Picture this. You’re a busy mom who has somehow magically found yourself alone with more than an hour to spare, sitting by your neighborhood pool or on your peaceful back deck. None of your kids are bothering you for a popsicle, and your hands aren’t grimy with slathering sunscreen on their arms for the third time. It’s quiet. The afternoon is all yours. Is this a dream? If you are a reader, you’re going to need a good book to round out this dream afternoon.
If you have been looking for book suggestions, I’ve got you covered! I love to read. It is my favorite hobby, spending hours reading a good story. Here are my top five favorite books to read this summer. I’m only giving you five because let’s face it if I give you more than five options, it will be harder to decide. You already have enough going on without having one more tough decision to make. I want to keep this simple and painless.
Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
I waited for weeks for this book to become available on the Libby app, and when it was finally available, I devoured it. In a nutshell: This book is about a fictional band that formed in the seventies called Daisy Jones and the Six. It is all about their rise to fame, and abrupt split told uniquely only by interviews. The twists and turns of the band’s contemptuous relationship during their rise and fall are told by all of the people involved in the story. If I say any more than that, I’ll be giving away too much. I couldn’t put this book down, and I didn’t want it to end.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
This book is excellent if you are looking for a good, fast read by the pool. Some of the parts are fairly sad, but most of it is very delightful (and I never use the word delightful.) It centers around a London author, Juliet Ashton, after World War II. By chance, she begins exchanging letters with several people who live in the Guernsey Channels, an island south of England. During the war, as a way to have some normalcy, the people of Guernsey created a book club called “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society,” and the author becomes captivated by their story. It involves family, romance, and mystery. It was also made into a Netflix original movie, which I watched immediately after reading the book. I’m a nerd like that.
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
I have recommended this book to anyone who will listen. In order to fully appreciate this book (and the seven books that follow), you have to be: 1. a historical fiction geek and 2. a time-traveling romance lover. If you are neither of these things, move on to the next suggestion. For anyone like me, dive in! Outlander is about Claire Randall, a World War II nurse, reunited with her husband after the war. They are on vacation in the Scottish Highlands, and while there, Claire goes walking one day and comes across a large circle of standing stones and is transported through time to the 18th century. She stumbles upon a man named Jamie Fraser, and they become romantically involved. All the while, Claire’s husband back in her time is frantically trying to figure out what happened to her. A little warning: the books are quite long. But the stories will keep you captivated and ready to watch the TV series!
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
My favorite books to read are books that have been or will be turned into a show or movie. I usually end up liking the book more than the movie, and that is the case with Crazy Rich Asians. This book is the first book of a trilogy, and I highly recommend reading them all one after another. Crazy Rich Asians sets the tone for the trilogy, being centered around a woman named Rachel Chu who travels with her boyfriend, Nick Young, from New York to his family’s home in Singapore. They plan to spend the summer there, but that is basically all of the information Rachel has at first. She knows nothing of his family or his background. She soon finds out that Nick’s family is loaded and full of complications and traditions. Havoc ensues, and it is hilariously entertaining. I learned a lot about designer labels that I could never afford, as well.
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
I read this book in October of last year and still sometimes find myself thinking about this story. It has stuck with me, and I may end up rereading it this summer. It’s that good! Kya, known to the people of Barkley Cove on the North Carolina coast as the “Marsh Girl,” is living a solitary life in the late 1960s after both of her parents and her siblings vanish, one by one. In the midst of her silent, simple life, she becomes involved with two different men and is later suspected of murder when one of the men is found dead in the marsh. You will lose track of time reading this book, it is beautifully written.
If you have any good books you’d recommend for summer reading, leave a note in the comments! Other than reading books, one of my favorite hobbies is talking about books. I should really become a professional book-clubber, if that even exists.