Have a nice Tuesday!
Hope your week goes smoother than ours. Yesterday was a real Monday here. June said she had a year-long check-up and had another double ear infection. (We never knew!) She even gave me daycare germs. I had a cold at the end of last week, but it got progressively worse yesterday, so after a trip to the doctor and pharmacy in June, I went to the emergency room last night, and ended up with an ear infection. I also found that it was affected. 😆 (Which one I haven’t taken since she was 5?) I’m on cold medicine and antibiotics.
This morning I had to bring my car in for service downtown, so I’m working from one of my old stomping grounds, the Gold Coast. As I visit different coffee shops around town, I am reminded of a particular blog post I wrote at each cafe. As soon as I stepped in, I remembered writing this in the exact same place in 2015. 15 ways to feel inspired todayIt feels like another lifetime ago!
Today’s post brings you even more reading notes! (If you missed our latest roundup of great audiobooks, check it out too!) If you’re looking for the next great book, This is the place! 🙌🏼
Favorite books to read this summer:
I asked her on Instagram what her favorite book she had read recently, and she delivered it to me as usual! Below, we’ve compiled the most popular posts by category, along with descriptions from Amazon. (Also includes some notes about what I read!) I hadn’t heard of many of these titles, so I’m super excited about this list! Summer is definitely going to be busy!
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Let’s dive in.
The Paris Apartment:
“We’re all neighbors. We’re all suspects. And everyone knows what we’re not talking about.”
“Extraordinarily engrossing, thoroughly timely, husbands It’s both a gripping, well-crafted mystery and an insightful critique of motherhood and marriage in our time.
“Whose Truth Are Lies? Read all night long in this engrossing and sensational psychological thriller from the author of the New York Times #1 bestseller It. end with us”
“silent patient A shocking psychological thriller about a woman’s violent acts against her husband and a therapist obsessed with exposing her motives. ”
“Wealthy Washington suburbs Marissa and Matthew Bishop seem to have it all until Marissa cheats. Beneath their perfect facade lies a relationship torn apart by a lack of work and intimacy.” She wants to fix things for her eight-year-old son and because she loves her husband.Enter Avery Chambers.”
“a TipsClosed-door mysteries and heart-warming journeys like maid It explores what it means to be the same as everyone else, yet completely different, and reveals that all mysteries can be solved by connecting with the human mind. ”
“The wedding celebration gets dark and deadly in this deliciously sinister, atmospheric thriller reminiscent of 19th-century Agatha Christie. new york times best-selling author of hunting party. ”
Finlay Donovan Series:
“Fast-paced, deliciously witty, and genuinely genuine in portraying the frustrations and triumphs of motherhood in all its turmoil, hilarity, and heartfelt moments. Finlay Donovan is killing it is the first in El Cosimano’s brilliant new series, nominated for the YA Edgar Award. ”
“A troubled young mother craves a redeeming blow in this heartbreaking yet hopeful tale from #1 new york times Best-selling author Colleen Hoover. ” **OK, I just finished reading this and as a young mother of a daughter it was quite a pain to read. Don’t get me wrong, I ripped it up and it was hard to work with in parts.
It ends with us:
“In this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Huber delivers a heart-wrenching tale that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. it ends with us An unforgettable love story that pays the ultimate price. ”
Ghost of Dolly Alderton:
“A poignant and funny story of love and loss in the early thirties” The Sunday Times Nina Dean is a successful food writer in her early thirties who has loving friends and family and a new home and neighborhood. When she meets Max, a charming romantic hero who tells her he plans to marry her on her first date, it feels like everything is going according to plan.
“For two nemesis, anything can happen during their once-in-a-lifetime trip to Hawaii.It can even be love. new york times best-selling author of roomies”
One Italian summer:
” new york times best-selling author of After five years Set on the breathtaking Amalfi Coast, it returns with a powerful novel about the transforming love of a mother and daughter. **I just finished this one too and it was so good! Definitely an unexpected ending.
