My Summer Reads


Would it be to obnoxious to add my own book to the list? Okay, okay, I’m just kidding…maybe. No, seriously, I am, but feel free to add it to yours if you must (Yes, it’s a shameless plug and a great summer read, might I add), but on to the reason for this post.

I read all year, whenever I can. Few things bring me more joy than reading so I try and make time for it as much as possible, especially when my schedule is a little more relaxed as I’m not bombarded with homework help, sports practices, and whatever else my children have me running around doing. Though this summer has been filled with several family visits and a couple of our own travel vacations, the children have spent countless hours in the pool, which in turn, has left me ample amounts of time to sit under the outside air conditioner and read (while I should be writing, but we won’t discuss that at this time).

So far, this summer I’ve read historical fiction—which I’m coming to realize is one of my favorite genres to read—mystery, and psychological thrillers. Most of these aren’t new releases, but they have all been very entertaining—some more than others. I won’t be including any reviews in this post, but I will say that so far, I haven’t been too disapointed. Take a look. Hopefully you’ll find something that peaks your interest, and please don’t hesitate to share your summer reading list in the comments. I’m always looking for my next great read. Happy reading!


Four siblings experience the drama, intrigue, and upheaval of a summer when everything changed, in New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand's first historical novel. Welcome to the most tumultuous summer of the twentieth century. It's 1969, and for the Levin family, the times they are a-changing.

Originally published: June 13, 2019

Author: Elin Hilderbrand

Genres: Historical Fiction, Domestic Fiction


From the author of Pappy Moses' Peanut Plantation, A Slave's Song and Born A Coloured Girl - She was a young slave girl. He was an African warrior purchased at a slave auction with the intent he would father a new breed of stronger slaves. Despite all odds, a language barrier and the disapproval of her family and friends, the two fight for a life together.

Originally published: March 14, 2019

Author: Michael Edwin Q

Genre: Contemporary literature


From the author of Nine Perfect Strangers, Truly Madly Guilty, and The Husband’s Secret comes the #1 New York Times bestselling novel about the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.

A murder...A tragic accident...Or just parents behaving badly? What’s indisputable is that someone is dead.

Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny, biting, and passionate; she remembers everything and forgives no one. Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare but she is paying a price for the illusion of perfection. New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for a nanny. She comes with a mysterious past and a sadness beyond her years. These three women are at different crossroads, but they will all wind up in the same shocking place.

Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the little lies that can turn lethal.

Originally published: July 2014

Author: Liane Moriarty

Publisher: Penguin Group

Original language: English

Genres: Mystery, Psychological Fiction, Domestic Fiction


LAPD Lieutenant Milo Sturgis is a fine homicide detective, but when he needs to get into the mind of a killer, he leans on the expertise of his best friend, the brilliant psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware. While Sturgis has a knack for piecing together the details of a crime, Delaware can decipher the darkest intents driving the most vicious of perpetrators. And there’s no better place for the doctor’s analytical skills to shine than a rowdy hall full of young men and women intoxicated on life and lust . . . and suddenly faced with the specter of death.

Summoned to a run-down former strip joint, Delaware and Sturgis find themselves crashing a wild Saints and Sinners–themed wedding reception. But they’re not the only uninvited guests. A horrified bridesmaid has discovered the body of a young woman, dressed to impress in pricey haute couture and accessorized with a grisly red slash around her neck. What’s missing is any means of identification, or a single partygoer who recognizes the victim. The baffled bride is convinced the stranger snuck in to sabotage her big day—and the groom is sure it’s all a dreadful mistake. But Delaware and Sturgis have a hundred guests to question, and a sneaking suspicion that the motive for murder is personal. Now they must separate the sinners from the saints, the true from the false, and the secrets from those keeping them. The party’s over—and the hunt for whoever killed it is on.

Originally published: February 5, 2019

Author: Jonathan Kellerman

Preceded by: Night Moves

Followed by: The Museum of Desire: An Alex Delaware Novel

Genres: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense


"Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace: he has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You'd like to get to know Grace better. But it's difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are never apart. Some might call this true love. Picture this: a dinner party at their perfect home, the conversation and wine flowing. They appear to be in their element while entertaining. And Grace's friends are eager to reciprocate with lunch the following week. Grace wants to go, but knows she never will. Her friends call--so why doesn't Grace ever answer the phone? And how can she cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim? And why are there bars on one of the bedroom windows? The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie?"

Originally published: February 11, 2016

Author: B. A. Paris

Original language: English

Edition description: Reissue

Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Psychological thriller, Psychological Fiction, Domestic Fiction

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— J.K. Rowling