Summer officially starts this weekend - despite anyone who lives in Florida like me thinking it’s been here since February! — so thought we’d kick it off with dreams about lounging pool or beachside, with a cool drink and a good, juicy read. Our 9 books to read in 2014 is our most popular post of the year, so we’re back sharing more great titles from easy beachy reads to best sellers about to hit the big screen for you to enjoy! Know another great read? Be sure to share! Happy weekend, everyone!

Best Books of Summer 2014

essentialism: the disciplined pursuit of less //  all the light we cannot see //  wild

unbroken // #girlboss //  this is where I leave you

still missing // all fall down // the one & only



orange is the new black Have you done a good TV binge session lately? We recently cranked out the first season of Orange is the New Black, a Netflix original series…  and it is so good.  I know I’m about six months behind most of the rage but with a little trailer out for the second season (here) and news that the next season will debut June 6, I know a lot of people are pumped. I haven’t had time to watch that much TV in a long time so I semi thank an awful cold that reared itself last weekend; we cancelled plans, got help with the kids and soaked in one episode after another. Raunchy, interesting, intriguing and a little scary to think about the reality, it just becomes better with each passing episode. Keep Reading —>>


Books are the best escape from the craziness of the day; an opportunity to entangle ourselves in magical, interesting and sometimes dark worlds. My book reading has been really pitiful as of late guys, but… I’m now half-way through The Paris Wife, and already eager for more! Here’s what’s next up on my must-read list. I’ve heard amazing things about each of these. What’s on your list to read next??

six fall must read books

the reason I jump // how to be a friend to a friend who’s sick // the silent wife

me before you // the art of hearing heartbeats // the husband’s secret


Book Review: Gone Girl

October 30, 2012


About: It was Nick and Amy’s fifth anniversary when all of a sudden things go terribly wrong. Instead of celebrating, Amy goes missing and who quickly becomes the prime suspect? The husband, whose string of lies, deceit and odd behavior to the police and in front of media as the case drags on don’t win him any husband-of-the-year awards. But could a few lies mean he murdered his wife? Filled with clever, sharp prose, the thriller is a real page-turner.

TAGG review: Gone Girl is a complex read with even more complex characters whose insights get in your head as you devour this quick read. While this average gal is not typically a thriller fan when it comes to reads, we also devoured Hunger Games and 50 Shades of Grey (talk about a year of diverse reading!) so it’s no wonder this best seller quickly brought us in, too.

More than a thriller through, it’s how the characters entangle, intertwine, love, hate and dance around each other that are at the core of why this book has become so popular. The author, Gillian Flynn, writes the book where the narrative shifts between Nick and Amy, something that could be complicated to keep up with but instead helped move the book along more speedily.

Verdict: I was kept on edge, annoyed, shocked, frustrated and down right maddened during Gone Girl. Therefore, a must read!


NEXT on TAGG’s reading list: lighter reading with Concierge Confidential and Most Talkative (both on TAGG’s summer reading list).

What’s on your list??

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