7 days in June:
“With an astute look at creative life in America today and the joys and complexities of being a mother and daughter, seven days in june A lighthearted, romantic, and sexy as hell tale of two authors finding their second chance at love. ”
New York Minutes:
“If you’re looking for the perfect ‘meat cute,’ look no further. Adorable banter and countless laugh-out-loud moments make this charming romance a true delight. ”
“In this witty and heartwarming romantic comedy, red, white, royal blue When one to watch— an awkward tech prodigy on a reality dating show who goes off script when sparks with a producer. ”
“ordinary people It’s a story of mutual attraction, friendship and love. Years after our first conversation, she takes us into the company of two people who try to stay apart but realize they can’t. ”
Funny you should ask:
“Alternating between their first meeting and their reunion ten years later, this charming and engaging novel will keep you going until the very last word.”
“Best-selling author Sarah J. Maas brings you a captivating and breathtaking book that blends romance, adventure and fairy lore into unforgettable reading.”**I’ve been hearing about these books for years and my goal is to finally start reading them this summer!
“A dark feminist tale of blood and gold. Must read!”
Project Hail Mary:
“From the author Martian, A lone astronaut must use this “propulsion” to save the Earth from disaster (entertainment weekly), a cinematic thriller full of suspense, humor and fascinating science, is in development as a blockbuster movie starring Ryan Gosling. ”
Cloud Cuckoo Land:
“From a Pulitzer Prize-winning author all invisible light,coming soon new york times A bestseller that is “a highly original, humane and uplifting book for adults, imbued with the magic of childhood reading experiences”
“The visionary author’s masterpiece, along with her Black female hero, is to confront the horrors of slavery and explore the then and present effects of racism, sexism, and white supremacy. It pulls us through time.”
“of midnight library, Matt Haig’s enchanting blockbuster novel, Nora Seed, finds herself faced with this decision. She faced the possibility of changing her life for a new one, pursuing a different career, undoing her old breakup, and realizing her dream of becoming a glaciologist. As she travels through the midnight library, she must search herself to determine what is truly fulfilling in her life and what is worth living in the first place. . **I feel like Debbie Downer here, which I didn’t like. I think it’s a message! 😂
Book of Lost Names:
“Inspired by the astonishing true story of World War II, a young woman with a gift for forgery helps hundreds of Jewish children flee the Nazis in this ‘thorough and epic’ tale.” I will help. lions on fifth avenue) historical novel by the #1 international bestselling author winemaker’s wife”
” new york times When United States of America today best-selling author of Huntress When Alice Network Return with another heartbreaking WWII story of the three female codebreakers of Bletchley Park and the spies they must eradicate once the war is over. ” **I loved this, I can’t say I loved it.It’s not as good as Alice Network, but it’s a good WWII historical novel.
“Meet Elizabeth Zott: California’s singular scientist in the 1960s, whose career took a detour when this novel made her the unlikely star of a beloved TV cooking show. It’s a reminder that change takes time and we need heat all the time.”
“Four famous brothers throw an epic party to celebrate the end of summer. But the family drama that lasts for 24 hours will change their lives forever.” **I don’t think I liked this as much as others. Very good, but I think she’s a solid third place behind Evelyn Hugo and Daisy Jones. After reading Evelyn and Daisy, I wanted more from the character development. 😂
Olga dreams and dies:
“The most devastating hurricane in Puerto Rico’s history, Xochitol Gonzales Olga dreams and dies It’s a story that examines corruption, family strife, and the very notion of the American Dream as it asks what it means to weather the storm. ”
Christine Hannah’s Four Winds:
“Four Winds A rich and sweeping novel that marvelously brings to life the Great Depression and those who lived through it, the harsh reality that divided us as a nation, and the enduring battle between the haves and have-nots. It is a testament to hope, resilience and the strength of the human spirit to survive adversity. Four Winds An indelible portrait of America and the American Dream through the eyes of an indomitable woman whose courage and sacrifice defined a generation. **A friend of mine raved about this book (we are all Kristen Hannah fans), but I don’t think it was as good as her other books!
“With the humor and heart you’d expect from best-selling author Stephen Lowry, gunkle It’s a moving tribute to love, perseverance, and the strength of family, even in the most trying times.
“Charmaine Wilkerson’s debut novel is a story about how betrayal, secrecy, memory and even the inheritance of names shape relationships and history. Deeply moving and beautifully written, black cake is an extraordinary journey through a family’s life forever changed by the patriarch’s choices. ” **This was probably the book you posted the most! Get it on your Kindle today!
“A charming manners comedy about three generations of a Chicago restaurant family and the love of fried food, beer batter and cream cheese frosting that feeds them all. girl in white dress**This was also a popular work! That’s so cute!