Summer is just around the corner, which means it’s almost time to lay out by the pool, kick off your sandals, and crack open a book. I have a big stack that I’m saving for some warm afternoons, so I thought I would share some of my current favorite reads and some I’m looking forward to!
1. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
It seems like everyone has been talking about this book, and I can’t wait to start it. The main character, Rachel, takes the same train every morning, and always looks for a couple who lives in a house along the tracks. She sees so much of their lives that she almost feels like she knows them – until she sees something she can’t forget. She has to tell someone, and she winds up entwined in their story. Has she helped, or harmed?
2. Landline by Rainbow Rowell
Goodreads keeps recommending this one to me, so I think this summer I’ll finally give it a try. Georgie’s marriage is on the rocks, and the final straw might be when she tells her husband she can’t go visit his family during Christmas. He takes the kids and goes without her. But then Georgie discovers a way to communicate with her husband in the past. It might be a way to fix her marriage, but it might make everything worse.
3. One More Thing by B.J. Novak
I love The Office, so it’s a given that I have to read B.J. Novak’s book, who was the producer of the U.S. version of the show. His collection of short stories are known to be witty, funny, and at times, even sensitive. Stories focus on everything from why wearing a red shirt may be the key to finding love to the tale of a hare who badly wants a rematch with the tortoise.
4. Paper Towns by John Green
You can always find me reading anything and everything John Green releases, and Paper Towns is no exception. I read this one a few years ago, but since the movie comes out this summer, I plan on giving it another go. Quentin has secretly been in love with his next door neighbor, Margo, for years. One night, she climbs through his window and takes him out for a night filled with revenge schemes. He thinks he finally has a chance, but the next day, she disappears. Can he follow her trail of clues, and if so, what will he find?
5. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
This one has been talked about for a while, but somehow, I still haven’t gotten around to reading it. Theo survives an accident that kills his mother and is abandoned by his father, so he is taken in by a wealthy family. He holds on to the one thing that reminds him of his mom – a painting – and is drawn into the art world. The Goldfinch is a story of triumph and fate that will keep you up all night.
6. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
It’s been a while since I read this one, so I thought I would include it on my list for the summer. It’s so beautifully written and yet so heartbreaking. I remember crying from page one when I read it the first time. Susie finds herself in heaven after being murdered by a man living down the block from her family. She watches them from above and recounts the tale as her loved ones search for closure and she longs to be with them again.
7. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
I can’t stress enough how excited I am for this book. After many years, another novel by Harper Lee is being released, and it comes out July 14. This was the novel Harper Lee submitted to publishers before How to Kill a Mockingbird, and the manuscript was assumed to have been lost for many years and was discovered in 2014. This one features many of the same characters and details their lives 20 years later.
8. Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin
The latest release from Gretchen Rubin is looking like a must-read. If you’ve read and loved The Happiness Project or Happier at Home, this one is for you. This time around, Rubin focuses on habits and how you can use and shape them to create a better life. I’m excited to find out how to go about creating and maintaining good habits, even though it’s often difficult.
9. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
I’ve heard so much about this book, and I’m really excited to settle in with it this summer. It won Amazon’s best book of the year in 2014 and centers on a Chinese American family living in Ohio. Their middle child, Lydia, has been found dead, and the story follows each member of the family as they deal with this tragic event and try to find out the truth.
Are there any books I missed? What will you be reading this summer? Let me know in the comments!