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5 Books to Read this Summer

Every summer I set a goal to try to read more. You know, like spend less time on my phone at the beach and actually flip through a real novel. Instead, I usually find my reading material to be someone's Instagram caption or not-actually-that-funny tweet. However, I'm hoping that having found a few good books ahead of time will really help get me excited and make me want to keep turning those pages instead of staring at a screen all summer long.

Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave // Just a week before her wedding, Georgia finds out her fiance was hiding a secret. One that would change everything. She flees to her childhood home, the family vineyard, where she discovers that her fiance wasn’t the only one with secrets. (via)

Seventeenth Summer by Maureen Daly // Until the summer before college, Angie Morrow didn't really date. Her mother didin't like her to go out much. But no one, not even Angie's mother, can resist the charm of strikingly handsome Jack Duluth. His good looks grab Angies's attention from the moment in June when Jack throws Angie a smile at McKight's drugstore. It's the beginning of an unforgettable summer for Angie, full of wonder, warmth, tears, challenge, and love. (via)

Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang by Chelsea Handler // Life doesn't get more hilarious than when Chelsea Handler takes aim with her irreverent wit. Who else would send all-staff emails to smoke out the dumbest people on her show? Now, in this new collection of original essays, Chelsea Handler delivers one laugh-out-loud moment after another as she sets her sights on the ridiculous side of childhood, adulthood, and daughterhood. (I've actually read this one, and it was so funny! I didn't realize how good an autobiography really could be!!) (via)

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han // Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer -- they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one wonderful and terrible summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along. (This is the first book of an amazing trilogy, and these are actually my all-time favorite books! I've reread them every single summer since freshman year and they never get old. And if we are being totally honest, I still cry every time!) (via)

Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close // Isabella, Mary, and Lauren feel like everyone they know is getting married. They wear pastel dresses and drink champagne by the case, but amid the celebration these women have their own lives to contend with: Isabella is working at a mailing-list company, dizzy with the mixed signals of a boss who claims she’s on a diet but has Isabella file all morning if she forgets to bring her a chocolate muffin. Mary thinks she might cry with happiness when she finally meets a nice guy who loves his mother, only to realize he’ll never love Mary quite as much. And Lauren, a waitress at a Midtown bar, swears up and down she won’t fall for the sleazy bartender—a promise that his dirty blond curls and perfect vodka sodas make hard to keep.  (via)

What books are on your reading list this summer?

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