Summer Reading: A Boost for Books

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Posted by Sarah Bain on July 1, 2018, 10 a.m.

Summertime means sun and vacations, giving you time to relax and dig into some quality reading. Some people prefer lighter reading, while others have more time in the summer to languish over longer tomes. Here are some of the season’s best reads that are sure to be engage you whether your palette is for something easy and fun or more intense.

Woman reading in hammock

Keep It Light

"The High Tide Club" by Mary Kay Andrews

The New York Times bestselling author of The Weekenders returns with a new novel that is as much about love and friendship as it is about mystery and secrets. For those that enjoy a fast-paced novel with a great deal of Southern history that ends on a hopeful note, this book is for you.

"The Nest" by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

If you happen to go to a family reunion this summer, no book may create more conversation about sibling relationships than this debut novel from Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney. Siblings Beatrice, Melody and Jack must confront their older brother Leo, newly released from rehab, whose reckless behavior has jeopardized their shared inheritance. Anyone with a brother or sister can relate to this story about the power of familial bonds on one level or another.

"The Good Son" by You-Jeong Jeong

Don’t miss this psychological thriller that forces the main character, Yu-jin, to question his memory and to examine his relationship with his mother. This coming-of-age novel takes place over three days and will have you on the edge of your seat forgetting to take a breath. This is the first novel by award-winning South Korean author You-Jeong Jeong to be translated into English.

Diving Deep

"The Flicker of Old Dreams" by Susan Henderson

Susan Henderson returns to the land of her childhood in The Flicker of Old Dreams. In the fictional small town of Petroleum, Mont., population 182, lives Mary Crampton, ashy embalmer who feels more comfortable among the dead than she does among the living. That is, until someone returns to the forgotten town in order to bury his mother, and Mary discovers that maybe the living have something to offer her after all.

"So You Want to Talk About Race" by Ijeoma Oluo

This non-fiction text will be a hard read for many, but it’s an important book that touches on one of today’s most relevant topics: racism in America. Seattle-based author Oluo walks the reader through an examination of the self and how privilege and whiteness shapes our thoughts. It’s so well-written and clear that the reader is reminded to slow down in order to process what the author asks her audience to consider.

"Why We Sleep" by Matthew Walker

The next time someone asks you why you are napping, tell them to read this book. Find out what caffeine really does to your system, how alcohol affects your sleep and how you can improve your sleeping habits. Based on scientific research over the last twenty years, Walker’s book will give the reader a better understand of why it’s important to spend one-third of our lives asleep. Bonus: the author gives you permission early on to fall asleep while reading this book.