Books to Read this Summer

books to read at the beach or pool

woman readingAre you searching for some fantastic summer reads to add to your beach bag? Your search is over! I have created a list of books suitable for everyone, including a pick from Reese’s Bookclub, an incredible family saga, stories of human survival, a comedy that will make you laugh out loud, and thought-provoking plots. Let me know some of your summer picks in the comment section.

Age of Vice

Set in India in the early 2000s, the story follows Sunny Wadia, the son of a corrupt businessman, Anjay, a boy who witnessed horrible violence and was then sold into servitude, eventually coming to work for Sunny- constantly at his beck and call, and Neda, a journalist working on a story who becomes dazzled by Sunny’s wealth and exciting lifestyle. But when a horrific car crash occurs, it changes their lives in unexpected ways.

It’s been a long time since I read a compelling family crime drama, think modern-day Godfather. I can’t wait to read the second one in the trilogy! It’s over 500 pages, but it was such a page-turner it felt like a fast read.

The Change

I highlighted this book in my post about Must-Read Books Featuring Midlife Women, and I don’t think it’s getting the hype it deserves. You’ll find yourself cheering these women on as I did – laughing and hollering one minute and raging mad the next – producing the perfect balance of mystery, magic, and reality.

Haled as Big Little Lies meets The Witches of Eastwick, The Change is about three women who come into supernatural powers later in life and band together to seek revenge for a brutally murdered seventeen-year-old girl; no force on earth can stop them from hunting down and removing the evil hiding in this town. They’re on a mission for justice and revenge for all the women discarded like yesterday’s trash, for all the injustices women have suffered at the hands of men, the poor, the forgotten, and the lost.

This book is a fantastic blend of genres, including fantasy, mystery, and women’s fiction, with a side of feminism, all rolled into one action-packed story that will leave you wanting more.

Bad Summer People

Bad Summer People is a thrilling mystery novel that revolves around a group of individuals who are liars, cheaters, and double-crossers. They are all spending their summer in a small beach town, but unfortunately, not all of them will make it through the season. It was inspired by the successful HBO’s “White Lotus” and takes place in a posh community on Fire Island. The book has received rave reviews and is considered a must-read for anyone who enjoys a good beach read. I have added it to my summer reading list, and the reviews have been so fantastic that I am considering starting it before my next beach day.

Did You Hear About Kitty Karr?

The death of white silver screen actress Kitty Karr Tate leads to a surprising turn of events as her multimillion-dollar estate is left to the Black St. John sisters. This triggers a chain of events that risks revealing hidden secrets. The story, told from two perspectives, is a blend of historical fiction, family drama, and mystery reminiscent of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and The House of Eve. It celebrates the resilience of women in the face of injustice.

I am putting this one in my beach bag now.


Before my plane trip to Nashville, I promised myself I would only read the first page of Drowning: The Rescue of Flight 1421. However, once I started, I couldn’t put it down. The story follows the devastating crash of Flight 1421 into the Pacific Ocean just six minutes after takeoff. During the evacuation, an engine exploded, causing flooding and trapping twelve passengers inside as the plane sank. Can they survive?

I recommend reading it on the beach this summer, safe on dry ground rather than on a plane!

The Celebrants

Steven Rowley’s The Guncle fans will want to check out his latest book, The Celebrants. This contemporary retelling of “The Big Chill” explores the power of friendship that endures over three decades and serves as the story’s core, depicting the strength of long-lasting relationships.

This story is a masterpiece because of its well-developed characters. I became fully invested in each one and felt like they were my friends. It’s so engaging that you won’t want to put it down once you start reading, so make sure you set aside enough time.

Small Mercies

I enjoyed reading Dennis Lehane’s Mystic River and am excited to read his latest book, Small Mercies

The story begins with Mary Pat Fennessy and her daughter, Jules. Mary Pat has lost one child to drugs; one husband is dead, and her second has left her. Jules is her whole heart now. So when her daughter doesn’t return from a night out with her “useless” boyfriend, Mary Pat will do whatever it takes to find her daughter.

The story revolves around revenge, family love, brewing hatred, and corrupt power, all set against the backdrop of one of Boston’s most turbulent periods in history. Lehane has a talent for crafting dynamic and captivating main characters; whether they are ones you support or ones you hope never to encounter again. This is why I am eagerly anticipating reading his latest book.

Seven books, seven different adventures but all of them are perfect for reading during the summer by the pool or at the beach. Let me know your favorites in the comment section!


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