Sunshine, popsicles and pool floats make for the perfect summer day. But in our opinion, the only way to lay by the pool is with a book in hand. Not all books will do the trick, however. We loved The Underground Railroad but that book is not made to be read poolside. Instead, we have two just-released books that pair perfectly with sunnies and a Paloma. So grab a copy, throw on your wide brim hat and enjoy!
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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Where to begin with this one? A tell-all about a fictional Elizabeth Taylor-esque celebrity’s rise to Hollywood stardom, her seven husbands and the true love of her life — This book is made for summer. Evelyn Hugo has asked an unknown reporter, Monique Grant, to write her life story in a no-holds-barred book. There is a bit of mystery around why Monique was chosen and Evelyn certainly has her fair share of hardships as she claws her way to the top.
The drama and suffering adds dimension to the story that makes it so much more than fluff, though the inner workings of Hollywood were fun to read too. The story seems so candid that I honestly forgot that Evelyn Hugo was not a real celebrity. Taylor Jenkins Reid slays with this story finding the perfect balance of glamour and grit.
A Million Junes By Emily Henry
I had the pleasure of reading A Million Junes by Emily Henry and I absolutely loved it. This is a perfect summer time read with just the right amount of romance, conflict, mystery, and magic. In a small town of Five Fingers, Michigan, live the O‘Donnells and the Angerts, two families feuding for generations. Jack “June” O’Donnell has always stayed away from the Angert family with no real explanation for the cause of the feud. When Jack meets Saul Angert, everything changes. She can’t seem to stay away from him and strange things begin to happen. June decides she needs answers and embarks on a journey that will take her to places she never thought were possible.
This book is the perfect summer read. It’s light, well-written and has just the right amount of magic. A Million Junes is a Young Adult novel; however, it doesn’t feel juvenile or silly. I love reading a good young adult book to mix it up especially in the summer.