Saturday, July 1, 2023

Great Books For Summer Reading

Relax Outdoors with a Fun Read

I love to read books for sheer entertainment, relaxation, and escapism, and summer is an ideal time to get my fill of fun reads. 

What makes great summer reading? To prepare for this post, I did research to explore the history of summer reading.  

Based in part on that, I offer my recommendations for books I think you'd relish reading this summer. I sure did.   

Wear sunglasses to read a book outdoors


Summer Reads at Colors 4 Health

First up is The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley. This mystery is published by Harper Collins, and is offered in Hardcover, Kindle, Paperback, and Audiobook editions. 

The setting for this thriller/psychological crime drama is Paris, primarily in and around an upscale neighborhood/Paris Apartment building. 

Secrets, lies, and family ties are gradually disclosed by the novel's characters. 

Told from several different points of view, the scenes occasionally move forward and backward chronologically.

Many situations and events are not what they originally seem, and suspenseful details makes this book a compelling read. 

Summer Read at Colors 4 Health
Courtesy Ecco

Next up is Remarkably Bright Creatures, a debut novel by Shelby Van Pelt. Published by Harper Collins Ecco, it's available in Hardcover, Paperback (Harper Large Print), Kindle, and Audiobook formats.

This Goodreads’ Nominee for Best Fiction (2022) and Goodreads’ Nominee for Best Debut Novel (2022), fascinated me.

Although I found it challenging at first to accept the premise that an aquarium cleaning woman could communicate and befriend an Octopus, the writing is so awesome I suspended judgement and allowed myself to be thoroughly entertained. 

Once you start reading the narrative, bet you can't put it down.

Summer Reads at Colors 4 Health
                      Courtesy of Penguin Press

Last but not least is The Novel Cure: From Abandonment to Zestlessness 75 Books to Cure What Ails You by Ella Berthold and Susan Elderkin.

Originally published by Penguin Press in 2013, it's available in libraries and online in Paperback, Hardcover, and Kindle.

Classified as non-fiction, The Novel Cure is divided into 75 segments and offers book reading cures and/or literary comfort and support for ailments including insomnia, low self-esteem, unrequited love, and broken china. 

I read one topic at a time from this bibliotherapy source, and haven't restricted the dosage just to the summer.

When I'm looking for a book that has the power to distract me from worry and transport me to a better place, I grab and read a book featured in The Novel Cure.

Note: this post is offered for entertainment and educational purposes only and not suggested as medical/psychological advice.


For additional information about summer reads see "Summertime and Reading is Easy and Awesome."

Great Books For Summer Reading

What constitutes great summer reading?

I believe it is any type of book you enjoy reading. 

Some of us try to read or listen to stuff that doesn’t require a lot of concentration. 

Others prefer to read those tomes they haven't had time to persue during busier times of the year. 

As you stretch out on that beach blanket or sit in the shade of an old oak tree, take a minute to think of books you've enjoyed reading in summers past or want to read this year.

Which ones are they? Please comment below. Please refrain from putting links in your comments, as they won't be published that way.

Do you find a certain genre or particular format more appealing to read in the summer? Please share that info too.

Have you read any of the three books mentioned above? Please feel free to comment about them too.

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  1. I am struggling to get through The Books of Jacob--nearly a thousand pages--no joke--well 960 I think."A fantastic journey across seven borders, five languages and three major religions, not counting the minor sects, told by the dead,supplemented by the author . . . "as the intro goes. Not a light summer read.

    1. Sounds like a good project to embark on, especially if you have free time in the summer. Thanks for your comment and have a beautiful day.

  2. Thank you for sharing, Nancy! I've added a couple of these books to my summer reading list - in particular The Novel Cure. This sounds like such an interesting book!

    1. Thanks for dropping by April. Please let me know if you enjoy reading the Novel Cure. Wishing you a beautiful day.

  3. These books sound good but I mostly am a non-fiction reader. I am thinking about reading Lesson in Chemistry...

    1. Do you mean the novel "Lessons in Chemistry" by Bonnie Garmas? Does sound interesting and I reserved it at my library. Thanks Judee and wish you a great day.

  4. You know you missed out a fabulous book? Its called "Somo Sisters Tapestry" let us know your thought on it xoxo Julie Syl

    1. Thanks for the recommendation. Sounds like a very interesting book. Wishing you a beautiful day.

  5. I really enjoyed those first two books but hadn't yet heard of the 3rd one; I'll have to check it out.

    1. Thanks so much Joanne for the visit and comment. Happy reading!

  6. I need 14 days in a week to be able to read books, as I read blog post after post and just do not have more time in my day for books, but if you count the posts I do at least 180 per week.
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  7. I always appreciate book reviews and recommendations. Thanks for sharing these
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    1. Thanks so much Paula. What book are you reading now? Wishing you a beautiful day.