A Mom’s Summer Reading List


Summer is the perfect season for escaping with a good book. Whether you are at the beach with the fam, sitting in the camp carpool pickup line, or just enjoying the quiet in your backyard during naptime, reading a good book is a great way to relax and enjoy some “me” time.

Here are a few recommendations from my personal library:

  1. Pretty much anything from Elin Hilderbrand

I became a fan of Elin Hilderbrand after reading “Silver Girl” a few years ago and couldn’t wait to read her next one. Since that time I’ve read The Beach Club, The Blue Bistro, Beautiful Day, Barefoot, The Island, Summer People, Nantucket Nights, and most recently, Winter Street, but my very favorite is The Castaways.


All set on the charming island of Nantucket, you will fall as in love with the quaint places and features of the area as you do the characters in her books.

  1. A good mystery or thriller that will keep you guessing

By now, most everyone has read Gone Girl and Girl on the Train, and if you haven’t, get to it ASAP! But there are several other novels in this genre that should find their way onto your nightstand too.  Harlan Coben is known for his suspenseful bestsellers, but The Stranger and Six Years are two not to be missed.  Built around the disappearance of the main character’s loved one, both novels will make the hairs on  your neck stand on end more times than you can count!


Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling) and Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng are also high on my list, with their age-old whodunnit appeal. I love a good surprise villain, and these two books did not disappoint!

  1. That book you just can’t seem to put down

Markus Zusak’s I Am the Messenger literally had me up way past my bedtime trying to figure out the ending.  And I don’t think I was the only dying to know The Husband’s Secret or What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty, a best-selling Australian author who really knows how to tell a tale full of secrets and lies mixed in with a large dose of humor.

the husbands secret

No One Knows by J.T. Ellison is another brain-bender with a riveting plot that switches back and forth from past to present, allowing the truth to materialize slowly. This book will keep you on the edge of your seat with every turn of the page!

  1. Something light and mindless

Sometimes you just don’t want to think, you merely want to be entertained….whisked away to another time and place and made to laugh about someone else’s silly problems. Author Emily Giffin is always a sure thing in this department, and her latest book, First Comes Love, is another beautifully written novel in a long line of books about families, love, and friendship.  Other bestsellers from Emily Giffin to add to your list include Something Borrowed, Heart of the Matter, and One and Only.

first comes love

One of my all-time favorite “beach books” is The Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank. Actually a collection of linked short stories, this book follows main character, Jane Rosenal, as she maneuvers through issues like sex, love, the workplace, and relationships.

Lastly, The Knockoff, which has been described as The Devil Wears Prada meets Social Network, is a clever novel about the cut-throat world of fashion in the digital age.  You will love to hate Eve Morton, the assistant who is vying for her boss’s job….among other things!

So, there you have it….my recommendations for your next book (or twenty). You can order them online, check them out at the public library, download them from a subscription service, or pick one up next time you’re at Target. Enjoy some time for yourselves, and get reading, mommas!

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Emily was born in Louisiana and raised on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. She met her husband in college and moved to Memphis in 2002 right after they got married. They first lived downtown and then in East Memphis, before settling further east in Germantown in 2011. They had their son, Gray, in October 2007 and their daughter, Hayes, only 20 months later in July 2009. Emily's kids are only one grade apart and are often mistaken for twins. Emily loves red wine, peanut butter, all things homemade and DIY, hot baths, and laughing so hard you cry.