Friday, June 10, 2016

5 Summer Book Recommendations & Free Summer Reading List Printable

5 Summer Book Recommendations & Free Summer Reading List Printable - A Simpler Grace

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Summer is finally here and it's time for lazy days spent by the pool, beach vacations, and road trips. If you're anything like me, you have a list of books you want to dig into over the next few months. Today, I'm here to share my top five book recommendations for this summer and later in the post, I'll give you exclusive access to a summer reading list printable so you can keep track of all your reads this season.
The top five books I'm recommending for this season have a little something for everyone. From a novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat to an enchanting story that emanates summer, you can find a new favorite read in this list.

If you're looking for an inspiration read...
Pick up Wild and Free by Haley Morgan and Jess Connolly

Haley and Jess wrote this book for women who felt like they were either too much or not enough. With it, they hope to inspire and encourage Christian women to reach out of cultural bonds and become unashamedly wild and free women in Jesus. 

If you're looking for a thriller...
Pick up Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

This is the story of Nick and Amy Dunne, a married couple from North Carthage, Missouri whose lives are turned upside down when, on their fifth wedding anniversary, Amy disappears without a trace. This novel is sure to keep your heart racing with the many twists and turns you will encounter along the way.

If you're looking for short stories with substance...
Pick up The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan

Marina Keegan graduated magna cum laude from Yale in 2012. Five days later, she was killed in a car accident. Before her untimely demise, however, she was a storyteller and this is the collection of her short stories and essays that she wrote during her college career.

If you're looking for chick lit...

Pick up The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

This family saga novel follows the Plumb siblings and the drama that ensues while they await receipt of a hefty trust fund left behind by their late father. The Nest highlights the dynamic of relationships within a family, the power of what money can do to them and the lasting connections we form with those we love.

If you're looking for enchantment...

Pick up The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen

Wanting to learn more about the history of her late mother, Emily Benedict arrives in Mulberry, NC to live with her maternal grandfather, a real-life giant, and learns that this town is harboring many mystical secrets, including some about her own family.

These are the five books I think you should add to your summer reading list and I'd love to hear what you think about them if you do pick them up! Now, you'll need a place to write down all the books you want to read this season. I created a fun printable to keep track of my summer reading and I'm sharing it with you today - for free!

5 Summer Book Recommendations & Free Summer Reading List Printable - A Simpler Grace

This is a simple sheet you can print out to keep on your refrigerator or near a bookshelf and have a visual of your reading goals this summer. You can download this printable here.

As you can see, my reading list is quite full and I hope you are able to fill yours up too! I'd love to see how you use your reading list printable (and your reading progress) on Instagram! Just tag me @lecypoore so I can follow along.

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  1. I've read two of the five books so I'm going to be putting the other three on my to-read list! <3

  2. Awesome! Can't wait to hear what you think of them. Thanks for coming by today, Susannah!

  3. Joules (Pocketful of Joules)July 5, 2016 at 11:03 AM

    Thank you for the recommendations! I"m going to check out The Girl Who Chased the Moon !

  4. I loved Gone Girl and it really made me want to read more thrillers. Next up I'm going to read The Girl on the Train.

    Nellwyn |

  5. Such a good book. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

  6. Gone Girl was so good! The Girl on the Train is coming up on my list. Hope you enjoy it!

  7. I love finding book lists, thank you! I have been thinking about Wild and Free, and it sounds like I should go get it.

  8. Me too Terryn - always looking for a new book to read! Wild and Free is fantastic. Hope you like it!

  9. I'm reading Wild & Free right now and I love it! Definitely pinning this and adding some of these to my reading list! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Wild & Free is so empowering! Yay! I'm glad you can use the printable. Enjoy!

  11. I want to read Wild and Free and the Nest this summer :)

    xoxo, Jenny

  12. I've heard great things about The Nest. It doesn't actually sound like my kind of book, but I've also heard from people who say it's not their kind of book that they loved it, so I think I'm going to check it out. :)

  13. Both are great books! Thanks for stopping by, Jenny!

  14. I felt the same way Crystal, but I ended up enjoying it. Hope you do too!

  15. The Nest is on my reading list I've heard great reviews and Gone Girl is so good I loved it. I'll have to check out your other recommendations, I love hearing what other people are reading.

  16. You know that saying, "I'd like to be a fly on someone's wall"? Well, I'd really like to be a fly on someone's bookshelf so I could spy on all the great books they are reading. Haha! Thanks for coming by to check out the post Alison!

  17. Wild and Free is next on my book list!