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Long days sitting in the sand or by the pool are almost here and that means a fabulous summer reading list. So many great books have come out this year that it will be difficult to choose. But choose you must! Summer is fast approaching and you must be prepared to relax and catch up on your reading. Many of these I have read myself, but I will add in a few recommended reads for you too. If you are like me, I love to tell everyone I can about a great book I read. Please post in the comments your favorite summer reads so we can all enjoy! Happy Sun Bathing!

Save Me The Waltz – Zelda Fitzgerald
This book is written by the famous Zelda Fitzgerald, wife of Scott Fitzgerald. There is a new interest in the 1920's power couple as of late and of course everyone knows Scott's books. Zelda was a brilliant writer in her own right though and this story is basically a retelling of her life as she saw it. It is an interesting take on the Fitzgeralds and well worth a read.

Lillian Boxfish Takes A Walk – Kathleen Rooney
It's the last day of 1984, and 85-year-old Lillian Boxfish is about to take a walk. As she crosses the unsafe landscape of a run-down Manhattan, a city anxious after an attack by a still-at-large subway vigilante, she encounters bartenders, bodega clerks, chauffeurs, security guards, bohemians, criminals, children, parents, and parents-to-be-in surprising moments of generosity and grace. As she strolls, she recalls a long and eventful life that included a brief reign as the highest-paid advertising woman in America, cut short by marriage, motherhood, divorce, and a breakdown. A love letter to city life no matter how shiny or sleazy, Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney paints a portrait of a remarkable woman across the canvas of a changing America: from the Jazz Age to the onset of the AIDS epidemic, from the Great Depression to the birth of hip-hop.

For One More Day – Mitch Albom
I loved this book – this is a DEF read. He is an amazing write.
A beautiful, haunting novel about the family we love and the chances we miss. For One More Day is the story of a mother and a son, and a relationship that covers a lifetime and beyond. It explores the question: What would you do if you could spend one more day with a lost loved one? As a child, Charley “Chick” Benetto was told by his father, “You can be a mama’s boy or a daddy’s boy, but you can’t be both.” So he chooses his father, only to see the man disappear when Charley is on the verge of adolescence. Decades later, Charley is a broken man. His life has been crumbled by alcohol and regret. He loses his job. He leaves his family. He hits bottom after discovering his only daughter has shut him out of her wedding. And he decides to take his own life. He makes a midnight ride to his small hometown, with plans to do himself in. But upon failing even to do that, he staggers back to his old house, only to make an astonishing discovery. His mother — who died eight years earlier — is still living there, and welcomes him home as if nothing ever happened.

Just One Day AND Just One Year And Just One Night – Gayle Forman
I know these are 3 books, but Gayle Forman is the most amazing writer. If you have not read any of her work, I encourage you to do immediately. Her stories make you think, question, laugh, and just appreciate your life and loves. Such beautiful stories. Pick up these books right away and you won't be disappointed.

The Arrangement – Sarah Dunn
This one is so funny, get ready to laugh.
Lucy and Owen, ambitious, thoroughly-therapized New Yorkers, have taken the plunge, trading in their crazy life in a cramped apartment for Beekman, a bucolic Hudson Valley exurb. They've got a two hundred year-old house, an autistic son obsessed with the Titanic, and 17 chickens, at last count. It's the kind of paradise where stay-at-home moms team up to cook the school's "hot lunch," dads grill grass-fed burgers, and, as Lucy observes, "chopping kale has become a certain kind of American housewife's version of chopping wood." When friends at a wine-soaked dinner party reveal they've made their marriage open, sensible Lucy balks. There's a part of her, though-the part that worries she's become too comfortable being invisible-that's intrigued. Why not try a short marital experiment? Six months, clear ground rules, zero questions asked. When an affair with a man in the city begins to seem more enticing than the happily-ever-after she's known for the past nine years, Lucy must decide what truly makes her happy-"real life," or the "experiment?"

Big Little Lies – Liane Moriarty
Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.

IT – Stephen King
The new movie is coming out this Fall so use this summer to brush up on your IT history. It is a large novel so it is perfect as a summer novel goal.