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Five Must Read Books for Summer! | Book Club

It’s another must read books kind of Summer. And we kind find a good book in any season, but while you’re laying out by the pool, or playing by the lake, relaxing with a good read should always be on the agenda.

I am always catching up on my must read books list + squeeze in as much time reading out in the warm sunshine before hibernating indoors for another Chicago winter. Are you curious for some new reads for yourself?

I collected some of my picks for the summer reading, in case you’re looking for a new title or two. Since I know teens + moms both read the SMP blog, I’ve included books for both, along with a few re-reads off of Emma’s shelf.

So many good books with so few hot Summer days to relax with them. If you’re looking for consistently good author’s I’ve got you ‘covered’ there too. John Greene + Wendy Mass are fantastic writers that engulf you into their imaginations. And you can find their works everywhere… Check them out from your library, make a trip to Half Price Books, Harvey’s Tales, or online through {they support local bookstores}.

Okay. on to the books!

Must Read Books For Teen:

  1. Reached by Ally Condie {book series}
  2. The Fault in My Stars by John Green
  3. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling 
  4. Live Original: How the Duck Commander Teen Keeps it Real…by Sadie Robertson
  5. Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass
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Books For Mom:

  1. Racing in the Rain: My Life as a Dog by Garth Stein {Have Kleenex nearby}
  2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green {I know, a repeat😉}
  3. Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
  4. We were Liars by E. Lockhart
  5. Wildflower by Drew Barrymore
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And in case you’re a cooker + like to hold a real book, and not digital…Here are 5 of my favs that I keep returning to over & over, and o-v-e-r again::

  1. Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist {good stories + good food} Her easy blueberry crisp is on repeat at my house
  2. Jamie’s Oliver’s Food Revolution – Cook simply and love it
  3. Junk Food to Joy Food by Joy Bauer – Making those high calorie foods a little lower {but still yummy}
  4. Joy’s Simple Food Remedies by Joy Bauer – This one targets specific areas such a boost energy, banish bloating…
  5. The Beauty Detox Foods by Kimberly Snyder – I like the science behind why to change up what we eat.

Just a few suggestions get you inspired to read.

Grab an iced glass of lemonade + one of these good books and your ready for the afternoon!

Are you reading a great series or book? I’d love to hear about it. Join the Facebook Shine Group. Every year I have a book club & we can share our fun book finds!

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