Audrie's Summer Book Recommendations

Hey babes, A here with a post about something near and dear to my heart: summer reading material. Lounging poolside with a great book is one of my very favorite simple pleasures, and every summer I find myself in search of new reading material. I’m not much for non-fiction, and especially in the summer I tend to go for more “fun” reading material. Here’s a list of some of the books I’ve been loving lately, a few I’ve already read this summer, and a couple that are up next on my reading list!

  1. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. Seriously, drop whatever you’re doing and read. this. book. It’s a wonderful coming-of-age story about the most endearing protagonist, and I could not recommend it more.

  2. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. I’m a sucker for a cute romance, and this one is as cute as they come. This book tells the story of an Australian professor whose world is turned around when he falls for a woman who couldn’t be more wrong for him. And good news - if you like this story there’s a second book and a third that was just recently released!

  3. One Day in December by Rosie Silver. Okay, I know this is supposed to be a post about summer books, and the title has “December” in it, but I promise this sweet story is perfect for a day at the beach! It’s another love story (my guilty pleasure), but themes of family and friendship also drive the story’s plot.

  4. The Game of Thrones Books, aka “A Song of Ice and Fire” by George R.R. Martin. Nerd alert… I have been a HUGE GoT fan since 2011… I’ve read all of the books, watched and re-watched every episode of the show, and even listen to GoT podcasts. This summer, my fandom and nerdiness have reached an all-time peak: I’m re-reading (or rather, listening to the audiobooks but it still counts, right?!) all of the books, and plan to re-watch each season of the show (insert nerd emoji here). Now let’s just hope that Martin finishes up the last 2 books in the series by the time I get through books 1-5!

  5. Vacationland by John Hodgman. This is a series of short stories by John Hodgman, who you might remember as the guy who personified the Mac computer in the old Apple v. Windows commercials. The stories in this book are charming and hilarious - I found myself enjoying and relating to the author’s recollections, as if we were swapping stores over a bottle of wine.

  6. Ask Again Yes by Mary Beth Keane. This is my current book, and although I’m only a couple of chapters in I’m absolutely loving it. It follows the story of two families in New York during the 70’s, and the relationships those families form. I’ll have to report back when I finish reading and let you all know how I liked it!

  7. Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain. Up next on my (ever-growing) reading list is Kitchen Confidential. I actually picked this up about a year ago after Bourdain’s tragic death. I think it’s finally time to crack it open and learn more about Bourdain’s life and early career.

What are you reading this summer? Drop us a comment and let us know what books you’ve been loving lately, or what’s up next on your reading list!