What’s on my Summer Reading List

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Eva Amurri shares her summer reading list

I love curling up with a great book in the colder months, and sitting outside and reading during the summer is my best way to unwind when the weather is great! If I can get some time in a beach chair, coffee or cocktail in hand, and a book that I’m totally absorbed in…that is pure bliss as far as I’m concerned. I don’t get as much unwinding time these days as I once did, but I make sure to fit in reading most days of the week, especially at night before bed. Apparently, reading before bed and shutting your phone off at least 60 minutes before you sleep actually does wonders for your sleep cycle!

I’ve been compiling a list of books that are on my reading list for the summer, and I thought I’d share it today in case anybody else is looking. Please share any recommendations also of things you’ve recently read and loved!

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What's on my Summer Reading List

You Could Make This Place Beautiful by Maggie Smith


This book has come so highly recommended! A memoir on life, divorce, and finding joy.

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert


This is the story of Vivian Morris, who comes to New York City in 1940 as a 19-year-old Vassar dropout. Vivian is wealthy and WASPy and sheltered, but when she moves in with her Aunt Peg, worlds open before her.

The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave


Hannah Michaels finds out that her husband Owen is being investigated for a crime and has now gone missing. She’s left alone with her 16-year-old stepdaughter, Bailey, who dislikes her. This has already been made into a movie so I’m going to rush and read it before I watch!

Glow in the F*cking Dark by Tara Schuster


This is a memoir about self-love, finding joy in the darkest of times, and healing your deepest soul wounds.

The Long And Faraway Gone by Lou Berney


This is a smart, fiercely compassionate crime story that explores the mysteries of memory and the impact of violence on survivors—and the lengths they will go to find the painful truth of the events that scarred their lives.

The Inland Sea by Madeleine Watts


A young Australian woman unable to find her footing in the world begins to break down when the emergencies she hears working as a 911 operator and the troubles within her own life gradually blur together, forcing her to grapple with how the past has shaped her present.

Wow, No Thank You by Samantha Irby


I heart this collection of essays is LOL funny, and I can’t wait to read it! Essay collections are my fave.

Naked by David Sedaris


I’ve read this book over ten times, but I love coming back to it when I need a good laugh. I plan on reading again this summer!

It Starts With Us by Colleen Hoover


Everyone I know is obsessed with Colleen Hoover’s modern romance novels! I just found out they’re filming the movie adaptation of this one right now, so I’m going to make sure to read it this summer!

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  1. Caroline says:

    Demon Copperhead! It’s long, but so absorbing and the best thing I’ve read in the last few years. Great book to get lost in if you have time on vacation or a road trip.

    Also, anything by Emily Henry is a fun summer read.

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  2. Katie says:

    Make sure you read It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover before reading it starts with us! It Starts With Us is the sequel 🙂 loved both; they’re no literary masterpieces but the characters are so well done and it’s a captivating story!

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  3. noura nursé t. says:

    thank you for book recommendations 🙏 i love reading so much! i love it when someone posts their own list.

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  4. Glenda says:

    The Seven husbands of Evelyn Hugo
    It Ends With Us.

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  5. Megan says:

    Love love love It Ends With Us. You have to read It Starts With Us after! I’m reading Emily Henry’s latest Happy Place 😍 and I’m really looking forward to reading The True Love Experiment my Christina Lauren. I love romance 🥰

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