What I’ve Recently Ordered to Read for Summer

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Yesterday, I noticed something a little unusual. I didn’t have 14 random books to finish reading. I keep two baskets for my books on deck: one for fun reads and one for devotionals or parenting-style books. I guess after indulging in a few beach reads I was caught up. I have about two or three books left in the bin, so I went on a spiral of ordering a few more.

Here’s my reading list for the rest of the summer:

Where the Crawdads Sing

This is what I’m currently reading. If you have Instagram, you’ve seen someone post this book this summer. I’m not too far in, but I can already tell it’s an extremely well-written story. However, because it is so well written this isn’t a book you can read while juggling things for your kids or partially dozing off at night. You’ll end up rereading a sentence a dozen times. I’ve been reading this on our back porch while Maxi and Paul play, and so far I’m intrigued! Plus, every single person on social media says you’ve got to read this book. And what’s the good in 2019 if we don’t take our book recommendations from friends on Instagram?! 😉

The Rumor

Now if you do want an easier read, I love Elin Hilderbrand. Every time I read one of her books I always think it was the perfect beach read. I also end up mailing her books to girlfriends once I’m finished with them because I always think a girlfriend or two would enjoy them! Speaking of mailing books, what do YOU do when you finish a book? Do you store it on a bookshelf? I always play a game of Sisterhood of the Traveling Books with my friends. Either, my mom, sister and I share books and trade back and forth, or I mail a book to a friend once I finish and they mail it to another. I always think it’s a sweet way to insert a card and tell them you were thinking of them and know they’d enjoy this.

The Stationery Shop 

This book just came off pre-order on Amazon today and something tells me it will fall into line with Where the Crawdads Sign. There’s a ton of buzz about this book already and the storyline seems like one that will have me in tears while I devour a Yasso bar or two in the back yard. I’ve seen at least half a dozen other bloggers {that got their hands on it!} say this will be extremely popular this year, so I did as I was told and ordered it today.

The First Mistake

This is one of those addictive thrillers I always have to have in my book basket. Reese Witherspoon is a fan, so I know I will be, too. Has anyone read this one?!

The Marriage Pact

I’ve had this book on my list to read for quite some time- side note, how do you keep track of what books you want to order and read?! Internet reviews can always be a bit Negative Nancy if you know what I mean. And this book got glowing reviews everywhere I looked and it seems like the perfect book to read 30 minutes before bed! I mean, doesn’t everyone know someone that made a silly marriage pact with a friend?

The Mother-In-Law

I think I have to read this twisted book when I finish Where The Crawdads Sign. I read a review saying this was perfect for those that loved Big Little Lies– and I adore Big Little Lies. Clicked. Ordered. Done.

I also got a start on my fall reading list, by ordering American Royals. It doesn’t release until September 3rd, but Merritt posted it and said it was wonderful. Based on the cover alone, no one has to tell me twice to read this.

Now speaking of book bins and tracking books, how do you track what you’ve read and hunted down your next read? I’m thinking of making a Goodreads account- but do you use yours if you have one?! Let me know if it’s a good idea and I’ll make one so we can all follow.


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  1. emily wrote:

    I love my GoodReads account and following my girlfriends on which books they liked or disliked. I totally suggest getting one, I would for sure follow your GR’s account. EEK!

    Published 18 Jun 19Reply
  2. Katie Chapman wrote:

    Absolutely make a Gooodreads, I’ve used it for about a year and love it so much! Best way to get recommendations from friends on what to read next.

    Published 18 Jun 19Reply
  3. My favourite kind of post! Thanks for all the recommendations, Katey. I want to read them all! 🙂

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    Published 18 Jun 19Reply
  4. Marian Richards wrote:

    I love Good Reads just to log the books I read and I just do a quick star rating. I love to have a list of what I have read and to keep a wish list. I also love Audible when I’m driving or doing chores around the house. I hate to watch TV because I’m stuck in one room and with Audible I can walk all over the house and my book comes with me!!

    Published 18 Jun 19Reply
  5. Olivia w wrote:

    Definitely recommend the goodreads account! I love the recommendations they give and being able to keep track of all the books I’ve read. I’ve even joined an online book club for ideas. And now when I go to the library I just look up books on my to read list and read those! Adding your suggestions to the list.

    Published 18 Jun 19Reply
  6. Ashley Booth wrote:

    I LOVE my goodreads account!! I use it almost daily. If I come across a new book I want to read, I just pop it on my to-read list. Its the best way to keep track!

