The ULTIMATE 2017 Summer Reading Book List!

There’s nothing I love more than an oversized beach towel, sand between my toes, the sound of waves in front of me, a cold margarita on the rocks next to me, and a good book in my hand.

And being rubbed down in tanning oil at the same time—just saying (hint: Jason, take notes, LOL)

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(btw—if you’re interested in wellness, fitness, learning new tips + tricks, etc. I have a Fit + Healthy Friends Facebook group you can join, too!)

Yesterday one of the girls made a post asking what books we’re all reading right now, and I had to jump in on this because I love a steamy read.

Ranging from business + branding to memoirs and thrillers, I knew the TSC girls would come through with good recommendations. To make it all easy for us, I’ve gathered all the books and listed them below with links to read more about them.

Here is the ultimate list of juicy summer reads:

  1. Woman In Cabin 10 – a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a dark and terrifying nightmare…
  2. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi – One day he was a doctor treating the dying, the next he was a patient struggling to live. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from a medical student asking what makes a virtuous and meaningful life into a neurosurgeon working in the core of human identity – the brain – and finally into a patient and a new father. What makes life worth living in the face of death?
  3. A Man Called Ove – Fredrik Backman’s novel about the angry old man next door is a thoughtful exploration of the profound impact one life has on countless others.
  4. Commonwealth by Ann Patchett – the enthralling story of how an unexpected romantic encounter irrevocably changes two families’ lives.
  5. The Girls – An indelible portrait of girls, the women they become, and that moment in life when everything can go horribly wrong.
  6. The Magic Mala: A Story That Changes LivesThe story of Robby Robertson, a down-on-his-luck writer who realizes that he doesn’t know as much about life as he once believed. His desperate financial circumstances lead him to open his mind to new ways of living. After finding some mala beads, Robby is taken on a magical journey that teaches him the secrets to personal manifestation and happiness.
  7. Under the Dome by Stephen King – “powerful” and “harrowing” thriller follows the apocalyptic course of events when one Maine town is physically cut off from the rest of the world.
  8. What Alice Forgot – A “cheerfully engaging”(Kirkus Reviews) novel for anyone who’s ever asked herself, “How did I get here?”
  9. Little Paris Bookshop – Monsieur Perdu can prescribe the perfect book for a broken heart. But can he fix his own?
  10. All the Missing Girls – Megan Miranda’s novel is a nail-biting, breathtaking story about the disappearances of two young women—a decade apart—told in reverse.
  11. A Beautiful, Terrible Thing: A Memoir of Marriage and Betrayal by Jen Waite – A startling reminder that fairy tales aren’t real. A master class in suspenseful storytelling, Jen Waite recounts the lies, betrayals, and infidelity she endured with unrestrained honesty and deft candor.
  12. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg – Written with humor and wisdom, Lean In is a revelatory, inspiring call to action and a blueprint for individual growth that will empower women around the world to achieve their full potential.
  13. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D Vance – The story of how upward mobility really feels. And it is an urgent and troubling meditation on the loss of the American dream for a large segment of this country.
  14. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter – The story of an almost-love affair that begins on the Italian coast in 1962 and resurfaces fifty years later in contemporary Hollywood
  15. My (not so) perfect life by Sophie Kinsella – Part love story, part workplace drama, this sharply observed novel is a witty critique of the false judgments we make in a social-media-obsessed world.
  16. The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Fear to Faith by Gabby Bernstein – Each story and lesson in the book guides readers to release the blocks to what they most long for: happiness, security, and clear direction. The lessons help readers relinquish the need to control so they can relax into a sense of certainty and freedom. Readers will learn to stop chasing life and truly live.
  17. Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay – A collection of essays spanning politics, criticism, and feminism from one of the most-watched young cultural observers of her generation, Roxane Gay.
  18. The Brand Gap by Marty Neumeier – A TSC Fav! This book shows how both ways of thinking can unite to produce a “charismatic brand”—a brand that customers feel is essential to their lives.
  19. Men Explain Things to Me – Rebecca Solnit took on what often goes wrong in conversations between men and women. She wrote about men who wrongly assume they know things and wrongly assume women don’t, about why this arises, and how this aspect of the gender wars works, airing some of her own hilariously awful encounters.
  20. Women Who Work by Ivanka Trump – This is a chatty step-by-step guide to living a happy life and getting ahead in a career.
  21. Radical Self Love by Gala Darling – Discover exactly what makes you so magnificent, and you’ll gain a litany of tools and techniques to help you manifest a life bursting with magic, miracles, bliss, and adventure!
  22. You Are a Badass – By the end of You Are a Badass, you’ll understand why you are how you are, how to love what you can’t change, how to change what you don’t love, and how to use The Force to kick some serious ass.
  23. The Willpower Instinct – Combines life-changing prescriptive advice and complementary exercises to help readers with goals ranging from losing weight to more patient parenting, less procrastination, better health, and greater productivity at work.
  24. Wired to Eat by Robb Wolf – Turn Off Cravings, Rewire Your Appetite for Weight Loss, and Determine the Foods That Work for You
  25. Big Little Lies – A brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.
  26. Into the Water by Paula Hawkins – A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.
  27. The Millionaire Fast Lane – Demand the Fastlane, an alternative road-to-wealth; one that actually ignites dreams and creates millionaires young, not old. Change lanes and find your explosive wealth accelerator. Hit the Fastlane, crack the code to wealth, and find out how to live rich for a lifetime.
  28. Option B by Sheryl Sandberg –  Powerful, inspiring, and practical book about building resilience and moving forward after life’s inevitable setbacks.
  29. Girl Code by Cara Alwill Leyba – A roadmap for female entrepreneurs, professional women, “side hustlers” (those with a day job plus a part-time small business), and any­one in between.
  30. The Handmaid’s Tale – Offred can remember the days before, when she lived and made love with her husband Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now….
  31. Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris – Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, or earning a monthly five-figure income with zero management, The 4-Hour Workweek is the blueprint.
  32. I Hope I Screw This Up by Kyle Cease – This book is a journey into the endless possibility that can appear if we just dare to let go of our fear of screwing up.
  33. White Hot Truth by Danielle LaPorte –  Rooted in compassion, feminism, and spiritual activism White Hot Truth is an intimate and (hilariously) relatable account of self-help tales gone wrong, and very right.
  34. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck – There are only so many things we can give a f**k about so we need to figure out which ones really matter, Manson makes clear. While money is nice, caring about what you do with your life is better, because true wealth is about the experience.
  35. The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book) – bestselling author don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, The Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love.
  36. The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself – You’ll discover what you can do to put an end to the habitual thoughts and emotions that limit your consciousness. By tapping into traditions of meditation and mindfulness, author and spiritual teacher Michael A. Singer shows how the development of consciousness can enable us all to dwell in the present moment and let go of painful thoughts and memories that keep us from achieving happiness and self-realization.
  37. Factotum by Charles Bukowski – Follows the wanderings of aspiring writer Henry Chinaski across World War II-era America. Deferred from military service, Chinaski travels from city to city, moving listlessly from one odd job to another, always needing money but never badly enough to keep a job. His day-to-day existence spirals into an endless litany of pathetic whores, sordid rooms, dreary embraces, and drunken brawls, as he makes his bitter, brilliant way from one drink to the next.
  38. The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey – A detective with secrets of her own hunts the killer of a woman who was the glamorous star of their high school.
  39. The Radium Girls. It’s the true story of the girls and young women who worked in the radium factories during WW1 without knowing radium is toxic and deadly. Fascinating and so very sad. These ladies are unsung heroes. (Thanks, Meredith, for the description!)
  40. Style Your Mind by Cara Alwill Leyba – A workbook and lifestyle guide for women who wish to make personal and professional changes using the life coaching process.
  41. Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah – The story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of that young man’s relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother—his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life.
  42. The Night Circus – The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday, it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.
  43. The Nightingale – (based on a true story) tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France.
  44. Body Love by Be Well by Kelly – Celebrity favorite health and wellness consultant Kelly LeVeque shares her secrets for losing weight, attuning ourselves to our bodies’ needs, and freeing ourselves from food drama in this essential wellness guide, which includes 88 delectable recipes.
  45. The Couple Next Door – A domestic suspense debut about a young couple and their apparently friendly neighbors—a twisty, rollercoaster ride of lies, betrayal, and the secrets between husbands and wives. 
  46. The Good Girl – One night, Mia Dennett enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn’t show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. At first Colin Thatcher seems like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia’s life.

