Good morning lovelies! Happy Monday! I hope you all had a fabulous Father’s Day! My weekend was kind of busy but I did manage to sneak in some time to relax and while perusing Amazon for a new book I realized that 1. THERE ARE SO MANY GOOD ONES OUT RIGHT NOW and 2. I should make a Summer reading list for you guys/myself! So, here goes…
Primates of Park Avenue by Wednesday Martin
Description: After marrying a man from the Upper East Side and moving to the neighborhood, Wednesday Martin struggled to fit in. Drawing on her background in anthropology and primatology, she tried looking at her new world through that lens, and suddenly things fell into place. She understood the other mothers’ snobbiness at school drop-off when she compared them to olive baboons. Her obsessional quest for a Hermes Birkin handbag made sense when she realized other females wielded them to establish dominance in their troop. And so she analyzed tribal migration patterns, display rituals, physical adornment, mutilation, mating practices, extra-pair copulation, and more. Her conclusions are smart, thought-provoking, and hilariously unexpected.
Killing Monica by Candace Bushnell
Description: In KILLING MONICA Bushnell spoofs and skewers her way through pop culture, celebrity worship, fame, and even the meaning of life itself, when a famous writer must resort to faking her own death in order to get her life back from her most infamous creation–Monica. With her trademark wit and style, KILLING MONICA is Bushnell’s sharpest, funniest book to date.
The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza
Description: An outrageously stylish, wickedly funny novel of fashion in the digital age, The Knockoff is the story of Imogen Tate, editor in chief of Glossy magazine, who finds her twentysomething former assistant Eve Morton plotting to knock Imogen off her pedestal, take over her job, and reduce the magazine, famous for its lavish 768-page September issue, into an app.
If I Could Turn Back Time by Beth Harbison
Description: Told with Beth Harbison’s wit and warmth, If I Could Turn Back Time is the fantasy of every woman who has ever thought, “If I could go back in time, knowing what I know now, I’d do things so differently…”
Summer Secrets by Jane Green
Description: Jane Green delivers her second blockbuster novel of 2015, a story of one woman struggling to right the wrongs of her past, with even more complications in the present.
The Best of Enemies by Jen Lancaster
Description: Bridesmaids meets The In-Laws in a novel told from the alternating perspectives of two women who define the term frenemies—from New York Times bestselling author Jen Lancaster.
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Description: Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?
Who Do You Love by Jennifer Weiner
Description: From the “hilarious, heartbreaking, and insightful” (The Miami Herald) bestselling author Jennifer Weiner comes a sweeping, modern day fairy tale about first romance and lasting love.
Woman With a Secret by Sophie Hannah
Description: Traffic on Elmhirst Road has come to a halt. The police are stopping cars, searching for something. Nicki Clements waits patiently, until she glimpses a face she hoped she’d never see again. It’s him—and he’s the cop checking each car. Desperate to avoid him, she makes a panicky U-turn and escapes. But Nicki’s peculiar behavior did not go unnoticed, and now the police have summoned her for questioning. A resident of Elmhirst Road has been murdered—a controversial newspaper columnist named Damon Blundy. The detectives begin peppering her with questions. Why was she seen fleeing the scene? What is her connection to the victim? Why was the knife that killed him used in such a peculiar way? Why were the words “HE IS NO LESS DEAD” painted on the wall of Blundy’s study? and what do they signify? One simple answer could clear her. But she can’t explain why she fled Elmhirst Road that day without revealing the secret that could ruin her.
Also on my list for this Summer: the Martian by Andy Weir and Yes Please by Amy Poehler. I plan to listen to them as an audiobook (per the suggestions of Kristen and Nadine). This is something new for me and I have been meaning to download them for a while now.
PS – Speaking of reading – Kristen, Kay and Kari are hosting a fabulous new book club called the Literary Ladies! The first book is Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen and the link up/discussion will be held on August 4th if you want to join in on the fun!