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Summer Reading List 2021

2021 summer reading list
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One of the things on my summer bucket list is to read more books. My family used to make fun of me because on my summer vacations I’d often go to the library or Barnes and Noble to get some books to read over the summer while most kids did all they could to avoid reading. It’s always been one of my favorite escapes. I’m sharing my Summer Reading List for 2021 below.

And all of the books are linked on Amazon so you can download to your kindle or purchase the actual book if you still like flipping through pages.

Scroll to the bottom to download my free summer reading list printable with my recommendations.

Summer Reading List 2021

 

28 Summers by Elin Hildebrand 

28 summers - summer reading list

I read this one last summer in 2 days. Elin Hildebrand is one of my favorite authors for an easy beachy read. There’s been talks that they may be making it into a movie too!

 

Summer Sisters by Judy Blume

Summer Sisters Summer Reading List

I read all of Judy Blume’s books as a teenager. I read this one back in college and remember it being really good. It’s a story about two girls who are friends during the summer on the Vineyard. It’s on my list for this summer to read again.

 

The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave

the last thing he told me summer reading list

this one is on all of the lists for must reads this summer. This thriller is a Reese’s Book Club Pick and I’ve been told that its perfect if you loved Big Little Lies or Little Fires Everywhere.

 

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Malibu Rising - Summer reading list

based on an end of the Summer beach party in Malibu, this book is about dysfunctional family relationships. Many of the reviews on Good Reads say that the characters are extremely well written and will have your emotions all over the place.

 

The Husbands by Chandler Baker

The Husbands - summer reading list

A female powered thriller that based on the synopsis reminds me a little of the Stepford Wives or Desperate Housewives.

 

Animal by Lisa Taddeo –

Animal - summer reading list

The Amazon reviews say this book is about female rage, sexuality, and adventure and the characters go to dark places. May not be everyone but sounds thrilling.

 

The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller

The Paper Palace - Summer Reading List

This story takes place at a family summer home in Cape Cod where a mother of three comes to a crossroads in her love life forcing her to choose between her husband or her childhood lover.

 

The Therapist by B. A. Paris –

The Therapist - summer reading list

A new couple moves into a gated community and finds that it may not be all it appears to be.  The main character Alice learns that there are some secrets about her home.

 

Happy and You Know It by Laura Hankin

Happy and You Know It summer reading list

Reviewers say this book is like what the ladies of Sex and the City would be like in the social media age.  Think new motherhood in Upper East Side.

Click to download my free printable Summer Reading List

Check off the books as you read them and add a few selections of your own!

For more bucket lists, check out my Summer 2021 Bucket List!

 

 

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2021 summer reading list

2 In Lifestyle/ printables

Summer Bucket list

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Sweet summertime! The days get a little lazier, you stay up a little later, ice cream is perfectly acceptable every night after dinner and dips in the pool count as showering/bathing. There’s so many reasons I love summer.  Below I’m sharing some ideas that are on my summer bucket list as well as a free printable Summer Bucket List with ideas to get you started.

My 2021 Summer Bucket List

Berry picking – The boys LOVE berry picking and obviously eating as they go! After strawberry picking, making strawberry shortcake is a must! My favorite version is my strawberry cheesecake trifle. If you’re local, we went strawberry picking at Stanton’s Farm in Selkirk, its a small family owned farm and the strawberries were delish! They will have blueberries in July too!

Camp outside with the kids – put up a tent in the backyard, make some glow jars (you can see my easy DIY here), eat s’mores and tell ghost stories.  Rick and Maxwell did this last summer and had a “boys night” and Maxwell still talks about it, he thought it was the greatest thing.

Try an Aperol Spritz – believe it or not I have never had an Aperol Spritz and it sounds like the perfect summer drink. So it’s a goal of mine to try one this summer. My other favorite summer cocktail is my Paloma recipe.

Read all the books on my summer reading listClick here to check out my summer reading list!

Host a BBQ with friends – after the last year we’ve had, I’m ready to have some friends over, kick back on the deck and get to entertain. If you’re looking for an eye-catching meal idea that is sure to wow, check out my grilled steak charcuterie board.

Make a little road-side farmstand – last year I got into gardening and I would love to have a cute little roadside farmstand with some of my home grown veggies and flowers for people as they drive by. This year may not be anything fancy but I’m determined to give it a shot.

 

Whats on your summer bucket list? You can download free summer bucket list below with some ideas to get you started!

Click here to download my free summer bucket list printable

 

And to check out what’s on my 2021 Summer Reading List Click Here!

 

For more summer pins check out my Easy Homemade Ice Cream Recipe!

3 In Lifestyle

The best true crime documentaries

The best true crime documentaries

This post was updated 2/17/2021 with some of my IG followers recommendations

Ok where are all my true crime junkies at? I can’t get enough true crime documentaries. It’s hard to say when my obsession started. I remember being fascinated with the O.J. Simpson case and Jon Benet Ramsey. I have rounded up the best true crime documentaries for you to get your true crime fix.

