Ahh…summer vacation. The warmth of the sun on our skin, the sound of the birds and the ocean, the feeling of silky sand between our toes – nothing feels better than a beautiful, sunny summer day to anyone who recently experienced a harsh winter.
When the lazy days of summer arrive, most of us take a vacation. We may head to the beach or a house with a pool, most definitely armed with the joyous anticipation of the hours ahead with our favorite book. With no shame or guilt, we could easily spend hour upon hour reading the latest bestseller by our equally-favorite author on our vacation, the weekends, or while the sun stays out late, keeping us company in our comfy chair.
Some of the best books to read on vacation are heavy on characters and plot and utterly engaging. There’s always an excitement to browse the bestsellers’ lists and see what’s new and exciting.
Here are a few of the latest and greatest and most popular reads out there. Stock piling, hoarding and coveting are allowed. Happy Reading!
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – a ‘whodunit” that will keep you guessing through every train ride to and from London.
Finders Keepers by Stephen King – when it’s a King novel, you know there’s a deranged character just waiting in the wings to snap.
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt – a teenage boy’s life is permanently changed when he and his mother are in the wrong place at the wrong time.
The Nightingale by Kirstin Hannah – the lives of two very different sisters in occupied France during WWII.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. If you haven’t seen the movie, read the book first. Did the husband do away with his wife on their fifth anniversary? Read on and find out.
All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. A blind girl navigates through her young life during the time that the Nazis occupy Paris.
The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty (also anything by this author including The Hypnotist’s Love Story, Big Little Lies, and What Alice Forgot) Lives are shattered and tales are intertwined in this modern day tale of mayhem in Australia when a wife discovers too much, too soon.
Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian by E.L. James. OK, you read the first three, you might as well read the fourth. No one will tell.
Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America by Jill Leovy. For every white woman murdered in Los Angeles, 100 black men were murdered.
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson. Story of the 1915 sinking of the luxury liner on its way from New York to Liverpool.
Girl in a Band by Kim Gordon. A 30-year historical memoir of the Sonic Youth artist and musician.
The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy by Masha Gessen. A look at the immigrant family of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnev, or better known as the Boston Bombers.