2016 Summer Reading Recs

2016 Summer Reading Recs
The Girls


 1. The Girls  by Emma Cline

Why it made the list: This title is sure to be one of the most talked about books this year.  Teenagers, a cult, and California.

Synopsis: Northern California, during the violent end of the 1960s. At the start of summer, a lonely and thoughtful teenager, Evie Boyd, sees a group of girls in the park, and is immediately caught by their freedom, their careless dress, their dangerous aura of abandon. Soon, Evie is in thrall to Suzanne, a mesmerizing older girl, and is drawn into the circle of a soon-to-be infamous cult and the man who is its charismatic leader.
Hidden in the hills, their sprawling ranch is eerie and run down, but to Evie, it is exotic, thrilling, charged—a place where she feels desperate to be accepted. As she spends more time away from her mother and the rhythms of her daily life, and as her obsession with Suzanne intensifies, Evie does not realize she is coming closer and closer to unthinkable violence.

2. Modern Lovers by Emma StraubModern Lover

Why it made the list: Who can resist this beautiful cover? From recent best-selling author of The Vacationers, college friends turned adult neighbors with their own kids and the drama that ensues over a summer.

Synopsis:  Friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring.
Back in the band’s heyday, Elizabeth put on a snarl over her Midwestern smile, Andrew let his unwashed hair grow past his chin, and Zoe was the lesbian all the straight women wanted to sleep with. Now nearing fifty, they all live within shouting distance in the same neighborhood deep in gentrified Brooklyn, and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease. But the summer that their children reach maturity (and start sleeping together), the fabric of the adult lives suddenly begins to unravel, and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose—about themselves, and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them—can never be reclaimed.

I Let You Go3. I Let You Go by Claire Mackintosh

Why it made the list: A modern-day murder mystery and a grieving mother.

Synopsis: I Let You Go follows Jenna Gray as she moves to a ramshackle cottage on the remote Welsh coast, trying to escape the memory of the car accident that plays again and again in her mind and desperate to heal from the loss of her child and the rest of her painful past.

At the same time, the novel tracks the pair of Bristol police investigators trying to get to the bottom of this hit-and-run. As they chase down one hopeless lead after another, they find themselves as drawn to each other as they are to the frustrating, twist-filled case before them.

4. Full Share by Eliza FreedFull Share

Why it made the list:  The quintessential summer read and bargain priced! Set in the summer with richly developed characters, read my review here.

Synopsis:  Nora Hargrove’s post-grad life includes a horrific entry-level job, a cave of an apartment, and a strict avoidance of all interpersonal relationships. She knows only one thing about herself–she wants to be left alone.

Avoiding her mother’s forced family time, she seeks solitude on her own terms. In a poorly ventilated, overcrowded Dewey Beach rental, she discovers there’s no place to hide. Not from yourself, not from your life, and not from love. This is the story of Nora Hargrove’s full share.

Before the Fall5. Before the Fall by Noah Hawley

Why it made the list: Written by the Emmy-winning creator of the tv show Fargo, this plane crash thriller is bound to leave you captivated…

Synopsis:  On a foggy summer night, eleven people–ten privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter–depart Martha’s Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later, the unthinkable happens: the plane plunges into the ocean. The only survivors are Scott Burroughs–the painter–and a four-year-old boy, who is now the last remaining member of an immensely wealthy and powerful media mogul’s family.

With chapters weaving between the aftermath of the crash and the backstories of the passengers and crew members–including a Wall Street titan and his wife, a Texan-born party boy just in from London, a young woman questioning her path in life, and a career pilot–the mystery surrounding the tragedy heightens. Continue Reading


The ONE Recommendation for Everyone


If you could only recommend ONE book, what would it be?

Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes, is THE best book that I’ve read in the past two years.  I recommend this to everyone that I have a book conversation with because it is that good.  It sticks with you. Two years later, this book STILL weighs heavy on my heart. Even more, this book makes you think.


I initially saw this book pop up on the best seller’s list month after month.  I read the synopsis and was ultimately put off by the subject matter–one of the main characters is a quadriplegic.  I didn’t think I could stomach the subject matter.  However, a few months later, desperate for something to read, I decided to see what all the fuss was about.  This is one of those books that has you quickly asking yourself why you waited so long to read this.


The book will make you laugh.  And cry.  And cry some more, but it is so worth it!  It’s a moving novel that will stay with for years to come and make you reconsider the life that we are given, how we choose to live it, and how we choose to end it.   Me Before You is also being made into a movie that is due out June 2016 starring Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin.  I don’t see how the movie can live up to the depth of this book but I am anxious too see!  This is a definite must read before it hits theaters.After You


Don’t miss the sequel, After You, which is being released September 29th!


Synopsis:  They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose . . .

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

A Love Story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?

 If you could recommend only one book to someone, what would it be?

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