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5 Summer Reads

Whether you have plans for a summer vacation or parking it by the water - I've got a few reads that you'll want to have with you!! Unlike last month's recently read post, I enjoyed every single one of the books that I've recently read and think they would be perfect for summer! 
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The Girl Before || Best way to describe this book - riveting! The chapters switch between Emma "THEN", the girl before Jane, "NOW." Just like Girl on the Train and Gone Girl, this is being made into a movie - to me that's always a good indicator of the book being really good! It's a psychological thriller that will keep you guessing and in all honestly, I sort of finished the book and had to reread the last chapter because I was a bit confused. It centers around One Folgate Street, a smart home built by an enigmatic architect that takes a liking to all of his renters. I found that psychology and understanding why people do what they do was a really big part of this book and each chapter ends / begins with a question that the renters of One Folgate Street have to answer in order to determine if they can live there. 
The Marriage Lie || When I finished this book I was shocked!! Iris and Will have been married for 7 years in what seems like a perfect marriage. The book is about what happens when you find out that the man you married isn't exactly who he said he was for all those years. Will heads to Florida on a business trip, only Iris finds out Will never went to Florida, according to the flight manifest he was on a flight to Seattle that crashed into a field killing everyone on board. I felt like this was a movie in the making or maybe even was at some point because the plot felt very familiar. Iris as a character was great - she was written extremely well! 
The Big Love ||  Before I even talk about The Big Love, I had the Arrangement as the book I really wanted to read, but it wasn't available at the library so I decided to start with this Sara Dunn book which was her first. Every chapter of this book felt like a different episode of Sex and The City. It wasn't a long book, but it was quintessential chick lit -- girl has boyfriend, boyfriend dumps girl, girl tries to figure out if true love exists. Was it entertaining, yes, but it wasn't groundbreaking. I will say the writing was really good and I think this was in large part because the main character Allison was an author herself, so she could be a little bit more thoughtful in the way she developed the story. The book is also only written from Allison's point of view which made it feel more like a memoir and I enjoyed not having to figure out the story lines of so many other characters. 
Arranged || Not to be confused with The Arrangement that I still want to read, this is just Arranged. I absolutely loved this book. It felt very current and engaging, pun not intended! I find that when an author writes the character as a writer, I end up liking the book even more! Anne seemingly has it all except for the love of her life. She decides to let the experts find her a husband, but the catch is the newlyweds can't tell anyone how they met & married. Just when I thought I had the book figured out - the author slipped in a curve ball and kept me in it even more! Such a fun summer read!! 
Same Beach, Next Year || This is the ultimate summer read, it even says so in the title! I was getting some Elin Hildenbrand vibes while reading this and I didn't mind it at all! Year after year, Eliza & Adam along with Carl & Eve find themselves on vacation and enjoying their beach vacation with their families as well as growing their friendship. One catch, Adam & Eve (yep, she really did that) were childhood sweethearts that lost touch, that was until one summer they ended up renting a summer house right next door to one another. Over the course of what seems like 20 years the couples friendship grows and the stories that unfold are very colorful! There was a touch of Under the Tuscan Sun / Eat Pray Love in there as parts taking place in my favorite city, Charleston, I devoured this book in a few days! 
I'm currently reading another book by the author of Arranged & loving it! Tell me what I should read next? 
 

58 comments

  1. Arranged and Same Beach Next Year both sound right up my ally!!

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  2. Oooh I really want to read Arranged. Can't wait to hear about the one you re reading now. Have a wonderful Wednesday!!

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  3. I'm so glad to hear that you liked Same Beach, Next Year! I keep seeing it around and have been wondering how it was. Sounds like I need to pick it up!

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  4. Arranged sounds really good! Eyes On You was a good one that I read last month!

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  5. I have been looking for some good books to read this summer. Thanks for the suggestions- definitely think I am going to add Same Beach, Next Year to my list!

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  6. I need some plane books up to Boston so definitely taking note of these!

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  7. All these books sound awesome! I need some seriously new summer reading so I'm adding these to my list!

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  8. So many good new reads to checkout! Thank you!! I just added practically all of them to my list :)

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  9. Oooh some good ones here. That last one is going on my list!

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  10. You saying that there is a touch of Under the Tuscan Sun/Eat Pray Love in Same Beach, Next Year pretty much sold me! Under the Tuscan Sun is one of my all-time favorites!! The Girl Before also sounds like my kind of read!

    Rosy Outlook

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  11. Same Beach Next Year and Arranged need to be added to my list. I enjoyed Girl Before, even though I ended up not caring for either character by the end.

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  12. Definitely adding these to my must read list! I think I get all of my book suggestions from you lol! Once you read The Arrangement you have to let me know what you think! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  13. All of these books look so, so good but Arranged is intriguing me right now! Thanks for the recs, girl!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

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  14. I need to get on the bloved boston reading program! You always have such good picks! When everythig slows down I need to start getting into reading again!
    xoxo,Victoria
    www.coffeeandablonde.blogspot.com

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  15. All of these books sound like such great reads, but I'm most interested in The Girl Before and The Marriage Lie, perhaps it's because of my psychology background, haha. I've yet to read Girl on the Train, but of course have been wanting to with all the positive reviews I've read. Once I muster up the energy to lift a book again, I have to check these out, haha. Thanks for sharing, beauty, and I hope you're having a great day so far!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    www.thestylecontour.com

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  16. This is so cheesy but I kept getting closer to my computer screen and smiling during these reviews - you should be a critic! I'm definitely getting the first one for my pool/beach bag I believe!

