Ah, summer— the time of year for beach days, cookouts, weekend getaways, and simply relaxing in the sun with a good book. If you’re anything like us, we know that having an arsenal of juicy, enthralling summer reads ready-to-go is essential to keep you sane in the summer heat.
That’s why we asked our team members to give you their suggestions for the perfect summer book. So walk on down to your local bookstore or public library, grab your oversized sunhat and ice-cold summer drink and get ready to dive headfirst into these eight picks from our summer reading list (for adults, of course!) Read on to get your hands on our favorite staff picks!
Don't forget to download our free printable summer bookmarks to help keep you reading for the rest of the summer!
1. Women’s Murder Club Series by James Patterson
Featuring friendship, women in power, murder, mystery and of course a little romance, who could ask for more? Put on your detective hat and polish off your investigative skills for this series of thrillers that's the gift that keeps on giving. Churning out the Women's Murder Club book series since 2001, Patterson faithfully tells the story of four women who band together to solve the mysterious crimes that gloom over their town. But what happens when one of the women is involved in the crime? You won't be able to put this series down!
2. Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi
If you love historical fiction that shows another side to a story you thought you knew, you can't skip this book. Written about a woman with dwarfism living in Germany before, during, and after the Nazi regime, her attempts to fit into society while finding happiness are heartbreaking yet gripping throughout.
3. Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
A moving and thought-provoking story about race, prejudice, privilege, and social justice. Witness these issues through the eyes of three very different characters– a laborer and delivery nurse, a white supremacist, and a public defender. This story will make you question societal biases and the prevalence of racism in America, your community, and possibly even yourself.
4. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Brimming with emotion, this gripping tale of a fiercely independent girl growing up in the marshes of the North Carolina coast is an addictive and enthralling summer read. A coming-of-age story and murder mystery all-in-one, this book has it all—drama, romance and even poetry. Even more, this book is a celebration of the natural world around us and a gentle reminder to take the time to kick off your shoes and reconnect with nature. After picking this book up (and likely not being able to put it down), it will be easy to see why this was a Reese Witherspoon's Book Club pick!
5. Titans of History: The Giants Who Made Our World by Simon Sebag Montefiore
For those who want to learn more about historical events and figures, but struggle to make the time for it, this book beckons. With short, easily-digestible snapshots of over 150 figures who have had an impact (either positive or negative) on our world, develop a basic understanding of these titans with the flip of just a couple pages.
6. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
7. Red Rising by Pierce Brown
8. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
9. Educated by Tara Westover
10. One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
Free Printable Bookmarks
Add a little summer to your reading list with these free printable bookmarks! From seashells to lemons and palm trees, these bookmarks will have you reading all summer long. Click the photo below to download the bookmarks and laminate them to keep them clean from sand and water!