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Five Books You Must Read This Summer

Andrea Bates is known for sharing her favorite books over on her website Good Girl Gone Redneck. Find your perfect summer beach read here and then stop by her blog to see what else she recommends.

Looking for the Perfect Beach Read?

When you plan your summer vacation you need to know what books are the best summer beach reads.

Because at the pool you’ll want to immediately jump into a book when you get there (after generously applying sunscreen, of course).

These new releases will get you through your typical summer reading slump.

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5 Required Summer Reads

Anything Is Possible, Elizabeth Strout

Elizabeth Strout’s latest is filled with familial connections and struggling relationships.

A book of short stories pulls together character after character. It draws you in in such a way you’ll find yourself unable to put this book down. But what I think is great about it is that you can.

I love when books give you a moment to breathe – and Strout does that here with a shift from story to story. Anything Is Possible is a must read this summer. Read this one before everyone else does to avoid spoilers.

Into The Water, Paula Hawkins

Fans of The Girl On The Train can’t wait to get their hands on Hawkins’ new release. And it does not disappoint.

Told from the perspective of a number of characters, it’s the story of a woman found at the bottom of the town river. You’ll guess at the turn of every page. Want a new psychological thriller to dive into? This is it.

One Perfect Lie, Lisa Scottoline

Lisa Scottoline has recently become one of my favorite authors. It’s not that she’s a new writer, it’s that I’m new to her work. Her back-catalog is full of titles I can’t wait to dig in to.

One Perfect Lie has the perfect setting, the perfect community, and, quite possibly, the perfect lie. This suburban town has no idea what’s happening within it. And neither do we. But I can’t wait to find out!

The Forever Summer, Jamie Brenner

I love a great beach read, and The Forever Summer is just that. Just look at the cover! I can’t be the only one who wants that hat, right?

A story of generations, family dynamics, connections, secrets and more – set against the New England coast? This book is going to absolutely be the perfect beach read. Described as a ‘delicious page-turner’ I’m more than ready to grab my copy.

In This Moment, Karma Brown

Karma Brown quickly became one of my favorite authors with her first book, Come Away With Me.

She knows just how to write characters filled with emotion, how to tell a tale that will take your breath away as you turn each page. Brown is a fascinating storyteller with characters you feel you know and identify with.

I feel that In This Moment will be one of everyone’s favorite summer reads.

So, there you have it – a handful of books you’ll simply have to pick up as Mother Nature turns up the heat! Looking for more? Check out my post on 14 Beach Reads You’ll Dive Right Into This Summer.

Andrea Bates

Andrea is a native New Yorker living in NC who has become quite accustomed to wearing flip flops year-round. A licensed clinical social worker, she spends her free time volunteering for a number of organizations supporting women (more specifically, mothers) in need of a reminder that they are not alone. Andrea blogs at Good Girl Gone Redneck, where she writes from the heart, sharing the ins and outs of parenting, family and relationships. She also devours books and regularly features her honest reviews, ensuring that her readers are intrigued and ready for more.

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Patricia McCabe

Monday 5th of June 2017

Just finished Elizabeth Strout's "Anything is Possible" - what a wonderful book - everybody has to know these richly drawn characters.

Beth Ann Chiles

Wednesday 31st of May 2017

As always you give me so many great books to load up on my Kindle! Thanks for the suggestions!


Tuesday 30th of May 2017

Just added all of these to my to-read list. Thanks for the recommendations!

Sarah B

Tuesday 30th of May 2017

OH!! This came at the right time! I'm making my summer reading list, because I plan to carve out an hour (at least) a day while my daughter is at camp, for me to sit and read. I had "Into The Water" on my list, but the others are all new to me! Thanks!!

Paula Kiger

Tuesday 30th of May 2017

ACK MORE BOOKS!!!!!!! I have heard great things about Into the Water, and I'm not surprised. Thanks for the recommendations!

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