Soak Up The Fun In The Sun Summer Reads

Today I am sharing a few summer reads to add to your summer reading list.  These soak up the fun in the sun summer reads travel well to the beaches, lakes, pools and rest and relaxation escapes tailor-made for a beach bag packed with summer reads.

Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan a novel about a twisted family reunion of sorts and the long-buried secrets surrounding one of Asia’s most privileged families.

Romance, betrayal, magic and adventure is set to an interpretation of Swan Lake in Dark Breaks the Dawn by Sara B. Larson.

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The Sunshine Sisters by Jane Green tells the story of the relationship between three sisters who are brought together to fulfill the final wishes of their mother.  Confrontation, realization and determination to face fears both old and new the sisters reveals sisterly truths that give credence to the belief blood is thicker than water.

The Wedding Dress

The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck is the story of a bridal boutique owner who finds the perfect vintage wedding gown in a trunk at an estate sale. From there a curiosity with the backstory and the women who have worn the dress evolves into a love story surrounding four women and a wedding dress.

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Ooh la love Picnic in Provence: A Memoir With Recipes, a sweet and delicious read by Elizabeth Bard.  Did I mention recipes?

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A Paris Apartment by Michelle Gable is a near to my heart read based on the true story detailing the discovery of antiques and art and priceless accessories, oh my! in a Parisian apartment opened for the first time in seventy years.  Highly recommended for the antiques treasure hunter’s summer reading list.

Summer at the Comfort Food Cafe

Discovery becomes more than a passing summer fancy in Summer at the Comfort Food Cafe by Debbie Johnson.  A cafe by the beach serves comfort food and comfort for a searching soul as Laura Walker steps out of one comfort zone into another.

The Weekenders

Belle Isle, North Carolina reads like The Hamptons on spiked Southern sweet tea.  Discovery of a dishonest and dead husband, a mother-daughter relationship fraught with issues, decisions old and new in need of dealing with, and plenty of pull up your big girl panties, pour yourself a cocktail and deal with it moments.  The island spice of life makes The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews a get lost in a good book read.

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A Good Book: My Under the Weather Reading List

Read any good books lately?  As a matter of fact, I have read several over my week of recovery.

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Reading is proving to be a fundamental part of my under the weather routine and with good reason.  A good book has the power to transform thought, enlighten the soul, teach the mind, lift the heart and take the reader on an all expenses paid trip to places and spaces through inspiration and imagination no plane, train or automobile can get us to.

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First up on my under the weather reading list is Paris Flea Market Style by Claudia Strasser. The ooh la la factor and how to get it, emulate it, and incorporate it into our design and decor needs no introduction.

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Love of family, faith, Louisiana and balancing a politically mixed marriage-I like the yin and yang world of Mary Matalin and James Carville that noticeably makes this political power couple tick.  Their this works for us attitude is the prominent feature in Love & War: Twenty Years, Three Presidents, Two Daughters and One Louisiana Home.

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A smart, funny read with witty observations that rate hilarious on the laugh-o-meter, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
by Mindy Kaling is a gem of a good read. This book accomplishes exactly what it sets out to do by taking the reader on a most entertaining ride with hilarity riding shotgun.

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Veranda A Passion for Living: Houses of Style and Inspiration is a gorgeous review of gorgeous style from cover to cover! Beautiful addition to any bookshelf or coffee table.
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Dave the Builder is embracing his role as runner, and I reassured him there is a beginning, middle and end to this new duty.  I like going to the neighborhood parish library to check out the new offerings and to check out books.  There are books that pique your interest but give pause to actually purchasing it for your home library.

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Toni Braxton’s autobiography, Unbreak My Heart, has been on my check it out list for awhile now.  She’s a personality that flies under my radar most of the time, but I do love her voice and think her story will make for a good read.

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What book is on your must read list?

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Read Any Good Books Lately?

Read any good books lately?  With Thanksgiving Day less than two weeks away, reading up on ideas, creative endeavors, recipes, lists, grocery ads and Black Friday information tops my reading list. I am determined to add a really good read to my relaxation therapy routine and thought travel time.

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A good read can introduce you to places, spaces and faces of interest and intrigue.  My read any good books lately library may not be vast, but it’s informative, inspirational and entertaining.

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Bless Dillard’s heart and their take an additional 30% off sales.  When I spied The New Thanksgiving Table by Diane Morgan on the sale table, I knew it wouldn’t be long before this gem would be my new best friend in the kitchen.  If I had a nickel for every time I am going to read this baby over the next few days…

I appreciate good material and pointers in this area.  A Warm Welcome: How to Be a Gracious Host to Friends and Family by Amy Elliot keeps me on my toes.  It’s a welcomed refresher course to lend confidence to this gracious hostess with hopefully impeccable manners and holiday mostess.

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As we enter the season of holiday entertaining, a guide to simple ways to open your heart and home to others is required reading.

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A Life That Says Welcome: Simple Ways to Open Your Heart & Home to Others ~ Karen Ehman

I have found the find, or should I say the book of how to find finds, accessorize finds, and to know what you have found. The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decoration with Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details by Stan Williams.  The “Y” on the cover is very profound, and this read answers a lot of whys- why we love decorating with treasures, trinkets, and trash.  Lucille would be proud!

Home by Carson Ellis illustrates the concept of and the varied places people call home.

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When I need to laugh, when I need to not take things so serious, and when I need to relax, this is the one book I find myself going back to time and time again.  Clinton Kelly’s Freakin’ Fabulous: How to Dress, Speak, Behave, Eat, Drink, Entertain, Decorate, and Generally Be Better Than Everyone Else is a laugh-out-loud literary riot!  The chapter on etiquette and the examples of hand written thank you notes is reason enough to buy the book. Hilarious!

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This one is an oldie but a goodie.  Rickles’ Book, not Mr. Rickles.  He is an institution and a class act, and a man who values the importance of family and friends.  Dave the Builder makes me swear never to sit close to the stage at a Rickles performance.  The first time we saw him in Vegas was in 1990 at the Golden Nugget.  We were with a group of family and business associates, and thankfully a couple of the wives were running late which helped us to be seated in the back of the showroom. The last time we saw Mr. Rickles in a live Vegas performance was in 2010. We were seated on the second row and right in Rickles’ firing range.  I am still convinced Dave the Builder held his breath for the entire performance.  Good times!

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Both a seasonal, inspirational, and everyday best seller.  The Holy Bible aka the good book is indeed a good read.

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Read any good books lately?