10 Must Read Books for Summer 2012

Every year, I vow to read more. And every year, I fail miserably. Thanks to the Hunger Games and my iPad, my love of reading has been renewed and I am looking to read more. I know I will be spending a lot more time outside with the kids this summer and we have some trips planned. These are the perfect oppportunities to grab my book {or my iPad} and read!

I put together a list of the ten books I want to read this summer. You will not see 50 Shades of Gray on this list because I will not be reading that series. Nope, not me!

10 must read books for summer 2012

10 Must Read Books for Summer 2012

1. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen – Ok, so I’m cheating here a little bit. This is what I am currently reading. But, it is feeling like summer out there so it counts!

2. The Help by Kathryn Stockett  – I know, I know. I am so behind on this one! But it’s on my list and I will read it this summer.

3. Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner – I love Jennifer Weiner and have read almost all of her books. Then Came You is her latest and I can’t wait to get started on it.

4. Confessions of a Scary Mommy by Jill Smokler – I have been meaning to read Jill’s book since it came out. After hearing her speak at Bloggy Boot Camp, it really lit a fire under my butt to add this one to my list.

5. The Beach House by Jane Green – Another author I am slightly addicted to reading. One summer, I think I read all of Jane’s book. I couldn’t get enough of them! The Beach House is the perfect addition to a summer reading list.

6. Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan – This book was recommended to me by Stephanie at Confessions of a Stay at Home Mom. This sounds like a perfect beach read for me!

7.  Planting Dandelions by Kyran PittmanPlanting Dandelions is another true mom confessional book. Kyran Pittman shares her path from a bohemian 70’s childhood  to her current “semi-domesticated” life as a wife and a mother of three in the American South.

8. Skinnydipping by BethannyFrankel – This is the epitome of a beach read! I think this will be one I will fly through in one day.

9. Bossy Pants by Tina Fey – Another book I have been meaning to read for forever. I love Tina Fey so I know I will love her book.

10. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling – The title alone makes me want to read it. The fact that it’s written by Mindy Kaling makes me even more excited!

What’s on your list to read this summer?

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  1. I’ve read the first two on your list and they are both awesome! Definitely MUST READS!

  2. i actually have the help sitting on my side table yet to be touched. i just got bloom so its going to have to wait, again … at this rate until only tomorrow, lol

  3. I have read the Help, it’s a great book but it is not by Emma Stone, she is the actress who plays the main character Skeeter in the movie.

  4. I LOVE Jennifer Weiner and Jane Green. They are two of my top all time fave authors!! If you like them, you might also like Kristin Hannah, she writes books along the same lines as those two. I think I might read “Skinny dipping” too, seems like a nice, light read for the beach!

    1. Same here – love them both! “Firefly Lane” by Kristin Hannah is one of my faves.

  5. What do you think is the “best” book for each Jennifer Weiner and Jane Green? I’m always on the lookout for suggestions for our book club.

  6. LOVE your summer read list!! I just got a bunch of books from my mom last time I was there visiting and am planning to plow through them. I am swiping a few of your ideas to add to my list!


  7. Great list! I LOVED Bossypants. Perfect light summer read (or anytime read, for that matter). Now to add a few of your picks to my own list. At this rate, I’ll need summer to be extended by 3 months. 😉

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