I’ve always been a book/reading nerd. In elementary school, I looked forward to going to the library to check out all the books I could read during my free time (which I would have died had anyone known). Yes, I was that strange child. This eventually paid off when I majored in English in college. I still love reading in my free time (particularly when said free time includes an exotic beach or me poolside). I enjoy autobiographies, fiction, and yes, I’m not ashamed to say I love a good piece of chic lit! These are my top summer reads for 2014 – happy reading! 



Letters, To The Men I Have Loved by Mirtha Michelle Castro Marmol: Compilation of letters and poems about her past relationships. Great reflection on how the termination of a relationship can help one to grow in a positive way.

My Take: I was very intrigued by this book after hearing about it’s release a few months ago. It’s not often enough that a work like this one is on the public’s radar. That said, I was excited when Mirtha’s team sent me a copy with hand-written note from Mirtha herself. How lovely is that? Don’t get me wrong, I love the digital world we exist in , but in this day and age, a hand written note is more meaningful than ever (thank you M!). Mirtha has created and compiled a beautiful and moving collection of poems, or letters, that women (and men for that matter) will relate to. Here’s what hooked me immediately.

The preface reads this: 

I don’t want to encourage your tears. 

I simply want to help you feel. 

To make you feel alive,

in a world in which the days have become routine, 

and your best kisses replay in your memory,

like faded dreams. 

Letters, to the men

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn: So good! Written in a really cool style from 2 points of view (the gone girl and her husband). Plus, Ben Affleck is starring the movie adaptation. 

My Take: I’m about half way through. This is an easy read, but it’s still a great book (sometimes those two things don’t go hand-in-hand). I also love the fact that Gillian apparently wrote the book wanting Ben Affleck to play the main character…so it’s totes okay to envision in the role! Oh and also, I’m a massive scared-y cat and I still loved reading this. 


Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling: This book is laugh out loud hilarious! Mindy Kaling talks about everything from her awkward outfits growing up, to her love of men with chest hair.

My Take: I haven’t read this yet to be honest, but everyone I know has and that’s why it’s on my summer reading list. Plus, Mindy’s show is written about my life. Okay that’s a lie, but that’s how I feel when I watch it. LOVE HER. 

Is Everyone Hanging

The Evergirl’s Guide to Diet and Fitness by Maria Menounos: Find out how Maria lost 40 pounds and kept it off!

My Take: Y’all know I’m a girls girl and I think Maria is talented and intelligent and I love her career path. I loved her first book, and I know you probably won’t believe me, but I really do use a ton of the tips she describes in both books. Plus, her tips aren’t annoying, as in the things she says/suggests are actually possible and not some crazy, far-fetched advice that most humans couldn’t possibly follow. And, uhhhh, have you seen Maria? She looks amaze! Oh and also, yummy recipes are included!

PS: It was so fun to go to one of Maria’s book signings!

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Any books by John Green! If you read The Fault In Our Stars you will also love John Green’s other books below…

Looking for Alaska: Coming of age novel about a boy who decides to attend boarding school in search of a “Great Perhaps.”

Paper TownsA clever mystery about the adventurous Margot and Quentin’s search for her after she disapears.

An Abundance of KatherinesWell-written and laugh out loud funny! Colin goes on a road trip to find himself as he begins to question his identity after a series of rejections from nineteen girlfriend’s all named Katherine.

Will Grayson, Will GraysonBrilliant story about two individuals with the same name who suddenly meet, changing their lives forever.

My Take: I’ve only read TFIOS, but based on that experience, I plan to read everything John Green has ever penned. The man is genius. 


John Green

Love Life by Rob Lowe: Quick, easy read with good stories about life, addiction, love, and marriage.

My Take: Loved this book. I promise you’ll walk away from this read being more impressed by Rob Lowe and his family/friendship priorities than you ever imagined. Handsome, talented, kind, intelligent. Yes, he is a unicorn. 

Love Life

 Love Does by Bob Goff: Feel good inspirational book that will help to expand your views of love and service to others.

My Take: This is an important book with a message that people from all walks of life can benefit from. Just a really incredible book. 


The One & Only by Emily Giffin: Fun summer read and an unconventional love story. 

My Take: What can I say? I love me some chic lit. No shame in that game, and Emily Giffin is one of the best. This book felt like “Friday Night Lights” meets typical rom-com. Football fans will love this book (as will not football fans)!

The one & only

Maze Runner by James Dashner: Suspenseful and entertaining! First part of a trilogy! A must read before it goes to the big screen in September!

My Take: My take is that you need to read the book before you see the movie, and seeing as how the movie stars Dylan O’Brien, I think you all need to read this book asap! Very cool concept in this read. 


Uganda Be Kidding Me by Chelsea Handler: Because who doesn’t love a hilarious Chelsea Handler story? This book will have you in stitches as she discusses her adventures in traveling.

My Take: I fan girl for CH. She is so honest and funny and intelligent; you just need to read this book. Trust. 

Uganda Be Kidding Me


Re-Reads: Why not re-read these two empowering trilogies?

Divergent Series by Veronica Roth: Divergent did extremely well at the box office! Read the trilogy before the sequel comes out!

My Take: I love re-reading books…there are always fun tid-bits I miss the first time through. Plus, I just think Veronica Roth (the author) is so cool! Did you know she started writing this series in college? Ya wanna know what I was doing in college? Well…I can tell you for sure I wasn’t writing a book series. 


The Hunger Games Books by Suzanne Collins: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay (Part 1) is scheduled to come out this November!

My Take: See above!



Game Of Thrones Series by George R. R. Martin: This might take you awhile to read since it’s a five part series! But this is a great read especially if you are a fan of the HBO show and want to know what happens!

My Take: I know a few people who have read this series, and they are obsessed. Like, they’re getting carpel-tunnel-from-holding-the-books-obsessed. I respect that dedication – I need to read these! 





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