Summer afternoons, sitting on your patio, with a cold drink in one hand and a good book in the other. There is no denying that the sunny, warm days of summer are the perfect time to indulge and get lost while reading for hours and hours.
I've been craving a good story; something that will take my mind into a world full of colorful and unique characters and places. So I decided to put together a summer reading list filled with different options that you and I can read throughout the season.
Let's take a look at my recommendations.
In West Mills
Author: De'Shawn Charles Winslow
Set in a time period from 1941 to 1987, this story about a freethinking woman that lives in an African American community in rural North Carolina tackles everyday life and let's the reader in to the real-life struggles of minorities that often times aren't given a voice in storytelling. This is a truthful portrayal of day to day issues and how people deal with family, friendship, love, abuse, neglect, heartbreak and most importantly, hope.
13 Little Blue Envelopes
Author: Maureen Johnson
17 year old Ginny embarks on the adventure of a lifetime after receiving thirteen little blue envelopes left behind by her aunt Peg.
The Keeper of Lost Things
Author: Ruth Hogan
After a tragic event, Anthony Peardew made it his mission to rescue lost objects—the things others have dropped, misplaced, or accidentally left behind—and writing stories about them hoping to, one day, reconcile all the lost things with their owners. Anthony needs help to fulfill his duty, leaving his assistant Laura to carry on with the daring task.
The Bookish Life of Nina Hill
Author: Abbi Waxman
Nina Hill has lived an incredibly ordinary and quiet life, exactly how she's always wanted. She loves books, she's smart, loves playing Trivia games, and is extremely fond of the comforts in her life. But one astonishing revelation is about to turn her life upside down and force her to step outside her bubble.
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
Author: Gail Honeyman
An inspiring story about the struggles and demons people silently face on their own. Eleanor, a shy and lonely girl with an apparent normal, mundane life, is indeed carrying a lot of emotional baggage. She will soon be given hope by the most unlikely group of characters that will teach her that things are not always fine but they can certainly get better if you give love, kindness and trust a place in your heart.
I Am That Girl
Author: Alexis Jones
For those overwhelming times when you need some encouragement, this book will shower you with advice, inspiration and will empower you to trust in yourself and live the life you dream and deserve.
The World According to Fannie Davies
Author: Bridgett M. Davis
This memoir of Fannie Davies, a remarkable mother, who migrated from Nashville to Detroit during the Great Migration will open your eyes onto the life and struggles of her family and how she decide to take matters into her own hands. By running the numbers game, an illegal lottery system, she was able to provide a life of comfort and opportunity to her family and become a successful entrepreneur.
The Path Made Clear: Discovering Your Life's Direction and Purpose
Author: Oprah Winfrey
In her latest book, Oprah provides the motivation to help you find your true purpose and lays out the framework for creating not just a life of success, but one of significance. She shares her own life lessons and stories and includes inspiring messages from experts to help you through this process of self-discovery.
Bad Girls Throughout History: 100 Remarkable Women Who Changed the World
Author: Ann Shen
A collection of 100 women who changed the world, with short essays on each historical figure, this book is all about female empowerment and teaching us how women have contributed in remarkable ways.
I hope you enjoyed the book recommendations. Let me know in the comments, which titles you are the most excited to read and leave any other suggestions you would like others to check out.
Thank you so much for reading.
Until next time.