Summer has officially arrived.  Which means my family and I will be living at the splash pad, swimming pool and/or local watering hole as often as time will allow.  And because I like to imagine that I’ll have even an ounce of time to myself while they’re off soaking themselves to the bones, I’ve collaborated with the other contributors of Austin Moms to come up with a list of worthy Summer time reads.  Now, if you’re anything like me, you’re on multiple waitlists for books that you likely won’t receive until well after the summer is over.  So, most all the books offered up in this list are 3+ years old so that we have a better chance of diving in during the heat rather than ‘wading’ until a new school year is knocking at our door.

Adam (Ariel Schrag)

A Man Called Ove (Fredrik Backman)

The Alice Network (Kate Quinn)

The Art of Racing in the Rain (Garth Stein)

A Window Opens (Elisabeth Egan)

Beautiful Ruins (Jess Walter)

Born a Crime (Trevor Noah)

Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood (Rebecca Wells)

The Fourth Hand (John Irving)

Friendswood (Rene Steinke)

He Said/She Said (Erin Kelly)

The House at Riverton (Kate Morton)

The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)

I Let You Go (Clare Macintosh)

To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)

The Kitchen House (Kathleen Grissom)

Land of Love and Drowning (Tiphanie Yanique)

The Language of Flowers (Vanessa Diffenbaugh)

Little Earthquakes (Jennifer Weiner)

The Little Paris Bookshop (Nina George)

The Lost Man (Jane Harper)

Matchmaking for Beginners (Maddie Dawson)

Maybe In Another Life (Taylor Jenkins Reid)

Next Year in Havana (Chanel Cleeton)

One Day (David Nicholls)

One More Thing (B.J. Novak)

The One Plus One (Jojo Moyes)

The Opposite of Loneliness (Marina Keegan)

The Paris Architect (Charles Belfoure)

The Perfect Couple (Elin Hildebrand)

The Perfect Mother (Aimee Molloy)

The Perfect Stranger (Megan Miranda)

The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)

The Portrait of Emily Price (Katherine Reay)

The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)

The Royal We (Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan)

Sarah’s Key (Tatiana de Rosnay)

Something In the Water (Catherine Steadman)

South of Broad (Pay Conroy)

Sunburn (Laura Lippman)

Surprise Me (Sophie Kinsella)

Today Will Be Different (Maria Semple)

Watching You (Lisa Jewell)

Water For Elephants (Sara Gruen)

We Were Liars (E. Lockhart)

Where’d You Go Bernadette (Maria Semple)

Best of luck choosing which one to read first.  We certainly couldn’t decide on just one. But whichever book you choose, we hope you’ll enjoy it as much as we did.  

What summer reads to do you recommend?

Lo is the Founder + Chief Innovation Officer of Trotting with Tots, a local stroller-toting mama tribe. When not scoping out new trails and neighborhoods to explore with the running group, she spends her time cooking up random vegan concoctions, inflicting pain on friends with her waxing skills, putzing around on her Cricut machine, inventing some new house project for her husband, and/or drinking wine while watching the latest episode of Intervention. Lo is married to her very own Magic Mike, whom she met on an airplane, and is lackey Mom to two munchkins (Gage + Gemma), and an allergy-ridden pup (Killian). She loves the color yellow, the sound of high heels on asphalt and gargantuan wind chimes.


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