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Summer Reading Recommendations

I’ve been reading a lot of different types of books this summer. Inspirational ones, funny ones, sad ones, thought-provoking ones. Basically, not just the typical beach reads, although there are a few of those :)

Here are a couple of my favorite books I’ve read this summer:

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The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

Why you should read: You want to learn how to be happier

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Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

Why you should read: There’s always two sides to a love story

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We’re All Damaged by Matthew Norman

Why you should read: You want a light, funny look at when life falls apart

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Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer

Why you should read: You eat and participate in our food system (so everyone)

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Until I Say Good-bye by Susan Spencer-Wendel

Why you should read: You want to appreciate life more (or want to cry)

Find my all time favorite books here.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Book Edition

This year, I made a conscious effort to read more. After years of not reading much, it was fun to get back into it and read some really great books. This gift guide has a book for everyone! For more of my all time favorite books, click here.

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The New York Times: 36 Hours USA & Canada, $26

For: the weekend traveler

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Domestic Violets by Matthew Norman, $15

For: the bored office worker

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Wild by Cheryl Strayed, $9

For: the adventure seeker

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After Visiting Friends: A Son’s Story by Michael Hainey, $15 

For: the mystery lover

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Bossy Pants by Tina Fey, $6

For: the pop culture enthusiast

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Service Included by Phoebe Damrosch, $12

For: the food snob

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The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer, $12

For: the long-time friend

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This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper, $11

For: the friend in need of a laugh

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Delancey by Molly Wizenberg, $12

For: the foodie, the wannabe restauranteur

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We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, $11

For: the one who loves surprises

Check out my other holiday gift guides:

  1. My favorites that I own
  2. Under $100 for her
  3. The LK wish list
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Recently Read: Reunion

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I loved this book. The characters and story sucked me in right from the beginning. It was funny, honest and raw.

Kate, a thirty-something screenwriter facing marriage and debt problems, returns home to Atlanta after her estranged father commits suicide. She’s joined by her two siblings, who struggle with their own issues, and eventually, their multiple step-moms and half-siblings.

Experiencing this difficult life moment together triggers Kate and her two siblings to confront their situations and get their lives back in order. Set over a four-day weekend, comical, painful moments ensue.

Sound familiar? This dysfunctional family reunion reminded me (in a good way!) of This is Where I Leave You. Both are two of my favorite books.

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Recently Read: We Were Liars

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As part of my 36 in 365 days challenge, I set a goal to read 36 books. I plan to review some of my favorites here. First up: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.

I read about this book online a while back, took a picture of it on my phone, (am I the only one who does this to remember things?) and then forgot about it completely. I remembered it weeks later, and found it in the library in the Young Adult section. I was a little worried it might be too childish, but decided to give it a try.

I’m glad I did. It was a fun, quick read (it took me two days), that draws you in right away. The end was a total surprise. I really did not see it coming.

It’s definitely a book you want to talk about with someone after reading (which is why I convinced my mom and L to read it). This Goodreads discussion board (CONTAINS SPOILERS!) was interesting to read afterwards, as was going back and rereading certain sections to see how everything fit together.

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