Books of the Summer
There's something about summer that always makes me want to get back into reading. And there are certain books that lure me in and remind me why I actually love to read. So here's a list of books I've had, or hope to have in my beach bag. Let me know if you've read any of these so we can chat and make book club as casual as the summer.
For the Summer Romance Lovers
My hands down, go to, summer romance, beach getaway author is Elin Hilderbrand. I end up reading her books all year long because they transport me to one of my all time favorite places–Nantucket. She uses real locations from the island, making you feel like you're right there with her characters. She's known as 'the queen of beach reads' and her summer romance novels don't disappoint. My favorite books of hers are:
For the Meaning of Life Seekers
Last summer I read Jodi Picoult's The Book of Two Ways and it was a great story and reminder that life is short and what we make of it is everything. The book takes you on an adventure from Boston to Egypt with main character Dawn Edelstein making heart-wrenching moral choices, questioning all of her life's 'what-ifs?', and wondering if we as people make choices or if the choices make us. Once I started it, I truly couldn't put it down.
When I graduated high school, my cousin gave me The Alchemist and I've reread it many times since. Author Paulo Coelho takes you on a journey through the lens of main character Santiago. Santiago teaches us a few important things along the way: You have a Personal Legend that you must follow if you want to be happy and fulfilled; Your fear is holding you back more than anything else; The secret of life is to fall seven times and get up eight times. There's a reason I read this classic every now and again and I'd put it on your list if you haven't read it already.
For the Thrilling Crime Chasers
I love true crime just as much as the next gal, but sometimes it's nice to dive into a crime or mystery book that is somewhat fictional. It's not always my seaside & sunshine book genre, but if you're curled up by the fire pit after or sitting out a summer rainstorm, this could be the right vibe. Here are a few thrilling books I read this past year that had me on the edge of my seat:
Invisible, James Patterson
The Child, Fiona Barton
The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes, Diane Chamberlain
All Good People Here, Ashley Flowers
Verity, Colleen Hoover
The Girl with a Clock for a Heart, Peter Swanson
Books I want to read this summer
The People We Keep, Allison Larkin
101 Essays That Will Change The Way You Think, Brianna West
This Tender Land, William Kent Krueger
Small Great Things, Jodi Picoult
One Italian Summer, Rebecca Serle
Daisy Jones & The Six, Taylor Jenkins Reid
Summer People, Elin Hilderbrand