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It has been over 2 months since I shared my list of 5 beach reads for this summer. Well, the summer is indeed here and I have read another handful of books since this last article on what I would recommend.
I have to share that Pinterest and my followers seemed to adore this article so very much and sent quite a few new readers my way, because of it.
So, I decided to continue on with this beach-y vacation and beyond, reading theme and continue on by posting another edition to my beach reading list here.
Therefore, allow me to give you all a few more books to be able to add to your summer beach tote, as well as for the next few months ahead, as well, for your reading pleasure now…
1. I Let You Go by Claire Mackintosh
Thanks to Net Galley for giving me an ARC.
So, I am always intrigued to new books in the thriller genre, as I admit it is slowly, but surely becoming one of my favorites to read, especially the ones I see being compared to the likes of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train.
That said, I saw the description for this on Book of The Month club or the month of May and couldn’t get it out of my mind. Then as I was scanning my Net Galley account, I saw that I Let You Go was available to request and was so happy to be given the opportunity to indeed read through Net Galley.
That said, the story of Jenna Gray, who is trying desperately to move on from one night’s tragic car accident and the loss of her child was a bit slow going at first with the first portion of the book dealing with the aftermath of this one evening and the Bristol police trying to solve this case of a hit and run accident.
However, nothing quite prepared me for the twist that came at the end of Part One or how Part Two delved deeper into the actual events that led up to that tragic and fateful night, as well as how the story was eventually wrapped up in the epilogue.
Overall, as I have read quite a few thrillers this past year alone, including All the Missing Girls, which is still by far my favorite of the year, I would say I Let You Go came pretty close once I hit Part Two and the story took on a life of its own. So, in the end, I would totally recommend to all who do enjoy an intense thriller and who enjoy solving a good mystery.
2. Eligible by Curtis Sittenfield
This was the May Book of the Month club book and couldn’t resist choosing as soon as I saw that this was a modern day retelling of Pride and Prejudice, as I absolutely adored the original Jane Austin classic. So, I was extremely excited to read Sittenfeld’s take.
The story opens up with Jane and Liz Bennet (the two eldest daughters of the Bennet’s) returning home upon learning of their father’s having health issues.
From the inception, we learn pretty quickly how obsessed Mrs. Bennet is with procuring husbands for all her five daughter.
See not only is Jane and Liz both unmarried, but so too are their younger sister, Kitty, Lydia and Mary who all still live at home and are without employment.
It would also seem that after their father was hospitalized and having been without health insurance, the family was left with a hefty bill to pay and thus largely in debt.
So not only are their parents supporting three out of their 5 girls and themselves, but also trying to maintain their large tudor home.
But all is not lost as Lydia is seemingly dating a nice young man, who could be potential marriage material. Also, Jane recently has meet at a 4th of July party and now happily dating Chip Bingley, a handsome ER doctor who happened to appear on a recent reality TV dating show, called Eligible.
It is here that Liz meets Fitzwilliam Darcy at this same party. Liz, of course, isn’t impressed by him at all. But slowly, but surely the two can’t help but be thrown and thrust together and find themselves possibly falling in love.
But just as this is occurring, circumstances have a way of pulling both couples apart only with hopes to still find each other once again.
I don’t want to give too much away, but will say if you are a fan of Jane Austin’s classic as have been in the past, then would most definitely recommend as Sittenfeld’s version is truly a wonderful adaption that is a funny, heartwarming family and courtship tale for the modern times.
3. The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews
As soon as I saw the title and read the description, I just knew I had to read this novel on Memorial Day weekend to jump start the summer off with the perfect beach themed read.
Set in North Carolina on Belle Island, where some people vacation for the summer, while others spend their summer weekends there aka “The Weekenders”.
As the story begins, it is just so happens to also be Memorial Day weekend and Riley Griggs and her daughter Maggy are returning home to Belle Island to vacation with their family and friends for the upcoming summer season.
But in the blink of an eye, Riley’s world is upended by a mystery involving her husband’s disappearance, who was supposed to meet them on the ferry over, but clearly never did.
As it turns out, Riley’s husband, Wendell was found dead and it is believed that he was murdered.
