Four Books You Should Read This Summer

By far my favorite hobby is reading. It always has been. I just love a good story! Add a hot bath or a cozy blanket and cup of chai and I’m one happy mama.

For awhile I thought I would need to give up or slow down my reading time when I became a mom, but I’ve actually found that now, with kids, I read more than ever! It’s my tiny escape each evening and not matter how tired I am, I always choose to fit in a chapter. Honestly, it would be that or mindless Facebook scrolling and I’d much rather delve into a good book than anything else! Well, accept blog reading, but that’s a given, obviously!

So far this year I’ve read 17 books and four others are “in progress.” Last year I read 40 total. Yes, oh yes, I love a good book and today I’m excited to share 4 specific books that should make it on your summer reading list …


Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah — This author is the best storyteller. Period. I’ve read 3 of her novels now and plan to keep her books on the top of my “to read” list.


For the Love by Jen Hatmaker — You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and then you’ll buy a copy for your best friend. It’s a quick read, the kind you can flip through while going through the car wash or waiting for summer camp pick up.


In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume — Yes, Judy Blume wrote a new novel! Well, new-ish. It’s a historical fiction work and a real page turner.


Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard — Whether you’re in your 20s, 30s, or 40s, never be sorry for falling in love with a young adult series. They’re captivating! And if you start the Red Queen series now, you’ll have time to read the first and second book before the third debuts in February 2017.

What books have you read and loved this summer?

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Gretchen hails from the beautiful Pacific Northwest along with her husband and two young children. Before transitioning to life as a stay at home mom, Gretchen worked in sales and marketing while earning her Masters in Management and Organizational Leadership. Now her days are focused on managing meal plans and nap times while organizing her sewing stash and children's toy bins. My oh my, how life changes in the blink of an eye! Gretchen writes frequently about natural parenting, becoming more environmentally conscience, her affinity for thrifted treasures, and hopes of making it out of yoga pants each day on her blog That Mama Gretchen (

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