A Summer Reading List

Jul 10, 2018

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A week or so ago I asked you guys on Instagram stories for new book recommendations and man did you all send over some good ones. I have been finding myself with more time on my hands (I’ve stopped watching TV after dinner and trying to find more productive things to do in the evenings) and getting back into reading is one of them. I used to read a ton in dental school and my girlfriends and I would trade books and always be into something new. When you are studying that much reading anything that is fun proves to be a great release. 

Sometime after moving, starting work and then having Zain I feel like I can’t get through a book to save my life. I usually pop one open when I get into bed and then promptly fall asleep. Now that Zain is taking longer naps and Trevor is off work I’m trying to disconnect and read a bit more. 

Since so many of you asked for what recommendations other people sent in I thought I would throw together a little Summer Reading List that we can all share and feel free to add anything else you like down in the comments!  




An unforgettable memoir in the tradition of The Glass Castle about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University


Just Mercy

A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice – from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time.


How To Change Your Mind

A brilliant and brave investigation by Michael Pollan, author of five New York Times best sellers, into the medical and scientific revolution taking place around psychedelic drugs – and the spellbinding story of his own life-changing psychedelic experiences


Braving the Wilderness

A timely and important new audiobook that challenges everything we think we know about cultivating true belonging in our communities, organizations, and culture, from the number one best-selling author of Rising Strong, Daring Greatly, and The Gifts of Imperfection. 


The Woman in the Window

A twisty, powerful Hitchcockian thriller about an agoraphobic woman who believes she witnessed a crime in a neighboring house.


The Erotic Stories of Punjabi Widows

A lively, sexy, and thought-provoking East-meets-West story about community, friendship, and women’s lives at all ages – a spicy and alluring mix of Together Tea and Calendar Girls.



A bold and subversive retelling of the goddess’s story, Circe manages to be both epic and intimate in its scope, recasting the most infamous female figure from the Odyssey as a hero in her own right.


The Secret Life of Violet Grant

Passion, redemption, and a battered old suitcase full of secrets: the New York Times best-selling author of A Hundred Summers returns with another engrossing tale of lost love and female ambition that crosses generations.


The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

From Taylor Jenkins Reid, comes an unforgettable and sweeping novel about one classic film actress’ relentless rise to the top – the risks she took, the loves she lost, and the long-held secrets the public could never imagine.


Lilac Girls

Inspired by the life of a real World War II heroine, this powerful debut novel reveals an incredible story of love, redemption, and terrible secrets that were hidden for decades.



The number-one New York Times best-selling author of A Man Called Ove returns with a dazzling, profound novel about a small town with a big dream – and the price required to make it come true.



A riveting, kaleidoscopic debut novel and the beginning of a major career: a novel about race, history, ancestry, love, and time that traces the descendants of two sisters torn apart in 18th-century Africa across 300 years in Ghana and America. 


This Is How It Always Is

This is how a family keeps a secret…and how that secret ends up keeping them. This is how a family lives happily ever after…until happily ever after becomes complicated. This is how children change…and then change the world.


Find Her

Flora Dane is a victim. Seven years ago, carefree college student Flora was kidnapped while on spring break. For 472 days, Flora learned just how much one person can endure. Flora Dane is a survivor.


The Missing Ones

The hole they dug was not deep. A white flour bag encased the little body. Three small faces watched from the window, eyes black with terror. The child in the middle spoke without turning his head. ‘I wonder which one of us will be next?’


Beneath A Scarlet Sky

Based on the true story of a forgotten hero, Beneath a Scarlet Sky is the triumphant, epic tale of one young man’s incredible courage and resilience during one of history’s darkest hours.


The Kind Worth Killing

From the author of the acclaimed The Girl with a Clock for a Heart – hailed by the Washington Postas crime fiction’s best first novel of 2014 – comes a devious tale of psychological suspense involving sex, deception, and an accidental encounter that leads to murder that is a modern reimagining of Patricia Highsmith’s classic Strangers on a Train.


Little Fires Everywhere

From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives.


Dark Matter

A mind bending, relentlessly surprising thriller from the author of the bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy.


Everything I Never Told You

A haunting debut novel about a mixed-race family living in 1970s Ohio and the tragedy that will either be their undoing or their salvation.


The Couple Next Door

A domestic suspense debut about a young couple and their apparently friendly neighbors – a twisty roller-coaster ride of lies, betrayal, and the secrets between husbands and wives.



When Sarah meets Eddie, they connect instantly and fall in love. To Sarah, it seems as though her life has finally begun. And it’s mutual: It’s as though Eddie has been waiting for her, too. Sarah has never been so certain of anything. So when Eddie leaves for a long-booked vacation and promises to call from the airport, she has no cause to doubt him. But he doesn’t call.


The Good Girl

A twisty, roller coaster ride of a debut. Fans of Gone Girl will embrace this equally evocative tale.



Also, a lot of you sent in Crazy Rich Asians which I finished last month but if I’m being honest didn’t love. It’s definitely a quick read and the movie is coming out soon so you may want to check it out because of that but I just wasn’t that into it. I also saw that Sharp Objects was made into an HBO series that started this week and am so excited! If you haven’t read it, I totally reccomend it. I actually liked all of Gillian Flynn’s other books more than Gone Girl!

Hope this helps you on your quest for new reads and thank you guys so much for always coming through with the best recommendations for just about everything! 


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