. The Vanishing Half will leave you in awe!
This award-winning novel has a strong plot line revolving around two LA women navigating their 20s and complicated pasts. Upon meeting at their workplace, the women have an immediate and undeniable connection. However, the damage they carry and the life choices they have made pulls them apart over and over again. New York Times best-selling author Tara Conklin calls it "a story for our time," and I couldn't agree more!
Tabitha Walker has a plan to have it all, and by the looks of things she's doing a great job. That is until she recieves the news that she can't have children and her perfect world comes crashing down. With the help of her girlfriends + her grandmother, Tabby tries to maneavour new-age medicine but just may fall victim to the belief that Black Girls Must Die Exhausted.
Mallory is a freshman in college when she meets a married woman at the university’s gym. Immediately, she is in awe of this elegant, older person, and it does not take long for their clandestine affair to begin. Self-possessed, brilliant, and much more, the woman absolutely consumes Mallory, who is still grieving her mother’s death a few months earlier. Years after the affair has ended, Mallory is faced with the decision between staying safe in a state of lonely isolation, as she did during the affair, or stepping fully into the outside world and confronting what role this woman played in her life.
This fun and suspenseful novel follows Ava, an eccentric product engineer, who works for a furniture company where vast corporate changes land her under the scope of a new charismatic boss, Mat Putnam, who is determined to get close to her. When Mat offers Ava a ride home one afternoon, an unlikely relationship blossoms. Ava is reminded of how exciting it can be to open up and despite her own instincts, she falls head over heels. But Mat is not all who he claims to be, and their romantic relationship takes a turn.
Estranged siblings come together to deal with their mother’s death and solve a mystery from her secret past. It's a journey of discovery that takes them to far away places and ends with her famous black cake. This book is full of secrets, backstabbing, passion, tradition, and in the end, acceptance. The dual timelines make it such an interesting read as we see the story of Eleanor Bennett unfold. You may even finish it with a craving for Caribbean black cake!