The Best True Crime Documentaries

 

Night Stalker (Netflix) – At first when I started this, I couldn’t get into it. But this was the #1 recommended documentary by all my Instagram followers and fellow true crime lovers.

Murder on Middlebeach (on HBO) – this one just breaks my heart. Created by a son who lost his mom tragically and he shares his journey as he is trying to solve her murder. My husband and I found ourselves trying to solve it as we watched and it’s a case I’m still actively following.

Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel (Netflix) – A notorious hotel in L.A. with a seedy past is the backdrop for this doc. One of their guests, a young woman from Canada goes missing. Was she murdered or was it an accident?

The Jinx (on HBO) – One of my favorites, I have watched this one over and over. An estranged son to a prominent family in real estate, Fred Durst has been a suspect in three murders and been in and out of jail. Watch until the very last episode for Durst’s surprising confession.

Unsolved Mysteries: Rey Rivera (Netflix) – Unsolved Mysteries is back and on Netflix. The first episode left me going down a rabbit hole trying to find more info about this case. A man gets a phone call and suddenly vanishes. His body is found later and ruled a suicide but his wife and family believe he was murdered. Crime Junkies Podcast also recently covered this case and it has left me wanting more answers.

Jennifer Dulos (Stream on Dateline NBC on Hulu) – I was fascinated with this case from the very beginning when my sister who lives in Connecticut could hear all the planes overhead searching for Dulos’ body that Memorial Day Weekend. A beautiful mother to five children who seemed to have it all goes missing. Her ex husband and his girlfriend are at the center of the investigation.

Jeffrey Epstein: Filty Rich (Netflix) – I didn’t follow this case when it was originally going on but this documentary sucked me in. The fact that Epstein was able to get off so easily due to his overwhelming wealth will leave you outraged. To me, the circumstances surrounding his death are particularly interesting. Was it a suicide or murder? Since watching this, I’ve been following Ghislaine Maxwell’s involvement.

Killer Inside: The mind of Aaron Hernandez (Netflix) – Interviews with Hernandez’s family members and friends, these 3 episodes examine his past and suggest he may have been living a “double life”.

Abducted in plain sight (Netflix) – ok this is a wierd one and literally left me baffled for so many reasons that I won’t share so I don’t ruin anything for those of you who haven’t seen it. A kidnapping by a close family friend that will leave you outraged and scratching your head.

The Murder of Lacey Peterson (Stream A&E on Hulu) – A very well known case about a pregnant woman who goes missing on Christmas Eve and her husband is the prime suspect.

Amanda Knox (Netflix) – Did she or didn’t she? An American girl who goes over to Italy to study abroad and gets convicted of killing her roommate. She’s since twice been acquitted and she claims she has been wrongly accused.

The case against Adnan Syed (HBO) – Made popular by the podcast Serial, this documentary follows the relationship between Syed and Hae Min Lee, interviews with those that knew them and the trial.

Up and Vanished – Tara Grinstead (on Oxygen) – I have been obsessed with this case since I originally listened to the Up and Vanished podcast a few years ago. A story about a paegent queen and teacher who went missing.

 

What are some of your favorite true crime cases or documentaries?

 

the best true crime documentaries

 

1 In Lifestyle/ self care

Ways to keep yourself from slipping into a funk while social distancing

  This post was sponsored by Reebok as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
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Quarantine life day 1,354. That’s what it feels like anyway. And while my husband and I are both deemed essential and have to go to work, we’re still feeling the slump from not being able to go anywhere or see family or friends. There are some things that you can do to keep yourself feeling upbeat. I’m sharing with you some ways to keep yourself from slipping into a funk while social distancing.

1.) Get dressed every morning – Getting dressed, doing my hair and throwing on a little makeup makes me feel human and like a contributing member of society. This is something I learned back when I was home on maternity leave. You don’t have to get all fancy. Some days I put on jeans but most of the time it’s comfy athleisure. I love the new Reebok all-inclusive sizing line at Kohl’s.  They carry sizes from XS-4XL. The line is perfect for whether you’re lounging at home, chasing the kids or getting in a workout.

Ways to prevent yourself from slipping in a funk while social distancing

2.) Do something active – Exercising is a great way to boost one’s mood and also burn off all of those yummy treats and drinks that we’ve been consuming while home quarantined. Daily walks, bike rides and going for hikes has been a way for our whole family to exercise together and burn off some steam.

3.) Get outside – If there’s a silver lining it’s that this pandemic has come at time where it’s starting to get nice out. This is a great time to get outside and do some spring yard work or spring cleaning. Since we moved into our house a few years ago I’ve been wanting to start a garden and this was the perfect opportunity.

4.) Connect virtually with family/friends – Thankfully we live in a technological savvy world and there’s several apps that make it easier to connect with loved ones. Set up a virtual Happy Hour or play games with family and friends from afar with the Cards Against Humanity Lab.

 

What are some ways you’re getting through this time at home?

 

Be sure to head to Kohls and check out their new line of athleisure!

 

Prevent yourself from slipping into a funk while social distancing