Summer Essentials: SPF and These Fantastic Books

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One of my favorite columns to write is my annual summer reading list.  This summer I decided to ask the authors on my reading list what book they would recommend.  I assured them that they shouldn’t feel like they should mention my book, Finding Mr. Righteous, because I would include it on the list.   I assume they all sighed with relief.

On to the rest of the list…

The Status of All Things by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke
The 21st century has spawned terms like FOMO (fear of missing out) and “Facebook Envy.”  We all have that Facebook or Instagram friend whose life seems flawless and perfectly filtered.  In their novel, Fenton and Steinke tell the story of a woman who realizes that her status updates become true.  Better yet, she learns she can go back and rewrite history. I can think of a few moments I'd rewrite and I'm sure you can, too.

Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke Recommend: The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

Recipe for Disaster by Stacey Ballis
There are a few authors who are on my “always buy” list.  Ballis is one of them.  I really enjoyed her previous books, which are witty chick lit peppered with recipes.  In her latest, Ballis tells the story of a woman who restores a house, her life and her cooking repatoire.  My other favorite thing about Ballis’s books are that they make me want to visit Chicago.  In the spring or fall, of course.

Stacey Ballis Recommends: Too Many Cooks by Dana Bate

Not Cool: The Hipster Elite and Their War on You by Greg Gutfeld
Several months ago I wrote a column about political punks.  They appreciate mainstream culture for the power of the parable in furthering a message of liberty. They also understand that unlike the perpetually outraged on both sides, Americans don’t view everything through politics. 

Gutfeld is the host of the Greg Gutfeld Show and cohost of The Five, both on Fox News.  The best testament to his brand of politics and humor is nearly every time I’m on Red Eye (a show he used to host), someone tells me they just don’t “get” Gutfeld.  If you ever feel like some people just don't "get" you, you're probably not a Carrie or Miranda.  You're a Greg. 

Greg Gutfeld Recommends: Shame by Shelby Steele 

Miracles: What They Are, Why They Happen, and How They Can Change Your Life by Eric Metaxas

Looking for a temporary escape from all the dire news?  Look no further than Miracles by Eric Metaxas.  Not only will it renew your faith, it will inspire you to pass on a message of hope to others.  As I wrote in my book, one of Metaxas’s books literally changed me and opened me up to a better life than I could have imagined. 

Eric Metaxas Recommends: The Searchers: A Quest for Faith in the Valley of Doubt by Joseph Laconte

Code of Conduct by Brad Thor
I’m not going to sugarcoat it.  This is the book you pre-order for the man in your life for Father’s Day and promptly steal for poolside reading the day it arrives.  I suppose you could also order two just to avoid any skirmishes.

Code of Conduct is part of Thor’s Scott Harvath series.  Harvath, a former Navy Seal turned counterterrorism agent, faces another deadly mission that began as a favor.  As the saying goes, no good deed goes unpunished. 

Brad Thor Recommends: Making the Case: How to Be Your Own Best Advocate by Kimberly Guilfoyle

Adios, America! by Ann Coulter
Articles about Coulter that begin with “Love her or hate her…” annoy me.  This is because I’ve found that most people who supposedly “hate her” base their judgments on articles that start with “Love her or hate her.”  Judge for yourself by reading her latest book.  It doesn’t matter if you’re political because this is a book about issues that affect all Americans and their families. 

Ann Coulter Recommends: Who Are We? by Samuel Huntington

Finding Mr. Righteous by Lisa De Pasquale
Come on, I couldn’t end a list of great summer beach reads without telling you about mine!  I often describe my book as a mix of This Town (the gossipy expose of DC media and politics) and Bridget Jones’s Diary.  It’s a true story about dating, dealing with insecurities, and a few love and life lessons I learned along the way.  Please consider it this summer – you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll make my mom proud. 

Honorable Mentions

Unfortunately, these books won’t be out until after summer ends, but it’s never too early to bookmark or pre-order!

Seven Women: And the Secret of Their Greatness by Eric Metaxas
From Amazon: Each of the world-changing figures who stride across these pages—Joan of Arc, Susanna Wesley, Hannah More, Maria Skobtsova, Corrie ten Boom, Mother Teresa, and Rosa Parks—is an exemplary model of true womanhood.

Heavy Lifting by Jim Geraghty and Cam Edwards
From Amazon: What has happened to men in America? Once upon a time, men in their twenties looked forward to settling down and having children. Today, most young men seem infected by a widespread Peter Pan syndrome. Unwilling to give up the freedom to sleep late, play video games, dress like a slob, and play the field, today’s men wallow in an extended adolescence, ostensibly unaware that they’re setting themselves up for a depressing, lonely existence. 

No Hope by Jimmy LaSalvia
From Amazon: The presidential primaries will kick off in earnest by fall of 2015, and Hillary Clinton will likely face only nominal competition on the left, so all eyes will be on the crowded Republican field. There will be dozens of books by conservative candidates and commentators—all jockeying for the traditional conservative book-buying audience. This book will not be one of those. No Hope is for disaffected conservatives and moderates as well as liberals who are fed up with the political party system.

Neon Crosses and Magic Kingdoms by Chris Queen
You don’t want to miss this guide to southern culture and travel.  I loved it so much that I wrote the introduction!  Check for it on Amazon later in the fall.

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