10 Books Worthy of a Hot Summer Fling

by Emily on May 17, 2011

in Curvy Pop

As the weather changes from cold and clammy to hot and humid so does my literary mood. I can literally feel it shift from serious and heady to light and fluffy. It’s like taking off my heavy winter boots and swapping them out for a pair of sexy strappy sandals. I start day dreaming about all the juicy page turners that I’ll get to sink my beach brain into.

I have criteria I try to stick to when picking out books for the hotter months:

It has to be a page turner, but also a page putter-downer too. What I mean is, it has to be something I can continuously pick up and put down without losing my freakin’ mind.

I need to be able to drink a margarita while reading and not get confused with the plot or character development.

It has to either make me laugh my ass off, or bawl my eyes out. If it does both, double bonus.

And it also has to be something so delicious that the next time I’m out with my girl friends, and the topic of books comes up between sips of wine, I recommend it without thinking twice.

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10 books to have a love affair with this summer:

1. Bossypants – Tina Fey

2. The Pioneer Woman:  Black Heels to Tractor Wheels – Ree Drummond

3. If  You Were Here: A Novel – Jen Lancaster

4. Summer and the City: A Carrie Diaries Novel – Candace Bushnell

5. How did you get this number – Sloan Crosley

6. The Bedwetter – Sarah Silverman

7. Relative Insanity – Shauna Glenn (our very own Curvy Girl)

8. Lies that Chelsea Handler Told Me – Chealsea Handler

9. Stories I’ve Only Told My Mom – (collection of essays including both Curvy Girls Brittany Gibbons and Heather Spohr)

10. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and other concerns) -  Mindy Kaling

It’s my personal preference that I only read paperback books during the summer. I’ve learned the expensive way that I will accidentally throw my book in the pool, or drop it in the sand. But you? Feel free to whip out your fancy e-readers while on vacation. Just don’t get them near me or my crew.

So, inquiring minds want to know. What’s at the top of your guilty pleasure book list? What should have been added to the list? It’s ok, you’re in a safe place. Go ahead and admit you like teen fiction. You are amongst friends.

Emily Elling is a corporate interior designer who lives in central Indiana with her 4 rugrats and drug making husband of 9 years. When she’s not taking care of the monsters, she can be found barefoot in the kitchen or hiding in the isles of her favorite thrift store buying other’s peoples crap. You can read more from Emily on her blog, DesignHer Momma.

Kendall May 17, 2011 at 7:43 am

The Hunger Games!

Emily May 17, 2011 at 10:56 am

ah yes, The Hunger Games. Those 3 books made me a really neglectful mother for a few day this past winter. So addicting!

Adventures In Babywearing May 17, 2011 at 7:47 am

Ooh I like your list! Loved Bossypants and also I think you would really like I’m Down by Mishna Wolff (recommended by Ann Imig and I laughed and cried!). Also When Did I Get Like This by Amy Wilson!

Steph

Emily May 17, 2011 at 10:55 am

I’ve never heard of “I’m Down”, but per your suggestion, I’m going to look it up!

CoffeePlease?!? May 17, 2011 at 8:05 am

I’ve got a whole list — I’m patiently waiting for 2 days til Sunday to be released this month by Heather Muzik (www.heathermuzik.com). Plus, it seems like I am signing up for every review possible – I do have to say that without my Kindle much of my reading (shut behind the bathroom door while the kids are pounding on it) would not be possible. xoxo to my hubs for seeing into the future and buying my first ereader years ago.

Damsel May 17, 2011 at 8:33 am

I second The Hunger Games! And Steig Larsson’s trilogy (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo). Both of those kept me up at night to finish them. I just finished The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, and it was good, too.

My trick with my Kindle is to take it out of the cover and slide it into a gallon-size ziploc bag. I can easily read through the plastic, and it’s protected from splashes!

Damsel May 17, 2011 at 8:34 am

Oh, and the Miss Julia series by Ann B Ross is a hoot!!! So are the Stephanie Plum books by Janet Evanovich. Both of them made me laugh out loud.

Emily May 17, 2011 at 10:55 am

You know what, I’ve never read Janet Evanovich. I’ve heard great things, but have never picked one up. I’ll be adding to my list. Thanks for the suggestion!

Amanda July 6, 2011 at 4:04 pm

The Stephanie Plum books are just so completely funny, you will have tears!!! Every time I read one, I get looks from my husband saying “really!? it can’t be THAT funny!” but it really truly is!!! GREAT books!!!!

joanne May 17, 2011 at 8:50 am

Mindy Kaling’s book doesn’t come out until November.

