Welp, we survived the travel weekend (just barely, TBH), Cessna and all. Play Doh was probably the biggest hit on the plane with the kids (besides the snacks and iPad), and I survived by popping chill pills and sneaking in little moments to read a book that has rooted itself a firm spot in my top 5 (maybe even top 3!). So, I thought I would share some great end of Summer reads for you guys to enjoy in your final beach days of the year.

  • 5. Next Level Basic, Stassi Schroeder: A how-to on embracing your best self that's LOL-inducing. Brought to you by Vanderpump Rules star Stassi Schroder
  • 4. Educated: A Memoir, Tara Westover: An inspiring story of a Mormon family with rigid ideology about society and, in particular, education. Westover and her siblings face a great many challenges, and it's a wonder they survived, let alone became educated.
  • 3. Before We Were Yours, Lisa Wingate: A novel, based on real life events, about a family torn apart through kidnapping and skeevy orphanages. The beginning is tough for anyone with kids, but its a beautiful story and alls well that ends well.
  • 2. Maine, J. Courtney Sullivan: This list wouldn't be complete without a local nod. Maine is a book on sibling rivalry, Catholic guilt, alcoholism and love for a family who summers in Maine.
  • 1. Where The Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens: The story of a "swamp girl" in North Carolina. It's a murder mystery, love story and thorough education of native swamp life in one. This book is a can't put it down, up all night, one more chapter kind of read. My personal favorite book I've read in YEARS.

Do you have any books to recommend for Fall? I am on the look out for my next favorite read! And if you read any of these, I'd love to hear your thoughts!