Reading for fun has not been on my radar lately and I hate it. Okay, my media design textbook was fun to read- but the others? Not so much.

So when summer rolled around, I finally gained some free time to read all those books that have been cluttering up my nightstand, window sill and bookshelf.

What I'm reading over summer break
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Along with some of the books I already had, I went on an Amazon books shopping spree (I’m SO not sorry). Here’s what I’ll be reading.

"Snobs" by Julian Fellows

Remember Downton Abbey and how we were all OBSESSED with it? Well this book is kinda along the lines of it. It is a satire of manners, etiquette, social rank and of course love.

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"Nice is just a place in France: How to win at basically everything" by The Betches

I’m kinda over self help books. This one caught my eye because of the author and the description. Go ahead click on the picture. I know you want to.

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"The swans of fifth avenue": A novel by Melanie Benjamin

I’m a sucker for historical fiction. All the swank of the upperclass of New York City and Truman Capote who starts a literary scandal.

β€œTake Gossip Girl and move it to the 50s.”—theSkimm

"The Woman in Cabin 10" by Ruth Ware

I’m also a sucker for psychological thrillers, mysteries and suspense. I’m sure you’ve heard of this nail biter, but click the picture to find out more.

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"Eligible" by Curtis Sittenfeld

I read “Emma: A modern retelling” last summer and wasn’t impressed. Pride and Prejudice is one of my all time favorite novels so I’m hoping this one lives up to the hype.

"The Regulars: a novel" by Georgia Clark

Quarter life crisis is real for anyone who doubts it. Three regular girls are trying to make it in NYC when something happens that makes all their dreams come true. Fairy tale ending? 

"The Perfect Girl" by Gilly MacMillan

Reminiscent of ‘The Girl on the Train’ and ‘Gone Girl’. I’m pretty sure if it has girl in the title it will be a movie.

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"The Girls" by Emma Cline

This one has been on my ‘to-read’ list for a while now. I got this rec from Reese Witherspoon’s snapchat and I can’t wait to finally read it. This also supports my theory that books with ‘girl’ in the title will become a movie.

"Prep" by Curtis Sittenfeld

I read this in middle school, but I can’t remember if I finished it- time for a re-read!

"The Whole Town's Talking" by Fannie Flagg

Okay, full disclosure- I got this for my mom, but I might as well read it when she’s done!

What have you been reading? Any recommendations?


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Author: Alix Maza

Alix is a college student, Step Up Magazine contributor, wannabe author, blogger and a super girly-girl who loves dogs and is entirely too dependent on coffee.

  • Ashley Hargrove

    This is such a great list! I need to grab one of these books for my trip tomorrow!

  • I love love love reading lists. I read the book, Prep, a few years ago, and it’s definitely interesting! And the Betches book is SO funny. They have a podcast, too, called Betch Slapped that it also super great.

    If you like these books, you might like the book, The Pact by Jodi Picoluti! It’s really unique & one of my all time faves.

  • I’ve heard great things about The Woman in Cabin Ten!! I’m going to Barnes and Noble later this week to hopefully pick it (along with some other books) up for the summer!


    • I think I’ll read that one next.

  • Diana

    I haven’t read or heard of any of these books! Thanks for sharing, definitely will be adding a few to my list “to read!”

  • Jamie Fray

    Soooooo excited you posted this. Leaving for a lake mini-vacay on Friday, and I want to pick up a few of these. There is nothing like relaxing on the water with a good book πŸ™‚ Pinned for reference!

    • OMG jealousssss that’s like my ideal spot,

  • Thanks for these ideas! I am such an avid reader, and always love some good book recs.

    Much love,
    Ashley |

    • I am too! I’m planning a cute bookmark DIY that I think you’ll like.

  • OHH, I actually haven’t read any of these books!

    Although, I don’t really have time to read so I’m all about the audiobooks.

    Thanks for the summer reads,
    Nadalie, It’s All You Boo
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    • I’m kinda wishing I got some on audiobook so I can listen while I work out.

