Summer Reading List

summer reading list

It’s time for summer vacations and beach days which means more time to read. Here are a few suggestions that I’m sure you’ll want to add to your summer reading list.

1.     The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid | In this epic novel full of old Hollywood glamour, a legendary film actress reflects on her relentless rise to the top and the risks she took, the loves she lost, and the long-held secrets the public could never imagine. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the ‘80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love.

2.    Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan | From the bestselling author of “Crazy Rich Asians” and “China Rich Girlfriend” comes this fun, frothy take on the lives of the Singapore super-elites. The stakes are high, as the entire Shang-Young clan rushes to the deathbed of their matriarch, Su Yi. A battle ensues over the family fortune and who stands to inherit it all.

3.    My Glory Was I Had So Friends by Amy Silverstein | If you want inspiration, this is a book that won’t fail you. This memoir is about what friendship and living life as a transplant recipient meant to one woman. Amy Silverstein lived with a donor’s heart for 26 years that she was told would last only ten. When her heart started to fail, her only chance for survival including uprooting her life in New York and moving to California to await a transplant. Nine of her friends help her by flying to California and helping take care of Amy while she awaits news on a transplant and a new heart.

4.    Fly Me by Daniel Riley | It’s 1972, and Suzy Whitman has no use for her degree from Vassar. Instead, she’s joined the hedonism of the Los Angeles beach scene and become a stewardess for Grand Pacific Airlines. Amid all the debauchery and fun, though, Suzy becomes involved in a drug-trafficking scheme.

5.    Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman | Eleanor Elephant is about the importance of friendship and human connection. Eleanor is an eccentric and regimented loner whose life beautifully unfolds after a chance encounter with a stranger.

6.     Map of the Heart by Susan Wiggs | An accomplished photographer, widow, and mother, Camille Palmer is content with the blessings she’s enjoyed. When her ageing father asks her to go with him to his native France, she has no idea that she’s embarking on an adventure that will utterly transform her. Returning to the place of his youth sparks unexpected memories that will lead Camilla’s family back to the dark, terrifying days of the Second World War, where they uncover their family’s surprising history. While Provence answers questions about her family’s past, Camille meets a handsome American historian who stirs a passion with her, and who may hold the key to her future. Sometimes the best journey of your life is the one that takes you home.

7.    Out of Line: A Life of Playing With Fire by  Barbara Lynch | In this funny, fierce, and poignant memoir, world-renowned chef and restaurateur Barbara Lynch recounts her rise from a hard-knocks South Boston childhood to culinary stardom. Barbara appeared as a guest judge on season 12 of Top Chef, which took place in Boston in 2014. She oversees seven critically acclaimed restaurants in Boston including No. 9 ParkMenton, and B&G Oysters.

8.     The Alice Network by Kate Quinn | An exciting faced paced novel about a pregnant American socialite who teams up with a female ex-spy and a hot-tempered young soldier in the aftermath of World War II. A story of courage and redemption.

9.     Sugar by Kimberly Stuart | Sugar is a contemporary romance, set in the high-pressure commercial kitchens of New York and Seattle. A funny and clever story of how a female chef learns to thrive in the ruthless world of premier restaurants.

10.   One Summer Day in Rome by Mark Lamprey | One Summer Day in Rome is an enchanting novel about three couples drawn irresistibly to Rome, narrated by the city itself.

What are you excited to read this summer?

P.S. You May Have Missed:

Summer Reading List 2016

Summer Reading List 2015

Beach Reads 2015









Link Love

link love

Here are a few fun and informative links from around the web. Hope you enjoy this edition of link love. Have a great weekend, friends!

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1.    Airlines redesigning uniforms find out how difficult it is.

2.    What you need to know about your passport.

3.    The very best wireless ear buds for active people.

4.    How breastfeeding lowers a women’s risk of heart disease.

5.    How to browse the web and leave no trace.

6.    Understanding the power of color in your wardrobe.

7.    36 hours in Birmingham, Alabama.

8.    Southwest Airlines gets serious about Hawaii.

9.    This app lets you check out library books free.

10.  Don’t make these difficult mistakes when writing emails plus a template for writing good emails, even when it’s difficult.

11.  The 10 physical skills every man should master.

12.  101 books to dive into this summer.

13.  A collection of brownie recipes.

14.  What it really means when you give someone a low ride-share review.

15.  The secret to small talk.

16.  Why we need a national conversation about the opioid crisis.

17.  The apology critics want to teach you how to say sorry. In apologies, saying “I’m sorry” matters less than taking responsibility: “I know I did something that hurt you” or “This is my problem and I’m going to fix it.”

18.  An open letter to parents with highly sensitive children.

19.  The wellness epidemic.

20.  The best natural anti-androgen treatments for Hirsutism (facial hair).

21.  This chocolate peanut butter pie sounds delicious.

22.  Some great podcasts for kids.

23.  LSU’s Kramer Robertson’s mom (and Baylor women’s basketball coach) Kim Mulkey on life, sports and Kramer’s hair.

P.S. You May Have Missed:

Link Love: LSU’s Kramer Robertson + Little White Lies + Is Amazon giving you the best price? Diet & Arthritis + Secrets to the Best Sweet Tea + Beware of Celebrities & Instagram Ads + Gluten-Free Brownie Cookies + Tour Tim & Faith’s Private Island Home + Stop Robocalls + More!

Link Love

link love

Here are a few fun and informative links from around the web. Hope you enjoy this edition of link love. Have a great weekend, friends!

P.S. Download the Pocket App to save articles to read later offline.

1.     Sometimes we lie to help others in an effort to spare someone’s feelings or avoid an argument. Researchers call this “prosocial deception” and say it’s not always a good thing. Find out when to lay off the little white lies.

