We made it to Memorial Day! 🎉 I'm looking forward to a relatively low key weekend with a quick visit to the state track meet, family time, and of course, reading.
When I have a lot of time to read, I'm usually looking for an entertaining yet immersive story. If it’s summer, I’ll look for something lighter with characters I care about. All of my picks below are on the lighter side, but not so light that you'll forget that you've read them in a month. I’ve not personally read all of these, but I did look at reviews and they’re all endorsed by at least one of my reliable recommendation sources. They all came out in 2019 and are available now!
Here's your 2019 Long Weekend Reading List!
Otherwise Engaged | Lindsay Palmer | Gabe is an up and coming author and he’s thrilled when his book based on a steamy relationship with his ex takes off. Only problem is- his now- fiancee Molly begins to spiral when she suspects the ex might want Gabe back. For readers who want a smart yet relatable romantic comedy.
Red, White, and Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston | When Alex’s mother becomes President, all eyes are on him. He gets cast as the American equivalent of royalty in the media, and his PR team desperately tries to put the feud between the First Son and the actual Prince of Wales to bed. What starts as an Instagram facade evolves into a relationship that goes much deeper than either could have imagined. If you crave a fun, political, steamy, and LGBT friendly love story- this is for you!
Limelight | Amy Poeppel | Allison Brinkley is a wife, mother, and eternal optimist. She decides to chase her dreams and moves her family from their comfortable Dallas home to Manhattan. When she loses the job she was counting on, things get complicated and she begins to wonder if she’s made a terrible mistake. By chance she meets Carter Reid, a famous pop star, and the two strike up an unlikely alliance that just might get her to the place she’s always hoped for. A tribute to Manhattan and a story about reinventing yourself no matter the obstacles.
The Age of Light | Whitney Scharer | Romantic historical fiction based on the love affair between model and photographer Lee Miller and artist Man Ray. This synopsis made me think this is in the same category as Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald (which I loved)- think strong female protagonist trying to break out of the mold that society wants to put her in. For fans of historical fiction inspired by real people.
The Lost Man | Jane Harper | Jane Harper has become one of my favorite suspense/mystery writers. She's great at slowly unraveling a story and creating vivid characters and atmosphere. Two brothers meet at the border of their vast cattle properties under the unrelenting sun of outback Queensland to try and figure out what happened to their youngest brother, Cameron. Did he lose hope and walk to his death? Because if he didn't, the isolation of the outback leaves few suspects... For those interested in suspenseful storytelling with a very present sense of time and place.
Daisy Jones and the Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid | If you haven’t read this yet- now’s the time! Daisy comes from a world of money but has the undeniable star power and voice to propel her to the top. She gets set up with the band, The Six and together they become the hottest thing in music. This is a retelling in their words about what lead to their quick and unexpected break up. This is told in a “behind the music” type expose, and I LOVED it for that. I highly recommend it on audio- the narration is said to really make this band come to life. For fans of immersive stories with unforgettable characters. So- for everyone?
Out East | John Glynn | Though a summer house in Montauk doesn’t necessarily lend itself for a thoughtful coming of age/coming out story- John Glynn makes it work. His writing style brought me right back to my own early 20s. A perfect memoir for summer.
Do you pick up a specific type of book when you know you’ll have a little more reading time? Or anything goes?
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