Everyone is looking to pick up their reading game in the summer but let’s face it, it’s got to be an enjoyable experience. For so long, I purposely picked books that were trite just to have something else to focus on and give me a break from my beloved personal development and business books.
If you want a book that will be easy to read, with characters that you care about, here are my top five picks for summer reads – some of which I read years ago, and still remember vividly for how different and fascinating the characters were to me.
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The Subway Girls, by Susie Orman Schnall: The author nails the struggles of the modern woman in this book, and points out that every generation has had similar struggles, through the lives of two great characters. Being a New Yorker, I loved learning about this small piece of history that belonged to the subway system for so long in a way that was totally modern and fresh.
The One & Only, by Emily Giffin: The author creates a character who needs to balance her love for her best friend, with the growing love she has for her best friend’s father! There are themes of forgiveness, loyalty, and holding on to the belief that there is something greater for all of us, if we have the courage.
When Life Gives You Lululemons, by Lauren Weisberger: When I saw that there was a 3rd installment of The Devil Wears Prada series, I just had to jump in (even though I’ve only seen the movie, not read the original book that the movie was based on). There is a large focus on Emily in this book (the snarky, cold English assistant of Miranda Priestly) which I bet the author had fun exploring.
Lucia, Lucia, by Adriana Trigiani: The main character in this book has stuck with me for years, so I had to put this on the list. Lucia Sartori is an Italian-American girl who is forced to choose between her family and their expectations of her, and her big, luxurious dreams.
Loving Frank, Nancy Horan: A fascinating tale that is inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s lovers told through the eyes of his last lover, Mamah Cheney. As the two lovers each leave behind families of their own, we learn that Mamah is a woman looking for adventure and trying to find her calling in a world that tells her to be the opposite of what she wants to be.
What books are on your summer reads list? I’d love to hear! Keep up with me on Goodreads so we can share our favorites!