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My name is Kristi.

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Book Club, Anyone?

Book Club, Anyone?

One of my all-time favorite things to do in the summer is kick back on a blanket at the park and get lost in a great book. I love the feeling of a breeze rustling my hair and the sun warming my skin with its toasty rays as I take my time poring over page after page. Add in a picnic basket with some hummus, fresh veggies, and ice cold water and I am set for an entire afternoon. How about you? If that sounds like your kind of day, you’re in the right place!

Today I am sharing with you the top 8 books on my summer reading list - some old and some new. I plan on reading all of these books this summer, and I would love for you to read them along with me! After finishing each book, I will write a new post and open up a discussion with a few questions and comments. I hope you will join in on the action! I believe that there are several great things about reading, and one of those is bonding with others over the books you have read.

And now, on to our list!


The River at Night by Erica Ferencik



The River at Night 

by Erica Ferencik

Published January 10th, 2017

Erica Ferencik's debut novel is a fast-paced thriller, taking readers on a heart-pounding, gut-wrenching ride through the wilderness. The story follows four women gathering in desolate Maine on what is meant to be a fun and rejuvenating getaway. However, things quickly go awry and the women are pulled into the frightening undercurrent of a trip gone bad.

Sympathy by Olivia Sudjic




by Olivia Sudjic

Published April 4th, 2017

After moving to New York City to care for a sick family member, Olivia Hare finds herself becoming increasingly enamored with her soulmate - a person whom she has never actually met. Is it really stalking if someone's every move is plastered all over the web, freely available to anyone with an internet connection? Sympathy explores the dark realities of obsession, family ties, and life in the digital age.

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins



Into the Water

by Paula Hawkins

Published May 2nd, 2017

Two women have turned up dead in the riverside town of Beckford. Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time something like this has happened. Told from several different vantage points, Into the Water is the story of a town harboring a dark past and many sinister secrets. Of course, any town with a spot known as "The Drowning Pool" is sure to be ripe with darkness, isn't it?

Read my Book Club Discussion for this book here! 

YA Novel / Upbeat Summer Read

When Dimple Met Rishi



When Dimple Met Rishi

by Sandhya Menon

Published May 30th, 2017

Dimple is a clever, straight to the point gal who knows what she wants. Rishi is a sweet, traditional guy with a good heart. When the two come together (with a little help from their parents) at a program for aspiring web developers, it’s not exactly a match made in heaven. However, love does work in mysterious ways...But what does that mean for Dimple and Rishi? Will their parents’ wishes be fulfilled, or are they fated to go their separate ways?


South and West by Joan Didion



South and West

by Sandhya Menon

Published May 30th, 2017

In the 1970s, Joan Didion, along with her husband, traveled the United States seeking knowledge and adventure. As she often did, Didion took note of the things she witnessed, as well as the thoughts these things provoked. Straight from the pages of her notebook, this book is a chronicle of the places she saw and the people she met along the way.

Classic Novel

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood | Summer Reading List | Lifestyles of the Poor and Vegan | www.poorandvegan.com



The Handmaid's Tale

by Margaret Atwood

Published 1985

A dystopian tale wherein a theocratic government reigns supreme, birthrates have plummeted, and “fruitful” women lead lives of sexual servitude. A daring novel by Margaret Atwood that beckons readers to ponder and question reality versus fiction - just as a good novel should. 

Travel Book

Footsteps | Summer Reading List | Lifestyles of the Poor and Vegan | www.poorandvegan.com



Footsteps: Literary Pilgrimages Around the World

The New York Times

Published May 9th, 2017

A collection of geographical essays relating to some of the world’s finest writers and the places that inspired them, "from Ferrante's Naples to Hammett's San Francisco." Literature + Travel = The perfect summer read!

Children's Book

She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton | Summer Reading List | Lifestyles of the Poor and Vegan | www.poorandvegan.com



She Persisted

by Chelsea Clinton

Published May 20th, 2017

I will always have a special place in my heart for children’s books, especially the ones that teach and empower young people. This book features 13 amazing women who have persevered and made a difference: Harriet Tubman, Sally Ride, Sonya Sotomayor, and more. A great book to read and share with the littles in your life. 

Looking Forward (Bonus!)

Bonfire by Krysten Ritter | Summer Reading List | Lifestyles of the Poor and Vegan | www.poorandvegan.com




by Krysten Ritter

To Be Published November 2017

This psychological thriller from badass actress, producer, and writer Krysten Ritter is sure to be the perfect way to warm up this November. Set in teeny-tiny Barrens, Indiana, this story follows Abby Williams as she investigates a scandal at her hometown’s biggest, baddest company, Optimal Plastics. What secrets will she uncover along the way? And will she live to tell the world about them?

So what do you think? Will you read along with me? Do you have any suggestions for other books to add to my list? Please leave a comment below and share your thoughts! I look forward to hearing from you. :)

Adventures in Colorado: Boulder Farmers Market

Adventures in Colorado: Boulder Farmers Market

Happy Summer!

Happy Summer!