Summer reading list: You won't be able to put down these 15 books

There is nothing more fun than a binge-worthy summer read! (And we're not talking about Sandra Boynton, even though we do love her.)

Here are 15 of our favorite new novels. Happy reading, mamas!

1. When Life Gives You Lululemons

Already a New York Times bestseller and named a "Best Books of Summer 2018" by so many folks that we've lost count, this A Devil Wears Prada novel turns its eye out of New York City and onto Greenwich, Connecticut, where the lawns and the women are perfectly manicured. Complete with the humor, wit and wry candor that you've come to expect from Weisberger, you'll lose yourself in this over-the-top world. Plus, there's a cameo by none other than the infamous Miranda Priestly.


2. Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows

We've yet to meet a Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick we didn't love, and this one is no exception. A fun, spicy East-meets-West story about community, friendship, and women's lives at all ages, this novel is an entertaining, thought-provoking summer read.


3. The Female Persuasion

The question of who we want to be—and who we want to be with—is something that college freshman Greer Kadetsky has thought a lot about. Madly in love with her boyfriend, Greer's world is turned upside down when she meets the incredible Faith Frank, a 63-year-old pillar of the women's movement, who takes a serious interest in her. This is a novel about power and influence, womanhood and ambition, and what happens when we meet the right person at the right time.


4. The Woman in the Window

This #1 New York Times bestselling thriller, published in 36 languages around the world and already in development as a major film, is for reading in daylight hours only this summer 😨. When reclusive, agoraphobic Anna Fox sees something she shouldn't in the house across the way one night, her entire world begins to crumble and she begins to question what is real and what is imagined. This psychological thriller is, as Stephen King said, "really is unputdownable."


5. A Place for Us

The much anticipated first novel from Sarah Jessica Parker's new book imprint, this beautifully written and deeply moving story of love, identity, and belonging will stick with you long after summer is over. It dives deep into the story of an Indian family in America treading between two cultures, and raises thought provoking questions about what it means to be a family in this country today.


6. All We Ever Wanted

This new novel from bestselling author and one of our faves Emily Griffin (Something Borrowed and First Comes Love), this unpredictable page-turner follows the story of three very different people and the choices they must make around their families and their most deeply held values. Filled with lies, scandal, and unforgettable characters, this complex, topical novel will keep you turning the pages 'til the end.


7. By Invitation Only

If you want to lose yourself in the mesmerizing, spirited world of the American South this summer, look no further than this funny, sharp novel. Offering a look at two very different worlds—the privileged, high-powered urban Chicago and the Lowcountry of South Carolina—this novel is a tale of two families and the young couple caught between their them.


8. Calypso

"This is beach reading for people who detest beaches, required reading for those who loathe small talk and love a good tumor joke. Calypso is simultaneously Sedaris's darkest and warmest book yet—and it just might be his very best." —Amazon


9. Campaign Widows

It's election season gone wild in this smart, page-turning novel about the unlikely friendships formed between characters whose significant others are out on the campaign trail. Centering around Cady Davenport, a newly engaged woman whose husband-to-be is running for president, Cady finds herself thrown into the most influential political circle—the campaign widows.


10. People Like Us

If you've fallen down the Riverdale rabbit hole this year, then People Like Us should be your next summer read. This sophisticated, suspenseful novel is everything we've come to love about the fascinating—and often diabolical—world of prestigious private boarding schools.


11. Surprise Me

After 10 years of marriage, Sylvie and Dan have a happy family life together—until the panic sets in. They decide to bring surprises into their marriage to "keep it fresh," but with those surprises also come a scandal from the past that makes them wonder if they even know each other at all.


12. Then She Was Gone

Ellie Mack was the perfect daughter—youngest of three, loved by her parents, friends, and boyfriend. And then, she was gone. This plot-twisting thriller centered around family, relationships, and loss, and will keep you in suspense until the final (surprising) pages.


13. When Katie Met Cassidy

This laugh out loud romantic comedy about gender and sexuality centers around two young women trying to figure out who they are and what they truly want. It tells the New York story of Katie Daniels, a 28-year-old Kentucky transplant with traditional values, who was dumped by her fiance and never thought she'd fall for a sexy, confident...woman.


14. The Optimist's Guide to Letting Go

This poignant, heartfelt novel is all about what happens to one family when a life-altering secret comes to pass. You'll lose yourself in this multi-generational story about family, relationships, and truth.


15. The Kiss Quotient

Lover-of-all-things math Stella Lane has Asperger's, and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned out 😱🦈 She needs to hire a professional—who ends up turning her world upside down and opening her up to a whole new world. This quirky, heartwarming debut novel is a sexy, sensitive and fun summer read.


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Time-saving formula tips our editors swear by

Less time making bottles, more time snuggling.