What’s your favorite book?! Help me add to this list! xoxo

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  1. July 24, 2017 / 4:13 pm

    Under the veil by west michell.

    brand new up and coming author !

    • elizabeth
      July 24, 2017 / 4:22 pm

      Oooohh I’ll check that out! Thanks Alicia xoxo !!

  2. July 24, 2017 / 4:47 pm

    My favorite one I read recently was The Perfect Stranger. It is by the same author as All the Missing Girls and it was so good I couldn’t put it down!

    And if you haven’t already, you absolutely must read The Girls, which you have on your list. It is a little dark and eery at times but she really gets to the heart of the psychology of growing up as a girl and I found myself relating to the main character so often even though we live such different lives. It was a scary accurate portrayal of how differently things can go just based on your circumstances and who you surround yourself with. One of my favorite books I’ve read ever.

    • elizabeth
      July 24, 2017 / 4:54 pm

      OMG MK (can I call you MK?) I’m obsessed with dark and eerie books… especially going into FALL! AHHH so excited xxo

  3. Kayla
    July 24, 2017 / 5:54 pm

    This is a PERFECT list! I can’t wait to check some off my list.
    Xoxo fellow skinny (literally and from the FB group;) )

    • elizabeth
      July 25, 2017 / 10:23 am

      Love it!! So happy you like it Kayla!

  4. Elizabeth
    July 24, 2017 / 7:51 pm

    How to murder your life by cat marnell…the fat Jew briefly talked about her on the skinny confidential podcast! It’s so good!!

    • elizabeth
      July 25, 2017 / 10:23 am

      Ooohh I’ll check it out!! Love your name, btw 😉

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