12 Binge Worthy Summer Reads for 2015

Wondering what to read this Summer? Here are 12 of my absolute favorite Summer Reads for 2015!

Wondering what to read this Summer?  Here are twelve of my absolute faves!

There are few things I love more than a glass of wine and a good book! Since finishing up Carson’s Rustic Bedroom, I’ve been trying my best to make some time to relax, sometimes even enjoying Carson’s nap times curled up with my newest book (you know, between catching up on the housework and tackling all sorts of DIY’s!).

I’m the type of gal that enjoys the feeling of having just finished a fabulous book for about a second (maybe a day if I’m lucky!) before I’m looking for my next fix. So, you can imagine my disappointment when I turned the last page in my latest read with absolutely no idea what to pick up next. After wandering around my favorite bookstore for the most glorious hour ever while Hubs was shopping for golf clubs next door and of course, perusing Pinterest for inspiration (follow along with my Books to Read board for more ideas), I came up with about a zillion must reads to add to my list … here are twelve of my faves:

12 Binge Worthy Summer Reads 2015: The Girl on the Train

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

What Amazon has to say about it:
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?
12 Binge Worthy Summer Reads 2015: The Nightingale

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

What Amazon has to say about it:
In love we find out who we want to be.

In war we find out who we are.

FRANCE, 1939

In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France … but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When a German captain requisitions Vianne’s home, she and her daughter must live with the enemy or lose everything. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates all around them, she is forced to make one impossible choice after another to keep her family alive.

Vianne’s sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets Gäetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can … completely. But when he betrays her, Isabelle joins the Resistance and never looks back, risking her life time and again to save others.

12 Binge Worthy Summer Reads 2015: Hausfrau

Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum

What Amazon has to say about it:
Anna was a good wife, mostly.

Anna Benz, an American in her late thirties, lives with her Swiss husband, Bruno—a banker—and their three young children in a postcard-perfect suburb of Zürich. Though she leads a comfortable, well-appointed life, Anna is falling apart inside. Adrift and increasingly unable to connect with the emotionally unavailable Bruno or even with her own thoughts and feelings, Anna tries to rouse herself with new experiences: German language classes, Jungian analysis, and a series of sexual affairs she enters with an ease that surprises even her.

But Anna can’t easily extract herself from these affairs. When she wants to end them, she finds it’s difficult. Tensions escalate, and her lies start to spin out of control. Having crossed a moral threshold, Anna will discover where a woman goes when there is no going back.
12 Binge Worthy Summer Reads 2015: In the Unlikely Event

In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume

What Amazon has to say about it:
In 1987, Miri Ammerman returns to her hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey, to attend a commemoration of the worst year of her life. Thirty-five years earlier, when Miri was fifteen, and in love for the first time, a succession of airplanes fell from the sky, leaving a community reeling. Against this backdrop of actual events that Blume experienced in the early 1950s, when airline travel was new and exciting and everyone dreamed of going somewhere, she paints a vivid portrait of a particular time and place—Nat King Cole singing “Unforgettable,” Elizabeth Taylor haircuts, young (and not-so-young) love, explosive friendships, A-bomb hysteria, rumors of Communist threat. And a young journalist who makes his name reporting tragedy. Through it all, one generation reminds another that life goes on.
12 Binge Worthy Summer Reads 2015: The Husband's Secret

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

What Amazon has to say about it:
Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret—something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive. . . .
Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all—she’s an incredibly successful businesswoman, a pillar of her small community, and a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything, and not just for her: Rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia—or each other—but they too are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret.

12 Binge Worthy Summer Reads 2015: The Woman Upstairs

The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud

What Amazon has to say about it:
Nora Eldridge is a reliable, but unremarkable, friend and neighbor, always on the fringe of other people’s achievements. But the arrival of the Shahid family—dashing Skandar, a Lebanese scholar, glamorous Sirena, an Italian artist, and their son, Reza—draws her into a complex and exciting new world. Nora’s happiness pushes her beyond her boundaries, until Sirena’s careless ambition leads to a shattering betrayal. Told with urgency, intimacy, and piercing emotion, this New York Times bestselling novel is the riveting confession of a woman awakened, transformed, and abandoned by a desire for a world beyond her own.
12 Binge Worthy Summer Reads: The Status of all Things

The Status of All Things by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke

What Amazon has to say about it:
What would you do if you could literally rewrite your fate—on Facebook? This heartwarming and hilarious new novel from the authors of Your Perfect Life follows a woman who discovers she can change her life through online status updates.

