10 Great Summer Reads
July 18th, 2018
When summer gets too hot it's fun to take your mind off the heat with a great book. 2018 saw the release of tons of excellent reads. Kick back on the beach or in the coolness of your air-conditioned apartment and crack open a bestseller These are 10 of the absolute best summer reads. I’ll Be Gone in the Dark- Michelle McNamara: True-Crime author Michelle McNamara had an obsession. It was her life's goal to find the Golden State Killer, a man who terrorized California for more than a decade, and to bring him to justice. McNamara’s life was tragically cut short and her treatise on the killer was left unfinished. In an incredible twist of true-life events, the killer was finally captured in the months following her death. Best-selling author Gillian Flynn helped finish the novel and bring this incredible true story to a bittersweet but satisfying close. I’ll Be Gone in the Dark is a breathtaking piece of true-crime writing. Factfulness- Hans Rosling: The world is a pretty awful place, every is basically just going downhill, right? Wrong. In Factfulness Hans Rosling explores our preconceptions about the modern world and how off they really are. It turns out that a steady diet of doom-and-gloom cable news and internet memes have left people pretty cynical. Hans breaks down the facts to show you the world as it really is, without the spin. It turns out that the world, for all its imperfections, is in a much better state than we might think. Space Opera- Catherynne M. Valente: From Star Wars to Star Trek our culture is totally obsessed with the space opera genre. What lies beyond our own solar system? Aliens? Wormholes? Nebula? In Space Opera humanity discovers glitter, lipstick and electric guitars. An entire galaxy built around an incredible, literal space opera. There’s live music, fantastic dancing, and of course--deadly gladiatorial combat. Space Opera is as original as it is fun! The Woman in the Window- A.J. Finn: Here’s a character you might relate to: a woman in NYC who spends a bit too much time in her apartment, avoiding social engagements while drinking wine and watching movies. We’ve all been there. But what happens when you learn a dark secret about one of your neighbors? The Woman in the Window sets up a dilemma so devious and diabolical you won’t be able to get it out of your head. Don't worry, this story isn't set in a Stonehenge NYC home. Bearskin- James A McLaughlin: What would ruin your day faster? A bear or a pack of murderous criminals? How about both at the same time? In real life, it’d be totally terrible. As a summer thriller, it’s weirdly enjoyable. The novel follows the character of Rice Moore, a Park Ranger who finds himself caught between bears, bear poachers and drug smugglers in Virginian Appalachia. It’s the perfect summer escape. The President is Missing-Bill Clinton: You may remember Bill Clinton as the President of the United States. While he no longer holds public office, he’s still got stuff going on: writing thrillers, for one. In The President is Missing Clinton teams up with bestselling author James Patterson to bring you a harrowing speculative thriller. What would happen if the President did indeed go missing? How would such a crime be pulled off? This is how. Buckle up. The Outsider- Stephen King: For decades, Stephen King has been the absolute master of horror, but it recent years his interests have shifted to thrillers. After completing his critically acclaimed Bill Hodges Trilogy King has returned yet again to his crime-infested playground. The Outsider sets up a mind-bending mystery and launches you into one of the most unsettling criminal investigations ever put to page. If you’re a King fan (and who isn’t?) you’re going to love this one. The Immortalists- Chloe Benjamin: Here’s another great book set in NYC, this time in the 1960’s. The Immortalists follows the stories of 4 main characters, who sneak out to meet with a psychic when they’re young adults. They get more than they bargained for when the psychic tells them the exact date that they will die. This novel asks some big questions. How does knowing when you’ll die affect your life? The answers lie within this deeply compelling novel. The Great Alone- Kristin Hannah: We all feel the urge to get away from the modern world now and again, especially if we live in NYC, but the characters in The Great Alone take it to a whole new level. This is the story of a family in the 1970’s that makes the impulsive decision to move to an untamed part of Alaska to live off the grid. Of course, running away from your problems doesn’t solve them, which means the family is going to have to come together to survive the oncoming winter. It’s a fascinating portrait of the ‘modern American pioneer’. Forever and a Day- Anthony Horowitz: Before he became an onscreen icon, James Bond was the star of a series of hit novels by Ian Fleming. Fleming passed away in the sixties, bringing an end to the literary career of everyone’s favorite British spy...until now. Author Anthony Horowitz has taken up the reigns of the Bond novels once again in this explosive prequel to the James Bond series. If you were a fan of Fleming’s books, or if you’re just looking for a fresh take on a classic you can’t go wrong with Forever and a Day.