Summer Reading List 2020

Summer is prime curling up with a good book season; hence, the importance of what book(s) makes your summer reading list 2020.

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Reading evokes thought, enlightens the mind, enriches the soul, lifts the heart and takes one to treasured places and descriptive destinations in ways only the reader knows reading can.

Summer Reading List 2020

My Summer Reading List 2020 is a delectable literary picnic packed for the beach, lake, pool, porch, patio or bespoke indoor alcove.

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Up first on the list is I Was Told It Would Get Easier by Abbi Waxman.

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I Was Told It Would Get Easier – by Abbi Waxman 

Mother and daughter Jessica and Emily Burnstein have a college tour trip planned.  Jessica anticipates reconnecting on a “she’s not a little girl anymore” level with her daughter- a daughter in search of a way to become excited about her future.

Traveling together along the east coast, mother and daughter experience a shared journey in personal growth and special bonds made along the way.

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Brunch and Other Obligations – by Suzanne Nugent

Brunch and Other Obligations by Suzanne Nugent details the fictional story of four ladies, friendship, loss, humor, understanding, and the things one learns over a standing monthly brunch date – a final request from one friend to three grieving frenemies who meet and master hard times, the art of patience, and the dynamics of the female friendship.

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The Jane Austen Society – by Natalie Jenner

The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner charms the reader with a story set in the English village of Chawton post World War II, also known as the final home of novelist Jane Austen.

A group of socially different but like-minded people undertake a united and powerful effort to preserve the home of Jane Austen and her legacy.

A shared love of works, timeless words, the bonds of war, and triumphs in wins come together to create the Jane Austen Society.

Summer Solstice – by Nina Maclaughlin

Summer Solstice by Nina Maclaughlin details the details of summer and the elements and activities only summer knows.

Lakes, oceans, and every pond between.

Ripe red tomatoes ready for the summer salad or sandwich.

The taste of the first hot dog hot off the grill.

The scent and the seen of fresh cut grass.

Opened windows.

Fireflies.

Stargazing.

Nina MacLaughlin’s essay is a season of sun and fun insight into summer pasts and the ones that lie ahead.

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You Had Me at Hola – by Alexis Daria

You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria reads like a summer sexy soap opera, and the reader is all atwitter for it.

This romantic, sultry, and smart story is set in the drama-filled world of telenovelas.

Jasmine Lin Rodriguez is the soap opera darling returning to New York City after a breakup to star in a bilingual romantic comedy.  All is presumably well until a casting shake-up pairs her with telenovela heartthrob Ashton Suárez.

After a series of career killing circumstances, Ashton figures his new gig will give him the chance to win over American audiences and Hollywood casting agents.  The on-screen chemistry with Jasmine has got to be as hot as summer, but leave it to a less than memorable first impression to squash the hope of any heat between the two of them jumping off the screen.

In a career move to benefit both, Jasmine and Ashton mutually agree to rehearse together in private.  Private rehearsals lead to a private affair in true soap opera style.

The glare of the media spotlight is bright, and stands ready to discover and dish the dirt on these two telenovela stars.

Is it me, or is it getting hot in here?

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The Vanishing Half – by Brit Bennett

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett promises to be a can’t put it down summer must read.

The story of the Vignes sisters, identical twins whose decision at age sixteen to runaway from the small, southern black community they called home, is a complex one.

From that time and moving forward, everything from their families, communities and racial identities is different.

One sister along with her black daughter lives in the very southern town at sixteen she tried to escape. The other sister secretly poses and passes for a white woman living with her white husband who knows nothing of her past.

Many miles and lies exist between them, and their fates continue to be intertwined.

Weaving together aspects of this family from generations past from the Deep South to California during the 1950s to the 1990s, this provocative story looks beyond issues of race to the lasting influence of the past and its influence on the personal decisions and wants, for reasons not easily recognized, people sometimes feel compelled to live as something or someone not of their origins.

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Florida Man – by Tom Cooper

The Florida Man by Tom Cooper centers around a 1980 timeline and a middle-aged beach bun named Reed Crowe.

Reed is living the Florida life on fictional Emerald Island on ill-gotten gains.  When sink holes begin opening up on the Island, the seedy to the point of shambles motel and amusement park Reed owns as well as his secrets become endangered. In the midst of this predicament he puts into place his amateur spelunker skills. Soon he begins to uncover artifacts that connect the dots between his understanding and the island’s history as his family’s role as pioneering homesteaders.

Bringing more intrigue and to the mix is the company Reed has kept over the years.

Hector “Catface” Morales is a Cuban refugee, a trained assassin, and a crack-addicted Marielito who is after revenge on Reed for stealing his stash of drugs and then leaving him for dead (a detail unknown to Reed) in the wreckage of a plane crash in the Everglades decades ago.

Heidi Karavas, a globe-trekking art curator ex-wife, and Nina Arango, his current love, find their way into the state of confusion in the state of Florida.

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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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Curling Up With Good Interior Decorating, Home Decor and Architecture Books

Curling up with good interior decorating, home decor or architecture book in the name of all things house that make a home is always in style.

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Beth Webb : An Eye for Beauty: Rooms That Speak to the Senses

Today I am sharing a short list of a few interior decorating, home decor and entertaining books I am looking forward to reading cover to cover.

a-place-to-call-homeA Place to Call Home: Timeless Southern Charm

I love a gorgeous read with an equally attractive jacket for bookshelf, coffee table and bedside table accessorizing.  I believe that’s what they call an interior decorating win-win.

Entertaining in the Country : Love Where You Eat: Festive Table Settings, Favorite Recipes, and Design

Entertaining in the Country : Love Where You Eat: Festive Table Settings, Favorite Recipes, and Design

City Farmhouse Style: Designs for a Modern Country Life

City Farmhouse Style: Designs for a Modern Country Life

An eclectic and dynamic fall reading list promises to deliver impressive interior decorating eye candy and inspire interior and exterior creativity.

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House Beautiful Style Secrets: What Every Room Needs

It’s never too early to think about the holidays!

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My Under the Weather Reading List

Reading is proving to be a fundamental part of my under the weather reading list routine.

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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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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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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, we will hunt out the nearest Cracker Barrel and call it a turkey day.

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.

We lost a legend when we lost Don Rickles this year.  Don Rickles was not only an comedic institution but a class act of a man who valued the importance of family and friends.

Dave the Builder always made 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. Dave the Builder escaped the insult zone, the hallmark of Mr.  Rickles’ style.

The last time we saw Mr. Rickles in a live Vegas performance was in 2010.

We were seated in the second row and right in Mr. 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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Have you read any good books lately?

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