My Summer Reads

This is SO me!  I love to read!

As busy moms and wives, I know it’s so hard to find time to make reading happen in our everyday lives.  Typically, every evening I take a bath and read.  It’s my twenty minutes of quiet in the midst of the chaos around our house.

This summer I was able to sneak in lots of other reading time…at the pool, on a road trip, at the beach, etc…but I know that extra time is coming to an end.  

Several of my blogger friends AND real-life friends have great book reviews each month.  Most of these recommendations came from them…Shay, Narci, or Amanda.  {Thanks to these girls, I’ve avoided the books they read and weren’t big fans of.}  I also love getting book ideas from YOU!  And I’ve been known to scour Pinterest in search of great “Must-Read Lists”.  #ialwaysfallforthose

Today, I’m sharing a little round-up of all my summer reads.  I’ll be sure to highlight at the bottom of the post a few book awards so if you’re a reader, read all the way to the bottom.  I’ve gotta say-I read some GOOD books this summer!

This book is one of those books that will stick with me for years.  It’s a memoir written by Ruth who grew up in a polygamist family, the thirty-ninth child of her father.  She details her tough life growing up in poverty, amidst abuse, and always hoping for a better future. 

 This novel begins with a plane crash and two lone survivors on a deserted island.  I don’t want to give much a way, but that’s the premise.  Holy Cow!  The entire time I read I kept thinking, “WHAT WOULD I DO?”.  This is a great one!

I’ve been slowly making my way through the Redemption Series by Karen Kingsbury.  The Baxter family has my heart and if you’re looking for a good read…you should start this series ASAP!

When the father passes away, he includes a clause in his will stating that all three of his daughters must spend the summer together at his Nantucket house in order for them to inherit the property.  We get to see a summer full of girl drama and then their mothers {all girls have different moms} join the fun.  Even more drama! Super cute chick-lit book!

In this novel, the main character, Belle, works on Wall Street and attempts to juggle her life as full time executive plus mom, along with house keeper and all the other things.  The year is 2008 and the economy is about to take a big hit…you get to watch it all unfold.  I’m a big fan of any book that takes place in NYC and this one didn’t disappoint.

Have you guys listened to The Happy Hour Podcast with Jamie Ivey?  I’ve listened to quite a few, but just didn’t know many details about Jamie’s life.  In this book, she lays it out all.  She shares her testimony and how all the mishaps brought her to where she is today…fully free in her relationship with Christ.

This book begins in Paris, in the middle of World War I, Sophie is trying to hold it all together while her husband is off at war.  A German officer spots a painting by her husband and an obsession is born.  Then the novel switches to modern day when the same painting is involved in a feud.  The new owner, Liv, is then hit with one twist after another.  

I got this book off one of those “Must Read Lists” not knowing it was considered “young adult fiction”.  I actually really liked this one…Jessie and her dad uproot themselves to move halfway across the country to move in with her dad’s new wife and step-brother.  Jessie is now thrown into a new school and is required to make all new friends as a junior in high school.  Anonymously, she starts getting text messages from someone at her new school giving her lots of helpful hints about who to befriend, what teachers to avoid, etc.  Throughout the book, we’re left wondering WHO is this anonymous friend and the end sums it up so well!

Ella, an American, begins her year studying at Oxford only to be faced with a huge decision…go back to fulfill her political dreams or stay.  {Don’t want to give too much away!!}  This was a chick-lit book meets twists and turns…I didn’t see it coming!

Alexa agrees to be “the wedding date” of a guy she just met on an elevator.  They end up having a great time together and find themselves long distance dating.  Cute romance, but VERY rated R.  {You’ve been warned.}

An amazing thriller that will leave you guessing throughout the ENTIRE story!  These types of books are some of my very faves and this one is GOOD!

Unlike the “young adult fiction” above, this one was a bit rated, “R”, in my opinion for teens and young adults.  It’s all about an unlikely relationship between Eleanor and Park that begins on a school bus.  They come from very different families {makes me so sad about some of the things kids have to deal with at home} and are destined to be together.

This book hit close to home on so many levels…growing up in a rural Chinese village a young mom gets pregnant out of wedlock and is forced to leave her child on the orphanage steps.  Years go by and we follow both the mom and the Chinese daughter.  I’m telling you…it’s a good one and touched my heart in so many ways.

