Friday, June 3, 2016

Summer 2016 Reading List

One of my items on my summer to do list was to get back into reading. I started the first book on this list last Monday afternoon and finished it Wednesday evening. Needless to say, I have thoroughly enjoyed this return to reading so far. I intentionally kept the following list short, so that if titles on my prior lists still pique my interest, then I can read them as well. From my Spring 2016 Reading List, for example, I would really love to finish my hardcover copy of all in good taste by Kate Spade New York. This book on entertaining has been sitting on my night stand for months! In addition, if I come across something good, I can read even more!

Plus, during the summer, I relish reading a book poolside, on the beach, or simply outdoors to get some sun. I look forward to reading every title on this list.

Michelle's Summer 2016 Reading List:

Or at the library.

I have already read Delicious!: A Novel by Ruth Reichl and loved it! Anticipate my glowing review soon! This was also the perfect book to use to get back into reading. In fact, I devoured this wonderful work of fiction in two and a half days. This is a story of a young woman who lands a job at a food magazine in New York City. She has a gift in her amazing palate. With one taste, she can determine all the ingredients in a dish, even weird ones! She can also easily recommend what ingredient the dish needs or needs more of in order for it to improve. The magazine shuts down, but this launches another adventure, complete with a little World War II history. Through all of this, the reader witnesses her tremendous personal growth. I downloaded an eBook through my library.

Or at the library.

I enjoy entertaining and look forward to reading Lauren Conrad Celebrate by Lauren Conrad. Full of photos as well as tips and examples, this guide comes highly reviewed. I expect it to inspire me to throw elegant affairs on a budget throughout the year. I placed a hold on this book at my library.

Or at the library.

I selected Invincible Summer by Alice Adams from this list of new books from the lovely Shannon of the blog The Simply Luxurious Life. This novel follows the lives of a group of friends during their 20s and 30s who live across Europe. Again, I placed a hold on this book at the library.


I truly look forward to reading Thirty Chic Days: Practical Inspiration for a Beautiful Life by Fiona Ferris of the blog How to be Chic. This is a fun French-inspired guide for living each day beautifully. I adore her blog and usually find that her words stick with me. Since I am not spending any money on the previous books on this list (nor am I shelling out any more money on the titles from lists intended for past seasons), I am planning to purchase the paperback on Amazon next Friday with my paycheck. I would like to own this one.

What will you read this summer?

I do realize that since May had 31 days, I promised 9 blog posts that month and only managed 8. Readers, I sincerely apologize. I will try better next time. I will also try not to beat myself up over not hitting my goal both now and in the future. 

I simply adore this blog's intimate community. ...but since my audience remains on the small side, I truly need questions for my upcoming Q&A blog post. So, if you would like to know what clothing item I cannot wait to wear this summer, how I organize my jewelry, what I daydream of doing in Italy next, or are curious about something else, please ask me in a comment. Friends, I need your help in making this special 600th post successful. I look forward to receiving more questions. Grazie.


  1. I just ordered Fiona's book as well! I have neglected to send in my questions for are a few....
    1. How do you keep your apartment clutter free?
    2. What was your favorite thing you did on your trips to Italy and Paris?
    3. It seems like you take your time deciding to make purchases. What is your process for deciding what items you will bring into your life? Do you plan ahead and budget for them and if so, how far in advance do you plan?
    4. What is your most favorite blog post that you have written?

    1. Written by a true reader! I love your questions! Thank you so much!

  2. Thank you Michelle (and Stephanie)! I'm so glad you are getting the paperback Michelle, it's a nicer way to read a book like this in my opinion.

    And for my questions:

    You live a very simple and peaceful life it seems, what is your inspiration for this and how do you top up on inspiration?

    What is a typical daily routine like for you? (I always love reading these - nosy!)

    If YOU wrote a book, what would it be called and what would it be about?

    Congratulations on your upcoming 600th post!

    1. You're welcome! I'm look forward to reading it and really want to own the paperback.

      Merci beaucoup for your questions! I love them! I'm not exactly sure how to answer one of them yet... Luckily daydreaming is one of my favorite activities!

  3. I have another did you unplug from cable tv? I guess I'm curious how that is going and if you have an alternative form of entertainment with subscriptions like netflix or other things. Thanks!

    1. Another wonderful question! I have a long answer for this one. Thank you!

  4. I am interested in how you budget as well. Especially groceries. Also in your daily and weekly planning. How did you decide what clothing types worked best for your body type. How did you/do you decide on beauty products and skin care routines. Looking forward to all the Q & A- Kim

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  6. I deleted my duplicated comment. But I thought of a couple more. Any beauty magazines you read on a regular basis? How do you c goose the books you read?