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The 10 best beach reads for Summer 2024

Reading a book on the beach - the 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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10 In Books/ Lifestyle

14 books to read in 2023

14 books to read in 2023

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I am sharing some of my best book picks for this year.   There’s some romance, thrillers, historical fiction, new releases and even a few non-fiction and memoirs. Scroll down to see the 14 books you need to read in 2023.

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14 Books To Read In 2023

Big Swiss by Jen Beagin

This book already has plans to be made into a movie. The main character is a transcriptionist for a sex therapist and becomes infatuated with one of the clients.

 

The House in the Pines by Ana Reyes

This thriller is a Reese’s Book Club pick. It’s a story about female friendship and a seven year journey to try to solve a “Who Done It?”.

Books to read in 2023 The House in The Pines

 

Spare by Prince Harry

By now, I don’t think there is a single soul who hasn’t heard of Prince Harry’s memoir. I hear that the best way to enjoy this one is by listening to it on audiobook. If you don’t already have it, click here to try audible plus.

books to read in 2023 Prince Harry Spare

 

The Family Secret by Kiersten Modglin

A newly engaged couple head out to live at the family estate after his parent’s die. But once there, the woman realizes that not only is she being watched by the house staff but they are covering family secrets. It sounds a little to me like the beginnings of the Dollaganger’s for any of you who read “If There Be Thorns” or “Flowers in The Attic”.

The Family Secret: An utterly gripping domestic thriller with a mind-blowing twist by [Kiersten Modglin]

 

You Just Need To Lose Weight And 19 Other Myths About Fat People by Aubrey Gordon

This New York Times Bestseller delves into the myths surrounding fat culture and offers fresh perspectives to bodies of all sizes.

“You Just Need to Lose Weight”: And 19 Other Myths About Fat People (Myths Made in America) by [Aubrey Gordon]

 

Locust Lane by Stephen Amidon

The reviews say that if you loved “Mystic River” or “Little Fires Everywhere” then you will like this one. A young woman is found dead in an affluent New England town. The three suspects are kids who were seen partying with her that night and each of their parents get involved, only muddying the waters.

books to read in 2023 locust lane

 

Happy Place by Emily Henry

This one debuts April 25th, 2023.

From the author who brought “Beach Read” and “The People We Meet On Vacation”. A couple who has been secretly broken up must fake it in front of their friends while away for a week in Maine.

 

This Is Going To Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kay

This is a good read for anyone who is in the medical profession or if you’re interested in the healthcare system at all. It follows a Junior Doctor in the United Kingdom and shows the contrast of a government run healthcare system compared to that in the United States.

books to read in 2023 this is going to hurt

 

Someone Else’s Shoes by JoJoe Moyes

Nisha lives an affluent lifestyle until her wealthy husband files for divorce. At the same time, Sam is at the lowest point until she finds Nisha’s gym bag and puts on her Laboutins inspiring her to change her life around. If you’re looking for a heartwarming story, read this one!

books to read in 2023 in someone else's shoes

 

The Woman With The Cure by Lynn Cullen

The story takes place in the 1940s and 50’s when Polio is wiping across America and causing many cities to go into lockdown. It’s based on the true story about a woman who races to find a cure. Set to be released on 2/21!

Books to read in 2023 the woman with the cure

 

The Lost Girls of Willowbrook by Ellen Marie Wiseman

This story is based on the real institution Willowbrook known for it’s shocking abuse to it’s residents.  Sage is a twin and she has always known that her sister was a little bit different. After their mother dies, Sage sets out to find her sister at Willowbrook but she is mistaken for her sister once she arrives.

books to read in 2023 the lost girls of willowbrook

 

The Housemaid’s Secret by Freida McFadden

This one sounds like a twisty page turning. A young woman is employed as a housekeeper for a stunning penthouse. She has yet to meet the lady of the house and was told not to step foot into the guest bedroom until one day she decides to knock on the door.

14 books to read in 2023 the housemaid's secret

 

The Golden Spoon by Jessa Maxwell

To be released March 7th 2023. A group of bakers set out to a Vermont estate for a baking competition but then a body is discovered. The reviews say that it combines the likes of The Great British Bakeoff with Clue.

14 books to read in 2023 The Golden Spoon

 

Girls And Their Horses by Eliza Jane Brazier

This one doesn’t come out until June 6th, 2023 and I can’t wait! All about horse girl cliques, barn moms drinking wine, gossip, backstabbing and a suspicious death. You can pre-order it now!

Girls and Their Horses by [Eliza Jane Brazier]

 

Happy Reading!!! Now go get lost in a book.

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Winter Reading challenge

How to Host a Book Exchange Brunch

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How to host a Book Exchange Brunch

How to host a book exchange brunch

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Welcome friends! Today we’re combining two of my loves – books and brunch! Scroll down to see how to host a fun book exchange brunch with a free printable.

If you are new here, thanks so much for popping by! I’m Nicolle, a wife, mom to 2 boys, nurse by day, creator and homebody. I love being home and creating cozy spaces, getting lost in a good book with a cup of coffee and all carbs! If this sounds like you too, stay awhile and let’s become friends! You can follow me on Instagram @ourtiny_nest where I share more book picks and am currently doing a winter reading challenge!

