6 Books for Your Summer Reading List

books to bring to the beach

I’ve talked about Jupiter events, parties, bars and sports — but what do you do when you’re craving a little adventure that doesn’t involve all-you-can-drink happy hours, deep-sea fishing or dining al fresco? Here’s the solution: dig out your library card, leave the kids at home and drag your favorite beach chair to the sand and enjoy a peaceful (90 degree) day in the sun with one of these 6 beach-worthy books!

Whether you’re a fan of romantic fiction, family tales, crime thrillers or young-adult novels, there’s something for everyone:

1. The One and Only by Emily Giffin

The bestselling author of Something Borrowed and Where We Belong is at it again with her new novel about a 30-something woman living in her Texas football-crazed hometown who finds herself struggling through an unexpected tragedy but ends up following her heart and finding her passion. (Does this remind you of Friday Night Lights, too? I’ve been missing Coach Eric and Tammy Taylor!)

2. And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
From the author of #1 New York Times bestseller The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, this new compelling novel is about the many intimate and complex ties within our families that span over time and how they shape who we are.

3. One Plus One by Jojo Moyes
Praised as a romcom, you’ll catch a glimpse of yourself or your best friend in this novel about a single mom doing her best to hold her family together with the help of an unlikely, (and perhaps undesired), knight in shining armor.

4. Wonder by R. J. Palacio
The story of August Pullman is one that is cherished by both children and adults alike. Born with an undeniable facial difference, this story of one boy’s determination to overcome the fear and hardship of entering into a mainstream school illustrates a glimpse of what it means to be human as August’s family members, classmates, and others struggle with the reality of empathy, compassion, and acceptance.

5. Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery by Robert Kolker
For those of you who love mysteries, this non-fiction narrative is the bone-chilling unsolved search for the serial killer of five female Craigslist escorts from Long Island. Join investigative reporter, Robert Kolker, as he uncovers the hidden world of escorts in the internet era and how much closer to home this dark reality might actually lie than we prefer to believe.

6. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Winner of the 2013 Children’s Choice Teen Book of the Year Award and hitting the big screen on June 6th, The Fault in Our Stars is another heartwarming young adult novel that is adored by teens and adults alike. Green’s novel, dubbed a romantic-comedy-drama, is the story of the young love and the strength of friendship battling the inevitable struggles that accompany living a life with cancer.

Ready to dig your toes in the sand and escape through the pages of a good book? Be sure to put these bestsellers on hold at the Jupiter Library (705 Military Trail).

Now I have to ask (because I love book recommendations) – what’s on your summer reading list?