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Summer 2018 Reading List

Sharing all of my recommendations to make your summer 2018 reading list. 

This year one of my goals is to read 30 books and I’m halfway there – I hit book #17 last month! I snagged a few of my want-t0-reads at my library’s book sale in April, so I’m currently finishing The Nest. Today I wanted to share what’s next on my list. I love easy, summer reads perfect for when you’re laying by the pool, on a plane or have some spare time before bed (a habit I love for winding down). Let me know if you read any of these or if you have additions to my list!

FIRST THINGS FIRST – All of the links below go to Goodreads. If you aren’t following me on this app, you should be! This is how I track what I’ve read/want to read and see reviews on books!


  1. The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand 

I had to start this list with the newest book from my favorite author, of course. If you’ve never read anything by Elin Hilderbrand, you should start now. Her novels are light-hearted and all set on Nantucket (which now I want to visit). They are literally the ideal novels to add to your summer 2018 reading list. I recommend starting with The Blue Bistro (my favorite) or The Identicals if you want to get into this author.

2The Sound of Gravel by Ruth Wariner

I’ve been on a bit of a historical fiction kick lately. I saw this book on Shay Shull‘s June book review list, and I knew I wanted to add it to my want-to-reads. Reviews say it’s riveting and for fans of The Glass Castle, which is one of my favorite books ever.

3. The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah 

Again with the somewhat historical fiction, Kristin Hannah has recently moved to the top of my list for favorite authors. I read this in two sittings because I was so curious what would happen. It’s a story about a family (focus on the daughter) who up and moves to Alaska (literally in the wild), and then back, under false pretenses. It’s definitely a page-turner. I loaned this book to a friend last month and I plan to mail it to another after she finishes. Add this one to your list!

4. A Nantucket Wedding by Nancy Thayer

Just like Elin Hilderbrand, I keep raving about Nancy Thayer. I wonder if they are friends (or just competitive authors), because she also writes fictional, beachy Nantucket novels. This is her latest novel and it’s on my reading list for the next month.

5. Look For Me by Lisa Gardner

I also throw in a Lisa Gardner read on almost all of my lists for those of you who like more mystery/suspense novels. These are my favorite types of books to read on a plane. I’m a nervous flyer and they keep me occupied!! If you’re a Criminal Minds guru like me, read something from the Detective D.D. Warren series by Gardner.

6. Cancel the Wedding by Carolyn T. Dingman

Any time I see a Goodreads rating of over 4 stars on a fictional novel, I know it’s bound to be good. This seems to be a chick-lit hit about two daughters who have to spread their mothers ashes in a southern town and, in doing so, they realize they didn’t know their mother well at all.

7. The Ghostwriter by Alessandra Torre

Just click on the title (right above this) and read the intro and you’ll see why I added this to this list… This contemporary fiction book looks intense to say the least and is a thriller!


So, what’s on your summer reading list? This is a bit of a variety, but all fiction! I may need to add something more realistic – but I need your suggestions!


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