I love summer. This is not because the temperatures are high or I like to hang out at the pool all day. I love summer because I am a school librarian and I get the summers off, which means I actually have a little time to read. I enjoy easy reads in the summer and I always get asked for recommendations for books to read during those long awaited summer vacations at the beach. So… here you go. These are 5 of my favorite summer reads in no particular order:
1. Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave: This is a recently published book and I just finished reading it while I was spending a weekend in Charleston, SC. I love wine and was attracted to this book solely for that reason. Eight Hundred Grapes is a great read about a family that owns a small vineyard in California. The youngest sibling, Georgia, is a L.A. lawyer and is supposed to get married at the vineyard in a week’s time but discovers that her fiance is keeping a big secret. She returns home to try and figure things out only to discover that her family members have some secrets of their own.
2. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart: This is a young adult book, but a great read all the same. It reminds me of Gone Girl in the sense that there is a surprise ending. If you are one of those that like to read the last chapter first, don’t do it with this one. Trust me. The surprise is worth the wait.
3. Landline by Rainbow Rowell: Have I mentioned that I love Rainbow Rowell? While I absolutely love all of her books, this is by far my favorite. I read it in one sitting and wanted to start it over again as soon as I read the last page.
4. Where’d You Go Bernadette? by Maria Semple: This is a quirky read about a family whose mother goes missing. 15 year old, Bee, is determined to find out what happened to her mother. The novel goes back in time and tells about the events leading up to Bernadette’s disappearance. I promise this one will have you laughing out loud.
5. South of Broad by Pat Conroy: My husband and I have been super fortunate to be able to vacation in Charleston, SC over the years. It is one of my absolute favorite cities. In this book, Pat Conroy tells the story of residents who live in the multi-million dollar homes south of Broad Street. His storytelling is superb and his characters are incredibly intriguing. If you haven’t visited this wonderful city, you will definitely want to once you finish this book.
And here’s what I plan to read over the summer:
1. In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume
2. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
3. The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler
4. The Truth According to Us by Anne Barrows
5. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.