Summer is in full swing in Denver! It's pushing 90 degrees this week and that means lots of time spent in the shade with a good book. I asked my friends for recommendations to keep my shelf stocked, looking for a mix of enjoyable reads, inspiring memoirs, and maybe a mystery novel for fun. Based on their input I decided on these five books for my summer reading list:
The Greatest Love Story Ever Told by Megan Mullally & Nick Offerman
I'll kick things off with the one book on this list I've already read. If you're a big fan of this duo, Parks and Rec, Will & Grace, or just lighthearted funny reads in general, you'll want to pick up this New York Times bestseller. Written entirely in interview form, Megan and Nick's banter is hilarious and the pictures they include with each chapter are priceless. I loved getting to know more about them outside of their characters Karen (or Tammy) and Ron, and how they've balanced their careers and relationship. A quick, fun read I highly recommend!
Becoming by Michelle Obama
This is one book I've had on my list for a long time that I'm so excited to finally read. Michelle Obama describes writing her memoir as a deeply personal experience, talking about her roots and how she found her voice. Her story is divided into three sections: Becoming Me, Becoming Us and Becoming More. In each section she takes us through a different time in her life -- her childhood in Chicago and time in school, meeting Barack Obama and falling in love, and their life as the First Family. If you haven't read Becoming yet, I think it goes right to the top of the list!
Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
Educated: A Memoir debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and has won countless awards since its release in February of 2018. Tara Westover shares her story of being raised in a Mormon survivalist household in rural Idaho. Instead of school, Tara and her six siblings spent their days preparing for the end of the world and working in their father's junkyard. Tara's parents kept their children away from doctors and formal education, suspicious of the government, healthcare and educational systems. Despite all of this, Tara was able to educate herself, pass the ACT, and has since earned her PhD from Cambridge University. This sounds like such an inspiring story that I can't wait to get started on.
Stay Sexy & Don't Get Murdered by Karen Kilgariff & Georgia Hardstark
Your favorite Murderinos now have a book! I'm a huge fan of the podcast My Favorite Murder and have been dying to read Karen and Georgia's debut book. In it they share stories about their struggles with depression and addiction, their biggest mistakes and fears, and the true crime stories that relate. They discuss the importance of self-advocating and putting your personal safety above being polite, one of their strongest stances that has resonated most with podcast listeners. Pretty sure I'm going to read this whole book in one sitting.
I'll Never Tell by Catherine McKenzie
To round out my list I have a mystery novel I can't stop hearing about! I'll Never Tell is the story of the five MacAllister siblings, brought together after the sudden death of their parents. They meet for the reading of the will at their family camp, which sits on prime lakefront real estate and would be worth millions if sold. 20 years prior, a rowboat containing the body of a young woman named Amanda Holmes washed up on the shore of their family's camp, and the person responsible has never been found. In order to move forward with the will, the siblings must work together to figure out who killed Amanda. Everyone has a key piece of evidence from that night and any one of them could be guilty. To me it sounds like Clue meets Brothers & Sisters and I dig it!
There you have it! Five books to keep you company all summer long. Are any of these books on your summer reading list? Or have you read any already that you loved? Leave a comment below!