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12 In Books/ Lifestyle

The 10 best beach reads for Summer 2024

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Summer is here and even if you’re not going on vacation, it’s a great time to get lost in a book. Whether you crave a fun romance novel or a fast paced thriller, these 10 best beach reads for summer 2024 are the best way to beat the heat or lay out in the sun with your toes in the sand.

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10 Best Beach Reads for Summer 2024

Same Time Next Summer by Annabel Monaghan – Sam is 30 with an amazing job in the city and a cute doctor fiance. However when she ends up at her parent’s beach house, she runs into Wyatt, her childhood love. This one sounds a little predictable, but sweet if you’re looking for a quick, light read.

Same Time Next Summer

 

The Five Star Weekend by Elin Hildebrand My book club is currently reading this one. Hollis is a food blogger who is newly widowed after her husband gets in a car accident one morning after an argument. Hollis decides to go away for a five star weekend on Nantucket. This is a story of friendships, relationships and self discovery set on a quaint coastal island.

The Five-Star Weekend

 

Bad Summer People by Emma Rosenblum – A murder, on an island, and two couples who each have a grudge. If you love a little thriller mixed with your beach read, this one is it.

Bad Summer People: A Novel

 

The Block Party by Jamie Day – Memorial Day weekend for one affluent neighborhood means that it’s time for their annual block party. However during the party, one of the neighbors winds up dead leaving everyone wondering who did it and why. As the story unfolds, it becomes clear that each family has their own secrets they’d like to keep hidden. This one reminds me of something you’d see on Bravo or Lifetime and I’m here for it.

The Block Party: A Novel

 

Swan Song by Elin Hildebrand – ok so Elin Hildebrand is like the queen of beach reads so she gets 2 on this list. And apparently this will be her last book based on Nantucket. This one is filled with lavish parties at beautiful Nantucket homes, swims in the ocean, and murder. As always, the character development is amazing in true Hildebrand fashion.

Swan Song

 

Just For The Summer by Abby Jimenez – A guy and a girl each have the same problem in that everyone they date, goes on to meet their soulmate. They decide to just have a quick summer fling and rent a house together in Lake Minnetonka.  But then soon find themselves helping each other navigate difficult situations and realizing maybe fate brought them together.

Just for the Summer

 

The Summer Pact by Emily Griffin – this one comes out July 9th!!! 4 girls meet in college and soon become best friends. Right before graduation they are struck by tragedy and they make a pact to always be there for one another. Years later, they are each following their own destiny when one of the girls, Hannah calls on her friends to help her pick up the pieces.

The Summer Pact: A Novel

 

Sandwich by Catherine Newman – Rocky is away at her family’s Cape house with her parents, her husband and her half grown children. She navigates the needs of her family while also navigating the mood swings and hot flashes of menopause and flashbacks to years prior. This story is all about the dynamic shifts within the family and personal growth.

Sandwich: A Novel

 

The Next Mrs Parrish by Liv Constantine – This is the sequel to The Last Mrs. Parrish (linking it here if you haven’t read it) which was a Reese’s Book Club Pick and I’ve been seeing it all over Tik Tok. Now you can also read this as a stand alone without reading the prequel. This book is twisty with characters that you will love to hate.

The Next Mrs. Parrish: A Novel

 

Little Rot by Akwaeke Emezi – Taking place in a city in Nigeria about a party that goes off the rails, sex, and corruption. This one has been described as gritty and one of the most anticipated books of the year!

Little Rot: A Novel

 

Happy Reading!!!

 

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14 In Books/ Lifestyle

2024 Winter Reading Challenge

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The 2024 Winter Reading Challenge is here!

I don’t know about you all, but while I am not a fan of winter, there is one thing I do love about it. And that is I fully embrace the opportunity to slow down. It’s the perfect excuse to cozy up and read a good book, or two or three.

If you were here last year, you may remember the Winter Reading Challenge. I started it as a way to motivate myself to read more for pleasure and it’s become something you all have loved and enjoyed.

Now just like with the previous reading challenges, we will be playing on Instagram!

Scroll down to see how you can take part in the 2024 Winter Reading Challenge and for some of my book recommendations.

How to participate in the winter reading challenge:

1.) Download the graphic below or save to your phone or camera roll.

2024 winter reading challenge virtual bingo card

2.) The idea is to read books in each category to try and get a BINGO or bonus points if you do a cover all and fill in all the boxes! Each time you read a book that checks off one of the boxes, share to your Instagram stories and tag me @ourtiny_nest.

3.) The challenge will end March 19th 2024. Be sure to share your finished template to your Instagram story with each box ticked off and tag me @ourtiny_nest to get credit! You must be following me @ourtiny_nest.

The challenge will be live from Tuesday December 26th 2023-Tuesday March 19th 2024.

