Jennifer and Karen’s Summer Travel and Book Reviews | West University Moms

We love to travel and we love books, but they don’t always happen at the same time. The reality of mom life.  Visions of reading under a pool cabana while staff tends to the children sounds lovely, but thats not what happens on our vacations. Like many of you, we’re working moms, and for us, reading usually comes in the form of audio books while driving to various summer camps. Summer can be a scheduling marathon. This is when I blow though some audio books! While my car idols in the baseball pick up line, I’m on the edge of my seat. Karen on the other hand prefers a hard copy and will pull some late nights to consumer her books while the house and work emails are quiet. 

Here are a few of our favorite books that we think are worth the read: 

Little Fires Everywhere, by Celeste Ng. 

What a moral thriller!  If you think you have a good compass for knowing right from wrong – test yourself with this book.  This would be a terrific book club candidate because there are so many controversial issues brought up; from social inequality, race, a woman’s right to chose.  All of these topics are secondary to the plot, but some deep questions are raised.  The story stirred up feelings from high school, as we could relate to the teens in the book  (it was set in 1998). But now as a parent, we found the parents in the book very relatable. It’s a great story and we didn’t want it to end.

Nine Perfect Strangers, Liane Moriarty

This story was bizarre and interesting.  This author also wrote Big Little Lies, HBO subscribers will know that one! Her books follow the same general format, but they are addicting! I recommend if you are looking to be entertained with a fun read.  Like all of Liane Moriarty books I’ve read, they are intensely satisfying. No loose ends.  Nothing left to the imagination.  This book takes you on a wild ride, but also provides you with a tidy ending.  The entire plot takes place at a health resort with a director gone mad.  Rumor is this book is being made into a movie.  

Educated: A Memoir, by Tara Westover

An incredible, true story.  The book was a difficulty to read at times, but all the details were necessary.  A true story that is wilder than fiction.  The author, Tara Westover narrates her isolated, survivalist, Mormon fundamentalist upbringing and how she goes on to do great things and earns degrees form Harvard and Cambridge.  Very empowering. As a female, I love this story.  Tara was against all odds, but was able to study her way out of a tough situation.  Tara’s memoir gives a glimpse of what it’s like to grow up in a closed fundamentalist system, and it’s gut wrenching to hear what she endured.  This is a great story of the human spirit.

Travel destinations will have to be another blog post.  But keep us in mind for real estate referrals anywhere!  We have an active network of Sotheby’s agents and would be happy to connect you so that you can find that vacation home and indulge on your pool cabana, reading fantasy! 


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