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My Summer Reading List: Guest Blogger

Our latest guest blogger, Ally of Allyson in Wonderland, is an oil and gas professional with a serious eye for great finds. We can’t get enough of her gorgeously crafted blog, where she shares her love for style, travel, and photography. This week she’s giving us a peek into her personal beauty treasure chest—and we’re taking notes.

Remember as a kid when you had a reading list over the summer? It would amaze me how several hundred pieces of paper could completely ruin a summer. I’d always wait until the very end of the summer to crack open the books, and then barely pay attention to what I was reading.

Now that I’m an adult I would love to have time to read a book! Luckily, I’ll be on the beach soon with several of them in my bag. My reading list is huge but I’ve narrowed it down to these four books — two novels and two nonfiction reads:

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald: With a new movie coming up, it’s time for me to reread this classic. This is Fitzgerald’s Roaring Twenties masterpiece about the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan.

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain: This is the fictional story of the relationship between Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley. Their romance begins during the 1920s in Chicago, which brings love, marriage and a new home in Paris. Unfortunately, it also brings hard-drinking, fast-living, and deception.

Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars by Scotty Bowers with Lionel Friedberg: Books don’t get much juicier than this one—the story of 24-year-old Scotty Bowers, who arrives in Hollywood after World War II. He quickly gets involved with celebrities and becomes the lover of many famous movie stars. The book examines the secret lives of those movies stars and exposes how far major studios would go to hide their secrets.

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: (A Mostly True Memoir) by Jenny Lawson: The creator of has come out with a hilarious memoir recounting her life while growing up in rural Texas. I’ve been told that I should read this in private since I’ll be laughing hysterically. I hope the people on the beach don’t stare!

What books are on your reading list this summer?

Curious to see more of Ally’s recommendations? Check out the rest of Wonderland’s summer must-haves.

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