As the 4th of July weekend approaches, imagine yourself nestled in a comfortable chair, a glass of iced tea by your side, and a captivating book in your hand. Whether you’re lounging on a sun-kissed beach or in the cool comfort of your home, this curated list of summer reads is designed to whisk you away to new worlds, thrilling narratives, and engaging characters.
Here are our top picks:
Kick off your summer reading with Elin Hilderbrand’s “The Five-Star Weekend,” a quintessential beach book that offers the perfect escape to sun-soaked shores and relaxing seaside days.
Up next is “The Celebrants” by Steven Rowley. This book, reminiscent of a late-career Garry Marshall movie, but with a script that outshines the usual fare, is sure to draw you in with its compelling characters and engaging plot.
For an emotional ride, dive into “Pieces of Blue” by Holly Goldberg Sloan. Despite a wild twist in the final act, the journey to get there is filled with poignant and amusing glimpses into the lives of children dealing with grief and rebuilding their lives amid the alluring setting of Hawaii.
Rachel Heng’s “The Great Reclamation” is an intriguing blend of historical fiction, magical realism, and love story. The book unfolds in Singapore during a time of significant geopolitical shifts, offering readers a captivating narrative and a glimpse into a world caught in the throes of change.
If suspense is more your speed, Megan Jennett’s “You Know Her” is a slow-burn thriller that promises to keep you on the edge of your seat, making it the perfect alternative to a dreamy seaside romance.
Emily Henry’s fourth novel, “Happy Place,” explores the complexities of relationships through a once-happily married couple who fake their relationship for a final summer trip with friends. The question of whether they can rekindle their old flame forms the crux of this engaging novel.
In “Summer Stage” by Me Mitchell Moore, readers are transported to Block Island where a family of actors deal with secrets, ambition, and self-discovery. The book’s vibrant setting and compelling narrative make it a must-read this summer.
“Late Bloomers” by Deepa Varadarajan is a heartwarming tale of self-discovery that traces the individual paths of a family’s members. This debut novel by the Atlanta-based writer is an uplifting read that celebrates personal growth and familial bonds.
Lastly, “Family Lore” by Elizabeth Acevedo presents a powerful story of women in a family, their lives, and the transformational power of gathering for a living wake. This novel is an ode to sisterhood, familial bonds, and the power of stories.
This 4th of July weekend, lose yourself in these engrossing tales. Each book on this list promises to be a summer read that you won’t be able to put down. Happy reading!