Friday, June 1, 2018

Book Club: June

It's June and that means SUMMER!!! We've been on summer break for a whole week now, and while we still had to run around for dance recital rehearsals, tournament baseball games, and soccer team tryouts, we are SO EXCITED!!

Summer is our season. It just makes us happy. And now that it's summer and we've taken that whole school/homework/five million activities out of our lives we have a little more free time. Dealing with on two million activities is way easier. ;) 

And more free time means more time for reading! This month's book club we are going to change things up a bit. We're going to quickly share what we read last month (and it's some good ones), and then we'll share some of our favorite reads for the summer! We've already got our Kindles loaded up and our umbrella laced fruity cocktails ready to go!


May was a light month for book club reads. May was just chaotic and the end of the school year leaves little room to do much of anything other than eat, sleep and survive. We did squeak out a few books and a few of them we highly recommend! 

The Secret to Southern Charm 
We kick started the month with The Secret to Southern Charm. This is a fun southern style sequel to Slightly South of Simple that we read last year. Kristy Woodson Harvey's books are just plain fun. They are novels you just kind of sink into, have some cheeky southern humor, and make you want to hug your family and move to a small beach town. 

The Secret to Southern Charm follows Sloane who just learned her military husband is missing in action. Luckily her mother Ansley, and her two sisters are there two help pick up the pieces and they are surrounded by a community of supportive characters. We just loved the story and can't wait for the third book in the series to come out. 

Sweetbitter was the second book we read for the month. Okay, so this received rave reviews, and has a new show based on the book, so we had high expectations. The story follows Tess as she moves to New York and lands a job in a highly sought after restaurant. About halfway through this book we were ready to give up. We pushed through until the end, but it was tough. It was totally not what we were expecting. Have you read it? Are we totally off that we didn't like it?

Girl, Wash Your Face
We switched it up for our third book of the month. We kept seeing Girl, Wash Your Face pop up in our social media scrolling and we decided to see what all the hype was about. We had no clue when we purchased this book that it was written by a fellow (much larger) blogger, Rachel Hollis. After reading it we've decided Rachel might be our new BFF. Fun, fashionable, honest, and completely transparent - she's worth checking out. The book is geared towards women kind of in our age bracket, and chats about the lies we are told (or tell ourselves) and why we should kick those to the curb. We loved the message behind Girl, Wash Your Face and enjoyed immensely Rachel's personality and humor throughout the book.

Everyday Holy by Melanie Shankle. A great daily devotional.

Everyday Holy 
Obviously we didn't read this in it's entirety this month, but we just love Melanie Shankle's novels, so when we heard she came out with a devotional we just had to scoop that up too. If you are looking for a new one or just a little positive quick read to mix into your grab Everyday Holy.

Now to switch it up a bit as we head into June and summer!

The Best Books of Summer 2018. Best beach reads of 2018. A great list for any kind of reader to pack on vacation. Great vacation reads!


Summer and reading just go hand in hand. As much time as we spend on summer road trips, or on a plane to go somewhere, we always have a book to entertain us stashed in our carry on. We've done all the research, and have come up with a list of the best books to read this summer. These are the ones everyone is already talking about - or will be talking about! So download them to your Kindle, grab your beach chair and enjoy! 

  1. By Invitation Only by Dorthea Frank 
  2. Girls Night Out by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke
  3. Beach House Reunion by Mary Alice Monroe
  4. Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win by Jo Piazza 
  5. Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris
  6. The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand
  7. The High Tide Club by Mary Kay Andrews
  8. All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin
  9. When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger
  10. Best Beach Ever by Wendy Wax
  11. Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman
  12. The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy

Do you have any books to add to this list? What have you read lately that everyone should pack in their beach bags this summer? 


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  1. Thank you so much for your wonderful review of The Secret to Southern Charm ❤❤ I really appreciate it!! xoxo Kristy

  2. I'm enjoying Melanie Shankel's devotional.

  3. I loved the review and the reading list! I’ve got to check some of these out too.


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