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I must admit, I kind of like chick-lit a lot. I’m not against reading an intellectual or self-improvement book here and there but ultimately I love nothing more than a quick beach read to help me escape reality. Much like I am about TV, I like mindless, carefree, entertaining books. It’s my way of decompressing. Typically when I find a book I like I can get lost in it for hours, but with a baby and limited downtime hours, I pretty much give myself an hour before bed and on the weekends 2-3 hours while Capri naps. For me it’s either a book or TV–never both–so I very much commit when I have a book to read. 

I thought I should explain my book criteria before you review my list and roll your eyes. Here are the books I’ve read this summer – some I loved, some I couldn’t finish, and others were just okay. Listing it all out for you to decide! 

+ Normal People by Sally Rooney – Couldn’t finish the book. It was SO slow and drawn out. I know this is probably an unpopular opinion, but I did not see what the hype was all about. I ended up watching the TV series just to find out the gist of the storyline and how it ended and I’m SO glad I didn’t bother reading the whole book. Incredibly disappointed. 

+ This Is Not A Fashion Story by Danielle Bernstein – Can’t even lie, I was intrigued to know what a fashion blogger had to say in a novel. I read the book in 2 days – it was an easy, quick, & entertaining read. I was pretty shocked at some of the details divulged in regards to brand partnerships since I personally keep all of that stuff confidential and I felt like a brand would want the same but it definitely makes for an interesting story. Kudos to Danielle for opening up and sharing her personal life. 

+ The Lies That Bind by Emily Giffin – Love anything EG writes. This book was really sad to read, as a large portion of it takes place around 9/11 but I was hooked from start to finish. I always love the plot twists of an Emily Giffin book and this one did not disappoint. 

+ In Five Years by Rebecca Serle – I was gifted this book and read it out of convenience but it was really good! It was a unique storyline that I hadn’t ever read before so I was very much intrigued and finished it in a weekend. 

+ Verity by Colleen HooverI must say it takes a lot for a book to creep me out but this one keeps me on the edge of my seat. Very much enjoyed it (couldn’t put it down, actually), but I now understand why the ending is so controversial. I don’t want to give anything away so I’ll let you find out on your own. 

+ When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger – This was cute but not her finest work. If you’re familiar with this author you probably love her book (turned movie) The Devil Wears Prada but this one felt a little stale in comparison. I finished it but wasn’t obsessed. 

+ Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella – Big fan of SK but I must say, her work over the last few years has not been my favorite. I always look forward to her books because I’m usually hysterically laughing out loud but this one was not it. She has released a few new books this year and based on the reviews it seems other readers feel the same. Sadly I don’t know that I’ll be reading any of her current work but if you want a super cute and funny series to start her Shop-o-holic books from back in the day are actually hysterical. 

+ All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin – Not my favorite EG book but entertaining nonetheless. I felt it was a little predictable and one of my pet peeves in books (or TV / movies) is when characters suddenly change entirely and it’s inconsistent with their character all along to fit the storyline. It comes off super contrived and I kind of lose interest. Highly recommend all her other books if you haven’t already read them. 

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