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5 Books to Add to Your Summer Reading List

It’s almost summer! Hopefully that means you’ll have more free time to fill with reading. If you have no idea what to read to kick off your summer reading, here are five books to help you out.


1. Circe by Madeleine Miller


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In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child–not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power–the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.

But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love. (Via Amazon)


Just released in April, this story is enthralling and exciting. The Greek lore makes it unique and keeps you interested. You won’t be able to put it down. It’s the perfect kind of story to kick back with on a warm summer evening when you just want to chill.


2. The Outsider by Stephen King


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An unspeakable crime. A confounding investigation. At a time when the King brand has never been stronger, he has delivered one of his most unsettling and compulsively readable stories.

An eleven-year-old boy’s violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City’s most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

As the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, King’s propulsive story kicks into high gear, generating strong tension and almost unbearable suspense. Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face? When the answer comes, it will shock you as only Stephen King can. (Via Amazon)


Stephen King is always releasing something which is great. This will be a good addition to your list of Stephen King books to tackle. Maybe I’m the only one who keeps one of those. What better time than the summer to read something that will mostly get a television adaptation by the fall?


3. Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters


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Set in England during the 1890s, it tells a coming-of-age story about a young woman named Nan who falls in love with a male impersonator, follows her to London, and finds various ways to support herself as she journeys through the city.


If historical fiction is more your forte, why not try reading this novel? Sarah Waters is a lovely writer who produces intriguing novels time and time again. This story surrounding love identity will definitely be a nice read that brings fascination to your summer afternoons.


4. Satanic Summer by Andersen Prunty


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Doug Backus is a normal young man trying to lead a clean Christian life but when mysterious and gruesome deaths begin occurring in his town of Clover, Kentucky, he learns that his life can never be as wholesome as he wants. Along with his heathen friend Crank and pariah neighbor Whitney, he becomes involved in an exploration of the town’s secrets that will either lead them to their doom or answer all the questions Doug has about almost everything. Only one thing becomes certain: Salvation is not an option. (Via Amazon)


Sometimes you just feel like being scared. Horror just might be the best genre to get your blood rushing from excitement. This book would be fun to read on a night you go camping or when you’re up late at night and can’t sleep.


5. Being Fishkill by Ruth Lehrer


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Born in the backseat of a moving car, Carmel Fishkill was unceremoniously pushed into a world that refuses to offer her security, stability, love. At age thirteen, she begins to fight back. Carmel Fishkill becomes Fishkill Carmel, who deflects her tormenters with a strong left hook and conceals her secrets from teachers and social workers. But Fishkill’s fierce defenses falter when she meets eccentric optimist Duck-Duck Farina, and soon they, along with Duck-Duck’s mother, Molly, form a tentative family, even as Fishkill struggles to understand her place in it. This fragile new beginning is threatened by the reappearance of Fishkill’s unstable mother — and by unfathomable tragedy. Poet Ruth Lehrer’s young adult debut is a stunning, revelatory look at what defines and sustains “family.” And, just as it does for Fishkill, meeting Duck-Duck Farina and her mother will leave readers forever changed. (Via Amazon)


You are never ever too old to read YA books, so let absolutely no one tell you that. Many of them are very interesting and relatable, even to adults. I mean, everyone was young once before in life, no? This is a moving story that very well may bring you to tears so, break out the Kleenex.


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