Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Preppy Summer Reads

Then followed that beautiful season... Summer....
Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape
Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

For me, summer is a time of renewal.  The end of a school year means extra time to do things that I enjoy.  Reading is one of my simplest pleasures, and summer is the best time to delight in dozens of books.  Whether I'm at the pool, beach, or on an airplane, reading is a fantastic pastime.

These books are at the top of my summer reading list.

Bond Girl is a hilarious and quick read.  When I read this book, I couldn't put it down and finished it almost immediately.  Alex, the heroine of the book, feels like she could be one of my best friends and I was cheering her on throughout the book, although there were a few times when I felt like I needed to pause to give her some (unsolicited) relationship advice.  She shares her adventures on Wall Street as the new girl and grows up quite a bit before the end of the book.

The Rock Star in Seat 3A is somewhat of a departure from Jill Kargman's standard novels such as The Ex-Mrs. Hedgefund and Arm Candy.  Hazel is not the typical preppy, twin set wearing blonde living in New York like other Kargman heroines. She's edgy and does not hesitate to filter her thoughts...or her language.  This book is a perfect and easy read for the beach or on an airplane; after all, you never know  who will be sitting beside you on the plane!

I Never Promised You a Goodie Bag is a powerful memoir from Jennifer Gilbert.  Her incredible story and her inner strength touch me deeply and remind me a lot of some of my own personal struggles with a frightening car-jacking incident in Mexico.  What strikes me the most about this book is that sometimes people can have an outward appearance that everything is perfect, when in reality, they are crumbling on the inside.  She rebuilds her life piece by piece and is not a victim, she is victorious!  Although the book is enjoyable, you'll need some tissues for this poignant summer read.

Do you ever re-read books?  I find myself constantly revisiting some of my favorite classics.  One of the first books I remember reading as a young girl is Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier.  Mrs. Danvers is probably one of the most haunting characters in literature to me because she is so manipulative and spiteful to the new Mrs. de Winter who is trying to make her new life as Max de Winter's new wife at Manderley.  The story of a naive young woman is carefully told with more twists and turns than a Monte Carlo road and keeps the reader guessing until the very last page.

Another one of my favorite classics that I could read every summer is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.  You've probably read this book many times and don't need any introduction or explanation to this classic novel.  I love a good book that takes me to another place and time.  That's exactly what this book does to me when I read it.  Simply perfect!

What are your favorite books this summer?  Please leave a comment with your suggestions; I'd love to add them to my summer reading list.  


book images via amazon


  1. I just finished reading 'Maine' .. it was a great summer read that a fb friend recommended.
    Next up are my book club summer books: 'When the Emperor was Divine' and the follow up, 'Buddha in the Attic'
    I also LOVED both Rebecca and Pride & Prejudice .. thinking I may need to re-read them both!

  2. Pride and Prejudice is a must-read! I also love Jane Austen's Emma. I have read Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood, the Collection of Sherlock Holmes Memoirs & Mysteries, and am reading American Nations now. (Quite a diverse collection!) I hope you can stop by my blog and enter my giveaway for a pair of pearl earrings, Wednesday is the final entry day. Enjoy your week!

    Twirling Clare

  3. Of course, I am reading 50 Shades of Grey right now! It seems like the whole world is reading it, but I am enjoying it.


  4. I am currently reading Maine but I bookmarked this post for future reads. I loved Rebecca and reread it last year

  5. Southern Charm by Tinsley Mortimer is at the top of my list, as well as Mad Women by Jane Maas.

  6. I've heard so many good things about Bond Girl!

    I loved Maine, as everyone else has recommended. J. Courtney Sullivan's other book, Commencement, is equally as good. Amber Dermont's The Starboard Sea was an interesting read and very preppy.

    Jess // Curating Style

  7. Ok, B-I LOVE LOVE LOVE Rebecca. And me being an English lit major and all, of course, I love everything Jane Austen.

    If you haven't read Anna Karenina by Tolstoy, I HIGHLY recommend it. It's a tad on the long side but totally worth it! Not to mention, they are coming out with a movie on it this fall starring Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfayden from Pride and Prejudice.

    Also, if you haven't read Wuthering Heights, that's also another fave.

  8. Persuasion is one of my favorite Austen books and I reread it at least once each year.

  9. Pride and Prejudice is one of my all time favorite books, I can read it over and over (and watch the movie a million times!)!! I will have to add the others to my "to-read" list!
    I actually blogged about some of the books on my summer reading list as well!



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