Want the perfect read for your summer trip? We have you covered.
We picked our favorite summer reads, the best books for lazy days and soaking up the sun. From hair-raising thrillers to heart rending romances, you'll find the best book for the season!
Kathryn Lyons is a school teacher in the New England mill town of her childhood and raising a fifteen year old daughter almost on her own since her husband is an international airline pilot. One late night there is an unexpected knock on her door and her fears come true. Her husband’s plane exploded over the shores of the Irish Coast. As the investigation into the crash takes place, new information comes to light regarding her husband. Is Kathryn’s life really as simple and ordinary as she thought? Does she really know her husband? The Pilot’s Wife is a must read for fans of Liane Moriarty.
Have you ever wondered if you really know someone?
This book begins with the main character, Cecilia Fitzpatrick, discovering a letter her husband wrote titled “To be opened after my death.” What would you do? Open and read this letter or confront your spouse and let him tell you his deep dark secret. What does his secret hold? Will it destroy their fairytale lives or those of other people?
Husband’s Secret is the perfect book for fans of Kristen Hannah, Elin Hilderbrand and JoJo Moyes and those who enjoy family drama.
What better book is there for summer than a lighthearted book set in Scotland that is all about books?
Whenever I am in search of a lighthearted read, I always turn to my favorite subgenre of fiction, books about books! I love the idea of reading about other booklovers and their adventures and Nina, the protagonist, is certainly a new favorite heroine, in the vein of classic literature. And bonus! There’s a bit of an homage to Pride & Prejudice in the plot and characters!
Perfect for lovers of a great story without tears.
Want a book that will make you laugh until you cry? Take a look at this fun memoir by “The Bloggess,” Jenny Lawson!
A collection of essays written in a blog-esque style, Jenny recounts tales of her very unconventional childhood, as well as her efforts to raise her daughter to be a free thinking and free spirited young woman.
A great book for women (and men!) of all generations*, backgrounds, and interests!
*some language may be deemed inappropriate for those under 13*
Sarah F's Pick
Hey y'all, I love this book.
I did not know how much I psychially needed a retelling of the Achilles myth until I started reading this book. It's everything that the Iliad was promised to be by my school teachers, but it actually delivers. Epic battles, sweeping love stories, meddling Gods, all written in and epic lyrical prose, that manages to be easily readable but still gosh darn beautiful.
Sarah F's Picks
So usually when I talk about this book I say something along the lines of 'oh my god it's such a good book, read it, you'll love it.' while dancing awkwardly in my excitement. I can't do that here so I'll just tell you what I love most about this novel.
Erin Bow writes beautifully and takes the grand, society changing plots that are in dystopian novels and pulls them down to the personal level. It's a book where the characters feel so real and the dystopia they live in feels fantastical but also only a step away from becoming reality.
Leigh Bardugo is a fantasy phenom. Since I first read her debut, Shadow & Bone a few years ago I’ve devoured all her work and Six of Crows is, by far, her best and most elaborately plotted book. I also love that her books all take place in the same world. So if you love snarky and witty characters with flaws and fears, Six of Crows, and all the rest of the Grisha books, are just for you!
Kaz (Sarah F)
Do you love magic underworlds but wish there was just a few more classic con jobs in your fantasy novels? Are you a sucker for found family stories and morally gray protagonists? If you said yes, you should definitely read this book.
Kaz (Sarah F)
Originally a web comic by Allie Brosh, Hyperbole and a half chronicles stories from her life, from her depression to her frankly insane childhood. It’s a must read for anyone that wants to see how depression really effects people, or if you just want some amazing stories like a dinosaur costume transforming children into agents of chaos.
Want a book that will make you laugh so hard about depression that you wind up questioning your sanity? For some reason, Kaz & I do! This book is simultaneously heartwrenching and hilarious and it is the perfect book for your best friend, your significant other, anyone who could use a pick-me-up during a dark time, really, just anyone. So please read it.
Staff Pick, loved by PK, Sarah, Pam and Mary