Nicolle Our Tiny Nest book exchange brunch

How to host a book exchange brunch

I am happy to be joining some of my lovely friends for their monthly supper club. Thank you to Jen from Midwest Life and Style for inviting me to join this month! Obviously as a big book nerd I had to say yes! If you don’t know Jen, she is a wife, mom of 2, event planner by day and blogger who is from Nebraska. She makes the most delicious recipes, (check out her blueberry sour cream coffee cake, you won’t be sorry) and the most innovative tablescapes!  So make sure to follow her!

And if you are coming from my friend Jen at Midwest Life and Style, welcome!  I hope you will stick around!

I got the idea for this book exchange brunch from those little public library shares. The path where we go on our walks has one of those free little community libraries where you can take a book and leave a book. So I was inspired to do a brunch with a similar idea and have a book exchange.

Now the concept is, each guest needs to bring a book that they enjoyed to share and exchange with the other guests so be sure to include that in your invite.

The Tablesetting

Table Runner

I started by creating a table runner out of book pages. This was super simple to do. I had a bunch of used books from old book sales that I had on hand for crafts. If you don’t have a book on hand that you want to use for this purpose, check out your local Dollar Store. They have tons of books!

I ripped out the pages and started gluing them together to make a runner.

DIY book page table runner

Some tips for creating the runner – lay out the pages first in the desired length and width. I did it kind of haphazardly which I think adds a little dramatic effect and no stress about it being perfect. Then glue the pages together and allow to dry.

The place setting

How to host a book exchange brunch

I wanted to keep the place setting simple and all about the books.  At each place setting, I included this printout for guests to fill out about their book, why they love it and then put inside the book they were sharing.

I’m sharing my printable below for anyone that wants to do something similar, just click the link.

how to host a book exchange brunch

Click here to download the free printable

The Table Decor

For the table decor I stacked some books that I had.  I think hardcover works best and I took the book jackets off to display the original binding. You can also wrap some books in wrapping paper so that it fits your color scheme. I did a little of both.

Then I added mason jars with fresh flowers to give a little pop of color.

How to host a book exchange brunch - book page table runner and book decor

In the middle of the table I placed a basket where everyone could place their books and choose which ones they wanted to exchange.

 

I’ll link some of my pieces that I used to create the tablescape and similar decor below

beaded dish set beaded hobnail glasses brunch party brunch party tablescape with linen napkin hyacinth basket

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For the exchange

Have you guests go around the table and choose a book out of the basket that they want to read and guess who the book is from before opening and reading the card aloud.  This is also a good way for the other guests to get ideas for books to add to their reading list.

How to host a book exchange brunch

You can check out the whole brunch menu here. It’s a pretty delicious lineup!

6 recipes for a book club brunch

 

And if you’re looking to join a little virtual book club of sorts, check out how to join my Winter Reading Challenge! I’m also sharing some books to kick off 2023!

 

Now be sure to head over to the ladies at Simply 2 Mom’s, Anne and AnneMarie to see their ideas for creating a tablescape for a book club gathering. I love the color palette they chose, it’s so rich looking with blacks, greens and golds. 

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9 In Books/ Lifestyle

2022 Summer Reading Challenge

2022 Summer Reading Challenge

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Ok I am soooo excited about this! I am so happy to launch this year’s 2022 Summer Reading Challenge. This was in large part inspired by all of you! I know there are alot of readers here in this space and I thought this would be a fun way to encourage us all to read.

Scroll down to see how to take part in this year’s Summer Reading challenge and for some of my book ideas.

How to participate in the 2022 Summer Reading Challenge

1.) Save this graphic below to your phone or go over to my Instagram and click here to save the Summer Reading Challenge template.

2022 Summer Reading 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 September 5th. Be sure to share your finished template to your Instagram story with each box ticked off and tag me @ourtiny_nest to get credit!

 

Everyone who gets a BINGO or a coverall will be entered into a drawing for an Amazon gift card!

Be sure to share with any of your friends you think would want to read along.

And if you have any questions, you can send me a DM on Instagram or comment on this post.

 

Scroll down to see some of my book suggestions.

 

Beach Reads

The Hotel Nantucket I just bought this one. I love anything by Elin Hilderbrand, she is Queen of summer beach reads!

2022 summer reading challenge The Hotel Nantucket

The Boardwalk Book Shop – Takes places on the California Coast, three friends run a Book Shop/Gift Shop/Bakery. It’s a story of sisterhood and friendship.

2022 Summer Reading challenge The Boardwalk Bookshop

 

Mystery/Thriller

The Club – This was a Reese Book Club pick. Takes place in an exclusive club off the coast of England where the rich and famous party hard but the body count goes up.

2022 Summer Reading Challenge The Club

 

Romance/Spicy

It Happened One Summer – This was actually a recommendation by a few of you if you like spiceeeee <3

2022 Summer Reading Challenge It happened one summer

 

Book by a new author

The Long Answer by Anna Hoagland explores the issues of motherhood, fertility and sisterhood.

2022 Summer reading Challenge

How To Fake It In Hollywood 2 Hollywood celebrities enter into a fake relationship as part of a PR stunt. The reviews say it’s full of drama and sexy love scenes.

2022 Summer Reading Challenge How to Fake it In Hollywood

For more book ideas check out

22 Books to Read in 2022

Summer Reading List

 

2022 Summer Reading Challenge

 

I can’t wait to see what books you all read this summer. Happy Reading!

 

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