Beach Reads

Hey guys! Hope everyone is having a great Summer so far… I know I’m itching for a vacation. Life has been crazy lately- I just got back in town from Las Vegas for a bachelorette party, and before that I was in Cleveland, OH for a week of training for my new job as a Marketing/PR rep for Diageo Spirits! Cleveland isn’t the most glamorous of locations, but it was actually a pretty fun week. They certainly didn’t spare any expenses- renting out Yacht Clubs, Comedy Clubs, and even the Rock n Roll hall of fame for an hour so that we could do a scavenger hunt around the museum. It also didn’t hurt that it was open bar every where we went 🙂 At the end of the training I flew straight to Vegas for a Bachelorette Party for my friend Megan who’s wedding is coming up in just a few short weeks. This week is my first week in my new role with Diageo, then I’m off to Florida for family vacation. Every year my family rents a little house on the beach for a week and we just relax and play in the sun and eat and drink and it’s just pure bliss. 

This time of year is perfect for chilling out with a good book and just letting all of the stress roll away. Here are a few of my Summer Read Suggestions:

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells:

This book fell in my lap by complete accident. A couple summers ago I went to the beach without packing any books and desperately started searching our beach house’s small collection. (Vacationers kind of have an un-spoken trade where you leave the book you are finished reading, that way someone else can enjoy it during their trip). I picked up this book mainly because of the unusual title, and fully expected to set it back down until my mom said “hey I read that book! You’d like that!” So lo and behold, I gave it a try and finished it in 3 days. I wouldn’t say it’s a life-changing read, but it definitely had me laughing the whole way through. Perfect for a mindless summer vacation read.

With passion and a rare gift of language, Rebecca Wells moves from present to past, unraveling Vivi’s life, her enduring friendships with the Ya-Yas, and the reverberations on Siddalee. The collective power of the Ya-Yas, each of them totally individual and authentic, permeates this story of a tribe of Louisiana wild women impossible to tame. (From the publisher.)

Going off Script by Giuliana Rancic:

Before you write off Giuliana as a just a Celebrity Interviewer/fashion guru, she is an excellent writer. G writes in a very upbeat, humorous, sarcastic and matter-of-fact way that makes it the perfect vacation read. She gives you a good sense of who she was at various stages in life, which for fans of her show- gives an interesting look at how she was really thinking and feeling at certain times. Any #GirlBoss women out there will appreciate that G’s hard work, determination and positive attitude has gotten her where she is today.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn:

Yeah yeah yeah, this book is so last season. whatever. I never hopped on board when everyone else did, but decided to give it a chance after the movie released (because I like to read the book before seeing the movie). Let me tell you- It’s totally worth the read. It’s so unlike anything I’ve ever read that it just kept me hooked the entire way through. It can be a little  “WTF?” at some points, but it’s all necessary for the plot. 
This book gets 5 gold stars from me! 🙂

For the Right Reasons by Sean Lowe:

I started this book on my flight to Cleveland and was instantly hooked. Maybe I’m biased because he grew up in the city next to me and works out at my gym, but he is seriously a good writer. Yes, this is a “reality book” about his life, but it’s still very interesting to hear his viewpoints on things. Anyone who is a fan of The Bachelor, from Dallas, or a Christian- should definitely pick up this book.
Yay Sean! Brawns and Brains 🙂

All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner:

This is currently packed in my suitcase to take with me to Florida. Normally I just read all my books on my iPad, but clearly sand, sun, and technology do not mix. Here is what I gathered from it:
Allison Weiss has a handsome husband, an adorable daughter, a job she loves, and the big house in the suburbs. But while waiting in the pediatrician’s office, she opens a magazine to a quiz about addiction and starts to wonder: Is a Percocet at the end of the day really different from a glass of wine? Is it such a bad thing to pop a Vicodin after a brutal Jump & Pump class, or if your husband ignores you? She tells herself that the pills help her make it through her days; but what if her increasing drug use, a habit that’s becoming expensive and hard to hide, is turning into her biggest problem of all?
Hailed as “a witty, realistic criticism on the modern age” (Boston Herald), this remarkable story of a woman’s fall into addiction and struggle to find her way back up again is Jennifer Weiner’s most masterful, moving, and celebrated work yet.
I’m SOLD! I’ll let y’all know if it’s as good as it sounds!
Have y’all read any good books this summer? Please message me with suggestions! 🙂

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