9 Books for Summer Beach Bags

9 Books for Summer Beach Bags

Any season is a good season for reading a book.

But there's something about summer, right? In a hammock, under a tree, on the beach. It's relaxxxxxxing.

If you're gearing up for a warm weather date between the pages, here are a few new books for summer I'd recommend to anyone, plus a few to keep your eyes out for later in the season:

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The Nest by Cynthia D. Sweeney

I've already blogged about this earlier in the spring. Listen, everyone's reading it. Just get it over with. On the plus, side, it's a really fun book. And, you'll be able to join in on the discussion when it breaks out at the pool or playground. I keep picturing Leonardo DiCaprio as Leo Plumb. Or maybe Billy Crudup.

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Everybody's Fool by Richard Russo

And here's the one you want when you need to put on the "I read Pulitzer Prize-winning authors" air without it hurting the brain at all. Russo is a fantastic storyteller, weaving together the eccentricities of the craziest-sounding people, and somehow making them all the more human for it. Loved this return to North Bath. You will too.

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The Passenger by Lisa Lutz

I also loved The Widow, but THIS is my favorite thriller of the moment, at least until Stephen King strikes in a few days (see below). This is a crazy train of a ride, following the exploits of a young woman on the run. On the run from what, we're not sure until the very end. But so damn good.

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Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave

I loved Cleave's "Little Bee" and really enjoyed "Gold," too ... I have a hard time warming up to WW II sagas, but must like 'em, given the war setting appears in at least one book I read every year (see Life After Life, All the Light We Cannot See, The Light in the Ruins ...) So I imagine when I do get around to picking up this tale of characters surviving amidst the chaos, I'll kick myself for not reading it sooner.

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Missing Pieces by Heather Gudenkauf

I have enjoyed Gudenkauf's stories since her first, The Weight of Silence and These Things Hidden. Even though this has been out for a while, I haven't had a chance to get to it, but looking forward to it. The promo blurb had me at "dark family secrets." Another engaging summer read you won't be able to put down, I promise you.

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End of Watch by Stephen King (June 7)

This. THIS! I've been waiting anxiously since both Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers for the finale to the battle between Bill Hodges and Brady Hartsfield. Promos promise me 448 pages of thriller bliss—maybe too much for one weekend, but the perfect summer book to pack for vacation.

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Ink and Bone by Lisa Unger (June 7)

I love thrillers in the summer. Books that'll keep me up past my bedtime, or lingering on a porch for too long. The bonus with Unger's book? It's also got a supernatural element to it—the ability to see into the future. And a grandma willing to teach her granddaughter how to use that power. Nothing's going to go wrong, right?

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By the Numbers by Jen Lancaster (June 21)

C'mon now, support a Chicago girl and buy this book! That's not enough of a reason? OK, she's hilarious—that's another. And the premise of the book? A suburban (presumably Chicago) mom, getting ready to get back to her life with a condo downtown, child- and husband-free, when life comes a callin'.

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Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Morarty (July 26)

I really really wish I didn't have to wait so long for this book, but at least I know what's going to carry me through those last few weeks before the kids settle back into a school routine. And what better way to spend it than with someone who lives to write about family dysfunction?

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