    Published 18 Jun 19Reply
  7. Anna wrote:

    I use Good Reads to track what I’m reading and LOVE it. It makes it easy to manage what you’re reading.

    Published 18 Jun 19Reply
  8. Elizabeth wrote:

    I love Goodreads! It let’s me track what I’ve read and do quick star rating. Plus, bonus for me, I can track what I read for professional credentials on a separate shelf, which is super handy. It’s fun to browse and get reading ideas, as well. I’d totally recommend!

    Published 18 Jun 19Reply
  9. WTCS is fantastic and worth the hype in my opinion. I am obsessive with my GoodReads account. I have 30+ bookshelves, so I can keep track of AllTheThings. You can make a shelf for “Books To Buy Next” or whatever you want! I highly recommend.

    I’m currently reading “The Last Time I Lied” by Riley Sager. So far, so good… should be the perfect summer thriller.

    Happy reading! I could talk books for days.

    Published 18 Jun 19Reply
  10. Amanda wrote:

    This post makes me so happy! Me and my girlfriends started a book club this year because I had made a personal goal to read 12 books this year. I just finished Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. SOOOOO good. 🙂 Definitely going to keep some of these books in mind for when it’s my turn to choose a book.

    Published 18 Jun 19Reply
  11. Wendy Chinchilla wrote:

    OMG, I loved The Marriage Pact! I didn’t read it, i listed to the audio version. Let us know how you like it. Thanks for the post, just added a few to my summer reading list as well.

    Published 18 Jun 19Reply
  12. Augusta wrote:

    Definitely make a good reads account!!!!!

    Published 18 Jun 19Reply
  13. Emily Cooke wrote:

    Love this post! I just ordered a few of these! Excited to read !

    Published 18 Jun 19Reply
  14. Mica wrote:

    I’ve had a goodreads account for years and I love it! It’s such an easy way to keep track of the book’s I’ve read and the ones I want to read. I use the mobile app and it’s great.

    Published 18 Jun 19Reply
  15. Amber Creswick wrote:

    I love Goodreads! It is a great way to keep track of books read and future book reads. Also, you can see your “friends” reviews too.

    Published 18 Jun 19Reply
  16. Caroline wrote:

    I use my good reads account all the time!!! You will love it.

    Published 18 Jun 19Reply
  17. Annaliese wrote:

    You NEED to get Goodreads Katey! It’s one of my favorite apps on my phone! I’m doing a reading challenge this year and I love logging my progress on there. 🙂

    xoxo A

    Published 18 Jun 19Reply
  18. Hillary wrote:

    Yes I love my goodreads! It’s much more organized than the lists I had sitting in the notes on my phone plus it’s fun to see what others are reading. I just finished All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin and would not recommend it. I usually love her stuff but was just so upset about how this one ended

    Published 18 Jun 19Reply
  19. Stephanie wrote:

    I love the goodreads app. So easy to log in and keep track of what you’ve read or what you want to read. You can also set goals for your self of how many books to read a year.

    Published 18 Jun 19Reply
  20. Laura Leigh wrote:

    I haven’t read any of these! AKA adding every single one to my summer reading list! Thank you for sharing!

    xo Laura Leigh

    Published 18 Jun 19Reply
  21. The Marriage Pact and The Mother In Law are both excellent!!

    Published 19 Jun 19Reply
  22. Emily wrote:

    Definitely create a Good Reads account. It is the only thing that keeps my mental “book shelves” organized. The app also makes it so easy to add new books with the bar code scan feature. I actually think about you when I use it. Is that weird, I just feel you would love the functionality. I hope you consider creating a profile, thank you for all the book recommendations ❤

    Published 21 Jun 19Reply
  23. Brooks wrote:

    Love my Goodreads account. It’s an easy way to quickly save a book that someone recommends/I want to read. Also, you can add friends and see what they are reading/have read/want to read. Plus it has yearly reading challenges that are fun to do!

    Published 25 Jun 19Reply
  24. Angie R. wrote:

    You definitely need a Goodreads account! I love it to keep up with books I want to read and to also find recommendations. I like that you can see if your friends have read a book and what rating they gave it. And also the yearly reading challenge is great to motivate you to keep on reading!
    PS – If you start a Goodreads account, let us know so we can follow you!

    Published 25 Jun 19Reply