But before he turned up dead, Wendell apparently squandered all of their money, leaving Riley and Maggy practically penniless and even having had their home foreclosed upon.
However, their marriage was sadly on the rocks anyways and pretty much all but over even before Wendell was murdered.
But now, Riley has to deal with her daughter’s anger over the loss of her father as she idolized him even as it is clear that Wendell was a louse.
Along the way, Riley also rediscovers her first love, Nate Milas and is given a chance to quite possibly find a happy ending with him this time out.
However, before she may actually find that form of happiness, Riley has to deal with her family’s disapproval of Nate, trying to indeed get to the bottom of that happened to Wendell and even a major hurricane striking.
So, honestly this book had it all from mystery, suspense, romance, drama, chick-lit and much more. Therefore, I truly would recommend for those looking for an all-around book to read this summer.
4. Falling by Jane Green
Thanks to Net Galley for supplying me an ARC.
What can I say, but that having read and throughly enjoyed Tempting Fate by Jane Green in the past, I was excited to get to read her latest with Falling, which is the story of Emma Montague, who is a British born citizen that has recently left her fast paced NYC live behind to live in the beach suburbs of Connecticut.
Emma rents a house from Dominic, who is a single father to a little boy named Jesse. What starts out as a friendship between the two, slowly but surely turns into more.
I will be honest and tell you the first few chapters of this book were pretty slow moving, but I then began to get more invested and involved with the growing attraction and love the two main characters had for each other.
Just when I did, without giving away the ending, I felt like the twist that came pulled the rug out from under me. To say, I was not a fan of the ending would be an understatement and while I had a feeling about what was to come, I had hoped I was wrong.
Sadly, I wasn’t and between the slow moving earlier portion and the ending, I can’t help, but not be able to give this one a full 5 stars. Don’t get me wrong, would recommend still, but just have to warn the reader to be aware of my final assessment though.
5. Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews
So, after reading Mary Kay Andrews’ most recent book, The Weekenders, I couldn’t help but want to read more from her. This one just happened to be on sale through iBooks and thought “Why not?”
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed this book, but definitely not as much as The Weekenders. But still couldn’t help, but find the stories of the three life-long friends, Ellis, Julia and Dori, vacationing for a few weeks in North Carolina’s Out Banks fun and definitely summer, beach reading fare for sure.
That said, the plot was indeed fairly light and the mystery for this one though was a bit predictable for me.
Still though would surely recommend for an easy and fun summer, beach read if nothing else.
6. The Assistants by Camille Perri
What can I say about The Assistants, by Camille Perri that hasn’t been said in the reviews on Goodreads and more?
To be honest, I am a huge fan of the HBO TV show, Girls and as soon as I saw comparison on the back cover of her novel, my interest was heightened and piqued that much more.
But to be even more honest, I was already contemplating reading this novel after hearing about how Tina Fontana (the main character) was an assistant (as a former assistant myself years ago) to a very powerful CEO of a huge multimillion dollar corporation, who does the unthinkable by cashing an erroneous check made out to her by mistake only to pay off her student loan debts and then becoming involved in a further financial scheme against her boss to pay it forward to others also in debt with student loans.
Here is the thing, it definitely did have a Girls feel to it, but was even more fun than the show could ever be. Still, I kept seeing Lena Dunham as I read this so clearly that if this one ever did become a motion picture, I would totally vote for her to play Tina Fontana.
That said, this book was such a refreshing and perfectly fun read from cover to cover overall. Truly the perfect summer read and couldn’t recommend more for all those who have been assistants or are ones now as it truly portrayed the perfect revenge for assistants everywhere.
7. Modern Lovers by Emma Straub
This was the June Book of the Month that I chose as it had been on my shortlist for summer reading for some time now.
Set in Brooklyn, NY (this NYC girl loved the setting btw) during summer time allowing us a window into the lives of former bandmates, Elizabeth, Andrew and Zoe, as well as their two coming of age kids, Ruby and Harry, who become more than just friends as the book unfolds. These two younger lovers are fated, but also star crossed comparing themselves to a modern day Romeo and Juliet minus the murder/suicide part. We are also treated to not only how the original band members came together in their college years, but were pulled part as the years went on, as well as why this happened, as well.
