5 Great Summer Reads

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If you love to find a socially distant spot in a park and read during the summer, we have some great recommendations for you! Whether you like a page turning thriller, a commentary on our society, a female empowered narrative, we have a suggestion for you! Keep reading to find out more.

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Malibu Rising

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid transports you to the hot, end of summer in Malibu during the 80’s. It follows the four Riva siblings, who are the “it” young adults of famous singer, Mick Riva. Nina is a model, Jay is a professional surfer, Hud is a photographer and Kit is their baby sister with a secret or two. You get insight into one day of their lives, their annual end of summer party. The party is crazy, and by morning the mansion is in flames. This book is a snapshot into a day in the life of this family that will leave you definitely wanting more! If you liked Daisy Jones & The Six or The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, both writing by Taylor Jenkins Reid, this book is for you!

The cover of The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave featuring house boats in Seattle.
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The Last Thing He Told Me

The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave is a page turning thriller! When Owen Michals disappears only leaving a note that says “Protect Her” referring to his teen daughter, Bailey, his wife of 2 years Hannah is shocked. Owen worked at The Shop, which has just been raided by the Feds for money laundering amongst many other charges. Owen, while not yet accused of any partaking vanishes. Hannah and step-daughter Bailey set off to try to make sense of it all and you will never guess what they find. If you are looking for a book that you won’t be able to put down, this one’s for you!

The cover of Amanda and Ana Kloot's book Live Your Life: My Story Of Loving And Loosing Nick Cordero, with a family photo on the front cover
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Live Your Life: My Story Of Loving And Loosing Nick Cordero

This memoir by Amanda and Ana Kloots tells the story of tragic truth so many have dealt with the past year- loosing someone you love to COVID-19. Nick Cordero, new father and husband to Amanda, battled months in the ICU after being diagnosed with COVID-19. Amanda with the help of her sister Ana, tells the beautiful story of her relationship with Nick and the unfortunate end to their relationship. Along her journey, there are moments or hope, musical joy, laughter, and heart break. Amanda gained a large following during the pandemic, where people all over the world would come join together to sing her husband’s song Live Your Life. And, her husband did have his dream realized, of becoming a rockstar! Just not in the linear path he would have dreamed up. This book is a must read.

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The Maidens

The Maidens is written by Alex Michaelides, best selling author of The Silent Patient. Edward Fosca is a Greek tragedy professor at Cambridge University. He is loved by all especially by The Maidens, a secret society of girls at Cambridge. When one of the girls of The Maidens is found murdered, Mariana Andros, an alumni of Cambridge herself, suspects Fosca. With his alibi temporarily securing his innocence, can she prove otherwise?

The cover of People We Meet On Vacation. Two people on beach lounge chairs.

People We Meet On Vacation

People We Meet On Vacation by Emily Henry is a great beach read. In fact, she is the author of Beach Read. This book follows Poppy and Alex, two very unlikely friends. Poppy is described as a wild child, where as Alex is introverted and prefers to read at home to going out. The two take a vacation every year, but when they have a falling out, Poppy sees the upcoming vacation as the place to make everything right. Will she be able to?

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