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Summer Reading: 3 Books On My Must List

There are three brand-new books I am dying to read. I actually have all of them in my house and am just waiting to finish my latest book club book (The Senator’s Wife by Sue Miller—so good!) before I start. Books and summer just go together and I’m determined to spend a decent amount of time sitting on my butt with a book in my hands in the coming months. Good luck, right? Perhaps I should read Laura’s book first! OK, here’s what’s waiting for me on my nightstand—and why I can’t wait to get reading:


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The One That I Want by Allison Winn Scotch. This is a novel about a 32-year old woman (Tilly Farmer) who has it all—a great job, a great husband, about to start a family. But after a strange encounter with an old friend, Tilly starts having glimpses into the future and sees the perfect life she’s always dreamed of crumbling around her:

And as she furiously races to keep up with - and hopefully change - her destiny, she faces the question: Which life does she want? The one she's carefully nursed for decades, or the one she never considered possible??? What if you could see into the future? Would you want to know what fate has in store?

Juicy, right? Allison is a writer friend of mine (she wrote a story for me when I was an editor at Glamour!) and I am so so so happy for her. Her last novel, The Time of My Life was a New York Times bestseller so she is no joke. Congrats, Allison, on your latest sure-to-be success. And happy launch day!



Just Let Me Lie Down: Necessary Terms for The Half-Insane Working Mom by Kristin Van Ogtrop. Kristin is the editor of Real Simple, one of my fave magazines (I rarely implement the genius cleaning and organizing and decorating advice they give but I love reading it and fantasizing that I might someday!). Kristin used to be the executive editor at Glamour and is actually the reason I started working there a million years ago. I met her at a magazine event when I was 22 and fresh out of college and I thought she was so cool and smart and funny so I went to the mag a few weeks later for an interview and, well, the rest is history. I have heard that Kristin’s book is also cool and smart and funny and though I’ve only peeked at it so far, I’ve already laughed out loud and said, OMG, SO TRUE! a dozen times. Can’t wait to devour it!


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168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think by Laura Vanderkam. This is a genius title and a concept that absolutely calls to me. 168 hours is what we all have every week (it’s 24/7) and, according to Laura, we all could be and should be doing more with that time. I don’t know about you guys but I am constantly saying I would start exercising or go back to painting (I was an artist in my former life) or read more if only I had more time. Perhaps after reading this book I will see that I do!

OK, those are my three must-reads for the summer. What do you think? What’s on your list?