While, I will say that at the onset of this book, I was a bit taken aback at how slow going the plot truly was, I plugged on reading and was happy to report that the story-line did indeed pick up and became invested in the characters as it went on more, as well as wanting to see how their stories all played out in the end.
While, I wouldn’t say the ending by any means was earth shattering for any of them, I still would recommend as it was an enjoyable and most easy read.
8. Here’s to Us by Elin Hilderbrand
Since it is indeed summer time, I have been opting for books that are set in the summer and lighter reads.
So when, I heard about Here’s to Us, which takes place over the course of about a week’s time in a Nantucket beach house bringing the three past wife’s of the now deceased master chef, Deacon Thorpe, as well as his kids to scatter his ashes, I literally couldn’t resist.
What I didn’t count on was how addictive and engrossing the actual story was that I couldn’t put it down and even when it was over longed for more.
Honestly, this one has become one of my favorites so far of this year and would tell all to read before this summer does come to a close.
There you have it 8 more steamy and sudsy books to give a try to now!
*Stay tuned for more book recommendations soon, as I am currently reading The Girls in the Garden by Lisa Jewell and hope to soon start the latest in the Harry Potter (as I am total Harry Potter junkie from way back) series with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Part One and two.
I LOVE getting your book recommendations! And yay that I actually have read 3 of these already, so it affirms that we so have the same taste! Can’t wait to check out the rest and thanks for the scoop 🙂
Aw, love that we have similar taste in books and you know I always look forward to your book reviews, as well, because of this!! 😉
Seana Turner says
My husband just got me started on a 1,000 page book by Ken Follett. Not exactly a quick read! I may still be at this next summer LOL:)
I hear you on that and I have read some pretty long books in the past, such as the Harry Potter books. But that was before kids and not sure how long a 1,000 page book would take me now either!! 🙂
Amanda || Growing Up Madison says
I have quite a few books on my Kindle that I have yet to complete. This summer hasn’t gone quite as well as I wanted it to and has left me with very little time to read. You have a few listed here that I want to check out but they’ll probably be on my Fall reading list. 🙂
I hear you about reading in the fall and trust me when I say I am hoping that once my kids get back to school that I will get even more reading done then, as well now, too.
William Holland says
I’ll know I’ve arrived as a writer when I make your “beach reads” list. LOL
Happy Tuesday, Janine!
Aw, Bill you are always on all my lists!! Happy Tuesday right back at you now!! 🙂
I’m so excited for this list! Especially a new Elin Hillenbrand book, that one sounds so juicy–and I will totally get it because I’ve read her books before!
I literally was just looking at another Elin Hildebrand book last night and so with you on her books, as I just love them!! 🙂
You are a reading machine! I want to read the Weekenders book now! I bet these posts do really well on Pinterest. Everyone needs a good book recommendation!
Jen, I love how much people seem to enjoy these on Pinterest, so does make me want to keep this series up as my time permits with reading 🙂
April G says
I’ve been reading more autobiographies from successful women, like Shonda Rhimes, Amy Poehler and Mindy Kaling. They are pretty good.
I need to check out more non-fiction, but still just can’t get past how much I love fiction and just as I read one I add more to my list daily 😉
Allison G smith says
Oh my God! Great post. Here I go: I LOVED Eligible, The Weekenders, and The Assistants. Here’s to Us was one of my favorite Hildebrand books (the last couple were just okay for me). I listened to Here’s to Us, but then had to buy it, because I wanted the recipes. I adore Mary Kay Andrews and have met her on a few occasions. She’s a hoot. You have to read some of her back list. Spring Fever is freaking fantastic! I haven’t read too many GREAT reviews (just so-so) for Falling, so I’m nervous. It’s supposed to be loosely based on own life. Your review has me nervous…I thought she was super happy now. Finally, I am reading Modern Lovers right now and not feeling it. It’s been two weeks and I can’t get into it – but reviews have been good. I’m going to keep reading, though. I trust you:)!
