As summer sets in, my fellow book readers know the serene feeling of reading a book cover to cover on the beach, listening to the waves crashing in the background. Whether you’re an avid reader and looking for your next book to cruise through, or a summer lounge chair reader, you will find the books on this list enticing.
The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout
This book was intriguing, completely factual based and written by a psychologist based on her encounters and experiences with sociopaths. I like the way the book eases into the mind of a sociopath, starting with a small and questionable moral obligation and ending with examples of pure evil. As you read, you might even start questioning the people around you…
4,3,2,1 by Paul Auster
I love the concept of this book- it supports the idea that one change in history can affect future outcomes. I like the way the book is set up- 4, 3, 2, 1- telling four stories of a young man’s life growing up. You learn about his family, their hardships and how their different personalities and reactions affect their lives forever… or at least until the next story!
Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney
This. Book. Was. Crazy. Such a page turner and so many plot twists you couldn’t anticipate coming. I really can’t explain much without giving it away, really, I can’t think of anything within the story line I could tell you that won’t be a hint. If you like to get hooked and read on the edge of your seat, this book is for you. From start to finish it took me about two hours, I could’t put it down, I constantly needed to know what happened next…
Becoming- Michelle Obama
This is possibly my favorite book on this list. Michelle Obama is achieved, inspiring, wise beyond words. Regardless of your political position- Michelle Obama is an incredible woman focused on giving back to the community. Her initiatives are bold and brave and make a difference. She is truly inspiring and more young women should aspire to be more like her when they grow up.
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
This book is arguably one of the most talked about books this summer, it’s worth the hype, no doubt. Where the Crawdads Sing is a page turner for sure- another book I can’t say much about without giving hints away. It follows the life of a young girl who raised herself in the marsh, the small number of people she interacts with and how she survived in the marsh. This was another book I couldn’t put down!
Shattered by Jessica Rasdall
I first heard Jessica Rasdall on Stephanie May Wilson’s podcast, Girls Night. She shared her experience with public and event speaking on the episode “How to make your biggest mistake your most powerful message.” This book is HEAVY. HEAVY. Jessica drank, she drove and she killed her best friend. And she went to prison. And she suffers from extreme PTSD and survivor’s guilt. BUT she’s on a mission to educate teens against drinking and driving and really making an impact through her story.
Whisper Network by Chandler Baker
Chandler Baker is a lawyer, Austinite and author of Whisper Network- a book inspired by very real whisper networks. Her story follows women in a suit against their employer based on their treatment as women in the workplace. Although it is fiction, it is very real. The thoughts are real, the words are real, the scenarios are all too real for women everywhere. Chandler’s voice in the Me Too movement is important and inspiring. Both men and women should give it a read!
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
This book is relatable, following the lives of people living in a small community driven apart by differences in opinion on some very serious topics. It’s almost difficult to envision a society this obsessive and focused on the perfect life… you might even pick a side. Follow the story, put yourself in each of the characters’ shoes and see for yourself!
‘Summer Reads’ is my Part II, picking up where 2019 Must Read Book List: Part I left off! Feel free to check it out, I hope you find your next read! If you would like to see a full list of the books I’ve read, connect with me on Goodreads- there you will find book information complete with my ratings! Overall, Goodreads is such a useful tool for logging the books you’ve read as well as exploring new ones by providing descriptions of both the books and authors.