Summer Must-Reads

Hey y’all! So we still have a few weeks of summer, and that means there’s still time for some summer must-reads. I’ve curated this list partially based on books I’ve read myself, as well as recommendations from friends, and of course, books that are making a name for themselves by just being that good. This is a pretty good mix, so if you like romance, there’s some of that, mystery/murder, we have that too. Check it out!

  • The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen. Obviously, since she is one of my favorite authors, this one had to be on the list. This is a great summer read, I was captured by it, and no matter your age, this is a YA novel worth the read. Once you get through this one, I recommend reading more of hers, they handle some serious topics, in a very realistic manner, and it’s a refreshing option.
  • One of Us Is Lying. I told you I’d give you some murder/mystery too, and this is wonderful for it. You’ll be wondering who did it the entire time, and quite frankly, if you’re a fan of Pretty Little Liars, you’ll enjoy this book too.
  • Where the Crawdads Sing. This is on my to be read list, but I’ve heard great things and am looking forward to getting a chance to read it myself.
  • The Proposal. This one is your standard summer romance. I didn’t necessarily like the ending, I feel it lacked a bit, but overall the story was enjoyable, and light reading material for soaking up some sun on a beach.
  • Every Breathe by Nicholas Sparks. Another one of my favorite authors, I will recommend pretty much any book by him, because his writing and stories are just enthralling. I always find myself getting sucked into them.
  • Save the Date by Morgan Matson. This was a cute story, I really enjoyed how it progressed, and what the character went through.
  • Dear Evan Hansen. Yes, this is the same as the Broadway show, but trust me, you’ll want to read the book. I read this before seeing the show, and honestly, it helped me to understand his character better.
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain. Yes, it’s a movie out right now, but it’s also a book, and you should definitely give it a read. I always like to compare the book to the movie, so go get yourself a copy, and then go see this amazing film.

This is just a small list of the amazing books out there. Don’t be afraid to try a new genre, and definitely use your library to check off all of the books on this list. I personally can’t wait to continue reading more books, and finding more stories to fall in love with. Happy reading!


Pick a Cause and Invite Your Coworkers to Help Support It

There are so many people and animals out there that need help, so pick a cause and invite your coworkers to help support it. Gather up books for kids, pet supplies for shelters, or even bags for the homeless.

Create a Lending Library

There’s nothing like kicking back during the summer with a good book, so create a lending library. This way, everyone saves money, and yet also gets to experience new books they may not have checked out before.

Sell Back Books

If you have a huge collection of books that you’ve read and no longer want, sell them back. Books A Million has a buy-back program now, and there are used bookstores who will buy and sell books for discounted prices.

Beach Bag Must-Haves

Hey y’all, warmer weather is here! I don’t know about you, but I am always looking forward to a beach or pool day, and that means having everything I need in my beach bag. So here are some of my beach bag must-haves, if I forget anything, let me know in the comments below!

Beach Bag Must-Haves:

  • A good book. I’m a bookworm, so part of the appeal of a beach/pool day is getting to crack open a book and read uninterrupted for a couple of hours while also working on my tan. You can go with a Kindle book or a real book, I personally prefer Kindle in the fact it is easier to travel with, and they now have one that is waterproof, yasss.
  • Sunscreen. This needs to be applied liberally throughout your beach day, and I usually bring two types, one for my face specifically, and one for the rest of my body. Also, the spray ones really don’t work, so it’s better to go with a liquid one.
  • Water. Gotta stay hydrated out in the sun! Plus, you’ll need something to alternate with the beer/alcoholic beverage of your choice that you’ll also be drinking.
  • Beach towels. Again, I usually take two, one to lay on, and one to use as a pillow.
  • Chapstick. It’s not winter, but your lips will still get dried out, so you’ll want to make sure you have some of that on hand.
  • Beer or alcoholic beverage of choice. A necessity for a relaxing day lol.
  • Hat. Whether you prefer a baseball cap or a wide-brimmed one with a cute saying, either will do to help protect your skin.
  • Snacks. No beach trip is a success without some of your favorite snacks for when you get hungry.
  • Shades. Gotta have those sunglasses on-hand at all times in the summer.
  • Hair ties. It never hurts to have an extra scrunchie or two on-hand at the beach. You may start out with your hair down, but for most of us, that doesn’t last long.



Of course, there are some items that you’ll want to bring depending on if you’re doing a solo beach trip or one with friends. If you’re flying solo, you may want some headphones to listen to your music, whereas with friends, you may want a portable speaker instead. Now get on out there and enjoy the sun!

Read a Self Help Book

You may think it’s cheesy, but these books are great. I have a few suggestions for reading a self help book. Girl Wash Your Face and 7 Habits of Highly Effective People are two of my personal favorites. They’re great motivators, and everyone can benefit from reading.

Read a Book While Working Out

Everyone always tells you how important it is to read a bit each day, and one of the best ways to do that is while you’re on a piece of cardio equipment. I read while on the exercise bike, that way I’m enriching my body and brain at once.

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