Do your summer dreams include one in which you sit in a hammock with a glass of something cold and hours on end to read? Mine do. But with two small children, it remains but a dream for me; I still have a long reading list this summer that I’m hoping to make it (at least partially) through. Here goes:
Just Jackie: Her Private Years— I’ll admit I’ve actually read this one at least five times. It’s my favorite Jackie book (which is saying something; when we moved, I got rid of a lot of my books. When the dust settled after our move, I noticed that I had a ton of books about Jackie Kennedy. I suppose it should have come as no surprise, but I find her a fascinating subject.) And the period covered by this book includes my favorite periods of Jackie’s life– her life with Aristotle Onassis, her life as a mother, and her life as a book editor. It’s a spellbinding read, and something about all the time it spends on Greek Islands and Martha’s Vineyard reminds me of summer.
The Next Best Thing: A Novel— I’m late to the Jennifer Weiner game, but her book Then Came You was my favorite read the last time my husband and I went on a solo vacation, so why not try another? I love a good light read on vacation, so here’s my pick for this summer.
TransAtlantic: A Novel— Colum McCann wrote my all-time favorite book, Let the Great World Spin, and he has a new book that’s just out. His books bring together disparate people and eras, and their lives end up touching in unexpected ways. I can’t wait to crack this one open.
The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls: A Novel— I keep hearing about this book. It seems like the hot book recommendation this summer. Set in the 1930s, where the main character has been sent to an equestrienne boarding school for her mysterious role in a family tragedy, this novel has won rave reviews from The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and NPR, among many others.
A Hundred Summers— Another buzzy summer read set in the 1930s, touching on friendship, betrayal, and marriage, this has been christened as “a candidate for this year’s big beach read.”
And that’s what we’re looking for, right? Happy reading!