This summer has been full of books for me! Whenever I share on Instagram what I’m currently reading, I’m always flooded with messages asking if I like it, or saying that you’re reading it too! I figured the best way to share my thoughts is in a blog post. So today I’m sharing my favorite books and my first book review!
Since moving to London, I’ve really taken up reading. I’ve always enjoyed reading, but in NYC I felt as though I never had the time. Between work, the blog, a social life, and of course the TV shows I religiously followed, it seemed like reading didn’t have a place. Now that we’re in London and I’m blogging full time, I’ve found myself turning to books much more frequently. I’m sure it also has to do with the fact that we don’t have cable TV here – the channels in London are nothing like the US channels we’re used to, so we opted out of a cable package.
Today I’m sharing the 6 favorite books I read this summer and whether or not I would recommend them!
My Latest Favorite Books
- When Life Gives You Lululemons: Written by the same author as “The Devil Wears Prada”, this book follows everyones favorite mean-girl assistant, Emily Charlton. No longer working for Miranda Priestly, Emily is now an image consultant in LA. After losing another big job, she worries that her career is coming to an end. She heads to Connecticut for a few days to stay with her best friend Maureen, who was a corporate lawyer that is now finding her feet in her new role as stay at home mom. It’s here where she meets Maureen’s friend Karolina, who is a well-known model and the wife of a senator. She’s recently made media headlines in a very bad way, and her life seems to be crumbling down quickly around her. Can this be the job to get Emily’s name back in the game? As a huge fan of “The Devil Wears Prada”, this book was a home run for me. Emily is just as hilarious as before, and I enjoyed reading about how her life panned out after Runway Magazine. It’s a quick and easy read! Would I recommend it? YES.
- The Almost Wife: In this book you follow the lives of newly engaged Dolly, Emily, and Jessie as they go shopping for the wedding gown of their dreams. All three women are connected by Helen, the owner of The White Company, one of the hottest bridal stores in England. Each woman is struggling with her own issues, and due to some crazy plot twists, only one will make it down the aisle. This book had me sobbing, laughing, and taking some notes for my own wedding! The author, Jade Beers, is the editor of Brides Magazine here in London. It’s safe to say she’s seen nearly everything when it comes to crazy bridezillas! This book is great for everyone, but especially those who are engaged. Would I recommend it? YES.
- Crazy Rich Asians: When Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she can’t wait to get to know his family. They are set to attend Nick’s best friends wedding, and Rachel pictures a quaint and small event. But Nick has failed to give his girlfriend a few key details. One, that his childhood home looks like a palace; two, that he grew up riding in more private planes than cars; and three, that he just happens to be the country’s most eligible bachelor. On Nick’s arm, Rachel basically has a target on her back. The wedding is set to be the social event of the season, but will Rachel make it past the nosy relatives, scheming social-climbers, and jealous ex-girlfriends to attend it? I actually read this book years ago, but wanted to re-read it before I saw the movie. I haven’t seen it yet (it’s not yet released in London!), but I’ve heard great things. Would I recommend the book? YES.
- It Happens in the Hamptons: When Katie Doyle moves across the country from Oregon to the Hamptons, she is hoping for a fresh start. New friends for her young son, a new job, and a chance to explore a new love with a dazzling local investor. However, she quickly realizes that the Hamptons comprises of two types of people: The one-percenters who solely vacation there during the summer, and the hard-working locals who live there year-round. Which type of person did Katie want to become? Having spent a good amount of time in Southampton myself, I enjoyed the spot-on references made in regards to the crazy amount of wealth that flocks there during the summer. However, overall, I really disliked the book. From the first few chapters I knew I wasn’t into it, but I’m the type of person who has to finish anyways. Would I recommend this one? NO.
- The Hating Game: Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman sit across from each other every day at work, and they hate each other. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s uptight approach to his job and refusal to smile. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s bright clothes, quirkiness, and desire to be liked by her coworkers. Now they’re up for the same promotion and Lucy, usually a determined people-pleaser, has had enough – she’s prepared to take him down. But as the tension between Lucy and Joshua reaches its boiling point, it’s clear that perhaps they don’t actually hate each other at all. I absolutely tore this through book, finishing it in just two days. This is the perfect light and easy beach read, and is probably my favorite book of the summer! Would I recommend it? YES.
- Tell Me Lies: Lucy Albright is a freshman at a small California college, far away from where she grew up in Long Island. She’s thrilled to be hundreds of miles from her mother, whom she’s never forgiven for an act of betrayal in her early teen years. Lucy embraces college life and all it has to offer – new friends, wild parties, stimulating classes. And then she meets Stephen DeMarco. He’s incredibly confident and she is quickly entranced by him. Lucy knows there’s something about Stephen that isn’t to be trusted, but she can’t seem to tear herself away. The book alternates between Lucy’s and Stephen’s voices, and follows their story through college and post-college life in New York City. This books was definitely not one of my favorites. It was almost a little depressing – by the end of it you just wanted to jump into the story and scream at Lucy for being so short-sighted. But luckily it did have a good ending, and you get to feel like you have closure on all of the different issues that come up in the book. Would I recommend it? NO.
Have you read any of these favorite books? What did you think?