10 Must-Read Books for Summer 2014


So all you want to do this summer is relax and unwind with a good book–preferably while sunning yourself at the beach, dressed in your favorite bikini with a lush fruit smoothie in one hand.

Who wouldn’t want that, right?

To help you choose which book (or should we say books, for those voracious bookworms out there!) to cuddle with this summer, we’ve put together a list of some of the hottest, must-read books for Summer 2014!

1. The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)

If you’re a Harry Potter fan, or more importantly a J.K. Rowling fan, this might be for you. The Silkworm is Rowling’s latest offering under her pseudonym Robert Galbraith. A crime fiction novel, this book is the sequel to the writer’s 2013 book The Cuckoo’s Calling and follows private investigator Cormoran Strike as he embarks on an investigation about a novelist’s disappearance–and subsequent murder.

2. Act of War: A Thriller by Brad Thor

Act of War is a spy thriller involving the mysterious death of a CIA agent, the deadly chain of events that follow, and a counter-terrorist’s top secret mission to prevent a devastating attack on the United States. A real nail-biter right here!

3. The Vacationers by Emma Straub

When a family gets together for a two-week vacation in Mallorca to celebrate their wedding anniversary and their daughter’s graduation with extended family members, things predictably get pretty complicated–secrets are unearthed, childhood rivalries are reawakened, and old wounds are intensified. Perfect if you’re on vacation with family… or not.

4. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Big Little Lies tells the story of three women whose lives intertwine after a disastrous parents’ night at an elementary school fundraiser, which ends with a death. It’s an intriguing mystery novel, but whether it’s a murder mystery remains to be seen.

5. Landline by Rainbow Rowell

A hilarious and heart-wrenching drama with a supernatural twist, Landline follows Georgie McCool and her desperate bid to save her marriage… with the help of a magical phone that lets her speak to her husband in the past.

6. The Fever by Megan Abbott

A sudden outbreak of an unknown illness in an idyllic suburban community induces panic and hysteria, resulting in strife and discord between families and friends.

7. We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas

High school teacher Matthew Thomas’ debut novel details the multigenerational saga of an Irish-American family living in Woodside, Queens. Thomas got a staggering $1 million book deal for this destined-to-be-a-classic novel, so if that doesn’t tell you it’s worth checking out, I don’t know what will.

8. Flying Shoes by Lisa Howorth

Based on the murder of the author’s stepbrother, Flying Shoes follows the story of Mary Byrd Thornton as she returns to her hometown 30 years after the horrific, unsolved rape and murder of her brother, Stevie. It’s not a mystery novel though. It’s a beautiful tale about the South and the inner workings of the mind of a Southern woman and the people around her.

9. All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner

This novel gives a painfully honest look into the life of a drug addict. It follows Allison Weiss’ descent into drug addiction despite her seemingly perfect life, and her struggle to get her life back on track.

10. Invisible by James Patterson

A thrilling mystery about an FBI researcher’s obsessive determination to find the link between hundreds of unsolved kidnappings, rapes and murders–believing they’re all the work of one person.

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