First off, I most certainly trust you and your book reviews, as well and cannot say that enough. That said, many on my list in the past and present, too have been added after I have seen your reviews. 🙂 So, definitely think we do have similar tastes. That said, I also adore Mary Kay Andrews and have read quite a few by her already and have more on my list that I do need to get to. As for Falling, I did mostly enjoy the story at hand, but again it was slow going at the beginning and the ending still is not one of my favorites by any means in all honesty. I just couldn’t get past how Jane Green ended this one and still can’t. Oh and Modern Lovers was indeed another that I had trouble initially getting into, but glad I did keep reading as this one did get better (mostly) as it went on though.
Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom says
Oh no! I haven’t even started on your last list yet (I’ve been finishing up a list of reads of my own). lol
Some of these sound great – I think I’m most intrigued by Here’s to Us by Elin Hilderbrand – I need a light read. I’ve been engrossed in too many heavy plots and nonfiction lately!
Thanks for sharing!
Jennifer, I actually slowed up a bit with being away at Disney and had only read one book during the time we were away. I made up from it once we did get home and I just can’t help myself though as I love to read in the evenings after my kids go to bed. Just my total me time here. That said, I think you will love, Here’s to Us and cannot recommend this book enough to you, as it is still one of my favorites now. xoxo 😉
Since we’re such twins, I just went back and forth to my library to see if they had any of these. I made a few holds! Thank you!
Aw, I love the twin action we always have going on and yay to putting a few on hold now, too!! 🙂
I have heard so many people like the weekenders so I really have to read that one. I have read a few of Elin Hildebrand’s books but I don’t think I read that one!
Dara, I heard such great stuff about The Weekenders, too and totally happy I finally read. And Here’s To Us also was a fun book to read and couldn’t help, but recommend, too 🙂
Aunt Gloria says
As you know, I don’t do any book reading….but I will pass along your suggestions to anyone who may be interested. They sound like good reads. Hope August will be a good summer month….but I know you and I begin to get depressed at the thought of summer’s end! So enjoy what we can. Check with your mom re visitors from Rochester.
Love to all…..xxxxoooo
Thanks for this heads up and will definitely check with my mom now as you do know me so well with the thought of summer ending and this sounds like at the very least will have something to look forward to. Love to you too xoxo
Aunt Gloria says
Just set the date with your mother so check with her. It is something to look forward to. Yes, summer ends too soon! xxoo
Will do and yes something to definitely look forward to xoxo 😉
Great suggestions – I ALWAYS need someone to tell me what to read, I’m such a dork 🙂
Happy to suggest and trust me I love reading suggestions, too 😉
Chris Desatoff says
Sounds like you had your hands full this summer. I enjoyed these quick reviews, and honestly I have no idea how you can squeeze in all those books along with everything else you do every day!
Aw, Chris I just love to read and sneak as much time as I can to do so 😉
Some great picks here, Janine! I haven’t been reading as much as usual this summer, but I’m always looking for new books to add to my list. Thanks!
Dana, I did read a bit less while than e were in Disney and when we first came back, but now I have picked it up a bit again 😉
Need to get back to reading asap! Thanks for the recommendations. I love feel-good books these days.. you know just to help me fall asleep. 😉
Rea, bedtime is one of my favorite times to indeed read. It does very much relax me, as well!! 🙂
I’ll know I’ve arrived as a writer when I make your “beach reads” list. haha
Aw, thanks for saying that!! 🙂
I Let You Go was already on my reading list so I’ll get to that one next – glad you enjoyed it. I love trying to solve a good mystery so that one seems perfect for me. Some of the others … we’ll see how far into my current reading list I get!
Thanks for the recommendations!
I Let You Go is definitely a worthy worthy mystery to read and happy to recommend here. Hope you can read this one and a few more soon now 🙂
Hi Janine, some great write ups there. I’ll be keeping an eye out for The Weekenders, The Assistants and Here’s To Us, they all sound like my kind of read.
Debbie, I think you would enjoy any of the three you mentioned and hope you get to read soon now!! 🙂
Oh, I love Pride and Prejudice! Definitely going to check out Eligible. Thanks for the tip!
You are so welcome and definitely do highly recommend Eligible if you are a Pride and Prejudice fan 🙂