summer reading list!


oh gosh, the days spent curled up on the sofa or alone in a cafe with a good book feel like they happened a billion years ago. sometimes i see people with books in their hands and i’m like, that looks dreamy. while i couldn’t be more thankful for a very packed and full life with my littles and work and everything in-between, i’ve been wanting to read more.

i feel like i enjoy life more when i’m discovering and learning new things through books. and i want to make it a big priority and not just something i do when i’m nursing a baby in the middle of the night.

and as much as i love holding and digesting a real physical book, it can get a little tricky carrying one around the city with me, especially when i’m hauling around everything i need for life with three kids on the go.

oyster recently reached out to see if we’d like to give their app a try. have you guys heard of oyster? it’s an app where you can discover and read books on your smartphone or tablet (or web browser). you can buy individual books to read or you can get access to oyster unlimited, their collection of a million books, by paying a small monthly subscription fee of $9.95. kind of like netflix, but for books! the app recommends books based on your reading habits, and it’s a great way to discover new authors and titles you would have never heard of before. if you’d like, you can try oyster unlimited for 30 days for free HERE!

it’s kind of amazing to think about having the option to browse and read several books at once wherever i am. while it’s probably not the greatest habit of reading more than one book at a time, it’s how i like to do it, so the app makes sense for me! best part is i’m not carrying several books around with me at once, but i still have the chance to read whichever one i fancy at that given moment through the app.



i’m gonna try to tackle a summer reading list and make it a priority to find me time to read this summer!  maybe i’ll treat myself to a date at a cafe where nothing but twiddling my thumbs while sipping a lemonade is on the agenda in addition to reading! ;)

here are a few books on my summer reading list, if you’d care to see!


around the world in 80 dinners

i feel bad about my neck



short stories of ernest hemingway

the life-changing magic of tidying up (ok so i’m actually almost done with this one and it’s truly changing my life, and home! have you read it?)

if you’d like to try out oyster unlimited, click here to receive your first 30 days free!  thank you to oyster for sponsoring this post, and to all of you for reading this blog and supporting our sponsors!

what’s on your summer reading list? any good recommendations?!

  1. Oh my! Netflix but then for books? I’m definitely going to try this out for 30 days. Though I have to say I really like reading from a physical book more! I’m putting your recommendations on my list too. Hope you get some time for yourself this summer Naomi :) <3

    Liefs from The Netherlands,

  2. Great picks! I just read The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up, too, and was surprised how much sense it made! Now to actually put the tactics into use on my clutter… :)

    I also just did a post on summer reading–featuring 10 greats books I’ve read recently that would be amazing beach reads–if anyone would care to check it out. :)

  3. Helen

    I never thought I would be able to enjoy reading a book on my iPhone, but it is amazing how quickly you adapt, especially when you’re far from home and have a really good book. I love that I ALWAYS have books to read- there are so many small moments in a day when you can sneak in even a page or two, or ten. Thank you for this post- I didn’t know about oyster. What a great idea!

  4. Erin

    My favorite reads recently have been The Rosie Project, Where’d You Go, Bernadette?, and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society. Some of the books you have above are on my list, too, and I’m checking out the others in a moment. If you’re interested, I started a new project on Instagram recently ( where people share informal book reviews with the hashtag #betterwithbooks and then I post some. It’s been so helpful for finding new books to read!

  5. Erin

    Update- just added a bunch of those to my list. I’m especially excited about Snoop. I’ve always thought about that and I’m so interested to find out more!

  6. Melissa

    This is awesome thanks for the recommendations! I definitely need to start putting a reading list together, love grabbing something to read while sitting outside on a warm summer night.

  7. Rebecca

    You can get free ebooks from your public library! No need to pay for oyster.

  8. I really want to read the life changing magic… I’ve heard such great things! Ernest Hemingway is awesome too :)

    Warm Regards,

  9. Allie

    ‘I Feel Bad About My Neck’ quickly became one of my favorite books of all time. I think you’re going to love it, especially reading it while living in New York City. She gave me so much powerful nostalgia for what New York City was to her. I’m going to check out you suggestions, a great excuse to wander through the book store!

  10. Valerie

    Wow! I hadn’t heard of that app before, but I love reading too! I always thought I liked paper books better, but I am reading one on my phone and one library book right now and it is so much more convenient to just have an app. I’m totally going to give Oyster a try! I can’t wait to read the Marie Kondo book! Also, I’ve been wanting to read Quiet for such a long time now. Your other books in queue look really interesting too. Right now, I’m reading No Impact Man – such a good book! Totally recommend it too!

  11. I’m in the middle of a major purge in my house and the life-changing magic of tidying up is one book that’s inspiring me as I go. I haven’t read as many books as I’ve wanted to for the last 13 years (since my first child was born)! I’m getting back into it now! :)


  12. Sarie

    We are fascinated with the Life Changing Magic of Tidying at our house. We use Marie Kondo as a verb, as in: We really need to Marie Kondo the guest room. Letting go of stuff is so freeing.

