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Escape With These 5 Books On Your Summer Reading List

A season that lends itself to exploration, connection, and adventure, summer is the only one that promotes outdoor enjoyment while getting lost in a good book. Whether you're lounging on the beach, chilling in a hammock in your backyard, or hanging by the pool, summer is the ideal season to escape with a page-turning and captivating book. Sure to take you to another place and time, here are five of the best summer books to add to your summer reading list right now.

Beach Read by Emily Henry

When January Andrews lands broke, broken-hearted, and bogged down, she finds refuge in the only place she can afford—the lake house her father left her in Northern Michigan. A bestselling romance writer, she’s come to the lake house to finish her book, now with a fast-approaching deadline. Coincidentally, she finds that her college writing rival, Augustus Everett, is her next-door neighbor. This book takes us through their journey as they team up to help each other get out of their writing rut while discovering creativity, love, and strength. Read it now and discover who gets their happily ever after!  

Our Rating: 4/5

Genre: Romance 

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The House at the Edge of Night by Catherine Banner

Set on the fictional, far-away island of Castellamare in Italy, this book follows four generations of a family facing the secrets, mysteries, trials, and sacrifices of life. You’ll find it easy to get lost in the stories of each character who finds themselves at the heart of rumors, conflict, and struggle. The bougainvillea-draped café The House at the Edge of Night provides an idyllic location, centered among piazzas, cobblestoned streets, and palm trees. Transport yourself to a different time and place as you see these characters grow and flourish—all along the stunning backdrop of the Mediterranean.

Our Rating: 4/5

Genre: Historical Fiction

Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson

Eastern, rural Kentucky is a geographically isolated area, cut off from much of the country. Prior to the creation of the Pack Horse Library Project, a real program initiated by the Works Progress Administration in 1935, many people in rural Appalachian Kentucky didn’t have access to books. This story follows Cussy Mary Carter, a traveling librarian with the Pack Horse Library. We’re with her as she travels through the mountainous, wooded terrain to get to the remote town of Troublesome Creek. Even though this book is fiction, its depiction of the library service and Appalachia are all based on truths. You’ll be inspired by the power of Cussy’s strength and determination while reminded of the innate power of books, as well.

Our Rating: 4.5/5

Genre: Historical Fiction

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The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine

If you’re looking for a quick summertime read you won't be able to put down, this is it. It’s the story of Amber Patterson, whose quiet existence leads her to yearn for more. What is she looking for? To have the life of wealthy socialite Daphne Parrish. A book that goes into the twists and turns of her deceit, it’s a thrilling and entertaining look at the lives of the super-rich and an engrossing portrayal of envy, friendships, and trust. Sit back, let yourself escape into the lives of these sometimes-relatable characters, and enjoy.

Our Rating: 4.5/5

Genre: Thriller

Next Year In Havana by Chanel Cleeton

It’s the smell of gardenias and jasmine, the taste of plantains and mamey fruit, and the voice of Celia Cruz playing through an old record player that we’re able to feel and experience the sweetness of Havana, Cuba. Drawn to Cuba by her grandmother’s dying wish to spread her ashes in the country of her birth, Marisol Perez finds herself enamored with its beauty, but distressed by the political climate. A book that will take you through the Havana of long ago to the city it is today, you’ll lose yourself in this story of love, loss, identity, and courage.

Our Rating: 4/5

Genre: Historical Fiction

Finished the Best Summer Reads? Read a Classic Book Next!

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While these are the best summer books for the year, there are hundreds of other books that have stood the test of time year after year. We've rounded up 10 of the best classic books to read that continue to touch hearts after decades. From The Great Gatsby to To Kill A Mockingbird, you're sure to find a new favorite to add to your shelf.