Ciao a tutti! I don't know about you, but I feel like August truly flew by. Fall is my favorite season and I am thoroughly looking forward to fall fashion, pumpkin picking, and the holidays! I was feeling especially girly this month which translated into the books I read. So if you like to sit back and relax with a novel you just can't put down, then this is the list for you!
1. When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger
Any Devil Wears Prada fans? Yeah, me too. The author who brought us the novel that was adapted into the box office hit starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway is back with another delicious novel. Following the sarcastic Emily Charlton, former assistant of Miranda Priestly, this book has no shortage of laugh-out-loud moments, unforgettable characters and a fast paced plot full of twists and turns. If you're looking for an easy breezy read that makes you laugh, then this is the perfect novel for you.
2. Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering
One of the most buzzed about novels of the summer, Tell Me Lies was a real page turner of a summer read. More of a character driven novel, each chapter alternates between the perspectives of the protagonist, Lucy Albright, and the love of her life that she met at college, Stephen DeMarco. The setting is set primarily on the campus of their small California college, where Lucy feels every up and down of her toxic relationship with Stephen. Tell Me Lies is a highly emotional story and once you become invested in the characters, you just can't put the novel down.
3. All The Beautiful Girls by Elizabeth Church
Well, it's true: don't judge a book by its cover. What I thought was going to be a primarily glitzy and glamorous read, All The Beautiful Girls goes much deeper than that. Following the story of Lily Decker, who then adapts the stage name of Ruby Wilde, she escapes from her abusive home in Kansas and heads for the bright lights of Las Vegas in hopes of making it as a troupe dancer. But when her dreams don't pan out accordingly, she is presented with another opportunity: to be a showgirl. With Church's elegant prose, Ruby soon discovers that the neon lights of Las Vegas and the lifestyle of sin city is not as glamorous as she once thought it to be. Set in the 1960s, All The Beautiful Girls is one of those novels that you devour - it took me two short evenings to tear through the 320 pages that make up this story. Highly recommended!
4. Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella
I have been a fan of Sophie Kinsella for many years now, and every time she releases a novel, I am quick to purchase it and tear through the pages right away. With her unmistakable wit and British humor, Kinsella's novels never disappoint. But beneath all of the humor, Kinsella always finds a way of poignantly depicting topics such as marriage and motherhood via her unforgettable characters - in this case Sylvie and Dan who are trying to spice up their decade long marriage. Surprise Me is takes you on a journey of learning about trust, truly knowing someone, and family dynamics, while dishing out that signature humor of Kinsella's that her readers have grown to love.
5. The Book of Lost and Found by Lucy Foley
This is a novel that truly sweeps you into its world and away from your own. Alternating between different time periods and voices, The Book of Lost and Found has no shortage of mystery, intrigue, love and loss. This book is beautifully written, with likable characters who keep you turning the pages and vivid settings such as London, Paris and Corsica. Highly recommended!
Which of these novels are you going to pick up next? Comment below!
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