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5 SUMMER MUST HAVE READS

Whether you’re traveling around the world and need a book to keep your jet-lag at bay or you’re beach bound and ready to snuggle up on the sand, these summer must reads will keep you entertained all summer long! *This article was originally posted on Madison McKinley Designs, In The Saddle. Written by: Emily Landers

1. CRAZY RICH ASIANS

Chances are likely if you click through Instagram long enough this book will show up on one of your friends stories. A popular read for anyone looking for a storyline that keeps you hooked even after you put your bookmark in place.

When New Yorker Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, she envisions a humble family home and quality time with the man she hopes to marry. But Nick has failed to give his girlfriend a few key details. One, that his childhood home looks like a palace; two, that he grew up riding in more private planes than cars; and three, that he just happens to be the country’s most eligible bachelor.

As Nick’s plus one, Rachel may as well have a target on her back the second she steps off the plane, and soon, her relaxing summer turns into an obstacle course of old money, new money, nosy relatives, and scheming social climbers. Another reason you’ll want to grab this book sooner than later? The making of a major motion picture is already on its way!

2. BIG LITTLE LIES

A murder…A tragic accident…Or just parents behaving badly? What’s indisputable is that someone is dead.

Another book you won’t want to put down. Big Little Lies (disclaimer, the movie is already out) takes readers on twists and turns no one expected. Chapter by chapter you read the different points of view of each main character and wonder what they might be leaving out… Madeline is funny, biting, and passionate; she remembers everything and forgives no one. Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare but she is paying a price for the illusion of perfection. New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for a nanny. She comes with a mysterious past and a sadness beyond her years.

These three women are at different crossroads, but they will all wind up in the same shocking place.

3. PRESENT OVER PERFECT

Unlike some of the other books on this list, this sentimental and sweet read will have you thinking through how you stay present in your day to day life. Shauna’s fantastic way with words is undeniable and we love how she keeps us thinking about the things that truly matter.

With buddies like Brene Brown (who wrote the forward) and Oprah, don’t be surprised if Shauna’s writing inspires you to make real life changes in the pursuit of less, not more.

4. SISTERS FIRST

 

The Bush Twins, also known as Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush, take you on a journey through their wild and wonderful life in this fun memoir. From their childhood in Texas to White House memories and years at The University of Texas, they touch on it all. One element of this book I found endearing was a look into the lesser known of their grandparents, Laura Bush’s family, The Hawkins of Midland, Texas.

The sisters love for their family, country and each other is heartwarming and will have you cheering for them all the way through.
If you’re traveling this summer, be sure to tag us with your favorite #MadisonMcKinleyJewels and your favorite #MMSummerReads

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