Here are some book recommendations and suggestions to get you started

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Book Set in Winter

Wintering: The power of rest and retreat in difficult times by Katherine May – this book is almost like a self care manifesto. It teaches you to embrace this cold, dark season or any difficult season you may be in and see it as a time for transformation or healing.

Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times

The Hygge Holiday by Rosie Blake – this is a cozy little read you can hunker down to.

The Hygge Holiday: The warmest, funniest, cosiest romantic comedy of the year

The Resort by Sarah Goodwin– Mila and Ethan are on their way to her sister’s wedding at a ski resort when there car breaks down driving through the mountains. They plan to stay overnight in a cabin they come across but when Mila wakes up in the morning, Ethan is no where to be found. This one is described as twisty with a shocking ending if you love a good thriller.

The Resort: An absolutely addictive psychological thriller with a jaw-dropping twist

Winter Sisters by Robin Oliveira – This one is like historical fiction, a mystery, family saga and courtroom drama all in one. In 1879 a huge blizzard hits Albany, causing devastation and two orphaned girls to go missing. A civil war surgeon helps search for them and ultimately takes the girls in when they are found and helps fight for justice after everything the girls experienced.

Winter Sisters

 

New Release for 2024

 The Fury by Alex Michaelides– to be released January 16, 2024. I read his first book, The Silent Patient a few years ago and loved it! This is another twisty thriller, a story of an ex movie star and her friends go to vacation in the Greek Islands when they find themselves in a murder mystery.
The Fury
Mrs. Quinn’s Rise to Fame by Olivia Ford– to be released January 30, 2024.  Jenny Quinn sets out to do something for herself after years of 59 years of marriage and her husband’s declining health. She quickly rises to fame after joining a British Baking Show. This is a heartwarming story and a great reminder that you are never too old to chase your dreams.
Mrs. Quinn's Rise to Fame: A Novel
Sugar, Baby by Celine St Claire – to be released January 9, 2024. Agnes is a 21 year old who still lives at home and feels like her life is going no where. Then she meets a woman named Emily, who is the daughter of one of her clients who quickly introduces her to life of being a Sugar Baby. This is a story about race, wealth, and self discovery.
Sugar, Baby

Happy Reading!!!

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19 In Books/ Lifestyle

15 books to read this fall 2023

15 books to read this fall 2023

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Autumn is the perfect time to curl up under a warm blanket with a cup of coffee and nestle in with a good book. I’m sharing 15 books for your fall reading list. Whether you’re looking for a cozy feel good story, a fall romance, or maybe a darker, suspenseful thriller, there is something on this list for you. Here are 15 books to read this fall 2023.  So grab a cup of pumpkin coffee (sharing my recipe for my pumpkin cold foam here) and get reading!

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15 Books To Read This Fall 2023

15 books to read this fall

The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna – This story is great if you are a fan of Practical Magic. The story follows, Mika one of the few only witches in Britain who has been forced to hide her magic and is an orphan. The characters are well developed and this is a heartwarming read.

The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches

A haunting on the Hill by Elizabeth Hand- If you loved The Haunting Of Hill House by Shirley Jackson or the Netflix series then this is a must read! A young playwright rents Hill House with her friends for her upcoming play. This is a great read for spooky season!

A Haunting on the Hill: A Novel

A Flicker in the Dark by Stacy Willingham The main character, Chloe had her own father sent to prison when she was young after he confessed for being involved in the cases of 6 missing girls. Now years later, Chloe is a successful psychologist getting ready to walk down the aisle when another young girl goes missing.

A Flicker in the Dark: A Novel

The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling This is a cute, witchy love story with some spicy scenes. Years ago, the main character Vivi puts a curse on the man who broke her heart. But then, he comes back, as a Welsh hottie and there is undeniable chemistry.  Grab a pumpkin spice martini and read alone 🙂

The Ex Hex: A Novel (The Graves Glen Series, 1)

Final Girls by Riley Sager Quincy becomes part of a group known as “The Final Girls” by the media after she goes on vacation with her friends and ends up being the only one alive. Years later, one of the girls in the group winds up dead, and the other ends up on Quincy’s doorstep  forcing Quincy to relive those traumatic events that happened years ago.

Final Girls: A Novel

Hidden Pictures by Jason Rekulak Ok I finished this one in 2 days. Mallory is fresh out of rehab and takes a job as a nanny for a young boy, Teddy who loves to draw. Teddy’s drawings begin to get more and more dark and Mallory begins to think that there is a supernatural force at play and needs to save Teddy before it’s too late.

Hidden Pictures

Haunting of Adeline (Cat and Mouse Duet) by H. D. Carlton- This one comes with a strong trigger warning. It is dark and touches on several sensitive topics and graphic sexual scenes. It was previously banned on Amazon so obviously I had to read it.

