What will you Read this Summer?

explosive 18Beach Reads

Summer is upon us and it is time to kick back, bring the grill out and curl up with a good book.  Whether you want to read something light or something you can dig your teeth into here are a few suggestions of books to take with you to the beach or on vacation:

Books with Likeable Detectives

Goldy Bear culinary mysteries by Diane Mott Davidson

Stephanie Plum novels by Janet Evanovich

Alex Cross series by James Patterson

The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall-Smith


If you like modern romance

 Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews

Queen of Babble by Meg Cabot

Domestic Violets by Matthew Norman

Second Chance by Jane Green

I’ve got your Number by Sophie Kinsella

 Reclaiming Your Youth

 Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford


If You Want to Dig Deeper ……. Smart Beach Reads

 The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Society   by Mary Ann Shaffer

The Distant Hours by Kate Morton

Senator’s Wife by Sue Miller

Sisters from Hardscrabble Bay   by Beverly Jensen

The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Clayton

Classic Romance – Stick with the Masters

These authors release one or more books a year and many of the older books can be found at the library.

 Nora Roberts

Danielle Steel

Nicholas Sparks

Barbara Delinsky

Mary Balogh

Kristin Hannah

Books to Make You Cry

 The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards

Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons by Lorna Landvik

The Cove by Ron Rash

Lost Saints of Tennessee by Amy Franklin-Willis

Testimony by Anita Shreve



  1. Stardust is a great choice! Another light (and hilarious) summer read is “A Dirty Job” by Christopher Moore. Superb list!

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