How did Memorial Day weekend get here so quickly? I really can’t believe it. The start of summer is upon us, and I am ready for it! I am a big fan of summer reading, and reading in general. However, I must admit that since I started my blog I have put design reading ahead of fun summer fiction novels. My thought is, why read when I can get another blog post up and running.
I plan to change that thought this summer. With lots of traveling in the works and poolside afternoons, I am desperate for some good summer reads. What I have here is a collection of all the essentials you need to make a weekend (or a whole summer) full of decadent reading in style. Some of these titles I have read, some I have yet to read, and others I have heard nothing but wonderful reviews. So whether you are by the beach or up late on a summer evening, I hope you get some reading in during these hotter days. Please comment if you have any suggestions. I am always looking for a good read!
Happy Memorial Day!
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The Knockoff: A highly anticipated read full of style and chic whit. My copy just arrived and I am ready to dive into this first!
The Girl On The Train: A NYT Bestseller that I can’t wait to read. I’m always up for a page turner, which this is recommended to be quite the ride.
The Unbreakable Miss Lovely: Speaking of page turners, I highly suggest this book by Tony Ortega. A champion in the fight against a horrible cult and the unspeakable ways they use corruption and money to destroy good people’s lives.
My Paris Dream: An insightful memoir of a former Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar editor coming of age in Paris.
Luckiest Girl Alive: A novel full of chic wardrobes and luxe lives with high-end twists and turns.
Outlander: I am sure you have heard about it, and you have for a reason. Historical and addicting fiction set in the lush scenery of Scotland. You won’t be able to put them down (a series to impress).
Perfectly Miserable: A comic memoir on WASPY New England culture and the tricky balance of mothers and daughters.
The Life-Changing Magic Of Tiding Up: Everyone who has read this says it is, in fact, life changing. Apparently it causes you to purge and apparently that is a good thing?? This definitely goes with a “less is more” approach over the adage “more is more and less is a bore.”
#GirlBoss: Get motivated and take your life seriously. Takeaway quote: “I have three pieces of advice I want you to remember: Don’t ever grow up. Don’t become a bore. Don’t let The Man get to you. OK? Cool. Then let’s do this.”
Good to Great: Taking your company and perspective a step further.
If I ever find my mom hysterically laughing it is from the high-class romps of Nicholas Coleridge. I equally adore his witty banter and rich characters. I can promise you will too.
Gods and Kings: Why not explore the dangerously fashionable lives of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano. Sure to make a chic read.
Circling The Sun: I truly enjoyed The Paris Wife, so I can’t wait until this book, from the same author, arrives this July.
Absolutely Beautiful Things: A truly beautiful book from one of my favorite designers in Australia.
Camille Styles Entertaining: A perfect book for summer entertaining and nights on the patio, beach, or wherever your summer may take you .
Beach Reading Essentials
Aerin Lauder has the perfect raffia pouch to bring to the beach to store your lip gloss, suncreen, and summer essentials.
I think that raffia pouch would be ideal in the effortlessly classic tote by MDS Stripes.
A fabulous chair for the lawn or beach that can be perfectly monogrammed by Mark & Graham.
Santa Barbara umbrellas are a ultra tasteful way to shield yourself from the sun. I love the two tiered gray.
I love the sweet simplicity of Restoration Hardware towels. The stripes are just totally classic.
Me & Re Design creates such high-quality monogram items. They have the most delightful patterns and monograms from towels to party coolers.
If you prefer a simple and quintessential beach towel, target has these great blue and white striped towels that are perfect for any poolside.