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    Recommended Summer Reads

    by Meghan Kowalski on 2024-05-22T08:00:00-04:00 | 0 Comments

    It’s that time of year again! Now that the spring semester is officially over and the summer months are here, it’s time to think about all of the fun summer reading you can do. Yes, I know you just spent an entire semester reading. Trust me, summer leisure reading will be much more fun than coursework (and you won’t be graded on it)!

    Summer reads don’t just have to be lighthearted reading, though a cozy or lighthearted story is always welcome. Truth be told, a good summer read can be anything you like to read when you have the time. If you enjoy a good thriller or an interesting memoir in addition to a light and fluffy romance then look no further! This suggested list of books is for you. Whether you’re taking a break on a beach, camping under the stars, or simply enjoying your own home this summer, you’ll be sure to find something on this list to enjoy.

    Here’s to a summer of good reads!



    Literary Fiction

    The Summer Pact

    Emily Griffin

    This story about four people who meet at college and become good friends (one of them is even from D.C.!) focuses on what happens when they endure something tragic, something which brings them even closer together. Years later, they’re still close and end up supporting each other in unimaginable ways. It’s a story of the beauty of friendship and it helps that you get to read about summertime in Italy!



    If The Tide Turns

    Rachel Rueckert

    If you’re looking for an ocean themed adventure filled with pirates, then this novel is the one for you. Inspired by the captivating true story of real-life pirate Samuel Bellamy, this story of two lovers who will have to weather their own separate arduous journeys in order to be together will be sure to captivate. And who doesn’t like to read about pirates?!



    The North Line

    Matt Riordan

    Keeping with our ocean theme, the protagonist in this story is a college student who ends up working on a fishing boat on the Bering Sea. I mean, if that doesn't scream beach read I don’t know what does. Adam hasn’t told his Alaskan crew mates who he really is, but soon life as a fisherman forces Adam to confront some things about life and about himself.



    Floating Hotel

    Grace Curtis

    Few things say summer vacation like a trip somewhere, maybe even staying for a bit in a hotel. The Grand Abeona Hotel, otherwise known as the floating hotel, which moves from planet to planet and offers the best views in the galaxy, might be right up your alley. This cozy sci-fi story features secrets and mysteries and a variety of interesting characters you’ll be sure to fall in love with.



    Summer Romance

    Annabel Monaghan

    There’s something about warm weather that invites romance, and romance novels make some of the best beach reads. In this story, Ali Morris is trying her best to get her life back on track after her divorce and after the death of her mother. Romance is the last thing on her mind, and yet that’s precisely what’s in the cards for her in this  funny and heartwarming story.






    81-oFJAXwDL._SL1500_.jpg (987×1500)Wild Life: Finding My Purpose in an Untamed World

    Rae Wynn-Gran

    If non-fiction is more your speed, then you should check out Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant’s memoir. Wynn-Grant is a wildlife ecologist who has always felt a special connection to the great big outdoors but, as a black woman, she also knew that there were very few black female scientists, let alone ecologists out there. This story is one of resilience, exploration and adventure that just might leave you with more of an appreciation for the flora and fauna around you.



    The Covert City: The Cold War and the Making of Miami

    Vince Houghton and Eric Driggs

    I bet that when you think of Miami, you think of spring break or a summer vacation full of sun and fun in the sand. I bet that you didn’t expect Miami to have been a crucial location during the Cold War! With its connections to Cuba and its reputation as a hub for certain kinds of crime, it became a CIA secret location. This nonfiction take one is for the history buffs interested in learning something new about a familiar location.

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