Ah, summer. It's a time of pastel colors, feet in the sand, beach houses, and people silhouetted against the ocean. And that's just the book covers. To be fair, it's also a time of thrillers and some big releases in paperback. Traditionally the season for "fun" books (although that's in the eye of the beholder), summertime offers up chills -- both amorous ones and fearful ones -- in equal quantities.
But where to start? To make your selection easier, the Amazon editors have done some of the work for you. Our Summer Reading list features the books that we are most excited about as the weather warms. Have a look at the full list, where we have broken it down into "beach reads," "fiction," and "new in paperback." And here are a few selected titles:
The Friends We Keep by Jane Green
It's difficult to imagine a summer reading list without a Jane Green novel in it. This is the author who wrote The Sunshine Sisters and The Beach House, which effectively puts her in the summer reading pantheon. The Friends We Keep is about a group of former college friends who get together after thirty years of living life. Like all of us, they have known both success and disappointment--and although they had drifted apart, their reunion will teach them that it is never too late to find a place called home.
Summer of '69 by Elin Hilderbrand
I'll say two things about Elin Hilderbrand: she is known as the queen of the summer beach read, and her book actually has the word "summer" in it. So yes, this is a classic summer read. What's different about this book is that it's Hilderbrand's first novel not set in the present. Instead, it's the Summer of '69 (Chappaquiddick, the moon landing, Vietnam, hippies) and the four kids from the Levin family, along with their mother and grandmother, are just trying to have a good summer together on Nantucket, despite getting swept up in all that change. This summer, it's all siblings, sun, secrets, and social upheaval for the Levins.
The Chain by Adrian McKintyMaybe you can tell by the red and black cover, but this book is intended to deliver darker chills than the other books I've described. The chain has a great set-up:
YOUR PHONE RINGS.
A STRANGER HAS KIDNAPPED YOUR CHILD.
THE STRANGER SAYS THAT YOU MUST ABDUCT SOMEONE ELSE'S CHILD.
YOUR CHILD WILL BE RELEASED WHEN YOUR VICTIM'S PARENTS KIDNAP ANOTHER CHILD.
IF ANY OF THESE THINGS DON'T HAPPEN:
YOUR CHILD WILL BE KILLED.
YOU ARE NOW PART OF THE CHAINThe all-caps express the urgency of the situation, although they also make it look like one of my grandmother's emails. But seriously, once you start this novel, it's difficult to put down. You need to know what happens. If you don't believe me, Stephen King gave it a great quote (as did a lot of other wonderful writers): "This nightmarish story is incredibly propulsive and original. You won't shake it for a long time."
Again, you can see all of our Summer Reading list here.
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