Summer Reading for Grown Ups

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5 great summer reads

For me, summer is all about afternoons spent sprawled out with a good book at the beach or by the pool. I don’t always get very far with little people begging me to play mermaids or have a sand tea party with them, but summer reading has felt like a luxury for as long as I can remember. There’s something so gratifying about curling up with a good book just because you want to.

With that in mind, I’ve collected some of my favorite recent reads below so that you can add a few to your reading list.

If you’re looking for a beach read…

The Vacationers by Emma Straub is a light read that can still be enjoyed (and followed!) even with constant interruptions from the kids. While easy to breeze through, the book contains a lot of really insightful little observations as it follows a family (and some of their friends) on a Mallorcan holiday in the midst of difficult times.

Summer reads The Vacationers

If you’re looking for suspense…

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins will suck you in and hold on tight until you get to the other side. I was hooked immediately and spent more than one bleary-eyed night trying to stay awake so that I could read some more. Nothing like The Vacationers, this book is a thriller that starts with a girl who likes to make up stories about the people she sees from the train every morning. One day she sees something shocking and everything changes. I haven’t spoken to a single person that didn’t love this one.

Summer reads The Girl on the Train

If you’re looking for family drama…

This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper is perfect for anyone looking for a family more dysfunctional than their own. Surprisingly hilarious for a book that centers around a family sitting shiva as they mourn the loss of their patriarch, This Is Where I Leave You is full of secrets and old grudges. The characters are real and flawed and you’ll still love them—just like your own family members.

Summer reads This Is Where I Leave You

If you’re looking for entertainment…

Big Little Liesby Liane Moriarty left me wanting more. I wanted to start the book all over again when I was finished and I wanted to go out and get all of her other books because one thing is for sure: this woman is good. It’s the story of a school tragedy in which the parents are the bullies. The really irresistible part is that we know from the beginning that someone is dead. We don’t know who or how or why or who is to blame and it slowly unravels throughout the book with tons of twists and turns and domestic drama. You will recognize people you know in each of these women and you might even see a little bit of yourself.

Summer reads Big Little Lies

If you’re looking for a memoir…

It Was Me All Along by Andie Mitchell is a food blogger’s story of how she lost a ton of weight and battled (sometimes desperately) against body issues and her thoughts about food. I was stunned with how much I could relate to Andie’s struggles and how much I wanted to reach out and give her a hug at times. With self-acceptance at its core, this is a book that so many women should read.

Summer reads It Was Me All Along

Interested in joining a virtual book club? Check out my Paperback Posse! This month we’re reading Jessica Knoll’s Luckiest Girl Alive.

Jennifer Garry is a writer and the mom of two girls who talk as much and laugh as loud as she does (just ask her much quieter husband). She writes about that ever-elusive struggle for balance on her personal blog, Cuddles and Chaos.