As a new parent, it can feel like feeding your baby is a full-time job—with a very demanding nightshift. Add in the additional steps it takes to prepare a bottle of formula and, well… we don't blame you if you're eager to save some time when you can. After all, that means more time for snuggling your baby or practicing your own well-deserved self-care.

Here's the upside: Many, many formula-feeding mamas before you have experienced the same thing, and they've developed some excellent tricks that can help you mix up a bottle in record time. Here are the best time-saving formula tips from editors here at Motherly.

1. Use room temperature water

The top suggestion that came up time and time again was to introduce bottles with room temperature water from the beginning. That way, you can make a bottle whenever you need it without worrying about warming up water—which is a total lifesaver when you have to make a bottle on the go or in the middle of the night.

2. Buy online to save shopping time

You'll need a lot of formula throughout the first year and beyond—so finding a brand like Comforts, which offers high-quality infant formula at lower prices, will help you save a substantial amount of money. Not to mention, you can order online or find the formula on shelves during your standard shopping trip—and that'll save you so much time and effort as well.

3. Pre-measure nighttime bottles

The middle of the night is the last time you'll want to spend precious minutes mixing up a bottle. Instead, our editors suggest measuring out the correct amount of powder formula into a bottle and putting the necessary portion of water on your bedside table. That way, all you have to do is roll over and combine the water and formula in the bottle before feeding your baby. Sounds so much better than hiking all the way to the kitchen and back at 3 am, right?

4. Divide serving sizes for outings

Before leaving the house with your baby, divvy up any portions of formula and water that you may need during your outing. Then, when your baby is hungry, just combine the pre-measured water and powder serving in the bottle. Our editors confirm this is much easier than trying to portion out the right amount of water or formula while riding in the car.

5. Memorize the mental math

Soon enough, you'll be able to prepare a bottle in your sleep. But, especially in the beginning or when increasing your baby's serving, the mental math can take a bit of time. If #mombrain makes it tough to commit the measurements to memory, write up a cheat sheet for yourself or anyone else who will prepare your baby's bottle.

6. Warm up chilled formula with water

If you're the savvy kind of mom who prepares and refrigerates bottles for the day in advance, you'll probably want to bring it up to room temperature before serving. Rather than purchase a bottle warmer, our editors say the old-fashioned method works incredibly well: Just plunge the sealed bottle in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes and—voila!—it's ready to serve.

Another great tip? Shop the Comforts line on to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices. Or, follow @comfortsforbaby for more information!

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There is rightfully a lot of emphasis on preparing for the arrival of a new baby. The clothes! The nursery furniture! The gear! But, the thing about a baby registry is, well, your kids will keep on growing. Before you know it, they'll have new needs—and you'll probably have to foot the bill for the products yourself.

Thankfully, you don't have to break the bank when shopping for toddler products. Here are our favorite high-quality, budget-friendly finds to help with everything from meal time to bath time for the toddler set.

Comforts Fruit Crisps Variety Pack

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If there is one thing to know about toddlers, it is this: They love snacks. Keeping a variety on hand is easy when the pack already comes that way! Plus, we sure do appreciate that freeze-dried fruit is a healthier alternative to fruit snacks.

Comforts Electrolyte Drink

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Between running (or toddling!) around all day and potentially developing a pickier palate, many toddlers can use a bit of extra help with replenishing their electrolytes—especially after they've experienced a tummy bug. We suggest keeping an electrolyte drink on hand.

Comforts Training Pants

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When the time comes to start potty training, it sure helps to have some training pants on hand. If they didn't make it to the potty in time, these can help them learn their body's cues.

Comforts Nite Pants

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Even when your toddler gets the hang of using the toilet during the day, nighttime training typically takes several months longer than day-time training. In the meantime, nite pants will still help them feel like the growing, big kid they are.

Comforts Baby Lotion

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Running, jumping, playing in sand, splashing in water—the daily life of a toddler can definitely irritate their skin! Help put a protective barrier between their delicate skin and the things they come into contact with every day with nourishing lotion.

Another great tip? Shopping the Comforts line on to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices—and follow along on social media to see product releases and news at @comfortsforbaby.

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It's science: Why your baby stops crying when you stand up

A fascinating study explains why.

When your baby is crying, it feels nearly instinctual to stand up to rock, sway and soothe them. That's because standing up to calm babies is instinctual—driven by centuries of positive feedback from calmed babies, researchers have found.

"Infants under 6 months of age carried by a walking mother immediately stopped voluntary movement and crying and exhibited a rapid heart rate decrease, compared with holding by a sitting mother," say authors of a 2013 study published in Current Biology.

Even more striking: This coordinated set of actions—the mother standing and the baby calming—is observed in other mammal species, too. Using pharmacologic and genetic interventions with mice, the authors say, "We identified strikingly similar responses in mouse pups as defined by immobility and diminished ultrasonic vocalizations and heart rate."

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