My Top 5 Books of Summer

Top 5 beach reads.
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Need inspiration for your beach reads this summer? Read on for my recommendations.

I am heading on a family vacation later this summer. My family, including my siblings and all the nieces and nephews, will be sharing a beach house for a week in the Outer Banks.

I plan on parking myself either beside the pool or in the sand and reading (or listening) to some purely fun reads. I don’t know about the rest of you but I need a break from my normal reading material–meeting minutes, reports, and proofreading my own work. I need to a breather to enjoy some of the perfect beach reads that have been littering up my to-read list.

Whether you like to read physical books, digital books, or like to listen ( I tend to all of the above), I bet you have your own list of books that you are dying to read over a week of vacation. Please let me know in the comments below. I am always on the lookout for my next read.

Here is a list of the books that I will be taking with me on vacation via my e-reader and thanks to Audible (I’ve been stockpiling credits for a couple of months).

My 5 Beach Reads for Summer 2019

1. My Sister, the Serial Killer: A Novel

I have to admit that I have already listened to this debut title by
Oyinkan Braithwaite, but it was such a wonderfully decadent romp that I just had to add it to my list. The story is told by the older sister about her younger sister who conveniently eliminates her boyfriends when she is done with them. Fans of the BBC America show Killing Eve will appreciate the deadpan way that this tale of serial murder is told.

2. Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World’s Greatest Nuclear Disaster

While this title doesn’t fit the normal lightweight beach read, after watching the HBO miniseries Chernobyl, I need to know more. Journalist Adam Higginbotham’s deep dive into the disaster seems like a good place to start.

3. Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

Surprisingly, I have never read a Neil Gaiman book, but after watching Amazon Prime’s limited series Good Omens with the hubster, I have added this one to my shortlist. The tale of a friendship between an angel and a demon and the end of the world told by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett seems like the perfect company for poolside afternoons.

4. The Body in Question: A Novel

Fans of NPR’s Fresh Air may have heard this book by Jill Ciment reviewed by book critic Maureen Corrigan and decided to add it to your must-read list. For those who didn’t, check this one out. Between Maureen’s review and the blurb, I can’t wait to read this story about a sensational murder trial and the jurors that end up sequestered for its duration.

5. The Girls: A Novel

Getting a jump on my summertime books, I have already started listening to The Girls: A Novel by Emma Cline. It’s a mesmerizingly dark and addicting coming-of-age story set in California in the late 1960s. The story follows a teenage girl as she becomes infatuated with a group of young women, and one in particular, which leads her fall into a rabbit hole that the blurb calls a “soon-to-be infamous cult and the man who is its charismatic leader.” While I have only just started listening to this book, I can see that it’s going to just the kind of story to keep me enthralled even when children are running by and kicking up sand at the beach!

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