Reading my way through 2017- Summer Reads

I am still going strong on my resolution to read one book per month. As I mentioned in my last “Reading my Way Through 2017” blog, I love reading. I especially love reading in the summer. Laying by the pool or on the beach with a book is just so relaxing.

Here are the books I’ve read this summer:

May- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
I initially started reading this book with the sole intention of watching the show. This book wasn’t really something I normally gravitate towards but I am so glad I read it. If you haven’t watched the show yet I highly recommend you read the book.

The story is narrated by Offred, a Handmaid living in the Republic of Gilead, a totalitarian and theocratic state that has replaced the United States of America. Because of low birth rates, fertile women are assigned to produce children for commanders and their wives. The book follows what day-to-day life is like for Offred and the other handmaids as they plot to take back their freedom.

June- Certain Girls by Jennifer Weiner
I’ve read a few Jennifer Weiner’s books and I think they’re great easy reads. Certain Girls was no different. The book switches back and forth from a mother’s and daughter’s perspective as both face life changes.

The book takes place pretty local to me in Philadelphia, I always love reading books that incorporate places I’ve been. I don’t want to give too much away with this book because there is a major plot twist but it’s a really great read that daughters and mothers can enjoy together.

July- Leave Your Mark by Aliza Licht
So, I’ve had this book sitting on my shelf for years and recently picked it up in hopes it would give me some guidance. This summer I was having a tough time and wasn’t happy with where I was in life. I was looking for a new job and getting down on myself. This is a whole other story within itself but I was looking for something, anything to get me out of my rut. I turned to this book for some help.

This book had a lot of great tips for life both professional and personal. It talked about never giving up on your dreams and to work hard to achieve your goals. I do think it’s geared more towards someone who just graduated from college. I’ve been out of college for 3 years now, but I still found most of the points relatable and they pushed me to keep searching for new opportunities.

August- Ladies Night by Mary Kay Andrews
Mary Kay Andrews is one of my favorite authors. I could probably do a whole blog post on her books alone. When I saw Ladies Night in the bookstore I knew I would love it, and I did. The book follows a successful blogger going through a nasty divorce from her cheating husband. She rebuilds her life with the help of family and new friends.

Like the Jennifer Weiner book, each chapter is written from two different perspectives. The first is Grace Staton, the blogger mentioned above. The second is Wyatt, her friend

from the divorce group she is forced to go to by a judge. The group also includes a few other women and a wacky therapist. The crew supports each other through various dramas and turns that keep the book exciting.

My latest book is My not so Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella. I find myself constantly giggling while reading this one.

Have you read any of the books mentioned above? What did you think? Any recommendations? Leave a comment below!

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Thanks for reading!

XO- Sam
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