Summer Reads

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Summer Reads

Summer has always been my favorite season. Summer in the South can be scorching and miserable sometimes, but there is a lot more to celebrate during summer than not. School is out, sports are in, summer vacations are ahead, longer days mean more fun in the sun, and the list goes on and on. I have a lot of things I am looking forward to this summer — adding a baby girl to our family and enjoying maternity leave with her is the biggest one! Along with my maternity leave, I am very excited to relax and enjoy, and dive deep into my summer reading list!

I have not always been big into reading for fun — growing up my older sister was always the bookworm of the family — but as I have gotten older, I can’t seem to put some books down or stop adding to my reading list, and I love it. If I really enjoy a book, I want everyone I think that would enjoy reading it to know about it. I am constantly giving books to my mom, sister, and friends to read, and vice versa. I get my book recommendations from friends and family, from book clubs including Reese’s Book Club and Belletrist, “books you might like” on Amazon, an intriguing cover at the bookstore, and some of the best books I have even found in the Little Free Library in our neighborhood.

I will warn you that my taste in books does not typically include love stories, happy endings, or lighthearted stories. I mainly go for mysteries with all kinds of twists and turns, just like the “mom self-care” meme poking fun of moms who watch Netflix murder documentaries for self-care. If you are into this genre of books, check out my lists below.

Some of my favorite books that I always keep on hand for whenever I get the urge to re-read are:

  • The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
  • The Lying Game & The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
  • The Guest List & The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley
  • The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
  • The Tattooist of Auscwitz by Heather Morris
  • Gone Girl, Sharp Objects & Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

The books on my 2021 Summer list so far are:

  • Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman
  • The Chain by Adrian McKinty
  • The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave
  • Northern Spy by Flynn Berry
  • The Girl Who Stopped Swimming by Joshilyn Jackson
  • The Light in Hidden Places by Sharon Cameron
  • The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer
  • The Book of Two Ways by Jode Picoult
  • Dark August by Katie Tallo
  • The Last Flight by Julie Clark

If you are looking for some good book recommendations to gift your dad or husband for Father’s Day, these books were a big gift hit at my house:

  • Liar’s Poker by Michael Lewis
  • Wettest County in the World by Matt Bondurant
  • Malcolm Gladwell Books
  • Bill O’Reilly Books
  • Howard Stern Comes Again by Howard Stern
  • The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America’s Childhood by Jane Leavy
  • The Bad Guys Won by Jeff Pearlman

    If you have any book recommendations you think I should put on my list, send them my way!

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Hi! I am Hannah Hammon, a dog mom to two rescue girls, Giggles and Dottie, and a precious little boy. I grew up in Fort Payne, Alabama and moved to Chattanooga in 2008 to attend the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and I plan to never leave! I love Chattanooga and am so excited to grow our family in this great city. I currently work for the Chattanooga Zoo as the Director of Advancement. As an animal conservationist and lover of non-profits, I love my job! It is a great feeling to know that my daily tasks in the workplace are going for a greater good to help care for the animals at the zoo, protect animals in the wild, and spread awareness about dangers animals are facing. And, for me, there is no better work environment than that with some of the most exotic and cutest faces from all over the world to remind me why I do what I do every day. My husband, Kyle, and I have been married for 5 years now, but grew up only about a mile apart and attended K-12th Grade together. We both have a love for traveling, sports, comedy, and craft beer. We are both foodies, have learned to love the outdoors, and enjoy experiencing all that Chattanooga offers. In most aspects, I think we have the exact same personality, except he is a lot funnier than me.