Here’s a list of books that are perfect for summer reading. From beach reads to thrillers, these books will have you hooked from the first page.
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Romance novels to escape with this summer
It’s officially summer, which means it’s time to stock up on sunscreen, plan some poolside reading and most importantly, find the perfect romance novel to escape with. From scandalous historical fiction to steamy contemporary reads, these are the best romance novels to curl up with this summer.
So whether you’re looking for a heart-wrenching love story, a light and fluffy beach read or something in between, here are 12 romance novels that are perfect for summer 2020.
The Gilded Hour by Sara Donati
Set in New York City in 1883, The Gilded Hour tells the story of two young women who become friends and business partners as they strive to build a life for themselves amid the greed and corruption of late-19th century America. While the novel deals with some heavy topics like wealth inequality and women’s rights, at its heart it is a sweeping love story about friendship, family and finding your place in the world.
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
If you’re looking for a fun, sexy romantic comedy to escape with this summer, look no further than The Hating Game. The novel follows Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman, two co-workers who hate each other…until they don’t. What starts as a bitter rivalry eventually blossoms into something more, but not before plenty of snarky banter and workplace hijinks ensue. Trust me, you won’t be able to put this one down.
Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris
For something a bit darker and more suspenseful, try Behind Closed Doors. The novel tells the story of Grace Angel and Jack Warner, a picture-perfect couple whose lives appear to be perfect…until you scratch beneath the surface. Grace begins to suspect that she is a prisoner in her own home, but she has no way of proving it and no one to turn to for help. Is she just being paranoid or is something truly sinister going on behind closed doors?
New books to add to your summer reading list
The start of summer is the perfect time to catch up on some reading. Whether you’re looking for a beach read or something a little more challenging, we’ve got you covered. Check out our list of new books to add to your summer reading list.
-The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré
-Circe by Madeline Miller
-An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
-The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey
-The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
-Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
Classic books to read this summer
We’ve all been there. You finally have some down time to relax and enjoy a good book, but you can’t seem to find anything that interests you. If you’re looking for some good books to read this summer, we’ve got you covered. Check out our list of must-read classics that are perfect for summertime reading.
1. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger – This coming-of-age novel follows the life of Holden Caulfield, a teenager who is kicked out of a prestigious boarding school and becomes a wanderer in New York City. The Catcher in the Rye is funny, poignant, and offers a rare glimpse into the mind of an angst-filled adolescent.
2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – Set in the deep south during the height of the Civil Rights Movement, To Kill a Mockingbird tells the story of Atticus Finch, a principled lawyer who defends a black man accused of rape. This award-winning novel explores racism, injustice, and compassion through the eyes of Finch’s young daughter Scout.
3. The adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain – One of America’s most beloved novels, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn follows the adventures of Huck Finn and runaway slave Jim as they travel down the Mississippi River on a raft. Along the way, they encounter danger, friendship, and difficult choices that will stay with readers long after they finish the book.
4. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky – This psychological thriller follows Raskolnikov, a poor student who murders an old woman in order to test his theory that some people are above the law. But as he tries to cover up his crime, Raskolnikov sinks deeper into madness and guilt. Crime and Punishment is a suspenseful page-turner that will keep you guessing until the very end.
Page-turners to keep you entertained all summer long
When quarantine started, many people turned to reading as a way to cope with the stress and isolation of the pandemic. Now that summer is here, there’s no better time to curl up with a good book. Here are some titles that are sure to keep you entertained all season long.
1. “The Girl with the Louding Voice” by Abi Daré
This novel follows the story of Adunni, a thirteen-year-old Nigerian girl who is sold into marriage. Despite thecards being stacked against her, Adunni determined to get an education so that she can have a louder voice and fight for what’s right.
2. “The Sun Does Shine” by Anthony Ray Hinton
In 1985, Anthony Ray Hinton was wrongly convicted of two capital murders and sentenced to death. This memoir chronicles his incredible story of survival on death row, and his eventual exoneration after nearly three decades in prison.
3. “Normal People” by Sally Rooney
This award-winning novel follows the complicated relationship between Marianne and Connell from their high school days through college and into adulthood. Told through a series of intimate conversations, this book offers an insightful look into the lives of two very different people who are trying to find their way in the world.
4.”The Overstory” by Richard Powers
This National Book Award winner tells the stories of nine different characters whose lives are intertwined with trees. Spanning multiple continents and centuries, this novel explores humanity’s relationship with nature, and the devastating effects of deforestation.
