HOW IS IT THE LAST DAY OF JUNE ALREADY?! I know I'm not the first to say it, but this summer is going by way too fast. Since the beginning of May, I've been to:
- 5 weddings (and in 3!)
- 1 bachelorette party
- 3 bridal showers
- 6 cities
- 1 foreign country
It's no wonder this summer is flying by! My birthday was in there somewhere and, with everything else going on, I completely forgot it ever even happened - resulting in a ridiculous argument with Tim over my age at Sam's rehearsal dinner on Friday and such uncontrollable laughter when my mom confirmed my real age that I started sobbing (to clarify, I was the one crying because I was laughing so hard, not because other people were laughing! Although, they obviously were). I am clearly losing it.
Anyway, since summertime is here in full force and I'm heading to Rehoboth tomorrow with my whole extended family, it's time for some book recommendations! I bet a lot of you are traveling this weekend, so check out one or two or six of these for your holiday weekend. Plus, a bonus - one that I haven't read yet but is definitely on my list!
Modern Lovers, by Emma Straub. I loved this one. It centers around three adults who were best friends in college and their children, focusing on how friend and relationship dynamics can change as you grow older. The characters are likeable and the storyline is really enjoyable. I blew through this on our flight to Barbados and immediately bought another of her books when we landed!
June, by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore. Half romance (the nice story kind, not the Harlequin kind) and half coming-of-age story, this one follows a girl in her mid-20s who finds out that she's inherited the entire estate of a famous older actor who recently passed away... and who she's never met. She and the actor's daughters try to solve the mystery of how they're all connected, and the twists are the kind that keep you interested without making you angry at the book.
Here's To Us, by Elin Hilderbrand. I had never heard of this author until one of my favorite food bloggers, Jessica Merchant at How Sweet It Is, mentioned that she'd been enlisted to create recipes for her newest book, so I had to check it out - a book about a chef and food and drama PLUS recipes? Sign me up! Turns out Elin Hilderbrand consistently writes two books a year - which means I have quite the backlog to make my way through!
Eleven Hours, by Pamela Erens. This book is really unique because, though you learn about the main characters' stories throughout the book, the actual plot line only takes place over the course of... eleven hours, duh. A young pregnant woman arrives to the hospital alone, and her nurse tries to support her through her labor while dealing with her own demons. I loved this, and it's of a slightly more literary caliber than many easy reads, so you can feel fancy when telling someone about it on the beach.
The Girls, by Emma Cline. This has been touted as one of the most highly anticipated novels of the year, and just reading a synopsis will make it clear why. Loosely based on Charles Manson's cult and murders, this is a fictionalized account of a cult in the 70s and how a young girl got swept up in it. This one is tough to put down, and I think it'll be the next book everyone's asking you if you read - so you might as well get to it!
First Comes Love, by Emily Giffin. I'm always a sucker for Emily Giffin's books, so I was SO EXCITED when I saw today that she's got a new one out (as of Tuesday!). I have to admit, I didn't enjoy the last one of hers that I read, The One and Only (the ending had me SO ANGRY - I'm not even going to link to it because I don't want you to read it), but I'm willing to give her another chance and see if this one is more along the lines of her Something Borrowed series, which I loved. I'll be downloading this one for the beach this weekend!