Reading Lately – 8/8/23

Happy Tuesday! I am linking up with Shooting Stars to show you the books I read this month. We had a pretty bad storm come through last night. We lost power all evening and into the night so I did not get this post done for this morning. I read some great books, so I didn’t want to skip sharing what I’ve been reading. Let’s get to it!

Coronation Year by Jennifer Robson ☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️

I loved this book! It was a great story of a fictional hotel and its guests in the time leading up to the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. It was similar to The Gown, also by Robson, in that she tells a story of people related to the royal event without making it all about the Queen. This is a fantastic historical fiction book and I highly recommend it!

The Comeback Summer by Ali Brady ☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️

**Sunshine and Books 2023 Summer Beach Read**

This was a great story of two sisters trying to figure out their way in the world. They’ve inherited a company from their grandmother and aren’t sure how to keep their grandmother’s legacy alive while still following their dreams and being true to themselves. It was a fun summer read for sure!

The Five-Star Weekend by Elin Hilderbrand ☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️+++

**Sunshine and Books 2023 Summer Beach Read**

Well friends, she did it again! The Five-Star Weekend was just so great! I loved Hollis and her home. I loved the idea of bringing four women from different stages of your life together. I loved how she had her daughter document it. I loved everything on Nantucket. I love love loved this book!

Same Time Next Summer by Annabel Monaghan ☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️

**Sunshine and Books 2023 Summer Beach Read**

This was another fun summer read from Annabel Monaghan. I loved Nora Goes Off Script last year and was thrilled with this book. The beach setting was fabulous and I found myself rooting for Sam and her family throughout the whole book.

All the Days of Summer by Nancy Thayer ☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️

**Sunshine and Books 2023 Summer Beach Read**

This was another fun trip to Nantucket in a book! It was fun to experience the island from an outsider’s point of view. Heather was escaping to the island only to find out her son and his girlfriend would be living there all summer with the girlfriend’s family. I enjoyed watching Heather get involved with the Nantucket natives and seeing her explore the island. This is also a story of family and how families make things work and you know I love that!

Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah (audio) ☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️

I listened to this and I highly recommend it as an audio book. Trevor Noah narrates it himself and he’s funny! The stories he tells aren’t always funny, in fact they are often sad and worrisome, but he tells them all well. I think this would be a good book to read, but I would recommend listening to it.

Hula by Jasmin Iolani Hakes ☀️☀️☀️☀️

**Sunshine and Books 2023 Summer Beach Read**

Ok, so here’s the thing with this book. I thought it was great, but I wish I would’ve read it in January. While the book takes place in Hawaii, it isn’t a beachy Hawaii book. It is the story of three generations of women and how they survive as the United States annexes Hawaii. There is a lot of Hawaiian history and culture in the book and it is very interesting. This would be a great book to read after the excitement of the holidays when things are gray and cold. The Hawaiian setting would be a great way to warm up those chilly days, but the story is heavy and you could really sink into it on a January day.

The Unsinkable Greta James by Jennifer E. Smith ☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️

This was a fun read! It was recommended to me at a publisher’s book talk this spring and I am glad I picked it up. Greta is an indie rock star who had a viral breakdown on stage. She finds herself on a cruise with her dad, who she’s not very close with, and has just one more week to work through her stuff and perform again after a several months drought. Greta is so likable and the Alaskan setting is gorgeous. I read it in just two days!

Currently reading: The Summer Skies by Jenny Colgan

**Sunshine and Books 2023 Summer Beach Read**

Currently Reading: On Fire Island by Jane L. Rosen

**Sunshine and Books 2023 Summer Beach Read**

CURRENTLY LISTENING: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

You can always checkout what I’ve been reading on my Books 2023 page. If you scroll to the bottom of that Books 2023 page, I have all of my yearly reading pages linked.

What have you been reading? Are you still in the throws of summer reading? I sure am! I go back to work on August 28th and am soaking up every last bit of summer reading time that I can! Have a great day full of sunshine and books!

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