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.
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.