What I’m Reading this Summer… My TOP TEN Beach Reads!

It’s one of the most wonderful times of the year!  Summer is finally here!  The sun is finally in the sky for more than one random day at a time, and if you’re anything like me you are wishing for sand between your toes.  ☀️ 🏖  The relaxing beach vacation you’ve always dreamed of is finally here!  You show up at the beach with a stack of books in hand and leave with the same stack untouched in the suitcase…because you forgot for a moment that you’re the mother of three children that need constant care!  🤔   Oops… so much for that “relaxing vacation”.  I’ve been there for years– I swear!

Imagine this scenario.  It may sound familiar to you.  Every June at the start of summer vacation, I would literally have a stack of books sitting at my bedside that I intended to read during June, July, and August.   Then come September I’d look at the stack and realize they were untouched!  For several years, a few books did move as they went in and out of the suitcase! Ha!  Is it possible for books to feel sad?  Because I mean the stack of amazing books just sat there crying for me!  Pleaseeeeee readdddddd meeeeeeeeeeeee!  Those books were so neglected it was pitiful!  📚

And just so you know…when I’m not at the beach…
I’ll be hiding downstairs in this tiny corner of my basement trying to read.  How long will it take my kids to find me?

So… if you’ve made it this far in the post… you’re probably wondering WHY and HOW I have a goal to read TEN books this summer?  Is it unrealistic?  Gosh! I hope not! Ha!  I’ve lived to tell you that I feel like those beach trips could finally start to get a bit “easier” for me.  I’m currently feeling that I may just be able to read a little this summer in the midst of watching my kids play nicely in the backyard!   Someone out there that is older and wiser please advise… is this JUST wishful thinking?  For the record- my kids are now 12, 10, and 4.5 years years old.  If you love to read and feel like you are caught in the trenches of motherhood, I do feel that you will have the time and opportunity to enjoy reading again soon– so don’t get too depressed seeing my summer reading list of ten books!   I was just talking to my husband the other night, and I told him that since we’ve been raising our kids (for 12 years),  I feel this is the FIRST summer that I may actually start and finish a book in the same month.  It’s an amazing thought really, ha!

Look at me you lovely books…
and lie to me about how much I’m going to get done this summer! 

So, without any further ado, I’m so excited to share my TOP TEN SUMMER BOOK PICKS with you!  I’ve had several requests to share my summer reading list, and the time has finally come to reveal my list in its’ entirety!    Side note: My husband is just so irritated that I posted pictures with 4 books, yet I am listing 10 that I’m reading…  Oh, the joys of being married to an analytical left brained person! 🧠  Ha!  Is it really that big of a deal?!  At any rate, I’m so excited to dive into my TEN book picks below, and I’d love more than anything for YOU to read along with me!  If you’ve already read any of my picks, please let me know your thoughts in the comments!   Affiliate links below.

 

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1.  Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

I’m so excited to read this inspirational book to help me become the best version of myself!

 

2.  The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines 

I’ve wanted to read this book for awhile because… come on!! Who doesn’t LOVE Chip and Joanna Gaines?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.  It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover 

I’ve had this book for three years!  Isn’t that sad?   This is one of the novels that went in and out of my suitcase each year untouched because… hmmm… THREE KIDS!  I hope this summer will be the year I finally get to read it because I’ve heard it’s amazing and will leave a lasting impression!  Oh yeah… and it has 7,519 *5 star* Amazon reviews!  Run… don’t walk to read this book along with me!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. freedom by Jaycee Dugard

I read Jaycee’s first book and have been looking forward to reading the sequel since it came out!  If you haven’t read her first book, A Stolen Life, I suggest you read it ASAP.  It will truly change the way you think about things on so many levels.  I hope and pray that in this book I find that Jaycee has made a miraculous recovery from her years of trauma in captivity!

5.  One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

What does it mean to love truly?  I  know I want to find out.  The story line seems SO compelling and I can’t wait to read this one!

 

6.  Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Soon to be a major motion picture, I want to read what all the hype is about before I see the movie.   If I love this one, I’ll be adding the final two books in the trilogy to my fall reading list.  – China Rich Girlfriend and Rich People Problems 😛 .

 

 

7.  Make Your Bed by Admiral William H. McRaven

I admit!  I have such a problem making my bed each day!  Is there anyone else out there like me? I want to know… can something as simple as a quick read teach me how to make my bed each day…. and then in turn help me change my life and the world too?

 

8.  The Husbands Secret by Liane Moriarty 

Who out there loves this author?  I have yet to read one of Liane’s books and I’ve heard this one is amazing.  I can’t wait to find out what the Husband’s Secret is!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9.  Desperate by Sarah Mae & Sally Clarkson 

The title says it all!  Sometimes I feel so desperate for a BREATH in the midst of motherhood!  I have high hopes that this book can help me!

 

 

10.  Am I There Yet? by Mari Andrew

Oh my gosh!  If you aren’t following Mari Andrew on Instagram you need too ASAP!  I can’t tell you how much I adore her drawings combined with realism and humor.  I can’t wait to read this book because heaven knows my own journey to adulthood has been quite the adventure! 😜

 

I really hope you enjoyed my top ten book list as much as I enjoyed making it!  My wish for each and everyone of you is that if you LOVE reading, you can get a small break out of your day this summer to read along with me!    Thank you so much for following along and I hope you all come back soon!

 

 

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