Taking a vacation is often the only time we get to read a new book, or three. With our hectic schedules and constant connection to the internet, it seems a good book just gets left behind for the latest on Netflix. Whether your vacationing is at the lake, riding the trains in Europe or at one of the luxurious beachfront Dominican Republic resorts, be sure to pack or download these five summer beach reads.
- The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkings
This NY Times number one bestseller, now movie starring Emily Blunt, is a psychological thriller that will change the way you look at people’s lives.
“Intersecting, overlapping, not-quite-what-they-seem lives. Jealousies and betrayals and wounded hearts. A haunting unease that clutches and won’t let go. All this and more helps propel Paula Hawkins’s addictive debut into a new stratum of the psychological thriller genre. This is a book to be devoured.” -Neal Thompson, Amazon.com
- Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
One of the Best Books of the Year says The Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, Entertainment Weekly, Time and The Huffington Post. This is a haunting and beautifully crafted novel about the end of the world, as we know it. The story moves between the time before and after “the collapse,” and the various characters’ points of view narrate the story.
“This book is beautiful. I don’t know how else to describe it. I found that even after putting it down, I was still thinking about the story while doing other things. It has several layers to the story that truly make you think about how they all tie together.” Amazon.com
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
A story of magical realism, it is a tale of two illusionists, chosen to compete in a contest that will engulf their lives. Performed nightly in a circus, this story takes the reader away in an air of suspense and romance.
“Marco creates the most beautiful and enchanting scenes that offer the perfect escape. Celia’s illusions are awe-inspiring. Together they are downright magical, and you can’t help but feel the sparks between them the whole way through. This is one circus that I would definitely buy a ticket to… And never want to leave.” Amazon.com
- Star I See Tonight by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Who doesn’t love a good sports romance? Phillips is the master of this genre, and her Chicago Stars football team is a favorite among readers. Here, retired quarterback Cooper Graham has it all—fame, the looks, and the hottest nightclub in Chicago. Piper Dove is a one-woman PI agency whose main (and seemingly only) case involves following Cooper around town. She is a scrappy heroine, and longtime readers of Phillips will be glad to have her back.
- It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover
Not necessarily a romance, it is more an epiphany about trust, relationships and making the right decisions. This novel will remain in your heart and mind for a long time. “Colleen Hoover reminds readers that love is a fragile thing, built from courage, hope, and tears. Every person with a heartbeat should read this book.” Kami Garcia