    I would suggest reading Pearl Buck’s The Good Earth. It’s a lovely story.

  13. annemarie

    i love your striped tee! can i ask where it’s from?

  14. Christian

    Hi! I love you pictures, they are always such happy little pictures! So bright! Love your family! Xx

  15. i’m going to try it out! i have a little one, too, and another on the way… so i’m in the same boat – trying to find the time!


  16. Danica

    I felt like I haven’t had much time to really read either! But now that I’m on maternity leave…this app sounds fun to try and hopefully get some summer reading done myself!


  17. Jena

    Oh yay! Only you could make reading look that chic! I’m currently working my way through some of the classics and reviewing them weekly :) In case you needed any more book inspiration!


  18. Erin

    Amazing going to check this out asap! Annnd where is this striped shirt from so cute?!

  19. Catherine

    I loved I feel bad about my neck! It was witty and entertaining, just as you’d expect from Nora Ephron. I’ve been skeptical to try Oyster because I don’t care for reading on a device, I prefer to hold the book in my hand but a trial sounds like the best route. Thanks! Im in the middle of reading Wild right now (better late then never) So far so good. Happy reading:)

  20. Nanette

    this sounds amazing! i’m like you, i rarely have time to read with two little ones, but this looks interesting!

  21. Natalie

    Love the book recommendations. I’ve heard so many good things about the Tidying Up book. I can’t wait to read it. I’ve added that and Around the World in 80 Dinners to my list. I’m getting ready to read “The Conscious Parent” next – thought you may be interested bc you’re a mama! Best to you ~

  22. Allison

    I’ve been recommending As You Wish-if you have seen Princess Bride, it’s the story of how it got made.

    I’m hoping to read The Help again, Little Women and Lean In are on my list.

    Hopefully I will have time this summer to do some fun reading :)

    xo Allison

  23. I’m reading several books about the Christian Orthodoxy church right now, but as far as fun books go, I’m re-reading The Rosie Project (LOVE!!!) and just finished “Happier At Home” by Gretchen Rubin.

  24. Alyssa

    Oh I totally relate! I can’t remember the last time I actually sat and read a book. I never make a summer reading list because I never know what to read. Thanks for sharing your list! Maybe I’ll have to check some of those books out! :)

  25. sue

    The German version of ‘Quiet’ lies here for quiet a while (haha…) You inspired me to finally read it – thanks! :)

  26. Mallory

    Half way through LOTR…I feel so accomplished reading a classic. A spiritual book I’m also half way through and loving is My Life With The Saints by James Martin SJ. Reading 10 minutes a day was part of my 2015 resolutions. While I’ve failed to meet that some days, I’m so proud that I’ve made it through 5 books so far! That was actually part of the reason I started blogging in January,so I could keep myself accountable with my reading challenge by documenting it!

  27. Jane

    I’m reading Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I’m really enjoying it!

  28. This is great! Can you only read the ones that say “read for free” during the unlimited? Do you have to buy the others that have a price to read them or are they included in the subscription?

  29. Shay

    I’m reading the Tidying Up book. AMAZING!! Thanks for the other suggestions :)

  30. Anna Moore

    I am currently reading Quiet. It is a good book that I related to personally. I think everyone should read it.

  31. Kristin

    I love this! I can’t wait to read “Quiet”, I’ve never heard of it and it sounds like its right up my alley! Thanks : )

  32. Morgan Wilson

    Oh I love this!! I am on the series ‘Selection’ – you should definitely look into it :,)

    Much love!

  33. I have been dying to pick up ‘the life-changing magic of tidying up’!! Everyone is saying how amazing it is and how much it has helped them, and to be honest i need the motivation to clean/tidy up my house!! Like really bad! haha!

    I’m always looking for new books to read. Especially now that i’m doing a Reading Challenge this year; i am 15/52 books down!

    Thanks for sharing these!

  34. I’m a tidying up groupie, too. I didn’t find it to be the most thrilling book, but there was certainly some good advice, and her whole approach is quite fascinating.
    Nora Ephron – that book cracked me up.

  35. Julia

    This post comes just in time, I’m looking to finally catch up on my reading during long train and plane rides around the world this summer. It’s also just so nice to be sitting in a train and watching the world go by as you get lost in the pages, isn’t it? :)


  36. Danielle

    Off topic, but what is your nail polish color in this post?

  37. Kristy

    I thought that Around the World in 80 Dinners would be a great read, but when I got into it, it just didn’t go over well. The authors were baby boomers that talked about what shoes they bought to wear on the trip and how one day they ordered room service because there were too many stairs to get to the hotel in some amazingly exotic locale. A bit tame for what I expect from travel literature. Though I can’t wait to read, I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron.

    Thanks for sharing your recommendations!