Summer Reading List


Summer is the perfect time for fun, quick, and light-hearted reads. Even though I don’t actually get a summer vacation anymore (waaaah!), I still seem to read more books during this season than any other. Without further ado, here is my travel-inspired summer reading list for 2015.

1. Picnic in Provence: A Memoir with Recipes

This book is by the same author who wrote Lunch in Paris, and I’m always a fan of a memoir that includes recipes. Amazon describes it as “an American learning the tricks of French motherhood, a family finding a new professional passion, and a cook’s initiation into classic Provencal cuisine.” These are all things I can get on board with!

2. Anna and the French Kiss

A girl shipped off to french boarding school and a cute french boy named Etienne St. Clair… in my world it doesn’t get any better than this. I know this is young-adult fiction, but sometimes a sweet and innocent romance is just what the doctor ordered.

3, The Vacationers: A Novel

An American family vacationing in Mallorca, Spain and all the drama that goes with it. I’m guessing this will be hilarious and will probably bring back some funny and painful memories from my own family vacations.

4. Beautiful Ruins: A Novel

Funny + Romantic + Italian Coast = a book I’m going to love! I’m really looking forward to this one and I’ve only heard good things. What is it about historical romances?

5. Le Divorce

I’m a big fan of anything Diane Johnson writes and I saw this movie with Kate Hudson and Naomi Watts many years ago. I think it’s time I actually read the book. Did I mention it takes place in Paris and discusses all sorts of Parisian nuances? Yes, Please!

6. My Paris Dream: An Education in Style, Slang, and Seduction in the Great City on the Seine

Oh jeez, Jenny, another Paris book on the list! What can I say, I’m a bit of a Francophile. This memoir about a fashion journalist in 1980s Paris should be full of all sorts of interesting French tidbits.

Have you read any of these? Is there anything you would add to the list? I’d love to hear!

Happy Travels!


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  1. 6.15.15
    Trina said:

    Jenny, fun reading list you’ve shared. I’ve actually read The Vacationers, and Beautiful Ruins, both wonderful books, especially for the beach days. I agree with you, who can go wrong with any book Paris related, right? Definitely will add Picnic in Paris and My Paris Dream to my reading list (which I shared last week). By the way . . . absolutely love your blog.

    • 6.16.15

      I’m glad to hear you liked both the Vacationers and Beautiful Ruins! I just started Beautiful Ruins and really like it so far! Where can I find your reading list? Looked for a link with your name, but didn’t see it! Thanks!

      • 6.17.15
        Trina said:

        Jenny, here’s the link to my blog post which featured my annual summer reading list, Enjoy!