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Top 5 Books to Read This Summer

Books & Writing

Mon, April 22

As summer approaches, now is the best time to go outside and get lost in the perfect book! Read this article to discover the perfect books for your next reading getaway.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Told in a narration, this daring novel is about a journalist named Monique Grant who gets the opportunity of a lifetime to interview world-renowned actress Evelyn Hugo, who has aged gracefully in America’s eyes. However, as Evelyn divulges her life story to the girl, Monique begins to learn the dark secrets of Evelyn’s life, and how they connect to her. Monique, who has lost her father many years ago, slowly comes to understand the mystery surrounding his death.

As Evelyn shows her the truth, Monique finds out that she wasn’t just randomly picked by Evelyn for the interviewer position, but carefully selected instead. This book will keep you on the edge of seat with its crazy plot twists and decadent suspension, making it the perfect book for a beach day or summer trip.

Field Notes on Love by Jennifer E. Smith

Field Notes on Love is the romantic book of the century with its capitalization on coincidences and true love. It centers around two main characters- May and Hugo- who meet for the first time as companions on a cross-country train ride. They explore America together and throughout their adventure, they learn more about each themselves than they ever knew possible.

May, who is dying to get into a prestigious Californian college, tries to make a film of her train trip to show admissions her talent for the film industry. However, as she makes this film, she, Hugo, and other passengers start to bond, and Hugo and May discover parts of themselves that they didn't even know existed. This book characterizes teenage romance in a perfect way and will make you believe in true love as you watch Hugo and May’s relationship start to unfold. As you keep reading, you’ll find yourself loving it more and more.

Normal People by Sally Rooney

Normal People is the definition of a simple book on the surface, but is anything but. It seems like a sweet book that is about the relationship between Marianne and Connell, who go through high school and college drifting to and away from each other, but is anything but. The plot deepens and the darkness of both characters lives is exposed.

This book was also made into a TV show on Hulu. Marianne and Connell share such an in depth relationship in such a broad span of time that it will make you think of the idea of life in a whole new way. If you want to feel happy and melancholy simultaneously by a book, then this one is for you

Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom

This book is a bit different from the others on this list, but is sure to be remembered by any reader. It is based on a true story about the author, Mitch Albom, who met up with his old professor, Morrie Schwartz, every week and learn lessons from the teacher one last time. The twist: Morrie is dying of ALS and his days are forever numbered, making each chapter feel like a countdown until his inevitable death.

This book can easily bring you to tears, but will teach you more life lessons than you could possibly imagine. Reading this book will not just make you think of life in a new lens, but will transform your idea of people as well. No book will ever make you sit and think of “what-if” than this great novel.

Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn

Dash and Lily are two high school students that become insanely open with each other without ever actually meeting. After Dash finds a book with a dare in it at a bookstore, he answers its prompt, and becomes involved in a game with the books owner- Lily. As they run around NYC fulfilling each others dares, they spill their innermost feelings to each other in the notebook and slowly begin to see the other for their true self.

It is safe to say that this book will make you want to crawl to your local bookstore and read all the titles mentioned in this great novel. If you want a fun book to read, while also getting to add ten more titles to your “must read” list, then this book is right for you.

Summer time is the perfect time for getting outside and reading a great book. No matter the day, warm weather is reading weather, and these books are sure to keep you engaged all season long!

Miley Weiner

Miley Weiner is a high school student who loves writing. She is the founder of MileysBags, a business where she modifies backpacks to be used for people with feeding tubes. She hopes to raise awareness for rare illnesses and show others that anyone can do anything.

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