What We’re Reading: The Beach Edition

Four books we can't wait to read on the beach this summer

‘Tis the season to lounge on the beach, binge-reading to your heart’s content! From modern chick lit to engrossing psychological thrillers, there are a ton of titles calling my name right now. Here are four books I can’t wait to read this summer.

1. An insightful look at the highs and lows of a complex, decades-long friendship, Rich and Pretty follows two childhood best friends in New York City who are struggling to maintain their bond as they enter their thirties and life pulls them in different directions.

2. Described as an “unholy hybrid of Beaches and The Exorcist” and a “heartwarming tale of friendship and demonic possession,” My Best Friend’s Exorcism won me over immediately based on the back cover alone. High school drama, dark humor, and supernatural thrills make an excellent combo!

3. I know, I know, The Girls is on everybody’s summer must-read list. But I started it yesterday, and just as the Manson-like cult in the book seduces 14-year-old Evie, Emma Cline’s debut novel is totally reeling me in.

4. Teo Avelar is not your average medical student. For one thing, his only friend is a cadaver. And when he falls in love with Clarice, Teo kidnaps her and embarks on a road trip across Brazil in a misguided (and terrifying) effort to convince her they belong together. Part macabre thriller, part demented love story, Perfect Days sounds utterly compelling.

What’s on your reading list this summer? Any suggestions for a great beach book? I’d love to hear your recommendations!

♥ Mil

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Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! After returning from vacation, it’s been a bit of a struggle to get back into my regular routine, but I’m more or less back on track now. If I sleep in ridiculously late tomorrow, I should be back to full power. In other news, I’m attending my friend’s son’s 1st birthday party on Saturday, and I still can’t quite believe I’m at the point in my life where I can say things like that! What are you up to this weekend? Here are a few fun links to entertain you until you rush off into the sunset.

Friday Favorites

1. Here are five compelling books to read this spring, including one so steamy that it supposedly makes 50 Shades look like the Bible. (Cup of Jo)

2. Guys, I want to visit Charleston soooo bad. This travel guide is only intensifying my desire to book a flight out there ASAP. The food alone seems like it would be worth the plane ticket! (The Stripe)

3. Ladies with layered hair, say hello to the simplest styling trick ever. It’ll work on any hair texture, too. (The Beauty Department)

4. Key lime pie in ice cream form? Be still, my heart! I desperately need a KitchenAid stand mixer just so I can make this recipe. (A Beautiful Mess)

5. When it comes to packing, I am definitely not a minimalist, but the “snowball method” sounds intriguing. Are you a checked bag or a carry-on only kind of girl? (Refinery29)

Have a fabulous weekend!

♥ Mil

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

In case the ridiculous amount of commercials for Garry Marshall’s latest movie haven’t yet tipped you off, Mother’s Day is right around the corner! Time to come up with a game plan, people. Is anyone else’s mom really hard to shop for? Mine can be a challenge since she’s so unmaterialistic (it must skip a generation, because I’m basically a shopping addict). Fortunately, my shopping skills come in handy here. So if you don’t have any gift ideas yet, don’t worry – I’ve got you covered!

Mother's Day Gift Guide

 

1. Whether she’s a beauty junkie or not, your mom will appreciate a luxurious facial oil like this one from Drunk Elephant.

2. She already knows she’s the best, but a little reminder of that wouldn’t hurt.

3. Despite being a fairly traditional gift, this beautifully packaged bubble bath is anything but generic.

4. Give your mom the gift of quality time and take her to a concert! Bonus points if that concert is at a winery.

5. If she’s an iced tea lover, this sangria-inspired blend is destined to be her new favorite.

6. Engrave a necklace with her kids’ initials – or maybe the coordinates of the house where you grew up – for a gift that’s sweet and meaningful.

7. If she’s been very good this year (and you received a giant tax refund) consider the greatest gift of all: a fancy espresso machine!

8. These cute pineapple jars are perfect for storing anything from sweets to sentimental trinkets.

9. If you and your mom both like to cook, give her a book filled with fun recipes you can work your way through together.

10. Treat her to something she’d never indulge in herself, like silky soft pajamas in a stylish otomi print.

11. A beach vacation may be out of your budget, but this classic, fresh fragrance is a close second to the real thing.

My mom reads this blog, so none of the above will be her actual gift (hi, Mom!) but I’m planning some fun surprise activities for Mother’s Day weekend. What about you?

♥ Mil

 

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What We’re Reading

Our book picks this spring include Spinster by Kate Bolick and Ruth Wariner's memoir The Sound of Gravel

Guys, I may have a touch of tsundoku*. It’s quite a predicament. A couple of the books in this month’s roundup have been nestled in my bookcase for over a year, patiently awaiting their turn to be read. Well, their time has come! Here’s a look at what’s on my reading list this month.

1. In Mischa Berlinski’s Fieldwork, an expat journalist becomes obsessed with an American anthropologist who has committed suicide in a Thai jail, where she was serving a life sentence for murder. As he learns more about her life and alleged crimes, he is drawn deeper into the murky conflict between Thai hill tribes and various groups of outsiders.

2. Kate Bolick celebrates singledom in Spinster: A Life of One’s Own, weaving together her own musings on the challenges and opportunities of unmarried life with insights from the lives of five progressive female figures throughout history. But her message is less about defying societal convention and more about encouraging women to thoughtfully examine their choices, living lives that are filled with passion and intent.

3. Considering one of my favorite movies is based on this book, it’s a little sad that I still haven’t read The Talented Mr. Ripley. I’ve been meaning to crack open Patricia Highsmith’s classic thriller for ages, and I’m excited to finally dive into this sinister tale of a fiercely intelligent sociopath unleashed upon the Italian Riviera.

4. Ruth Wariner’s enthralling memoir The Sound of Gravel depicts her upbringing in an isolated polygamist community and her subsequent escape. Told from the perspective of the author as a child, The Sound of Gravel is truly a testament to Ruth’s courage, strength of spirit, and the profound love she has for her siblings.

Have you read any good books lately? I’d love to hear your recommendations!

♥ Mil

 

*Tsundoku: the constant act of buying so many books that they pile up around the house and you never have the chance to read them all.

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