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  17. I'm so interested to see who they cast for The Girl Before! I can see it being a good movie, the whole house premise was so interesting to me. Same Beach, Next Year definitely does look like the perfect summer book!

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  18. Great book review. I totally want to read The Girl Before, sounds like something I would love. Love a good beach read.

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  19. The Girl Before has been on my list for a while, and now the rest of these are going on there! All of these sound like perfect summer reads. I put up a book post yesterday, and I can't be recommend enough Mean Streak by Sandra Brown.

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  20. I really enjoyed Gone Girl and Girl on the Train, so I definitely need to add The Girl Before to my list <3
    Green Fashionista

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  21. I haven't heard of any of these so I will definitely check them out!! Thanks for the recommendations!
    Kelsey
    www.thepeacockroost.com

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  22. Looks like I need to go to the library again this week and add these. Jess at Just Jess

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  23. Totally want to read the first two...they sound like something I would really enjoy. Hoping I can get some good reading in this summer!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

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  24. I loved The Girl Before, and I can't wait to read The Marriage Lie! Currently I am reading Crazy Rich Asians! :)

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  25. oh the girl before looks like my kinda book. this is def a great list and i can see we like reading the same things. let me know what you think after you read the arrangement

    xoxo cheshire kat

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  26. I am definitely going to read some of these at the beach this Summer! Thanks!

    xx,Elise
    www.sparkleandslippers.blogspot.com

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  27. I missed reading. The Marriage Lie sounds intriguing.

    Nina's Style Blog

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  28. I need a new pool book and I am totally checking these out... I have heard The Marriage Lie is great.

    Brittany :)
    www.kingdomofsequins.com

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  29. I'll be adding a few of these to my reading list! which is getting really long by the way!

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  30. That last book even gives off Elin Hildebrand vibes! Definitely stocking up on some of these!

    Zelle | Southern Style

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  31. I need to read all of these! Looking forward to some free time to read soon! We are reading White Fur for book club this month and I need to tear into it!

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  32. Oh man, all of these sound so good, especially The Marriage Lie! Definitely going to check these out :)

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  33. It's so sad that I haven't read books in ages. I used to love reading romance books in the summer
    Kate || KATE KOUTURES

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  34. Arranged sounds really cute! I always like light-hearted books like this. That's awesome you are liking the book by the Arranged author. I love finding an author with several good books to add to my list. Thanks for sharing!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

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  35. Same Beach, Next Year sounds like the perfect read for this summer! I'm so glad that you liked The Girl Before! I couldn't put it down either!

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  36. I just picked up The Girl Before! I can't wait to start it!

    Heidi || Wishes & Reality

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  37. The Girl Before sounds so interesting, but I'm so easily scared haha don't know how I'd handle that thriller!

    http://www.myclusterofthoughts.com/

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  38. I LOVED The Girl Before. Same Beach, Next Year sounds like such a great summer read!

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  39. This is a great list- I'll definitely have to pick up The Girl Before:)

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  40. Same beach, next year sounds like the perfect book to add to my list and read outside!

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  41. de här är så himla intressant att läsa om

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  42. All of these sound like great reads! I'm adding them all to my list! Thanks for sharing your reviews!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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  43. Just adding them to my Goodreads list!!! Thanks for the recommendations!

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  44. Same Beach, Next Year sounds awesome! I am definitely upping my reading game this summer, so I love lists like this!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  45. Same Beach, Next Year is totally making it's way onto my summer reading list, sounds like the perfect light read!

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  46. The only one I've read is the Girl Before which I really enjoyed! Adding the rest of these to my read list...perfect timing because I just depleted all the books on my read list.

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  47. Same Beach, Nect Year sounds like a book I would love! Thanks for sharing!

    Brooke
    pumps and push-ups

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  48. I love your book recommendations, always! I am definitely adding the last one to my list!

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  49. Totally agree with the first two, but I haven't read the rest! Adding them to my list!

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  50. Your posts always make me think I need to stop and get back into reading more. I love it!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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  51. Oh I need to read The girl before. Especially if it is being made into a movie. I always love reading books that way.

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  52. Super excited to see this review....looking for a little lighter reading and I think some of these will fit. Not sure if I already shared...but I think you would like November 9!

    Shelly|The Queen in Between

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  53. I have "Same Beach, Next Year" just waiting to be read! Gotta finish the book I'm in the middle of then on to that one!

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  54. Great reading list! I totally need to make more time to read and I have to put some of these on my list!

    Tina
    www.justatinabit.com

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  55. Same beach, next year is on my list to read next but I'm adding the rest of these too!!

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  56. These books are so attractive. I'd read The Big Love during this summer.

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