2.    An emotional breakdown and dark place led LSU shortstop Kramer Robertson to the top of college baseball.

3.    The liver performs more than 300 vital functions. If your liver fails, the best hope is for a transplant. Continue reading “Link Love”

Summer To-Do List

summer to-do list

I put together a summer to-do list with some ideas for adding a little sparkle to the upcoming season. I’m also sharing some of the fun things I’d love to do this summer. I hope it inspires you to put together a list of your own to celebrate this time of year.

If you are a list maker like me, try the 52 Lists Project Journal. It’s divided into seasons and then weeks. Each week you are asked to list something. At the bottom of the page, there is a “take action” suggestion. There’s also space to make your own lists. You can print out a sample collection of the lists here to help you get started.

I also love using a Bullet Journal. The Bullet Journal is a customizable and forgiving organization system. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and diary, but most likely, it will be all the above. Here’s how to get started using a Bullet Journal. Watch this great video for more details too.

Here’s what’s on my summer to-do list.

1.    Take a barista class. Jo Coffee in New York City and Philadelphia offers a variety of classes including an all day barista class focusing on espresso technique, milk steaming, and pouring latte art.

2.    Visit a new farmer’s market. Here’s a guide to the best farmer’s markets in each state.

3.    Try a Solidcore fitness class.

4.    Read Louis Giglio’s new book, Goliath Must Fall: Winning the Battle Against Your Giants.

5.    See the movie Paris Can Wait starring Diane Lane as a Hollywood producer’s wife who unexpectedly takes a trip through France, which reawakens her sense of self and her joie de vivre. Anne (Lane) is at a crossroads in her life. Long married to a successfully driven but inattentive movie producer (Alec Baldwin), she finds herself taking a car trip from Cannes to Paris with a business associate of her husband (Arnaud Viard). What should be a seven-hour drive turns into a journey of discovery involving mouthwatering meals, spectacular wines, and picturesque sights. Eleanor Coppola’s feature film directorial and screenwriting debut at the age of 81 is also impressive.

6.    See The Trip To Spain the third film chronicling actors Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon’s culinary adventures through Europe. The two real life friends consume six incredible meals while trading barbs and Roger Moore impressions, as seen in the trailer below.

7.    Watch Season 2 of Master of None. I didn’t watch Season 1 of Master of None. When I found out season 2 was partially filmed in Italy, I knew I had to watch. Read the critics’ roundup from The New York Times. The soundtrack for Season 2 is also out now. Listen to The Master of None Season 2 playlist on Spotify. Here’s a list of the restaurants featured in Italy.

8.    Visit the coffee shop Lickety Split at the Four Seasons Resort in Orlando. They also offer a barista bootcamp in the fall.

9.     See the new musical Bandstand on Broadway. The show recently won a Tony for Best Choreography.

10.  Watch the Tony Awards.

11.   Read One Summer Day in Rome by Mark Lamprey.

12.  Try some of the vegan cheese recipes in This Cheese is Nuts!: Delicious Vegan Cheese at Home by  Julie Piatt. One of the recipes included in the book is smoked almond cheddar. Listen to Julie’s interview on the Rich Roll Podcast about ditching dairy.

13.  Take Constitution 101The Meaning and History of the Constitution. The course is delivered via email, with one lesson per week for 10 weeks. Each lesson features lively teaching and discussion boards, suggested readings, weekly quizzes, and more.

14.  Watch the L.S.U. Tigers in the College World Series. LSU (48-17) plays Florida St. (45-21) on Saturday, June 17 at 7 p.m. (CT).

If you are looking for some ideas, here are a few fun things you might want to add to your list.

1.    Here’s a great list of new books to read this summer.

2.    Check out this playlist for your next road trip.

3.    Try a new ice cream flavor. Here’s a list of my favorite ice cream shops in the U.S.

4.    Check out this summer movie release guide from The New York Times.

5.    Download some new podcasts for your next road trip or vacation. If you are looking for some recommendations, check out the links below:

My Favorite Podcast Part 1

My Favorite Podcasts Part 2

My Favorite Podcasts Part 3

My Favorite Podcasts Part 4

6.    Here’s a list of the most anticipated album releases and concert tours for summer.

7.    Check out this list of summer premieres dates for new series and new seasons of returning shows.

8.    From The New York Times: what to cook this summer.

9.    If you are traveling this summer, check out some of my travel guides:




10.  Check out this list of top music festivals in the South.

You can also see my summer to-do lists for 2016 if you need a bit of inspiration to create your own.

What are you planning on doing this summer? Tell me in the comments.

Link Love

link love

Here are a few fun and informative links from around the web. Hope you enjoy this edition of link love. Have a great weekend, friends!

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1.    How to manage a long wait for news.

2.    Are Ladurée macarons really worth $3?

3.    The most beautiful places in California you didn’t know existed. Continue reading “Link Love”

Link Love

link love

Here are a few fun and informative links from around the web. Hope you enjoy this edition of link love. Have a great weekend, friends!

P.S. Download the Pocket App to save articles to read later offline.

1.    Pippa Middleton’s beautiful wedding dress.

2.    Are bombs or batteries a bigger threat to planes? Either way, officials agree that laptops on flights are dangerous.

3.    Table manners for kids.

4.    Tips to keep your bag from taking a trip without you. Continue reading “Link Love”

Link Love

link love

Here are a few fun and informative links from around the web. Hope you enjoy this edition of link love. Have a great weekend, friends!

P.S. Download the Pocket App to save articles to read later offline.

1.    Raising girls who are not mean girls.

2.    How much praise kids need.

3.    Do you have a personal mantra?

4.    How to win the internet according to Martha Stewart. P.S. She’s one of my favorite people to follow on Instagram and Twitter. Continue reading “Link Love”