Kate is a thirty-five-year-old woman who is obsessed with social media. So when her fiancé, Max, breaks things off at their rehearsal dinner—to be with Kate’s close friend and coworker, no less—she goes straight to Facebook to share it with the world. But something’s changed. Suddenly, Kate’s real life starts to mirror whatever she writes in her Facebook status. With all the power at her fingertips, and heartbroken and confused over why Max left her, Kate goes back in time to rewrite their history.

Kate’s two best friends, Jules and Liam, are the only ones who know the truth. In order to convince them she’s really time traveled, Kate offers to use her Facebook status to help improve their lives. But her attempts to help them don’t go exactly as planned, and every effort to get Max back seems to only backfire, causing Kate to wonder if it’s really possible to change her fate.
12 Binge Worthy Summer Reads 2015: The Rumor

The Rumor by Erin Hilderbrand

What Amazon has to say about it:
Madeline King and Grace Pancik are best friends and the envy of Nantucket for their perfect marriages, their beautiful kids, their Sunday night double dates with their devoted husbands. But this summer, something’s changed, and if there’s anything Nantucket likes better than cocktails on the beach at sunset, it’s a good rumor.

And rumor has it…

…that Madeline, a novelist, is battling writer’s block, with a deadline looming, bills piling up, and blank pages driving her to desperation–and a desperately bad decision;

…that Grace, hard at work to transform her backyard into a garden paradise, has been collaborating a bit more closely that necessary with her ruggedly handsome landscape architect;

…that Grace’s husband, successful island real estate developer “Fast Eddie” Pancik, has embarked on quite an unusual side project;

…that the storybook romance between Madeline’s son, Brick, and Grace’s daughter Allegra is on the rocks, heading for disaster.

As the gossip escalates, and they face the possible loss of the happy lives they’ve worked so hard to create, Grace and Madeline try mightily to set the record straight–but the truth might be even worse than rumor has it.

Summer Secrets by Jane Green

What Amazon has to say about it:
When a shocking family secret is revealed, twenty-something journalist Cat Coombs finds herself falling into a dark spiral. Wild, glamorous nights out in London and raging hangovers the next day become her norm, leading to a terrible mistake one night while visiting family in America, on the island of Nantucket. It’s a mistake for which she can’t forgive herself. When she returns home, she confronts the unavoidable reality of her life and knows it’s time to grow up. But she doesn’t know if she’ll ever be able to earn the forgiveness of the people she hurt.

As the years pass, Cat grows into her forties, a struggling single mother, coping with a new-found sobriety and determined to finally make amends. Traveling back to her past, to the family she left behind on Nantucket all those years ago, she may be able to earn their forgiveness, but in doing so she may risk losing the very people she loves the most.
12 Binge Worthy Summer Reads 2015: The Idea of Love

The Idea of Love by Patti Callahan Henry

What Amazon has to say about it:
Ella’s life has been completely upended. She’s young, beautiful, and deeply in love–until her husband dies in a tragic sailing accident while trying save her. Or so she’ll have everyone believe. Screenwriter Hunter needs a hit, but crippling writers’ block and a serious lack of motivation are getting him nowhere. He’s on the look-out for a love story. It doesn’t matter who it belongs to.

When Hunter and Ella meet in Watersend, South Carolina it feels like the perfect match, something close to fate. In Ella, Hunter finds the perfect love story, full of longing and sacrifice. It’s the stuff of epic films. In Hunter, Ella finds possibility. It’s an opportunity to live out a fantasy – the life she wishes she had because hers is too painful. And more real. Besides. what’s a little white lie between strangers?

But one lie leads to another, and soon Hunter and Ella find themselves caught in a web of deceit. As they try to untangle their lies and reclaim their own lives, they feel something stronger is keeping them together. And so they wonder: can two people come together for all the wrong reasons and still make it right?
12 Binge Worthy Summer Reads 2015: We are Not Ourselves

We are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas

What Amazon has to say about it:
Born in 1941, Eileen Tumulty is raised by her Irish immigrant parents in Woodside, Queens, in an apartment where the mood swings between heartbreak and hilarity, depending on how much alcohol has been consumed. From an early age, Eileen wished that she lived somewhere else. She sets her sights on upper class Bronxville, New York, and an American Dream is born.

