Whether you spend your summer days at the beach or by the pool, there is nothing more relaxing and enjoyable than reading a good book under the sun. We give you a list of 10 books to read this summer.
You will find thriller stories, crime fiction, a biography and even a chick lit. So no matter your preference, we have got you covered. Read on to check out our 10 picks for you.
10 Books to read this summer
- The Last Cruise by Kate Christensen
Genres: Thriller, Psychological Fiction, Literary fiction
The Last Cruise is set in the present day on a 50s ocean liner Queen Isabella. The ship and its passengers find themselves in a series of horrible situations and through these characters and catastrophic events the author explores how human beings deal with stress and difficulty in the time of chaos.
- The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon
Genres: Coming-of-Age Fiction, Literary fiction
The Incendiaries is about a college girl who gets drawn into an extremist cult. She disappears after that cult bombs some local buildings. Will, a boy at her college who is in love with her, dedicates his life to finding out where she is.
The novel explores where faith turns into fanaticism, religion into cult and love into desperation.
- The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan
Genres: Fiction, Thriller, Mystery, Suspense, Crime Fiction
This one is a gripping, fast-paced crime novel that starts off in Ireland with a house in ruins, a dead body and two disturbed children. As the investigation proceeds you question who will protect us when the authorities can’t – or won’t.
- The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll
Genres: Thriller, Suspense, Literary fiction
The Favorite Sister is about a reality TV series called Goal Diggers which features five hyper-successful women in New York City. There are the usual gossip and backstabbing that comes in a reality TV setting but what the producers don’t expect is MURDER! This one is a wildly entertaining read!
- Sorority by Genevieve Sly Crane
Genres: Coming-of-Age Fiction, Literary fiction
Each chapter in this book is about a different character and you explore those characters’ stories, their flaws and strengths. You also get to learn of the kinds of relationship each one shares with the other. At the center of this is Margot – the sister who died in the Sorority house. You get to see the perspective each woman has on her death.
This book feels more like a collection of short stories than one story.
- Kudos by Rachel Cusk
Genre: Literary Fiction
Kudos is the third book in Cusk’s trilogy, the other two being Outline and Transit. In each novel, the narrator describes the encounters she has had with various people in Europe over a number of days. While telling their stories, you also learn of the narrator’s circumstances.
In this book, the author dispenses with the convention of plot and dialogue.
- When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger
This book may be the sequel to The Devil Wears Prada but you don’t necessarily need to read the first book to read the second.
The book follows Emily Charlton who is an image consultant working in Hollywood. When her career takes a hit, she moves to Connecticut to help the image of a mega-supermodel, Karolina, who is now the wife of a Senator. Last important character is Miriam, a partner at one of Manhattan’s prestigious law firms, who takes time off and moves to Greenwich to spend time with her kids.
The book explores how these women navigate the social fabric of this seemingly perfect neighborhood, revealing its truth and lies.
- Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson
In Furiously Happy, Jenny Lawson explores her lifelong battle with mental illness. While speaking of such a serious subject, she adds her own humorous take on it. The book is about embracing joy and outrageous ways of mental illness.
- The Hideaway by Lauren K. Denton
Genres: Fiction, Christian Fiction, Religious Fiction
When Sara is informed of her grandmother’s death, she returns home to Sweet Bay. She can’t wait to get back to her successful life in New Orleans. She learns that her grandmothers left her the Hideaway and her grandmother asks for her to renovate this B&B. During this journey, she learns more about her grandmother, things she could never have imagined.
It is a story about family, love – love lost and love found.
- Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife by Eben Alexander
Dr. Eben Alexander is a highly trained neurosurgeon who always knew that what people call the ‘soul’ is nothing more than fantasies and thoughts created by their own brain. Then one day, his brain was attacked by an extremely rare illness. For seven days he lay in a hospital bed in a coma. Then miraculously he woke up one day. This book chronicles what he experienced while he was in a coma. He journeyed a world beyond our own and encountered an angelic being who guided him into the deepest realms of super-physical existence.
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