Growing up, my sister and I would always participate in the annual “summer reading challenge” at our local library, and it’s one of my favorite summer memories! I’ve carried this love of reading into adulthood and think that everyone can enjoy reading if they find a genre that excites them!
I know that, as busy mamas, it can feel like we don’t have time to read. I get it, mommin’ is hard work and we all wear multiple hats a day. But, I read a few books a month by making reading a priority in my busy life; finding a few minutes here and there during nap time, waiting for the pasta water to boil, or in the evening in lieu of watching TV. When you pack your bag every morning, make sure you throw your current book in there too! You never know when you will have an unexpected lull in the day.
Summer is a great time to kick-start a new reading habit, the days are longer and slower and (hopefully) filled with a vacation or two. I use both Phoenix and Scottsdale Public Libraries to rent e-books that get downloaded directly to my Kindle, so I never have to worry about returning a book on time! I am going challenge everyone to read at least one book this summer 🙂
Here’s a great summer reading list to get you started:
Easy Breezy Beach Reads
- The Magnolia Story by Joanna Gaines
- Confessions of a Domestic Failure by Bunni Laditan
- The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
- The Identicals: A Novel by Elin Hilderbrand
If You Liked Girl on the Train:
- Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
- The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
- The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
- Six Years by Harlan Coben
- Grace, Not Perfection: Embracing Simplicity, Celebrating Joy by Emily Ley
- 168 Hours, You Have More Time Than You Think by Laura Vanderkam
- Hands Free Mama: A Guide to Putting Down the Phone, Burning the To-Do List and Letting Go of Perfection to Grasp What Really Matters! by Rachel Macy Stafford
- Present over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living by Shauna Niequist and Brene Brown
Who else has read an amazing book lately they would recommend? Comment below so we can get a great summer reading list started!