      • It’s the BEST. I use Audible, but also OverDrive (it’s free if you have a library card and are in North America) Check it out!

  • These all sound like wonderful reads for summer. I’m definitely curious about Nice is Just A Place In France and The Girls.

    • I’m almost done with The Betches book already! Soooo funny!

  • I’ve seen a lot about the Woman in Cabin 10! I might need to add that one to my list.

  • Adriana

    I’m SO going to be checking all of these out! I want to read more this summer so I can’t wait to read about your suggestions!

    • There’ll be a review or two up tomorrow!

  • I havne’t read any of these! I guess it’s time for a trip to the library!

    • DO IT! The Betches book is my favorite so far.

  • Miss ALK

    I’ve been reading a lot the past month so I’ll check these out! The Nice one caught my eye since I’ve been there!

    xoxo A

  • Corey Wheeland

    I haven’t read any of these, but most of them sound good!

  • mckenna bleu

    I have a summer list that I am hoping to finish! Your list sounds good!

    • This summer is all about books it seems!

  • I thought The Woman in Cabin 10 was pretty good! I remember having Prep on my bookshelf years ago but I don’t think I ever read it… and I’m not sure what happened to it either! I need to check some of these others out!

    • Haha yeah I found my copy with my middle school things and I couldn’t remember it, so I decided to read it again!

  • Ooooh, I love a good book list…yours is intriguing! Some I’ve heard of, some I haven’t, but all of them look interesting. I think you have a good summer of reading ahead of you and I hope you enjoy them!

  • I love love love reading during the summer – and you have some great picks. The Women in Cabin 10 in on my list this summer as well!

    • Reading during the summer=perfect.

  • hal

    great list – i read more in the summer then i do the entire rest of the year combined – i am dying to read the woman in cabin 10 too!

    • I’ve heard so many good things about it!

  • thesophiadiaries

    I really want to read the Circle and Everything Everything <3

    • Everything, Everything was soo good! I heard The Circle makes you want to quit all technology lol.

  • The Swans one looks really good! I’m adding it to my list. I remember reading The Preps – not my favorite, but it was okay.

  • The Woman in Cabin 10 was a really good book! I loved it. I plan on sharing my summer reading list soon.

  • I’ve actually read a book on this list! That’s crazy, since I haven’t had much time to read at all. I read The Girls, and wasn’t really a fan, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t for you! πŸ˜‰

    • Hmm… I’ve heard mixed reviews!

  • I’m always in the market for books to add to my reading list! None of these are currently on my list, so I’ll be looking forward to hearing what you think of them!

    Molly // Miss Molly Moon

  • I have a book hangover right now of a really good series that I just finished. I love this list, I might have to go shopping soon!

    • Ooooh what did you read?? Book hangovers are the best/worst to have!

  • These all sound like great books! I need to read a new one soon!

  • I am the worst about taking time to enjoy books! These look like awesome options though…I may need to snag one for this summer!

    • I was to during the school year. I want to fix that!

  • I need to bookmark this! I loved Downton Abbey, so I’ll need to checkout his new book!

    • Ehh it was okay- kinda boring and predictable… The full review is coming tomorrow!

  • Emily Bendler

    This list is totally up my alley! I am definitely pinning this. I have one last class left of grad school that ends at the beginning of July and then reading for fun gets to come back into my life, yay!!!!

  • Alissa Burns

    I plan on spending lots of time by the pool this summer reading. These are great recommendations that I’m adding to my list!

  • Brittany Daoud

    These sound like great books! I’m really interested in reading The Girl in Cabin 10, I’ve heard good things!

  • Kristina Wiggins

    totally pinning this list for vaca planning πŸ™‚ thanks you for sharing!

  • These all sound so great! I definitely want to read more this summer.

  • I loooove the Woman in Cabin 10, and now I wanna read that 50s meets Gossip Girl book. Looks AWESOME!

    Coming Up Roses

  • Those are so cool!