The Ultimate 2017 Summer Reading List

Doesn't Summer feel like the ultimate time for fun fiction and can't-put-me-down thrillers? I just love getting lost in twisted tales and breezy books while lounging by the pool or on a picnic. The only hard part can be figuring out what books are worth spending your coveted summer afternoons on (I know, SUCH tough problems). I love searching online for new books to get inspiration, but I find recommendations from friends with similar tastes so much more useful -- which inspired me to curate a list for the summer in hopes that these books will offer you a dose of much-needed escapism too. These books are a mix of what I've read recently and what's next on my bookshelf, waiting for a perfect afternoon in the park to breeze through. Happy reading! 

Recommended Reads: 

Do Not Become Alarmed

do not become alarmed

Quick Synopsis: Two families take a tropical vacation, but instead of losing their cares, they loose their children. Once the children go missing, the story unfolds from both the children and the adult's perspectives and is equal parts riveting and deeply moving.  

Verdict: This book is one of the first books I've read in a while that I truly couldn't put down. The author, Maile Malloy, has such a gift for writing inner dialogue in a way that feels incredibly authentic and easy to get lost in. She is able to capture the truth of the human experience vividly and unapologetically. I'm really looking forward to reading more by her! 

Since We Fell

Since We Fell

Quick Synopsis: After a public meltdown and a strange chance encounter, a journalist gets sucked into a conspiracy theory, provoking her to ultimately face her deepest fears. 

I can't wait to dive into this one after my next book club read! 

Fierce Kingdom

fierce kingdom

Quick Synopsis: While leaving the zoo, a mother and her son are forced to run back inside after hearing a gunman fire shots outside the building. It soon turns into a fierce game of hide and seek hunting with animals and humans. Yeah, it's just as disturbing as it sounds. 

Verdict: I was lucky enough to read an early release of this book (out July 25th) and it was SO entrancing/stressful/overwhelming. If you like thrillers, this will definitely keep you turning the pages until the very end. 

Cork Dork

cork dork book


Quick Synopsis: Journalist Bianca Bosker take a deep dive into what makes wine culture so unique and essentially dares to ask the question "What's the big deal with wine, anyway?" and gets more answers than she could have ever imagined. 

I appropriately picked this book up at a bookstore in Napa and have heard nothing but excellent things! It will be the perfect book for an afternoon in the park (probably with a little wine...). 

Big LITTLE LIES

Big Little Lies

I'm halfway through Big Little Lies and I CAN'T PUT IT DOWN. It's like guilty pleasure reading, but with a hint of feminism- ha! 

What We Loose

What we loose novel

Quick Synopsis: This story follows a young woman coming to terms with the death of her mother and exploring the complicated legacy she's leaving behind, while finding her own path. 

This isn't a light beach read by any means, but I love mixing in a little variety. I'll let Buzzfeed make the commentary on this one: “Stunning. . . . Powerfully moving and beautifully wrought, What We Lose reflects on family, love, loss, race, womanhood, and the places we feel home.” 

Worth Noting: 

  • Startup by Doree Shafrir: A fun read about the startup tech industry offering commentary on the fleeting notion of fast culture, fast money and fast disaster. 
  • What We Loose: An emotional read about dying and living with death. 
  • Into the Water by Paula Hawkins: The "Girl on a Train" author's newest novel about the mysterious depths of water in a small town with many secrets.  

Aaaanddd cue the lazy summer reading! If you're looking to switch up what you read, I LOVE my Book of the Month subscription and highly recommend it for adding a little variation from your normal reading routine! You can snag a 3-month membership deal here if you're interested.

What's on your reading list this Summer?