5.”Circe” by Madeline Miller
In this retelling of Greek mythology from Circe’s perspective, we see the witch as more than just a villainous character from Homer’s Odyssey.Miller portrays Circe as a complex figure who must grapple with her own identity and power in a world that doesn’t always understand her.
Mysteries and thrillers perfect for summer reading
If you’re looking for something to keep you on the edge of your seat this summer, look no further than this list of mysteries and thrillers perfect for summer reading. From psychological suspense to backstabbing beach reads, these titles will have you hooked from page one. So whether you’re looking for a pulse-pounding page-turner or a diabolically clever whodunit, be sure to add one of these books to your summer reading list.
-The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
-Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
-The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
-I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
-The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
-Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Books to help you relax and unwind this summer
Summer is the perfect time to catch up on reading. Whether you’re looking for a beach read or something to help you relax and unwind, we’ve got you covered. Check out our list of must-read books for summer 2020.
The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré
This debut novel follows the story of Adunni, a 14-year-old girl who is married off to an abusive man in Nigeria. Despite the challenges she faces, Adunni maintains her hope and dreams of getting an education and finding her voice.
The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James
Set in Upstate New York, this mystery novel follows Carolyn as she returns to her family’s motel after her aunt goes missing. As she investigates what happened to her aunt, Carolyn discovers long-buried secrets about the motel—and herself.
The Lilies of Montauk by Paul Lisicky
In this memoir, Lisicky looks back at his summers spent working at a hotel in Montauk, Long Island. Filled with stories of love and heartbreak, The Lilies of Montauk is a beautiful ode to both place and youth.
If You Want To Make God Laugh by Bianca Marais
Set in South Africa during the 1980s, this novel follows the lives of two mixed-race women as they navigate love, loss, and apartheid. Told with humor and tenderness, If You Want To Make God Laugh is an unforgettable read.
Fun and easy reads for summer
As the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, summer is the perfect time to catch up on some reading. If you’re looking for something fun and easy to read, here are a few books to add to your summer reading list.
“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” by Stieg Larsson – This crime thriller follows a journalist as he investigates a decades-old murder case.
“The Da Vinci Code” by Dan Brown – This mystery novel follows a symbologist as he tries to solve a series of murders.
“Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn – This psychological thriller tells the story of a man whose wife goes missing on their fifth anniversary.
Books to keep your kids entertained all summer long
It’s finally summertime, and that means long days spent outside in the sun and staying up late reading under the stars. If you’re looking for some great books to keep your kids entertained all summer long, look no further! Here are 10 must-read books for summer 2020:
1. “TheKid Who Ran For President” by Dan Gutman
2. “Lola Levine Is Not Mean” by Monica Brown
3. “The Unadoptables” by Hana Tooke
4. “The Cosmic Adventures of Captain Buzz Buzzard”by Sami Bayly
5. “Death Sets Sail” by Robin Stevens
6. “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” by J.K. Rowling
7. “Percy Jackson and The Lightening Thief” by Rick Riordan
8. “The Trials of Apollo: The Burning Maze” by Rick Riordan
9. “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Chronicles of Narnia)by C.S Lewis
10. “Charlotte’s Web” by E.B White
Cookbooks to help you make the most of summer produce
Summertime is the perfect opportunity to explore new recipes and cook with seasonal produce. Whether you’re looking for ideas for healthy weeknight meals or want to impress guests at your next barbecue, these cookbooks have got you covered.
From “The Perfect Peach” by Sherry Yard to “Carolina Catch” by Bill Smith, these books will help you make the most of summer’s bounty. So break out your apron, dust off your grill, and get ready to enjoy all that summer has to offer.
Beach reads to enjoy this summer
Summer is the perfect time to catch up on the books you’ve been wanting to read. Whether you’re looking for a light beach read or something a little more substantial, we’ve got you covered. Check out our list of must-read books for summer 2020.
We’ve got something for everyone on this list, from family dramas to psychological thrillers. So turn off your phone, grab a book, and head to the beach. You won’t regret it!
1. “The Mother-in-Law” by Sally Hepworth
2. “Big Summer” by Jennifer Weiner
3. “The Girl Who Lied” by Ellie Marney
4. “All Adults Here” by Emma Straub
5. “The Memory Police” by Yoko Ogawa