Thursday, July 16, 2020

#StepUpYourReading Phoebe's Favorite Books of Summer

I am so excited to have Phoebe back this month with another of her book posts. If you haven’t checked out her blog (which was recently updated and reminds me mine needs a facelift), Instagram, and podcast, now is the time. She is the reason I discovered the author whose book I am currently reading, Elin Hilderbrand. Even if you haven’t taken a summer vacation per se, her writing can make you feel as though you’re where the books are set. Phoebe is going to take it from here…
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Phew, anyone else feel like Summer is flying by? June went by in a blink and now July too! This summer has looked a bit different than those in the past, but one thing has remained: reading by the water! I’m lucky enough to have a pool at our apartment and love reading out there. We’ve also gotten to sneak away to the beach a few times (safely and socially distanced), which has been so great! 

I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite books of the summer so far as well as some exciting new releases to look forward too! 


Home Before Dark by Riley Sager
This was one of the first horror/thriller books I’ve ever read! We had Riley on my podcast, and it was SO fun. It’s a twist on the Amityville Horror, with a young woman, Maggie, returning to the home her family fled as a child. Their reason for leaving? Unexplainable paranormal experiences. Her father, Ewan, wrote a book about their time called House of Horrors that defined Maggie’s life and became a pop culture phenomenon. Maggie returns to the house following her father’s death to find out the truth once and for all. 

It’s fun, spooky, and a real ride! If I can get through it, you can too! 

Party of Two by Jasmine Guillory
If you’re looking for a summer romance, look no further! Party of Two is Guillory’s fifth novel in The Wedding Date universe. It follows Olivia Monroe as she moves from New York to LA to start her own law practice. Once there, she meets a state senator named Max, who has fallen head over heels for her. It’s sweet--literally, you’ll be craving cake and pie--and steamy. It’s an easy read for the weekend! 

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
This is a YA story about Taylor and her family as they journey to their lake house in the Poconos for a final summer together. Taylor’s father is sick, and all he wants is to wake up by the water and see his kids happy. But Taylor hasn’t been to the lake in several years, all thanks to a dramatic exit that left her best friend and boyfriend heartbroken. Can they forgive her and will Taylor be able to forgive herself? 

I love stories set by the lake! Another great one is:
Meet Me at Midnight by Jessica Pennington
Second Chance Summer is definitely a little heavy and deals with cancer and loss of a parent, so be wary if those are sensitive subjects for you! I really enjoyed it and felt so much! 

Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner  
I call this one “Thriller Lite” because it has some mystery to it, but it’s also a great summer read! Daphne is a plus-sized influencer and has been invited to the wedding of her former best friend on Cape Cod. I don’t want to give too much away because it’s best to go in blind for this one! It has surprises at every turn and has a great setting that will have you longing for New England! 

Next up on my own reading list:  
28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand
She’s an auto-buy author for me! I love all her books, and they’re set on Nantucket! This is her latest based on the film “Same Time, Next Year.” 

Louisiana Lucky by Julie Pennel
This one just sounds so cute! It’s out on August 4th, and I can’t resist the cover! 

Florence Adler Swims Forever by Rachel Beanland
I love historical fiction but reach for it nearly enough! This one takes place in 1934 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. It sounds like the perfect summer read! 

Everyone who has read this one says it is just straight-up sugary sweet and fun! It’s about Liz Lightly, who has had a plan to get out of her small town in Indiana for years. When the financial aid for the college she was planning on falls through, she takes it upon herself to run for Prom Queen, which comes with a generous scholarship. Only problem? A new girl is running too. 

I’d love to know if you enjoy any of these! And as always, you can find more book reviews, recommendations, and reading updates on my blog and Instagram


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