One of the best things to look forward to in the summer is sitting by the beach with a good book in your hand. Why not pick up one of the these great reads?
1. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Written by the author of another bestseller The Kite Runner, this story contains not only 30 years of Afghanistan history but also the limitless friendship of two brave women Miriam and Laila during war and conflict.
2. The Return by Victoria Hislop
Sonia travels to Granada, Spain to hear the story of a native family who ran a café shop and survived the damaging effects of Spanish Civil War seventy years ago.
3. The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan
The author of this novel, a prospective young writer about to work for The New Yorker, tragically dies after graduating magna cum laude from Yale in May 2012. Her loved ones published some of her known works while studying before her death.
4. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
A New York Times Bestseller, Gone Girl captured the attention of millions of Americans with the dramatic kidnapping storytelling of Amy Dunne. Leaving clues for her husband on their fifth wedding anniversary, Nick slowly starts putting the pieces together of where his wife is.
5. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
Thirteen year old Anna has had enough of the countless hospital visits to help her sister Kate sustain her life with Leukemia that she has now taken a legal stand to sue her mother. Will Anna win her right to be her own person or live forever in the shadow of her older teenage sister?
6. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
This award winning novel tells the story of Susie Salmon after her death. She retells the events leading up to her death and watches her family cope with her loss after she mysteriously disappears at age fourteen in 1973.
7. Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
Frankie dares Anna to find a summer fling throughout the twenty days they are in Zanzibar Bay without realizing that she found that love year with his older brother Matt before he passed away.
8. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Henrietta Lacks, a woman who passed away from cervical cancer, had cells that were distributed around the world used in cancer treatment known as HeLa cells. The surprising part was that this was unknown to her family and they did not receive any financial reward from this discovery.
9. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
A classic bestselling novel about two cancer patients Hazel and Augustus who meet at a support group, fall in love, and support each other in sickness and in health through the last few months of their lives.
10. Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
Julia Jarmond, a Parisian journalist, is assigned to research and write about the Vel’ d’Hiv’s 60th anniversary. She learns the story of a young girl Sarah who lived during this tragedy and it affects different aspects of Julia’s life sixty years later.
11. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
The first of a trilogy, The Summer I Turned Pretty is about the life of Belly and her two best guy friends Jeremiah and Conrad who she has known throughout her life. Who would not love a book about a beach house, summer romance and friendship?
12. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
This series is about four friends who share their summer experiences of growing up through a pair of secondhand jeans.
13. Stolen by Lucy Christopher
Stolen is about how a girl named Gemma is kidnapped by her stalker in a Bangkok Airport, transported to the outbacks of Australia, and survived to tell the story.
14. You Are Here by Jennifer E. Smith
Emma and Peter embark on a journey of self discovery from upstate New York to North Carolina. For Emma, it is about finding the truth about her dead twin brother. For Peter, it is about finding out more about his mother who passed away.
15. Along For the Ride by Sarah Dessen
Auden goes to spend time with her father, new stepmother, and their baby daughter in a summer beach house before she goes to college in the fall. She uncovers details about her parents’ divorce, figures out how to make friendships, and develops a crush on a boy named Eli.