Make this the best summer ever, with tips on everything from how to make the best burger to ever hit a barbecue to lists of which books you’ll definitely want in your beach bag this season.


The most sizzling summer read has got to be the “call me Caitlyn” Vanity Fair story of Bruce Jenner’s gender transition, as told to cross-dressing Pulitzer Prize winning author Buzz Bissinger. If your idea of a ‘makeover” is a little less extreme and you missed the spring cleaning window, Real Simple has ideas for you on how to strip out the stuff and streamline in the “The Closet Makeover” issue.


Meanwhile InStyle magazine has all the top tips for looking great no matter what the occasion, with outfit ideas for summer staples including “Alfresco Drinks,” “the Musical Festival,” “Beach Day,” or “the Charity 5K” and more.  Create your own celebrations for the season with 110 great entertaining ideas from Entertain Decorate CELEBRATE — including tips for a splashy pool party, a quaint garden birthday celebration, the quintessential beach picnic, or a seaside-inspired supper club.


If food is central to the party you’re planning, check out Bon Appetit’s best burger recipes, plus 25 fruity, sweet and creamy desserts. If you’re a classics fan, the sweet indulgences in Southern Living magazine’s “Pies of Summer” issue should put a smile on your face. Finally, plot your summer reading strategy with Good Housekeepings “Best Summer Beach Reads” – it has our seal of approval.