August Reading List

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Can you believe that it’s already August?! In these last few weeks of summer, while you’re trying to cram in as many beach days and park picnics as possible, we’ve compiled a list of the top 5 must-reads to take with you.

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1) Stay Sexy & Don't Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide

By Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark,

True crime junkies, this one is for you! This is the debut novel by the girls behind the incredibly popular My Favorite Murder podcast. They share personal stories about their struggles with depression and addiction. They reflect on their biggest mistakes and formative life events, and most importantly, express the importance of self-advocacy! 

Not only do they delve into their personal pasts, but they also talk true crime stories, and discuss various societal issues, all in their biting candor! 

Check it out HERE

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2) City of Girls

by Elizabeth Gilbert 

 “At some point in a woman's life, she just gets tired of being ashamed all the time... After that, she is free to become whoever she truly is.” 

The 1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love returns with a fictional tale about pleasure and regret. 

Told from the perspective of  Vivian, a now-95-year-old woman, as she reflects on her time as a young girl in New York, and her discovery that you don't have to be a good girl to be a good person. Set in New York City during 1940, and full of unconventional and charismatic characters, this is a love story full of lust, scandal, glamour, and adventure. 

Check it out HERE

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3) The Most Fun We Ever Had

by Claire Lombardo 

Set against the quintessential American backdrop of Chicago and its prospering suburbs, this multigenerational story explores the complicated relationships that are shared by those closest to you. 

Told through a series of flashbacks, we learn about the idyllic relationship between Marylin and Dennis and watch their four adult daughters struggle to find the same. Through reignited rivalries and the exposing of a long-buried secret, the individual stories are woven together through the enigmatic exploration of different forms of love. 

Check it out HERE

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4) The Bride Test 

By Helen Hoang

Meet Khai Diep, a man who believes his autism has made him and unable to have feelings. While he feels contentment and irritation, he doesn't believe he’s capable of the “big” emotions such as love. His family disagrees, and his mom returns to Vietnam and sets out to find the perfect bride. 

Throughout this novel, we witness these characters adapt and modify their understandings on what love means, and ultimately understand that there is more than way to love. 

Check it out HERE

5) Daisy Jones & The Six - Taylor Jenkins Reid


A soon to be TV series on Amazon Prime, this novel utterly embodies the sex, drugs, and rock & roll culture of L.A in the late 1960s


Meet Daisy, a coming of age girl who dreams of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. She’s a reckless beauty with the ability to make people do crazy things. Meanwhile, The Six is a band led by the brooding Billy Dunne who has gone a little while after recently being faced with the pressures of impending fatherhood. 

When these two cross paths and a producer sees the supercharged potential of putting them together, the adventure that follows is the stuff of legends.

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5) Daisy Jones & The Six

By Taylor Jenkins Reid

A soon to be TV series on Amazon Prime, this novel utterly embodies the sex, drugs, and rock & roll culture of L.A in the late 1960s

Meet Daisy, a coming of age girl who dreams of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. She’s a reckless beauty with the ability to make people do crazy things. Meanwhile, The Six is a band led by the brooding Billy Dunne who has gone a little while after recently being faced with the pressures of impending fatherhood. 

When these two cross paths and a producer sees the supercharged potential of putting them together, the adventure that follows is the stuff of legends.

Check it out HERE

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BONUS:  The Testaments

By Margaret Atwood 

At the end of the last novel The Handmaids Tale, Offred steps out into the unknown, and we were all left wondering what happens next?! This time around, we’re taken 15 years into the future and see what has become of Gilead…. While this novel (unfortunately) isn’t released yet, but you can pre-order. Praise Be.