When the warm and carefree days of summer arrive, it is time to start spending quality time in the great outdoors, but summer means more than sunshine and swimming. Summer is also the perfect time to catch up on your reading, and 2017 promises some of the best summer reads around.
There is nothing better than spending time outdoors and escaping into a good book. With a great book, you can go anywhere, from distant planets to the distant past. Here are five of our favorite summer reads, so you can pick the ones that work best for you.
Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Stout
The unforgettable story of love and loss, Elizabeth Stout’s Anything is Possible is sure to be a favorite with summer readers. This engrossing book delves deep into the emotions that rule our lives, and the struggles we all face to truly understand those around us.
Anything is Possible explores the lives of two sisters, one who sacrifices her honor and self-respect for a life of wealth and privilege and one who finds her soulmate and lives a life poor in physical possessions but rich in love and commitment. The interplay between the two main characters is truly fascinating, making this book a highlight of the 2017 summer reading season.
The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Livy
The Rules Do Not Apply is a New York Times bestseller, so it is already a favorite with summer readers. This amazing memoir chronicles love, loss and recovery, and it is sure to be a hit on your summer reading list.
In The Rules Do Not Apply, Ariel Livy tells the story of her 2012 trip to Mongolia, taken when we was pregnant, financially and emotionally secure and in a happy marriage. By the end of that ill-fated trip, it had all begun to fall apart. The tale of the unraveling is jarring, fascinating and sure to please even the most demanding reader.
The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn
The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn has been called one of the most addictive books of the year, and for good reason. This touching, funny and emotionally deep novel contains layer upon layer, and it all adds up to a very satisfying whole.
The Arrangement tells the story of a happily married couple who decide to experiment with an open marriage. The results are unpredictable, hilarious and strangely touching, earning this wonderful summer read great acclaim – and great sales.
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
If you are in the mood for something a bit more serious, and quite a bit darker, Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West is a must read for this summer. Exit West has been called a dystopian novel, and readers will quickly understand why. This amazing summer read tells the story of a life turned upside down, and explores how things can change in the blink of an eye.
Exit West tells the story of Saeed and Nadia, who meet in a class on corporate identity and branding and quickly begin a relationship. As their courtship blossoms, the world around them is falling apart, with their home country moving toward civil war and the lives of their family members increasingly in danger. Exit West combines the reality of today’s headlines with an entertaining novel that is simply too engrossing to put down.
Running by Cara Hoffman
The new novel by the critically acclaimed author of Be Safe I Love You is a real treat, and one of the standouts of 2017. In Running, Cara Hoffman has created a stellar depiction of friendship, love and survival, all set in the seedy red light district of Athens.
Running has been called brilliant by critics, and readers are flocking to the book in droves. If you are looking for a summer read with depth, one that explores the seedy side of life in the big city, spend your summer with Running.
There is nothing like a great summer read to spark your imagination and broaden your mind, and 2017 has some of the best releases yet. No matter what your taste or chosen genre, you can find a great summer book to bring on vacation or tote on that fun beach trip.
Enjoy your Summer reading and be sure to let us know on our Facebook page what your favorite book is!