Amanda @ There Are 2 Sides May 17, 2011 at 9:11 am

I have not read the hunger games and I have heard such great things about it. I just read the newest book from Sophie Kinsella, Mini Shopaholic…always a good read.

Emily May 17, 2011 at 10:53 am

you MUST read the hunger games. Clear out a few days, because you won’t want to put them down. And I totally forgot about the newest shopaholic book. Adding that one to my reading list…

Sarah May 17, 2011 at 9:12 am

I’m curious to hear what everyone thinks of Black heels to tractor wheels. I dove right into it and then somewhere around half way through the book started to drive me nuts. I got tired of hearing about how hard it is to be a rich city girl with a cowboy boyfriend lol. I have heard great things about Bossy Pants though! As for me, I’ve been rereading my old Judy Blume favorites like Forever and Summer Sisters :-)

Emily May 17, 2011 at 10:52 am

I’ll admit, it was pretty sugary sweet. There are 1001 ways to say “I love you”, and I think the Pioneer Woman used each and every one of them.

Jen May 17, 2011 at 3:16 pm

I was so disappointed to have hated it. Hated it so much I didn’t even finish it and promptly resold it on Amazon. Oy.

Heather May 17, 2011 at 9:36 am

I was just telling myself the other day that I need to find a juicy book to read for summer! This list is fabulous and couldn’t have come at a better time!

Daisy May 17, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Bossypants & Hunger Games are definitely on my summer reading list, but so are some serious titles. I have to mix it up!

rebecca May 17, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Judy Blume has written some AHmazing adult novels. My most favorite is Summer Sisters- this will def have you laughing and crying- it’s absolutey the perfect summer read!!

Sherri May 17, 2011 at 5:16 pm

Anything by Elin Hilderbrand. They fit the requirement for both making you bawl your eyes out and laugh your ass off. Plus she writes about Nantucket which totally puts me in the Summer mood.

Mary May 17, 2011 at 7:04 pm

I loved this line “I need to be able to drink a margarita while reading and not get confused with the plot or character development.”, so true.

Amanda May 17, 2011 at 7:21 pm

I’m a lover of romance novels. (Admitting is the first step to recovery? Regardless, my boy roommates make fun of me.) I love to read anything Jennifer Crusie in the summer. Fun characters, amusing plots, clever dialogue, and a guaranteed happily ever after. The first book I ever recommend to romance nonbelievers is Bet Me. It’s amazing! I think I’ve read it 15 times since it was given to ME three years ago.

Anna May 18, 2011 at 11:04 am

I second the Elin Hilderbrand recommendation – by far, my favorite summer author. I read the Lauren Conrad trilogy during a winter beach getaway which was AWESOME (also, AWFUL, but really, awesome, haha). I’m putting Hunger Games on my list. I’m reading Bossypants now and my boyfriend makes me read aloud any passage that makes me laugh out loud, so I’m essentially just reading the whole book to him, it’s so funn!

Deirdre May 19, 2011 at 9:57 am

I’m recommending Cathy Lamb’s books, especially Henry’s Sisters. My roommate got me hooked with Such a Pretty Face which was also an amazing read. Thank you all for the other books to look for!

Julia @ Boredom Abounds May 20, 2011 at 12:53 am

Heather and Jessica from Go Fug Yourself have a Young Adult novel out called Spolied that is getting rave reviews – I’m desperate to get a copy – it sounds like lots of fun!

Al_Pal May 24, 2011 at 2:10 am

Rad. I love reading, but the internet has caused my reading to go waaaay down. Hopefully this will change with a little summer reading!
A fun ‘chick lit’ book I read a few years ago is “English as a Second Language”, by Megan Crane. It’s about an American girl who goes to England for a Grad student program, partly to say EFF you! to her smug ex-bf. On Amazon
I also really love the books of Pearl Cleage. She writes what I would call, modern-day fairy tales for African-American women. Her first novel was an Oprah pick, which I wasn’t sure about, but I loved it. I’ve read about 4 or 5 of her other books, too.

Andi May 27, 2011 at 5:35 pm

Summertime, I love funny books and look forward to My Boyfriend Wrote a Book about Me / Hilary Winston.

I might re-read some of Lois Duncan’s re-released books because she updated them to include cell phones and other modern devices the original novels didn’t have.

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