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The Sunday List, Summer Reading

Is  there anything better than Summer Reading?

A stack of books.

An icy drink.


Maybe it’s because I live in Michigan, but reading outside is one of my favorite things.  The fact that we have limited time makes it even more attractive.  Our back deck is literally just another room in our house once the temps get above 65.

Every year I start with a list of books that will be coming out, but rarely get through them all.  This year, I scoured every list I’ve seen… (thank you Buzzfeed, Pop Sugar, and Redbook) and created my own list of books that I plan on reading.

Like, they’re in my calendar.

Yes, I’ve turned into that person.

So, here is my list.  What I would love is anyone to take this challenge with me and see how many of these titles you get through.  The list consists of books that come out after Memorial Day, but there are a few bonus books at the end in case you wanted to start early 🙂

Summer Reading List 2017

  1. In This Moment, Karma Brown.  Out May 30.
  2. The Good Widow, Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke (is it ever really Summer without a Liz & Lisa book?).  Out June 1
  3. The Lost Letter, Jillian Cantor.  Out June 13.
  4. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Taylor Jenkins Reid.  Out June 13.
  5. Kiss Carlo, Adriana Trigiani.  Out June 20.
  6. Every Last Lie, Mary Kubica.  Out June 27.
  7. Hello, Sunshine, Laura Dave.  Out July 11.
  8. Watch Me Disappear, Janelle Brown.  Out July 11.
  9. What To Say Next, Julie Buxbaum.  Out July 11. 

BONUS BOOKS!  These beauties are already out, just waiting to be read…

  1. Every Wild Heart, Meg Donohue.
  2. It’s Always the Husband, Michele Campbell.
  3. Confessions of a Domestic Failure, Bunmi Laditan.

Well, that’s it… my summer in a beautiful, perfect list!  Is it me, or are the covers exceptional this year?  Comment, share, and start reading!

Happy Reading!

xo, Mo


The Gratitude Diaries

It’s no mysteries to anyone who knows me that I’ve had an on-again and off-again relationship with Gratitude (yes, it deserves a capital G in my eyes).  I’ve read about it, done 28-day programs, and even proclaimed myself “cured” from the negative self-talk that has always plagued me.

Funny word, plague.

And by funny, I don’t mean haha.

I always know that my thinking has gotten away from me when I’m most drawn to self-help books.  Yes, it’s true, they’ve always been a part of my life, but now I notice myself steering away from fiction when I’m feeling a little lost.

And by lost, I mean hopeless.

For me, there are two contributing factors to wandering around the desolate island with Jack and Sawyer… exhaustion and diet.  I can function okay when one or the other is out of whack, but when both are, forget about it.

Game over.  Nobody wins.

Gratitude is a tricky topic for me, mostly because I really try to do what I say I’mmaxresdefault going to do.  I genuinely try to find the good in situations and help others along the way.  But I have been finding myself lately in that dark place where nothing feels like it’s ever going to get better.  That place where binge-watching The Killings in two weeks is not only okay, but justified.

The Killings.. totally worth it, btw.

So, last night, while cleaning out my Kindle, I came across a book I had bought last year and never read.  The Gratitude Diaries, by Janice Kaplan, and it was all clouds parting-choirs singing for me.

Of course, this finds it way to me when I need it.  I’ve been working on the food thing again, and exhaustion is far less when I eat better (go figure), so naturally Gratitude is the next step.

If you’re also looking a way out of fiction this summer – even though your To Read list is probably growing every day – pick this up.  We could all use a little more Gratitude in our lives, and sometimes just need somewhere to start.

Ready… set… Go!

Happy Reading Peeps 🙂