50 Best Summer Reads of All Time
Settle in for beach reads to suit your every mood and guaranteed to take you to other worlds. These amazing books are totally packed with pleasure and are an escape in and of themselves.
Get ready for wit and wisdom from extremely talented television and movie star, Amy Poehler, as she writes about life as a funny woman in her hilarious and inspiring bestseller. It’s certain to make you laugh and think as you roll through this collection of real-life stories punched up with one-liners and chock-full of great advice.
The Catcher in the Rye
Settle into Holden Caufield’s classically cynical vibe. The old-time slang still resonates with contemporary human pathos and the universal condition of seeing the world through young and melancholy eyes. Find beauty amid all the phonies in this classic and page-turning ode to life as a teenager. Don’t miss these surprisingly awful original titles of 10 world famous books.
The Handmaid’s Tale
Margaret Atwood originally published her chilling tale of totalitarian Gilead in 1985, but the classic feminist novel retains contemporary relevance. Delve into the gripping world of captive Offred (named because she is “of” the man who commands her, Fred.) This novel delves into a world where women are valued only as childbearing vessels or sex toys—and you won’t be able to put it down.
Nobody Cries at Bingo
Dawn Dumont’s charming and moving memoir tells stories about life on the “Rez” (the Okanese First Nation reservation.) The author is a Plains Cree comedian and actress whose descriptions and humor pull you into to the world of her family from the very first lines about her parent’s 6,945th break-up and where they go in the aftermath. Check out these iconic books that almost didn’t get published.
The House on Mango Street
Get ready for captivating prose in Sandra Cisnero’s classic about life for a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago. Esperanza’s childhood unfolds in a series of vignettes that grapple with identity and heritage. Beautiful and evocative language keeps you spellbound along the journey that’s often lyrical as it expresses its heroine’s challenges and discoveries. Here are 12 more brilliant books you can read in one weekend.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
When nostalgia beckons, return to Narnia. C.S. Lewis knew how to capture a heart and keep it engaged until the very last page. Adults still love this classic children’s novel about a magical wardrobe and the enchanting world just beyond a throng of fur coats. Fauns, a white witch, talking wildlife, and a majestic lion await to inspire your soul all over again.
Author Amy Kaufman promises you an insider’s look at “America’s Favorite Guilty Pleasure,” and this soapy expose offers smart analysis and reliable dish. It focuses on the behind-the-scenes details of ABC’s beloved and bemoaned reality franchise, The Bachelor, a show that promises true love—or does it? Devour this breezy read that offers the real deal on a highly-watchable show.
Big Little Lies
Follow a group of moms who seem to have it all in Liane Moriarty’s dramatic novel. This page-turner takes you into the underbelly of the so-called “good life.” The story ultimately focuses on the power of female friendships, as strong women band together to help each other out.
Get ready for Gothic and romantic goings-on set in a giant manse that has intrigue, scandal, and a little bit of lust in every nook and cranny. No heroine can really come of age and figure things out without a madwoman in the attic, a roguish boyfriend, a mean, estranged aunt, and a nice guy missionary who offers reliable, but boring love. What should Jane do? Read on as she sketches more pictures, figures it out, survives and lays her heart bare for you, dear reader! You may want to add this work of Bronte’s to the list of 10 romantic books you’ll want to read as a couple.
Fat Girl on a Plane
When you’re in the mood for YA delight, take a ride with Cookie, the aspiring fashion designer who dreams of styling people of all sizes. But on her way from Phoenix to an interview in NYC, she’s declared “too fat to fly.” Cookie has to figure out how to navigate love and career while living in a body that seems to be under attack by fashion industry standards and just about everyone else. This touching and funny novels alternates between Cookie’s perspectives as both “fat” and “skinny” as she figures out how to accept herself in a world set on tearing women down with impossible expectations. Kelly DeVos’ stellar debut is a relatable and moving story about following your dreams and learning to love yourself along the way.