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12 buzzworthy new books on our 2015 summer reading list

You know that exact moment in reading a book when you're totally hooked? Like full-attention-avoid-all-life-responsibilities-so-you-can-finish-it engrossed?


Sorry, honey, grab some take out on your way home. I can't cook, I'm reading.

One second, they *just* kissed!

Change your own diaper, cutie pie, I'm finishing chapter 20.

Maybe we don't actually say these things, but maybe sometimes we want to. Escaping our own lives for a little while and diving into a good book isn't just fun, it's good for you—a 2009 study by the University of Sussex found that reading for just six minutes can reduce stress by 68%! Just make sure you don't actually avoid *all* of life's responsibilities.

We've gathered up 12 great, buzzworthy new books that are on our list for this summer that we know you'll love too. What are you reading?

Beach Reads

A movie location scout, romance, Hollywood?
Beach Town, by Mary Kay Andrews is the *perfect* choice for a beach read this summer.

All Fall Down, by #1 Bestselling Author Jennifer Weiner is a story about a woman who appears to "have it all" —including a pill addiction. Weiner has given us a character to root for in this one and a struggle that is all too real for some.

With a title like All the Single Ladies: A Novel, (by Dorothea Benton Fran) how could you go wrong? Plus it's on the 2015 New York Times Best Sellers list, and examines the power of female friendships.

Suspense

People have called The Girl on the Train (by Paula Hawkins) "addicting". The Boston Globe says, "Like its train, the story blasts through the stagnation of these lives in suburban London and the reader cannot help but turn pages."

Suspense. Two mysterious disappearances. A haunting. We're scared already, but we're adding The Weight of Blood: A Novel, by Laura McHugh to our Amazon cart and checking out before we chicken out.

Luckiest Girl Alive: A Novel (by Jessica Knoll) is described by Reese Witherspoon as "one of those reads you just can't put down!" Sign us up for this dark, twisty page turner.

Another heart-wrenching World War II drama set in France,
All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr is about a blind French girl and a young German boy whose paths to survival are crossed.


Throwback Authors

Remember Are You There God? It's Me Margaret from your adolescence? Well, it's time to read one of Judy Blume's highly acclaimed adult novels like her latest,
In the Unlikely Event, about three generations of people affected by a series of plane crashes in 1950's New Jersey.


The manuscript to Harper Lee's first ever novel,
Go Set a Watchman: A Novel, was recently discovered in 2014. If you've ever wondered what Scout and Atticus were up to some 20 years after To Kill a Mockingbird, your chance comes when Go Set a Watchman is released on July 15.

Non-fiction

This remarkable, hugely inspirational memoir from the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize,I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban, by Malala Yousafzai (Author), Christina Lamb (Contributor) is a must-read. This National Best Seller is a true story of heroism, and one that will leave you in awe of young Malala.

Called 'irresistible', 'razor-sharp', and 'hilarious' by critics,Happily Ali After, by Ali Wentworth covers everything from parenting to relationships and everything in between. Lots of LOL moments here.

The New York Times Sunday Book Review says of Gretchen Rubin's Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives, "The Happiness Project lays out life’s essential goals…Her new book, Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives, serves as a kind of detailed instruction manual on how to achieve them." We could all use a little help achieving our goals, can't we?

When expecting a baby, there is a lot you can test-run in advance: Take that stroller around the block. Go for a spin with the car seat secured in place. Learn how to use the baby carrier with help from a doll. But breastfeeding? It's not exactly possible to practice before baby's arrival.

The absence of a trial makes it all the more important to prepare in other ways for breastfeeding success—and it can be as simple as adding a few of our lactation aiding favorites to your registry.

MilkBliss chocolate chip soft baked lactation cookies

MilkBliss lactation cookies

Studies have shown the top reason women stop breastfeeding within the first year is because they are concerned about their milk supply being enough to nourish baby. Consider MilkBliss Lactation Cookies to be your secret weapon. Not only are they wholesome and delicious, but they were formulated specifically for breastfeeding moms based on the science of galactagogues—also known as milk boosters. They also come in peanut butter and wild blueberry flavors.

$23

Evereden multi-purpose healing balm

Evereden multipurpose healing balm

Also up there on the list of reasons women stop breastfeeding: the toll the early days can take on nipples. Made from just five ingredients, this all natural healing balm is ideal for soothing chafed nipples, making for a much more comfortable experience for mama as her body adjusts to the needs of a breastfeeding baby.

$20

Lansinoh milk storage bags

Lansinoh milk storage bags

For a breastfeeding mama, there are few things more precious and valuable than the milk she worked so hard to pump—and it's the stuff of nightmares to imagine it spilling out in the fridge. With these double-sealed milk storage bags, you can be assured your breastmilk is safe and sound until baby needs it.

$12.50

Belly Bandit bandita nursing bra

Belly Bandit bandita nursing bra

Nursing a baby is a 24/7 job, which calls for some wardrobe modifications. Because Belly Bandit specializes in making things more comfortable for the postpartum mama, they've truly thought of every detail—from the breathable fabric to the clips that can be easily opened with one hand.

$47

boob-ease soothing therapy pillows

Boob Ease soothing therapy pillows

For nursing moms, duct can quickly become a four-letter word when you suspect it's getting clogged. By keeping these soothing breast pillows in your breastfeeding arsenal, you can immediately go on the defense against plugged milk ducts by heating the pads in the microwave or cooling them in the freezer.

$25

Belly Bandit perfect nursing tee

Belly Bandit perfect nursing tee

A unfortunate reality of nursing is that it can really seem to limit the wardrobe options when you have to think about providing easy, discrete access. But by adding functional basics to your closet, you can feel confident and prepared for breastfeeding on the go.

$59

Bebe au Lait premium cotton nursing cover

Bebe au Lait cotton nursing cover

Nursing in public isn't every mama's cup of tea. But babies can't always wait until you've found a private place to get down to business if that's your preference. That's where a nursing cover comes in handy. This one is made from premium cotton and features a patented neckline that allows for airflow and eye contact even while you're covered.

$36

Lactation Lab basic breastmilk testing kit

Lactation Lab breastmilk testing kit

Curious to learn more about the liquid gold you're making, mama? The testing kit from Lactation Labs analyzes your breast milk for basic nutritional content like calories and protein, as well as vitamins, fatty acids and environmental toxins to help boost your breastfeeding confidence.

$99

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