With summer just around the corner, it’s time to line up some reads to bring with you to the beach, on vacation, or just to pass the time. It’s also time to meet up with friends and buddy-read some fantastic, summery novels to get you through the hot weather! Here are 7 books to add to your summer reading list.
1) Into The Water by Paula Hawkins
If you liked Hawkins‘ The Girl on the Train, then we have good news! Her new book is promised to be just as action-packed. It follows a young girl after the death of her mother and the dark secret that runs through her town.
2) From Rockaway by Jill Eisenstadt
After high school graduation, a group of friends reunite after their lives take them in different directions. Things seem to be going well, but what will happen after everyone gets together for one last party? It will make you nostalgic for fun, carefree summers with your closest friends and is a perfect beach companion!
3) The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson
Simonson’s novel is a study of a small English town during the eve of World War I. As school teacher Beatrice Nash is reconciling with the loss of her father, she becomes more drawn to the town’s residents and begins to care for them. This particular summer is a tumultuous one, and it takes its toll on Beatrice and the town.
4) Music for Wartime by Rebecca Makkai
This collection of short stories centers around finding beauty in the darkest of times, and is perfect for when you have only a little bit of down time throughout the week. You can fit in a story about a boy who sees ghosts, or a reality-show producer who’s in the matchmaking business in between your daily routine.
5) Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk
Seventeen people are given an easy task, you know, to write the next great American novel. Each character tells their story while trying to one-up the other, making for some serious antics. It’s unusual, darkly funny, and will definitely surprise you.
6) The Sunlit Night by Rebecca Dinerstein
An unexpected trip to a Viking Museum leads to an unusual romance. When Frances meets Yasha in an artists’ colony in Norway, they find out that running away and coming home can mean the same thing. Dinerstein’s funny and reflective novel can satisfy your need for a summer romance!
7) Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
If you’re staying home this summer but still feel the need for an escape, read the story of Nadia and Saeed who escape their war-torn town through a magical doorway. As daily life becomes harder for them, the doorway into another world promises to help solve their problems.
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