And I’m in the middle of reading this one right now…100% chick-lit at it’s finest so far.

Okay, in no particular order…

BEST CHICK-LIT BOOK award goes to-My Oxford Year

BEST BOOK THAT WILL STAY WITH ME FOR YEARS award goes to-The Sound of Gravel

BEST THRILLER award goes to-The Wife Between Us

BEST TOUCHED MY HEART award goes to-The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

BEST OVERALL BOOK award goes to-Castle of Water

Now it’s YOUR turn.  Do you have any awards you’d like to give out to any of your summer reads?  If so, please share!

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  1. 8.14.18
    Jordan said:

    I love Karen Kingsbury and the Baxter Family! Did you see that it’s being made into a tv series?!

  2. 8.14.18
    Mix and Match Mama said:

    Oh my word, this is such a good list of books! I'm adding Opening Belle to my list right now!!

  3. 8.14.18
    Erika Slaughter said:

    Jordan-No!! I didn’t see that. When?? And what channel? That might motivate me to finish the series ASAP!! Thanks for sharing!

  4. 8.14.18
    Becky said:

    I love this kind of list! I also read The Sound of Gravel and enjoyed it! I think the books that have touched me most are White Chrysanthemum and Before we were Yours. The latter is based on Georgia Tann – the infamous adoption agency. Just saw a series on Neflix called Guernsey Potatoe Peel Pie Literary Society, based on a 'book Club' that happened during German occupation of Guernsey. (Not sure if the title is completely correct.) Neat story!

  5. 8.14.18
    Erika Slaughter said:

    Becky-Thanks for sharing!! I’ve heard mixed reviews on Before We Were Yours but sounds like I should give it a try! Thanks so much for the recommendations!

  6. 8.14.18
    Erika Slaughter said:

    White Chrysanthemum sounds so good!! Just read about it on Amazon!

  7. 8.14.18
    Dustie Day said:

    Currently reading Slightly South of Simple and so far it has sucked me in! Reminds me of Southern Charm 😉

  8. 8.14.18
    Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said:

    I really enjoyed reading your reviews! I mean, not enough to actually make me want to read, but you came close on a couple. 😉

  9. 8.14.18
    Erika Slaughter said:

    Dustie-I need to read that!! And Sheaffer-I’m calling that progress!

  10. 8.14.18
    angie said:

    I need to put the Kingsbury series on my library list!! Would be good for fall reading. I read a few of the same books, reading Wedding Date now (and, def R – not sure I'd recommend) and did a review recently including a few others….

  11. 8.14.18
    Unknown said:

    I’ve read most of these and they are SO SO GOOD. I’m downloading My Oxford Year now. Also, I highly recommend Molly Harper’s Southern Eclectic series (Sweet Tea and Sympatthy, Peachy Flippin Keen and Aint She A Peach) I read them all in a three day binge lol.

    Also, your new URL is blocked at my office! 🙁

  12. 8.14.18
    Erika Slaughter said:

    Oh no!!! I wonder why??? Thanks for the recommendations!! Adding those to my list!

  13. 8.14.18
    Unknown said:

    I love book lists!! The Sound of Gravel sounds very interesting! I’m going to have to get that one! I read Before We Were Yours on vacation and loved it but then needed a pick me up type of book to follow it with. I loved The Devil Wears Prada so I read When Life Gives You Lululemons and am now reading Revenge Wears Prada. Lululemons was GREAT and Revenge is just as good so far. I read them in the wrong order by mistake so if you read them go with Revenge first!

  14. 8.14.18
    Kelly said:

    Add "Erotic stories for Punjabi widows" to your list! As you might guess based on the title, it is a bit Rated R but it was a Reese Witherspoon book club pick so you know it's not too bad 🙂 Great chick lit book about female friendships!

  15. 8.14.18
    Shannon said:

    A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout was one of the best books I’ve read in a long time!! Highly recommend

  16. 8.14.18
    Elaine Welte said:

    Have you read Girl Wash your Face?? So food, every woman needs to read it!

  17. 8.14.18
    clatk said:

    I moved really slowly through the Baxter series too, and I’m now on the follow up series- Forgiven. Moving slowly through those too, but man, I really enjoy them! I also love all of Julie Buxbaum’s YA fiction (not so much her adult fiction), but I’m a YA fan.

