My ideal summer day is curling up by the pool with a good read and a cold drink. It doesn’t happen as often as I’d like, because life, but I always keep a small library of unread books on hand so that I’m prepared for a leisurely afternoon in the sun on a whim. Each season I compile a list of some of my must-reads, and this bunch is one of my favorites yet.
The Spring-Summer 2019 TOM Book Club round-up is a curated mix of self-help, easy-to-read romance, and twisted mystery— so, ya know, a little something for everyone.
+ Rich Bitch by Nicole Lapin — I bet financial responsibility is the last thing you thought you’d catch me reading about (yawn). But I’m here to say that Nicole Lapin makes finances fun and trendy in her book, Rich Bitch. Homegirl says, “get your morning latte, but make sure it’s accounted for in your budget.” Can I get an amen? I got this book to help get me back on track for a healthier savings account, and it actually made me excited to save. Win!
+ Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid — I wasn’t sure how I would like this because the whole book is basically written by piecing together perspectives of a handful of different people. It sounded weird. But holy rock-and-roll, this book gave me all the seventies feels. It keeps you hooked by telling the captivating story of rock band Daisy Jones & The Six, and their fight for fame (amidst the sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll, of course).
+ Grace After Henry by Eithne Shortall — This one is equal parts P.S. I Love You and Me Before You— yes, please! Grace’s better half is killed in a freak accident, and she has to learn how to piece her life back together (sound familiar?). Grace After Henry is a super easy read that will give you all the feels.
+ My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing — This book is less suspenseful than I expected, but doesn’t skimp on the dark and twisty plot. A normal, suburbia couple live a quiet life with their two kids (and a big secret), until they don’t. I never saw the ending coming– it’s a good one.
+ The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory — I zipped through this book in two days down by the pool (no lie). It’s lighthearted, and an easy read– which y’all know are two requirements for a good summer novel. Basically, girl dates boy, boy proposes in front of a massive crowd of people, girl says no, new boy saves girl from the embarrassment…and, well, you’ll have to read the rest. It’s cute!
+ Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman — Equal parts thriller and drama, Something in the Water is a keeper. Two honeymooners start their new life in Bora Bora, but it’s not the life they expected. You’ll have to grab a copy for yourself to find out what they discover in the ocean, and how it all plays out.
+ Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens — Let me preface by saying that any Reese Witherspoon book club pick is probably a book you’re going to want to read, and Where The Crawdads Sing is no exception. The story about the “Marsh Girl”, and a murder, is both mysterious and moving, and so, so good.