7 Books to Add to Your Summer Reading List

So you’ve watched everything on Netflix, Hulu, and HBO and don’t know what to do with yourself, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a list of seven books that are guaranteed to keep you hooked and give you some of the best sleepless nights.

1. Brain On Fire: My Month of Madness

Be prepared to finish this book in one sitting. This intense memoir by Susannah Callahan is about how a twenty-four-year old goes from being a successful NY Times journalist one day to being strapped into a hospital bed the next. Unable to speak and with no memory of how she got there, Susannah is no longer the girl she used to be. Susannah’s mystery disease has stumped doctor after doctor. Do they give up and conclude she is psychotic? The memoir will also hit the screens in September with Chloë Grace Mortez playing Susannah.

2. Treasure Yourself
With a title like that, how could you not want to read this book? Supermodel Miranda Kerr reminds us to treat ourselves with kindness, love, and respect with empowering words, stories, and life lessons. This relatable book is especially perfect for the summer because Miranda touches on the dangers of comparing ourselves to others. She provides useful advice on how to be the best version of ourselves. Don’t think of it as a self-help book but a really wise friend!


3. The Nightingale

This novel by Kristen Hannah is the reason my dark circles are extra dark today. Set in France in 1939, the book tells the story of two estranged sisters who have different ideas on how to handle the war going on around them and the German soldiers invading their village and home. Rebellious 18-year-old Isabelle refuses to sit by and do nothing. She joins the resistance while her older sister Vianne’s priority is to keep her daughter safe. The book bounces back and forth between their experiences, and although it is a fiction story- it is a much needed reminder of how brutal and wonderful this world can be.

4. The Girls
I judged a book by its cover and I’m so glad I did. The retro-looking-book written by Emma Cline that caught my eye at Barnes and Noble is nothing what I expected it to be. But predictable books are so very yesterday. The story is set in Northern California during the 1960’s and follows main character, Evie Boyd. Evie is a lonely teenaged girl who becomes mesmerized with a group of girls she sees at the park. They are carefree, brave, and everything she wants to be. Evie begins hanging out with the girls and finds herself a part of the chaos of the soon-to-be infamous cult. Russell, the leader of the cult, manipulates the girls with ease and soon Evie is in deep and covered in blood.

5. Luckiest Girl Alive

If you are a fan of dark stories with major twists like Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, this novel, written by Jessica Knoll, is for you. The main character, Ani FaNelli, seems to have the perfect life with a glamourous job at a magazine, beautiful wardrobe, and the man of her dreams. Ani has worked tirelessly to reinvent herself since her teenager days. What is she hiding? Every flashback gets us closer and closer to the answer. This novel is also hitting the screens sometime in 2017 with Reese Witherspoon as a producer!

6. Yoga Girl
This book will make you want to be a yoga girl. Or yoga boy. Or yoga human. Yoga teacher and social media influencer, Rachel Brathen, shares inspirational advice, yoga tips, and her journey in this part guide part yogi bible part book full of beautiful photographs. Basically, it has it all. Keep the Post-it notes near you because her messages are that empowering.



7. Lilac Girls

This novel inspired by real life events, follows three very different women from New York to Paris, Germany, and Poland during World War II. Caroline Ferriday is a NY socialite who works at the French consulate. Kasia Kuzmerick is a Polish teenager risking her life as a courier for an underground resistance movement. Horta Oberheuser is a young German doctor working for Nazis in a medical position. Author Martha Hall Kelly shows what it was like to be a woman during World War II from these very different perspectives.


Happy Reading, we hope you enjoy these must have summer books.  We are always looking to add to our list of book favorites so make sure to comment below with your favorite page turners!


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