    One I love and recommend from this summer is How To Walk Away.

  18. 8.14.18
    Kelsey Peacock said:

    Opening Belle & My Oxford Year are definitely going on my to-read list! I'm about to dig into Girl, Wash Your Face and I'm super excited to read that!

  19. 8.14.18
    Heidi said:

    What a great list! And I'm loving your new blog design!!

  20. 8.14.18
    Amanda @ That Inspired Chick said:

    Yay!!! I love this list!! My Oxford Year-yes!! The Wife Between Us-YES!! I'm adding some of these to my list for sure. I just finished Big Sexy Love and it was so funny and so good!! It'll be in my next book review but I'm sure I'll mention it a million times before then. 😉 That Inspired Chick

  21. 8.14.18
    Rosemary Q said:

    A few years ago when my son was living in Los Angeles a lovely couple moved next door to him. The wife was the author, Julie Buxbaum! I met the husband who was very charming and handsome but I never had the pleasure of meeting her. Darn! It did bring me the joy of discovering a new author and reading all of her books. I’m off to order some of your recommendations. I love reading so thank you for sharing!

  22. 8.14.18
    Brooke said:

    I love love love your book recommendations! The Sound of Gravel is next on my list! Polygamy intrigues yet also confuses me to no end!

    I don't remember if it was you or an Amazon recommendation (ha!) but I found my favorite series ever ever ever ("The Royals" series) and it's considered Young Adult. I'm far from young adult but it's my all time favorite!

    Thank you for sharing all of your reads! <3

  23. 8.15.18
    C said:

    I recommend the author Lorna Landvik. I read these books many years ago, but I think they stand the test of time. The first book I read was Patty Jane's House of Curl. Loved it! The book Welcome to The Great Mysterious had me crying, but I always recommend it. Finally, I thoroughly enjoyed Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons.

    Another of my all time favorites is Fannie Flagg's Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man.

    These are oldies, but goodies. 😉

  24. 8.15.18
    Shelly @ The Queen in Between said:

    I love reading book reviews! The Girl Left Behind started slow for me but I'm so glad I stuck it out…such a great story. I just finished The Good Widow and it really held my attention. Love the new clean look of the blog!

  25. 8.15.18
    Unknown said:

    I just finished Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. I loved it so much. It’s heartbreaking, endearing and hilarious all at the same time. It’s going to be one of the best books I’ve read this year. Anything else I read is going to have to be exceptional!

  26. 8.15.18
    Lauren Morris said:

    I’m adding some of these books to my list. I also read The Wife Between Us, The Wedding Date and If You Only Knew this year. I enjoyed them all. Karen Kingsbury is one of my favorite authors and I’ve been reading her books for years. If you are interested, her One Chance Foundation supports adoptions. Donors even receive complementary copies of her book! I received A Baxter Family Christmas and Love Story. I placed a dedication in To The Moon and Back to my girls and received two complementary autographed copies.

  27. 8.15.18
    This Sunday Kinda Love said:

    SUCH a fabulous list.The Wife Between Us blew my mind and My Oxford Year was incredible. I'm adding some of these to my "to read" list. Thank you for the great suggestions. Nothing like a good book pool-side….except a good book under cozy blankets (with a latte!) in the fall!
    Here are my books this year:

  28. 8.15.18
    tickledpink said:

    How to Walk Alone was so good it will be one of m top 4 for the year. I also loved Sweet Tea and Sympathy-such a great, sweet southern story, The Lido- I had tears at the end because it was so good, From the Corner of the Oval-the author worked during Obama's administration and gives a Bridget Jones behind the scenes story with funny and jucy scoop, and lastly Love and Other Words which is also in my top 4.

  29. 8.15.18
    MAK said:

    I love Karen Kingsbury!! I recently discovered a new author, Dani Pettrey, and I'm making my way through her Alaskan series right now. It is a mixture of murder mystery, adventure, romance and it's Christian fiction. They are so good!

  30. 8.17.18
    Hena Tayeb said:

    Some great reads.. I haven't read any of these but have some of these on my TBR lists already.

  31. 8.17.18
    Joanne said:

    I am going to have to go look for Heat Wave as I have yet to read that one!