What should I read this summer?

Yay! Summer! The sun is out and we are hitting the beach or lounging poolside– giving us Hong Kong Moms lots of time to engage in some serious reading, right? Well, when you’re not chasing your kids around with sunblock smothered hands, or making sure your toddler doesn’t get dunked by an older sibling — it’s time to hit the books  So, just in case, stock your Kindle or boat tote with these much-buzzed-about, highly-anticipated “beach reads”. (Maybe you can read a few pages on that long-haul flight or during  2:00 am jet-leg-induced insomnia)?

Report back to us at and let us know what “beach read” you loved or loathed.  And send us a photo of your top summer reading spot!


Modern Lovers, by Emma Straub From the author of The Vacationers, a much-buzzed-about novel about friendship from college to adulthood.


This is Not My Beautiful Life: A Memoir by Victoria Fedden  Thirty-six years old, pregnant, living with your parents… and the drug enforcement comes knocking? A “hilariously funny and unexpectedly moving” story, according to the publisher.


Heroes of the Frontier, by Dave Eggers Award-winning author of Heartbreaking Work of a Staggering Genius, Eggers sets his sights on the Alaska wilderness, telling a “darkly comic” story of a mother and her two children on a life-changing journey.


Sweet Bitter: A Novel, by Stephanie Danler  A coming-of-age story in the fast-paced, thrilling setting of a famous New York City restaurant.


The Girls: A Novel, by Emma Cline A look into the lives of free-spirited,intriguing California girls in the late ’60s. According to actress/director/writer Lena Dunham, “This book will break your heart and blow your mind.”


Truly Madly Guilty, by Liane Moriarty Fans of the Ozzie author of Big Little Lies and The Husband’s Secret will no doubt be intrigued by her latest novel about marriage, parenthood and intrigue, of course.


The After Party: A Novel, by Anton DiSclafani A peek inside the glamorous, wealthy upper-crust society of 1950s Houston, Texas — and its effect on two best friends.


Here Comes the Sun, by Nicole Dennis-Benn What goes on behind of facade of paradise in a posh Jamaica resort town? A woman fights to change the  fate of her younger sister.


The Assistants, by Camille Perri A witty debut novel about the world of the “overeducated and underpaid” executive assistants in New York City.


The Bridge Ladies: A Memoir, by Betsy Lerner A half-a-century old ladies’ bridge games becomes a channel through which a mother and daughter reestablish their bond.

What’s on your to-read list this summer?

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