9 Awesome Books to Welcome the Summer –– Book Recommendations

9 Awesome Books to Welcome the Summer –– Book Recommendations

 

Summer is on full swing, boys and girls. And you know what that means, a lot of barbecues in the backyard, wearing short shorts and slippers, and lounging on the beach naked tanning with good books.

With masks and social distancing, of course.

 

summer must read

 

So far in 2020, your girl has been reading a lot of heavier books. Books such as The Brothers Karamazov––which I have been procrastinating on and still hasn’t moved past chapter 6––and Blood Meridian––which was so awful to read I was ready to chop my head off just to end the misery. 

Thus for the summer of this year, I’m looking to relax and just take it slower with the books I read, you feel me? So with that said, I’m whipping out this post to not only help you, dear readers, but also help me find good books lined up for me to binge read this coming summer. 

 

 

 

summer must read

 

1. The Final Empire (Mistborn #1)

 

Genre : Fiction, Epic Fantasy 

Type   : Heptalogy (7 books)

Status : On-going series 

 

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Where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. Criminal mastermind Kelsier teaches Allomancy, the magic of metals, to another Mistborn, urchin Vin 16. The unlikely heroine is distracted by rich Venture heir Elend. Can Kelsier’s thieving crew take on the tyrant Lord Ruler and bring back colour to their world?

 

summer must read

 

2. Little Fires Everywhere 

 

Genre : Adult Fiction, Contemporary 

Type   : Standalone 

Status : Published 

 

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In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned–from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.

Enter Mia Warren–an enigmatic artist and single mother–who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town–and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs.

Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood–and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.

 

summer books recommend

 

3. Frenchman’s Creek

 

Genre : Historical Fiction, Classics, Romance

Type   : Standalone 

Status : Published 

 

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Bored and restless in London’s Restoration Court, Lady Dona escapes into the British countryside with her restlessness and thirst for adventure as her only guides.

Eventually Dona lands in remote Navron, looking for peace of mind in its solitary woods and hidden creeks. She finds the passion her spirit craves in the love of a daring French pirate who is being hunted by all of Cornwall.

Together, they embark upon a quest rife with danger and glory, one which bestows upon Dona the ultimate choice: sacrifice her lover to certain death or risk her own life to save him.

 

summer books recommend

 

4. Something Wicked This Way Comes (Green Town #2)

 

Genre : Horror, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Classics 

Type   : Tetralogy (4 books)

Status : Completed Series 

*ps. no need to read the first book before reading this book.

 

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For those who still dream and remember, for those yet to experience the hypnotic power of its dark poetry, step inside. The show is about to begin. Cooger & Dark’s Pandemonium Shadow Show has come to Green Town, Illinois, to destroy every life touched by its strange and sinister mystery. The carnival rolls in sometime after midnight, ushering in Halloween a week early. A calliope’s shrill siren song beckons to all with a seductive promise of dreams and youth regained. Two boys will discover the secret of its smoke, mazes, and mirrors; two friends who will soon know all too well the heavy cost of wishes…and the stuff of nightmares.

 

summer books recommend

 

5. Play It As It Lays 

 

Genre : Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Classics 

Type   : Standalone 

Status : Published 

 

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A ruthless dissection of American life in the late 1960s, Play It as It Lays captures the mood of an entire generation, the ennui of contemporary society reflected in spare prose that blisters and haunts the reader. Set in a place beyond good and evil – literally in Hollywood, Las Vegas, and the barren wastes of the Mojave Desert, but figuratively in the landscape of an arid soul – it remains more than three decades after its original publication a profoundly disturbing novel, riveting in its exploration of a woman and a society in crisis and stunning in the still-startling intensity of its prose.

 

summer books recommend

 

6. The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books #1)

 

Genre : Historical Fiction, Mystery, Fantasy, Magical Realism 

Type   : Tetralogy (4 books)

Status : Completed Series 

 

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Barcelona, 1945: A city slowly heals from its war wounds, and Daniel, an antiquarian book dealer’s son who mourns the loss of his mother, finds solace in a mysterious book entitled The Shadow of the Wind, by one Julian Carax. But when he sets out to find the author’s other works, he makes a shocking discovery: someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book Carax has written. In fact, Daniel may have the last of Carax’s books in existence. Soon Daniel’s seemingly innocent quest opens a door into one of Barcelona’s darkest secrets–an epic story of murder, madness, and doomed love.

 

beach must read novels

 

7. A Gentleman in Moscow

 

Genre : Historical Fiction, Adult Literary 

Type   : Standalone 

Status : Published 

 

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He can’t leave his hotel. You won’t want to.

From the New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Civility–a transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel.

In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery.

Brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the count’s endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose.

 

summer books read

 

8. The Old Man and the Sea

 

Genre : Classics, Fiction

Type   : Standalone 

Status : Published 

 

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This short novel, already a modern classic, is the superbly told, tragic story of a Cuban fisherman in the Gulf Stream and the giant Marlin he kills and loses.

 

beach must read novels

 

9. Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

 

Genre : Fiction, Urban Fantasy, Humor 

Type   : Standalone 

Status : Published 

 

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‘Armageddon only happens once, you know. They don’t let you go around again until you get it right.’

People have been predicting the end of the world almost from its very beginning, so it’s only natural to be sceptical when a new date is set for Judgement Day. But what if, for once, the predictions are right, and the apocalypse really is due to arrive next Saturday, just after tea?

You could spend the time left drowning your sorrows, giving away all your possessions in preparation for the rapture, or laughing it off as (hopefully) just another hoax. Or you could just try to do something about it.

It’s a predicament that Aziraphale, a somewhat fussy angel, and Crowley, a fast-living demon now finds themselves in. They’ve been living amongst Earth’s mortals since The Beginning and, truth be told, have grown rather fond of the lifestyle and, in all honesty, are not actually looking forward to the coming Apocalypse.

And then there’s the small matter that someone appears to have misplaced the Antichrist…

 

 

 

 

 

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