The summer is at its peak and, just like everyone else, you’ve yet to find the perfect way to utilize the extra daylight. Many are searching for the next binge-worthy Netflix series others are looking to buy tickets to an upcoming music festival, but what happened to stalking bookshelves for a good ol’ summer read. We’ve all heard the excuses, “I don’t have enough time”, “I don’t know what book to read”, “I don’t own any books”. Well, we’re here to help as we’ve rounded up a list of 10 books by women to add to your summer reading list.
Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner
The year is 1950. Sisters, Jo, and Bethie Kaufman live a hum-drum life in upscale Detroit. But, of course, life gets in the way and the two experience the world of “free love, Woodstock, women’s lib” and post-war America in two different ways. These such trials and traumas force the girls to rethink their purpose and personality. Bethie relinquishes her role as the traditional female to become a wildflower child, while Jo submits herself to motherhood. But, neither of them enjoys the lives they’ve taken on. Now, they struggle to find their place as women and claim their own “happily ever after”.
Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett
It was a normal morning, in the life of Jessa-Lynn Morton. The sun rose, the birds sang, and everything was as it should be. Until she walked into her family’s taxidermy store and found her father dead on a metal table. Suicide. The family can not do away with their grief quick enough to keep the business afloat so, it goes under. Mrs. Morton morphs her grief into “lewd art with the taxidermied animals” and Milo, Jessa’s brother, struggles to reconnect with his family. Now, the Morton’s are at “a tipping point” and must find a way to rediscover each other.
The Gone Dead by Chanelle Benz
Billie James just inherited a little money and an even smaller home in the Mississippi Delta. Both came quite unexpectantly, after her father, a renowned poet, dies. Her return to the south meant she’d have to fill the empty home and uncover its history. Instead, Billie hears of her own past lives through the strangers she encounters. Apparently, she went missing the day of her father’s death but has no recollection of the event. She must find her past self, while alone and without direction.
Three Women by Lisa Taddeo
Taddeo wants to talk about sex. The journalist has taken to the public with her conversations, visiting three drastically different women from Indiana to North Dakota. It took eight years, for her to collect enough information about Lina, Maggie, and Sloane to compose a “riveting true story about the sex lives of three real American women”.
The Arrangement by Robyn Harding
In the art scene of New York City, Natalie finds herself in a common struggle of paying her bills while attending classes. One day her friend tells her to find a sugar daddy, an older man with lots of money and no one to spend it on. It wouldn’t require much, just a few dates, a little allowance money, why not? Natalie takes a chance and meets Gabe. He’s married, a family man and a corporate attorney. Their relationship lasted all but a month and Nat find herself head over heels in love. Then, it ends. The young lover is distraught and loses herself to sneaking, sulking and spying. What’s she to do now?
City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
19-year-old Vivian Morris is expelled from Vassar College her freshman year. Her disgraced parents send her from New York City to Manhattan, hoping her Aunt Peg will house her. Here she is thrown into the world of theater. Aunt Peg’s very own midtown theater house, Lily Playhouse, showcases males’ actors and sexy female dancers; a risqué choice of business for the 1940s. But Vivian is caught up in a drastic scandal that could potentially ruin her fleeting reputation. Will she work to keep her newfound freedom, or will she try to salvage what’s left of her life?
I’ll Never Tell by Catherine McKenzie
One night at Camp Macaw, Amanda Homes “washed up on a shore in a rowboat with a gash in the head”. But what happened? The MacAllister children are haunted by this event, the sudden death of their parents and their sibling division. Each one is split on the no of dividing their inherited real estate, but all are certain that the death of Amanda is the one thing holding. Can they come together to solve the mystery, or will they let secrets tear them apart?
The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo
Truly a book about parenthood. Marilyn and David struggle to raise four children in the busy city of Chicago. Wendy, Violet, Liza, and Grace are defined by the drastic difference of their life, stay at home mom, neurotic professor, widow; and their inability to find a love like their parents have. Together, they discover the “triumphs and burdens of love, the fraught tethers of parenthood and sisterhood” and the want to feel a bond that only sisters could share. Now, you’ve got your list. All you need is a coffee cup, a couple of good pillows to waste your day reading. To view a full description of these books, reader reviews and more, just visit Goodreads.com.