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Ep. 36 - Summer Reading - What's on your List?

Ep. 36 - Summer Reading - What's on your List?

Hey everybody! Summer is just around the corner! In today’s episode, we decided to talk about “summer reading,” because who doesn’t love a good book recommendation?? We both share about books we’ve recently read, or especially like, and even books and authors that have been recommended to us. We talk about a LOT, so here is our big ol’ list of books we mentioned! You can click on the list at the bottom of the show notes to pick up some of these books!

Girl with a Dragon Tattoo series

A Separate Peace by John Knowles

Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple (Movie coming out in October!)

Madeleine L'Engle books: A Wrinkle in Time, A Circle of Quiet, The Crosswicks Journals

E.B. White books: The Trumpet of the Swan, Charlotte's Web, Stuart Little, One Man's Meat, A Boy, A Mouse and a Spider

Other authors to read (these are Jennifer's Nathan's recommendations: Dan Brown (Origin, Angels & Demons, DaVinci Code), Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child (Agent Pendergast series), James Rawlins, John Grisham, Stephen E. Ambrose, Jeffery Deaver, CS Lewis, & the Apostle Paul (haha)

Escape by Carolyn Jessop

Bossypants by Tina Fey

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron

Yes Please! by Amy Pohler

Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham

Little Bee by Chris Cleave (Not Recommended, haha!) 

Ruth Reichl books: Garlic and Sapphires, Delicious!

Julie & Julia by Julie Powell

Saturday Night Supper Club by Carla Laureano

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

Coming Clean: A Memoir by Kimberly Rae Miller

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Like a River from Its Course by Kelli Stuart (a previous guest of ours, Katie Finklea, had recommended this book!)

Jennifer asked her reader-friend Ashley for recommendations (she has almost 500 books logged in her Goodreads account!) and here are some:

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Gone, Girl by Gillian Flynn

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

White Oleander by Janet Fitch

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane

We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

What Alice Forgot by Liane Morarty

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

The Brethren by John Grisham

Salem Falls by Jodi Picoult

The Passage by Justin Cronin

Some of Ashley's go-to authors: Liane Morarty, Jodi Piccoult, Kate Morton (The Secret Keeper and The Distant Hours), Tana French, Michelle Moran, Lisa See

And some of her favorite classics are: Persuasion by Jane Austen, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott -- PBS has their new version of Little Women airing NOW! (But read the book FIRST!)

Donald Miller books: Blue Like Jazz, Search for God Knows What, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, Scary Close 

Anxious for Nothing by Max Lucado - we've both been hearing about this book from people!

Early on in the episode, Courtney read this article about 20 Tweets Roasting La Croix to Jennifer, though she will still remain loyal to her Peach/Pear La Croix. :) 

From our "I'm Totally Into..." segment:

Jennifer is totally into her new Libbey Beer Can Glasses - how sleek and fun are these?

Courtney is totally into Gold Peak Slightly Sweet Tea, especially if it's available with free refills at the zoo! :)

Happy reading!! Let us know in the comments below what you plan on reading this summer! And if you need a little help getting motivated, check out this article: Jon Acuff's How to Read 100 Books in a Year. Have a GREAT week, mamas!

Summer Reading

Our Full Summer Reading List


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