July 15, 2014


Awhile back on Instagram I was asked, "What's on your summer reading list?" Well, today I thought it would be fun to share with you what books I've been getting lost in so far this summer! I do want to note, however, that I love reading but I'm not always the best at taking time the to read. I slightly blame this on college and grad school for burning me out, but now that I'm out of school, I'm enjoying getting back in the groove again. Anyways, onto the lineup ---

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
// I picked this book up on a whim after reading through a chapter or two while at Barnes & Noble one day. You may not know this about me, but I'm a BIG fan of anything set in the South (Gone With The Wind, ya'll), so the fact that this book was set in the South AND had a bit scandal between the pages made it the perfect easy (no pun intended!) read.

Love, Nina - A Nanny Writes Home by Nina Stibbe
// Ever since reading The Perks of Being A Wallfower in high school, I've been a fan of the diary-style writing. This book follows Nina, a 22-year-old nanny who moved to London to care for two very eccentric little boys. Their stories are shared through a stack of letters sent home to her sister, capturing each mundane and out of the ordinary moments the she has while wrapped up in this world of famous playwrights, mysterious happenings, and London in the 80's. I've yet to finish this yet, but I'm really enjoying all of the humor between the pages.

Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple 
// I picked up this book before our trip to Kentucky last summer, as I was in need of a good read for our journey to and from. I instantly fell in love with the eccentric Mrs. Fox and her life in Seattle, and each page left me wondering where the story would take me next. I'll admit, I only finished about half this book at the time, but I plan on going back and reading it cover to cover. 

Now that I've shared my list I wanna know, what's on yours? 
Happy reading!
-Chelsea xo


  1. Thanks for sharing! I was actually wondering about Where'd You Go, Bernadette. I'll have to check it out. I always have a pile of books I'm going back and forth between- it's rare I find one that trumps the rest while I read it cover to cover (The Violets of March was one of those). Right now on my list are:
    Game of Thrones- my hubby and I have been reading this aloud to each other back and forth. We only got a couple chapters in before work and studying took over, but I think we'll get back to it. It's so different from the show!
    The Alchemist- I've always wanted to read this one. I haven't started it yet, but it's staring at me from my shelf and it's next to start.
    The Silver Chair- My mom used to read the Narnia books to us as children, so I have many fond feelings for these and re read them over and over again even now.
    Tattoine Ghost- You got me, I'm a huge Star Wars book nerd. Huge. Like, some of the books are as good as the original Trilogy.

  2. Great post, Chelsea! Summer is about the ONLY time I have to read for fun since I'm a full time PhD student, but here is what I've checked off on my reading list so far:

    - The Twelve by Justin Cronin (second book following The Passage, another super suspenseful read!)
    - Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman (fitting since I study corrections)
    - Longbourn by Jo Baker (great for Jane Austen fans with some surprising twists and secrets in the end!!!)
    - Devil's Knot (Just started. Investigative journalist reports on the infamous West Memphis Three case)
    - Lots of interior design and style books (updating our home a bit in my spare time)

    Thanks for the suggestions. I will definitely have to check these books out!

  3. will have to add those to my list! I just finished Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, which was long but beautiful. currently reading Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris.


  4. great reading list! I just finished the fault in our stars so i am in need of a new book the one i picked is very hard to get into darn covers they get me everytime
    Simply Sutter