Whether you’re reading poolside at a resort, towel-bound at the nearest beach, or from the comfort of your own bed, Sarah and Katie have summer book picks that fit any of the above. Though very different, our selections both move quickly and can be picked up and put down easily! Happy Summer Reading!
This blog post accompanies our discussion on the podcast in Episode 215. Listen here (we start the Books Talk segment at 38:55):
What We’ve Been Reading Lately
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Sarah’s been busy reading, and Katie’s been busy…with littles. You know how it goes. Here’s what we’ve read since we last caught up on the podcast:
- Bad Blood by John Carreyrou
- Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
- I Miss You When I Blink by Mary Laura Philpott
- Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive by Stephanie Land
- The Enchanted Hour: The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of Distraction by Meghan Cox Gurdon
- The Library Book by Susan Orlean
I’ve been listening to the audiobook Becoming by Michelle Obama. It’s full of interesting and honest looks inside Michelle’s background, her romantic relationship with Barack, motherhood and friendship when you’re the FLOTUS, and life in the White House.
Beach Reads We Recommend
Sarah’s pick for a not-traditionally-beachy but still great summer read is Catastrophic Happiness: Finding Joy in Childhood’s Messy Years by Catherine Newman (who also wrote Waiting for Birdy). It’s a collection of hilarious and poignant essays about motherhood and parenting during the middle years – ages 4-14 – and it’s easy to pick and put down as you please.
Katie’s choice for a summer beach read is What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty. A freak accident on a treadmill lands Alice with a bad case of amnesia – she wakes up thinking it’s ten years earlier and that her life is perfectly happy. This book – Katie’s favorite Moriarty title – is perfect for mothers of any age who might understand Alice’s struggle of reaching for the wrong things in life and unconsciously letting the important things slip through her fingers.
What We’re Reading Next
Up next for Katie is Voices From Chernobyl by Svetlana Alexievich, and The Mother-In-Law by Sally Hepworth. The first pick was inspired by the HBO series Chernobyl, and the second was recommended as a good thriller.
What are your go-to beach reads this summer? Drop them below in a comment!