Summer Book Club

I'm a huge book worm. Whether I'm about to board a plane or am spending an afternoon by the pool, a book is involved. Honestly, it feels very naked to travel without one.

Choosing a good travel read is a delicate art; you have to really consider the tone and the subject matter you're getting into. Do you want to escape into a beach read or devote energy diving into Jane Austen? Full transparency, I read solely for entertainment and will choose a paperback murder mystery over one of the classics every time. So without any adieu, please see my must-reads for Summer 2017.

Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand

For me, Elin Hilderbrand is synonymous with summer. In The Identicals, a set of identical twin sisters who have been at odds for years live separated by only the few miles of ocean between Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. Just because twins look exactly the same doesn't mean they're anything alike--and Tabitha and Harper Frost have spent their whole lives trying to prove this point. When a family crisis forces them to band together--or at least appear to--the twins come to realize that the special bond that they share is more important than the resentments that have driven them apart.

Fitness Junkie by Jo Piazza and Lucy Sykes

From the bestselling authors of The Knockoff, this is an outrageously funny novel about one woman’s attempt—through clay diets, naked yoga, green juice, and cultish workout classes—to win back her career, save her best friend, and lose thirty pounds.

How to Murder Your Life by Cat Marnell

Cat Marnell's new memoir is a gutting, beautifully written account of her rise — and subsequent fall — within the glamorous world of fashion and beauty publishing. While her talent and obsession with joining the ranks of staffers at Vogue, Vanity Fair, Glamour and Allure should have been a recipe for success, Marnell's ambition was no match for her struggle with addiction. A dependence on prescription drugs snowballed into full-blown junkie territory, and years of abusing heroin, cocaine and PCP led to several stints in rehab and the mental hospital, derailing her career in the process.

From Rockaway by Jill Eisenstadt

Before Alex manages to get into a posh New England college, her life consisted of lifeguarding and drinking beer with her friends on the beach in Rockaway, New York. After a year of school, Alex returns for summer vacation with her old gang with an utterly new perspective. In this bleak '80s landscape, Alex realizes her friends aren't ever going to escape "Rotaway" and she's unsure if she will either.

Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan If you've read Crazy Rich Asians, I probably don't need to say any more other than "this is the same author," but for those who haven't experienced Kwan's addictive and colourful portrayal of rich Chinese families, now's the time to dive in. In Rich People Problems, Kwan has his characters strewn across Asia in equally dramatic and wealthy settings, and it's a joy to get lost in.

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