There’s just something about the summer season that makes me want to read all day long. Maybe because back in university, I would totally do that — in-between studying for exams, of course. I often took summer classes but am kind of a school nerd so I didn’t mind.
One of my favourite things to do on vacation is read, read, read. On my most recent trip to Florida, I brought a suitcase full of books (literally) and got through a bunch of them. Here are 5 of my favourites that I 100 percent recommend. So if you’re heading to the beach, the pool, the cottage or just your own backyard (or even just your couch if you’re an apartment dweller without a balcony), give one or all of these a try.
1. Opportunity Knocks By Alison Sweeney
I’m a huge, huge, huge fan of Alison Sweeney’s other women’s fiction novels, and this third one is absolutely awesome. It’s about a make-up artist who thinks her wildest dreams have come true when she’s hired to work for a lifestyle TV star. Well, of course, things don’t exactly work out as planned. You’ll hang on every single word and hope that the adorable, charming main character gets a happy ending.
2. Your Perfect Life By Liz Fenton And Lisa Steinke
First of all, I love that this author duo have been BFFs for decades. This story is so fun and well-told. Two completely opposite best friends take a shot at their high school reunion… and wake up in each other’s bodies and lives the next day. It’s a fascinating look at what’s truly important to you and whether your life has turned out the way that you hoped it would. Plus it’s pretty funny.
3. The Prenup By Beth Kendrick
I recently discovered this author and am super excited to read the rest of her books this summer. This one’s about three friends who are each going through a rough time in their marriages. The tone is hilarious and compassionate at the same time and will really make you appreciate the friends in your own world.
4. Tell Me Three Things By Julie Buxbaum
I love, love, love this book. It’s the author’s first YA novel and tells the story of Jessie, a teen girl who’s mourning the loss of her mom when her dad moves them out to L.A. to live with his new wife. She’s a super cool character who doesn’t exactly fit in at her new school and in her new perfectly pristine white mansion. Then she gets an email from another high schooler and he says he’ll help her. But he doesn’t tell her his name. This is part thriller, part comedy, and all awesome. Plus it’s got shades of Catfish so if you’re as a big a fan of the doc and MTV reality show as me, you’ll love it.
5. Twisted Sisters By Jen Lancaster
OMG this is amazing. I was hooked from the first paragraph when the character describes all the healthy food she’s just put in her basket at Whole Foods. She’s a hilarious TV therapist whose world changes when she gets a new boss and her show gets a total makeover. Plus there’s some supernatural stuff and an adorable love story, too.
What books have you read lately? Anything on your bedside table that you’re dying to dive into?