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Summer book recommendations

Summer is a great time to catch up on some reading. So whether you're killing time on a plane (hopefully going on a wonderful summer vacay), relaxing on the beach or kicking back at home, we've got some great summer book recommendations for you!

Carefree reads

lifes-beach-claire-cookLife's a Beach by Claire Cook This fun beach novel follows Ginger Walsh who finds herself single at 41 and living back home with hippie parents, younger siblings and cats. Follow her journey of self-discovery as she deals with midlife love and a shark-crazy movie crew.

The One & Only by Emily Griffin Bestselling author Emily Griffin's latest novel, The One & Only, takes place in a small Texas town where football is everything. Shea, a 33-year-old woman, was born and raised in the college community, and when tragedy strikes, she's forced to face difficult questions about love and friendship.

Little Known Facts by Christine Sneed This is a good one if you find it hard to give up a tabloid for a book. Set around an A-list Hollywood actor and his family, the book looks at the highs and lows of fame and how it affects relationships.

Scandalous page-turners

afterburnafterburn|aftershock by Sylvia Day In this easy to read, provocative love story, Sylvia tells the story of Jax and Gia, a powerful politician and a successful restaurateur and businesswoman.

Lethally Blond by Kate White Here's another pick for my fellow tabloid lovers, but this one packs a scandalous punch. In this one tabloid journalist Bailey Weggins takes on a crime investigation as a favor and finds herself in the middle of a killer story and also in the line of fire.

Classics

kiterunnerThe Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini This story of brotherhood and courage follows Amir, a young boy from Kabul, whose closest friend is Hassan, his father's young Hazara servant. The story is set against a backdrop of tumultuous events, from the fall of Afghanistan's monarchy through the Soviet military intervention, the exodus of refugees to Pakistan and the United States, and the rise of the Taliban regime.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt This smartly-written novel won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize, so it's a perfect time to pick it up if you haven't yet. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new life, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of his mother: a mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the art underworld.

Movie alert!

These titles are coming to the big screen this year, so get reading!

The_Fault_in_Our_StarsThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green By now I'm sure you've seen your Facebook friends talk about how many tissues they've gone through while watching the movie (yes, it's already out!), so at least you're prepared. This one is worth the read before you catch the movie as the book offers a much more in-depth look into Hazel's life and her character as she falls in love with Augustus and they face her struggles together.

The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais Movie release: August 8. This delicious story follows Hassan Haji as he and his family eat their way around the world until settling in the French Alps and opening up an Indian restaurant. Certainly the visuals of the food will match the drool-worthy details in the book, if only the movie came with dinner...

This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper Movie release: September 12. Dysfunctional siblings who aren't used to observing their Jewish faith are forced to fulfill their father's final wish and sit shivah together for an entire week and confront their problems. Surely cast members Jason Bateman and Tina Fey will bring these siblings to life in a hilarious way.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn Movie release: October 3. You may recall this one as our first House Party Book Club book (beware of spoilers!), and finally - come October - Ben Afflect will make Nick Dunne come alive.

Marriage can be a real killer. New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn, takes that statement to its darkest place in this thrilling story about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. We even hear rumors that the movie will have an alternate ending...

Double duty! Gillian Flynn has TWO movies coming out this fall. Read Dark Places this summer then catch Charlize Theron take on Libby Day in the movie. Release date: September 1.

So, what will you be reading this year?

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