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15 Best Summer Books to Read in 2019

Whether you're hitting the beach or relaxing at home, the long and lazy days of summer offer the perfect time to spend more time reading. From thrillers to memoirs, from romance to historical fiction, these are the books you'll want on your reading list in the summer of 2019.


The Lightest Object in the Universe

Readers who enjoy dystopian literature will want to check out this 2019 debut novel by Kimi Eisele, which tells the story of a post-apocalyptic universe following the collapse of the global economy—and the electrical grid along with it. In between its themes of resilience and survival, Eisele weaves a love story, with main character Carson trying to find his way back to Beatrix, the woman he loves.

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Daisy Jones and the Six

Fans of rock music and of music biographies will definitely want to add this 2019 novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid to their summer reading list. Although a fictional tale, the novel reads like a true memoir and will leave readers wondering how, in fact, these characters aren't actual portrayals of real-life rock stars. It highlights the meteoric rise of Daisy Jones in the Los Angeles music scene during the late 1960s and early 1970s, one of music's most iconic eras of rock n' roll. The novel is being adapted into a TV show that is being produced by Reese Witherspoon for Amazon Prime.

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Little Fires Everywhere

This novel by author Celeste Ng is a New York Times Best Seller, was named Amazon's Best Novel of 2017, GoodReads Readers' Choice Award 2017 for Fiction and a "Best Book of the Year" by numerous outlets including Barnes & Noble, NPR, Buzzfeed, the Guardian, and more. It's now being made into a Hulu series starring Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington. The novel, which takes place in Shaker Heights, Ohio, is the heart-wrenching tale of two families who come together—and are then divided—by a series of events involving their children.

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In her New York Times Best Seller memoir, former First Lady Michelle Obama gives readers a personal glimpse into her childhood on the South Side of Chicago; her schooling and early career choices; her marriage to President Barack Obama and, of course, life in the White House; and finally, her life after politics. Eye-opening and inspirational, Becoming gives us a microscopic and fascinating look into the life of one of the most recognized women in America.

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The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers

If you or your children grew up watching Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood—or if biographies are your go-to summer reads—you'll want this 2018 book by Maxwell King to be at the top of your list. It is the first full-length biography of Mr. Rogers and gives readers a never-before inside look at the life and career of the beloved television icon. Moreover, this book will certainly inspire readers to practice Mr. Rogers' good-neighbor lessons.

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