Driven by this longing, Eileen places her stock and love in Ed Leary, a handsome young scientist, and with him begins a family. Over the years Eileen encourages her husband to want more: a better job, better friends, a better house. It slowly becomes clear that his growing reluctance is part of a deeper, more incomprehensive psychological shift. An inescapable darkness enters their lives, and Eileen and Ed and their son Connell try desperately to hold together a semblance of the reality they have known, and to preserve, against long odds, an idea they have cherished of the future.
12 Binge Worthy Summer Reads 2015: The Vacationers

The Vacationers by Emma Straub

What Amazon has to say about it:
For the Posts, a two-week trip to the Balearic island of Mallorca with their extended family and friends is a celebration: Franny and Jim are observing their thirty-fifth wedding anniversary, and their daughter, Sylvia, has graduated from high school. The sunlit island, its mountains and beaches, its tapas and tennis courts, also promise an escape from the tensions simmering at home in Manhattan. But all does not go according to plan: Oover the course of the vacation, secrets come to light, old and new humiliations are experienced, childhood rivalries resurface, and ancient wounds are exacerbated.

The good news is: I’ve already started making my way through this list! Have you read any of these yet? What other books are you enjoying this Summer?

Wondering what to read this Summer?  Here are twelve of my absolute faves!

Wishing you SUCH a lovely day!

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50 thoughts on “12 Binge Worthy Summer Reads for 2015

    1. Thanks Christine! I’ve finished The Girl on the Train since writing this and it was fantastic! Just opened up We Are Not Ourselves this morning and hoping it’s as great as they say!

    1. Thanks Sam! I just finished up the Girl on the Train and it was great! Just opened up We Are Not Ourselves yesterday, hoping it’s just as great!!!

  1. Thanks for sharing this great list. I read in English in order to be in touch with the language.
    I think that I would like to read Husband’s secret the most. I really wonder what the great secret is about!

  2. I love a good book list! I’m currently reading Girl Boss and Launch. Two awesome business books if you’re looking for some non-fiction reading.

  3. Yes! I’ve been looking for some new books to read in some different genres than what I’m usually into (sci-fi and non-fiction). Thanks for the book list!

  4. This is great! I am often looking for book reviews and recommendations on what to read next. I’ll be pinning this for later reference! Thanks for including the Amazon summaries. It’s nice having everything in one spot…instead of shuffling through a bunch of links. 🙂

  5. I loved The Girl on the Train and My Husband’s Secret. I just finished reading The Silent Sister and Go Set a Watchman. I adored them both. I want to read The Silent Wife next, which is being compared to Gone Girl. Happy Reading!

    1. Oooooo, just checked them out and they all sound fantastic! I think The Silent Wife may have to be next on my list now too! Thanks for the suggestions Ashley!

      1. I plan on downloading it tomorrow. The Silent Sister is really good. I’m not sure if you have read other Chamberlain books but she has another one called The Secret Life of CeCe Wilkes and it is REALLY good.

  6. thanks for these recommendations! Love good summer reads – Girl on the Train has been on my list for awhile already. Will have to go pick it up finally haha ♥

  7. I read girl on the train and nightingale is on my list.. I am going to pin this since I have not seen many of these and I am always looking for a good book!!

  8. Thank you for putting a reading list together. I always need a book in hand when I crawl into bed at night. I look forward to reading a few of the books on your list.

  9. I’ve been dying to get my hands on both Judy Blume and Kirstin Hannah books this summer. Problem is, I have a pile begging for my attention already (life of a book hoarder). I’m currently reading “Orphan Train” by Kristina Baker Kline. Really good. A pleasure to find you via SITS Share fest, especially since we share the same province as home. 🙂

    1. Really?! Always fun to meet a fellow Canadian, let alone Albertan! LOVED orphan train, I gobbled it up in just a few days! I’m onto We are not Ourselves now and so far it’s really great too. Happy reading Barb!

  10. Ooh, The Husband’s Secret and Summer Secret sound good to me. I guess it my curiosity coming out. LOL Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty – we love partying with you! Hope to see you next Friday. 🙂

    Life With Lorelai

    1. Thanks Lorelai! Haven’t read Summer Secret, but The Husband’s Secret definitely had me turning those pages as fast as I could! See you next week girl!

  11. I have a feeling that we would have a ton in common!! I’d rather have a glass of wine and a book over almost anything. Seriously, sometimes it a serious struggle getting a blog post done because of it. lol.

    I thought The Girl on the Train was an easy book. Not really thought-provoking but a good, easy read.

    Recently, I enjoyed:
    No Regrets Parenting
    Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
    The Good Girl
    The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

    1. I couldn’t agree more! More perfect evening always involves a glass of wine and a great read! LOVED the girl on the train – easy read for sure, fairly predictable, but a great read none the less. Thanks for the new suggestions Ashley! Looks like I’ve got a few more books to add to my list 😉

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