July Reads

From crave-worthy cooking to seasonal floral arrangements, Sophie is sharing her top four must have read for the month of July.
June Reads | The Honeysuckle Cookbook and A Year in Flowers on a blue and white herringbone blanket
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June Reads | The Honeysuckle Cookbook and A Year in Flowers on a blue and white herringbone blanket

In my opinion, the summer season is the best time to find new hobbies, explore new places, and spend time doing everything you pushed aside easier in the year. So far, I’ve filled my summer with gardening, antiquing, taking care of the new pup, and of course, getting married.

I don’t know about you, but I always tend to read more in the summer. I love adding new books, of all kinds, to my growing collection. This month I have made a few trips (more than I’d like to admit) to Barnes and Noble and picked up some great reads that I think you’re going to love too.

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Books to Read This July

A Year in Flowers

Erin Benzakein

Earlier this spring, Jake and I took on the challenge and built two raised beds in the yard. I do have to admit, for two people who are terrible at team work, the project was relatively painless. Because I’m a total garden novice, one of the beds is for vegetables and the other I just threw some left over bulbs to create a makeshift cut garden.

Whiiich, brings to this wonderful book. A Year in Flowers is all about creating beautiful floral arrangements with seasonal blooms. And let me tell you, I desperately want this skill. The books walks you through the entire process- from tools needed to vessel selection.

Want to create a centerpiece arrangement for the middle of fall? Or, how about a bridal bouquet for that winter wedding? Perfect, this book has you covered. The books walks you through each arrangement, step-by-step, and even gives suggested flower and color combination to use as inspiration for each season.


Honeysuckle Cookbook

Dzung Lewis

Have you ever had a love at first sign moment? Well, that happened when I saw this cookbook. The Honeysuckle Cookbook features 100 healthy recipes featuring recipe hacks, quick snacks, one pan meals, Instant Pot recipes, and more. My favorite part of this cookbook is that most of the recipes have an Asian-influence to them- which is my absolute favorite. Here are a few that I’m dying to try out:

  • Vietnamese Chicken Salad
  • Quicker Beef Pho
  • Sesame Soba Noodle Stir Fry
  • Slow-Cooked Pork for Banh Mi Sandwiches


The Complete Book of Clean

Toni Hammersley

One of my long term goals is to ditch my harsh chemical cleaners and start making and using natural, more puppy friendly products like baking soda and vinegar. I’ve also been making it a priority to reduce my plastic consumption and begin to use sustainable complainers and reusable products.

Does that sound at all interesting to you? Well, GRIL, this is your book. The Complete Book of Clean focuses on tips and tricks, room by room advice, simple recipes for green cleaning, and schedules to keep you on track.


Joy in the Little Things by

Kerrie Hess

I’m always on the hunt for feel good content. Joy in the Little Things is exactly that. This book is sorta an advice book. But really, more of an “here’s what’s brought joy into my life, and I’m sharing it with you,” book. The focus on this book is to inject you life with more joy- whether its through take time for yourself, decorate your space to serve you, or simply begin to recognize the little things that bring you happiness.



What have you been reading this summer? Let me know in the comments!

July Reads first appeared on sophiemarni.com

3 Responses

  1. I’m currently reading Summer and the City by Candace Bushnell. Love lighter reads in summer 🙂

    Joy in the Little Things sounds great!

    1. I’ve always wanted to start the Carrie Diaries series. Def need to add it to my (what seem to be never ending) list!

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