Haunting Adeline (Cat and Mouse Duet)

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – Two young magicians must battle it out but little do they know that there can only be one standing. However the duo soon finds themselves falling in love. The reviews on this one were mixed but if you like fantasy and magic this might be for you.

The Night Circus

The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson – A story that weaves witchcraft, feminism, and religion. This would be great for fans of the Handmaid’s Tale.

The Year of the Witching

 

The Pumpkin Spice Cafe by Laurie Gilmore – a cozy romantic mystery that takes place in a small town and the author’s last name is Gilmore. Say no more. Add this to your fall reading list especially if you’re a Gilmore Girls fan.

The Pumpkin Spice Café

The September House by Carissa Orlando – Margaret and Hal are a married couple who just move into a beautiful Victoria house, what they think is their dream home. But suddenly they find out it’s haunted, and every September the ghosts that inhabit the home appear. Margaret is determined to stay as it is her house but her husband Hal suddenly leaves abruptly and can’t be contacted.

The September House

The Invisible Life of Addie Larue by V. E. Schwab  – Addie makes a pact on the eve of her wedding to live forever and ends up being cursed for 300 years with no one able to remember her. Centuries later, Addie falls in love with the owner of a book shop who has a story of his own.

The Only One Left by Riley Sager – This is Sager’s second book on this list. The premise of this one reminds me a little bit of the Amityville House. One night in 1929, a family is murdered in their house on the Maine coast. Lenora is the only one who makes it out alive and for years people assume she was the killer. Fast forward years later, Lenora is confined to a wheelchair and mute after a stroke. She decides that it’s finally time to tell her story to her nurse.

The Only One Left: A Novel

House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig – the reviews say this is equal parts gothic and fairytale and for those who loved the series Yellowjackets. Annaleigh lives in a manor by the sea called Highmoor with her eleven sisters. Sister after sister suddenly dies, and Annaleigh begins having visions that what may have been thought to be an accident maybe wasn’t at all.

House of Salt and Sorrows (SISTERS OF THE SALT)

The Cottage on Pumpkin and Vine by Kate Angell, Jennifer Dawson & Sharla Lovelace – The Cottage on Pumpkin and Vine is a cozy little B&B in Maine. This book interwines 3 stories of 3 couples who come to the B&B for their annual Halloween party.

The Cottage on Pumpkin and Vine (Moonbright, Maine)

 

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22 In Lifestyle

2023 Summer Reading Challenge

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The 2023 Summer Reading Challenge is here!

This is something I started last summer and you all enjoyed it so I thought we’d do it again! Reading is definitely one thing that unites us all and I think we share a love of. So in the spirit of inspiring you all to read more and share some of our recent favorites, scroll down to see how to take part in this challenge!

How to participate in the 2023 Summer Reading Challenge

1.) Save this graphic below to your phone.

Instagram story template Bingo board with summer reading 2023 challenge

2.) The idea is to read books in each category to try and get a BINGO or bonus points if you do a cover all and fill in all the boxes! Each time you read a book that checks off one of the boxes, share to your Instagram stories and tag me @ourtiny_nest.

3.) The challenge will end Friday September 1st. Be sure to share your finished template to your Instagram story with each box ticked off and tag me @ourtiny_nest to get credit!

Whether this is the first time you’re joining one of my challenges or you’re a pro, the idea is simply to have fun and just inspire you to read more!

 

Here are some reading suggestions for each prompt

Book about vacation

People We Meet On Vacation by Emily Henry

People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry

The Guilt Trip by Sandie Jones

The Guilt Trip by Sandie Jones

Book you meant to read in 2022

East Coast Girls by Kerry Kletter

East Coast Girls by Kerry Kletter

 

Romance/spicy read

The Deal by Elle Kennedy

The Deal by Elle Kennedy 2023 Summer Reading challenge

Twisted Love by Ana Huang

Twisted Love Ana Huang Summer 2023 Reading challenge

A mystery/thriller

The Perfect Marriage by Jeneva Rose

The Perfect Marriage: A Completely Gripping Psychological Suspense by [Jeneva Rose]

Ward D by Freida McFadden

Ward D: A gripping psychological thriller by [Freida McFadden]

Book set in the decade you were born

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid 2023 Summer Reading Challenge

A book about family

Pineapple Street by Jenny Jackson

Pineapple Street by Jenny Jackson 2023 Summer Reading Challenge

Book you read because of Bookstagram

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses by [Sarah J. Maas]

Book that was released in spring ’23

Meet Me At The Lake by Carley Fortune

Meet Me At The Lake by Carley Fortune New Release 2023

The Five Star Weekend by Elin Hilderbrand

The Five Star Weekend by Elin Hilderband new release of 2023

 

For more of my favorite book recommendations check out

These 22 books to read

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