Summer is my favorite time to read. The hot temperatures just beg for you to grab a book and a lounge chair and soak up the sun and a novel. I remember growing up and participating in the Dallas Public Library's “Mayor's Summer Reading Club” where you got points for reading. I would devour books, and I think the tradition has carried on even when I'm not on Summer Break.

5 books to read in the summer

Here are 5 books you should add to your summer reading list:

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
This is one of the best books I've read in a while. The only drawback is that I'm listening to this book on Audible. It's set in Australia. Hence, they speak in Australian accent and now all I want to do is speak in an Australian accent. Michael is very annoyed with me. Bloody hell! The story opens with a murder at a primary school, but the story takes place before the murder. We don't know who, or how, but I was instantly hooked and involved in the three women's lives that it follows. Seriously, the type of book I didn't think I would care about this type of book but it was incredibly engaging. The kind of book you can sink your teeth into. I couldn't put my earbuds down. Read it right now.

The Secret Life of Violet Grant by Beatriz Williams
I've become a fan of Williams' work since reading “A Hundred Summers.” This is the perfect beach book. You get wrapped up in the story, although it didn't carry me away like “A Hundred Summers” did. The story follows a girl, Vivian, in the 1960s who gets her Aunt Violet's suitcase. The story is paralleled by Violet's life in 1914, and we take the path of Vivian as she tries to uncover her secrets. It's fun and exciting and will make you smile and laugh and maybe even cry.

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
This is an interesting love story of two very different people that help each other discover themselves. It's real and raw and very different from what I thought it would be. I wasn't necessarily blown away, but I did feel akin to the characters and was intrigued by their outcomes.

The Martian by Andy Weir
Astronauts, space, and the great unknown: Mars. A man ends up on Mars, alone, while everyone thinks he's dead. Will he survive? Everyone seemed to go crazy over this book, and it was interesting, it almost seemed real. But, I just couldn't get into it. I liked it, but I didn't love it. If you're like me and like to read the book before the movie, then hurry up! The movie is coming out soon.

Tell The Wolves I'm Home by
Carol Rifka Brunt
The story follows a young girl as she deals with the death of her uncle and the intricacies of growing up, falling in loving, and how to be compassionate. Set in the 80's it deals with hard topics like AIDs and heartbreak and family turmoil. While I felt the story was a little too far fetched at times, I couldn't help loving the characters.

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