Schooooollllllsss out. For. Summer. Almost. Whether you’re a student, a teacher like me, or working a different job, summer time means more time. There are more hours of sun, and somehow just more time to do stuff you like to do. One of those things should be summer reading! There is nothing better for your brain than reading, and it can be just for fun no matter what anybody tells you. Sometimes a cheap thriller is all a girl needs, ok?
That being said, I can’t let summer slip up on us without giving you a list of some of my latest loves in the literary world. I’ll warn you, I have been really into thrillers lately, so the majority of my list is going to be in that category. I’ll give you a few little nuggets about each book without giving too much away.
Also, if you have reservations about thrillers or mysteries, I’ll go ahead and tell you that this is a pretty tame list. These books are nowhere near the level of dark and twisty that is Gone Girl or any other Gillian Flynn novel for that matter.
Before I jump into the list, I want to share with you how I read most of my books these days. If you feel like you really can’t swing the time to sit down and read a book, that’s ok! Sometimes, I just don’t have time for an hour of reading. That’s why I have a membership to Audible.
Audible makes it possible for you to listen to your books whenever and wherever is most convenient for you. Maybe you want to listen in the car, while you work out, or while you do housework. I, personally, listen while doing all three. Not at the same time of course cause I’m not a robot, duh.
I used to think audiobooks were weird. Sorry, but I just did. But, let me tell you, they are awesome. You get quality narrators telling you quality stories and entertaining you while you go about your day. How can you beat that? This is not a sponsored post, by the way. I just really think Audible is awesome.
I’ll leave a link to these books on audible in case you want to check them out. Audible is a membership service by the way, so you get one audiobook a month at a discount price. Think of how well read and cultured you’re going to be reading a book a month. Score one for you.
On with the list of summer reading…
The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine
This is the latest book I’ve listened to, and I really liked this novel. It’s one of those that you think you have all figured out, but it’s not exactly what you think. I have to admit that I had this one mostly figured out, but I still had a few surprises that I genuinely didn’t see coming. It definitely has a satisfying ending. If you like books that keep you guessing right until the end, then this one is for you. It centers around a friendship built out of shared tragedy and a marriage that seems perfect. But, like every good thriller, everybody’s got a secret.
The Secrets She Keeps by Michael Robotham
One woman’s desperate need to have a child drives the plot of this novel. Agatha is a grocery store clerk who admires Meghan, a popular mommy blogger, from a far. However, when the two become pregnant at the same time, Agatha reaches out and makes a friend. This friendship changes their lives forever and has devastating consequences. This novel has some high drama, and I’m into it.
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
Into the Water is the second novel from Paula Hawkins, author of Girl on the Train. If you liked her first novel then chances are, you’re going to like the second. Heck, even if you didn’t read the novel and liked the movie, then you’re going to like this one. It’s a familiar plot–a less than stunning lead female takes us on a journey to figure out the mystery surrounding a death. Only this time, it’s a death in the family. Jules’ sister Nell has apparently jumped from the bridge in town–a bridge and a river that Jules has a history with. Jules has to face her fear of the water and the secrets of her past. Hawkins’ writing style is engrossing and I couldn’t stop listening to this one.
My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry
Now this one was pretty twisty. Twisty in a- gee I didn’t see that coming- kind of way. This couple’s marriage is in shambles from the beginning, yet they stay together for years. Trouble comes for their marriage in the most unlikely of places. It’s an intricate novel with a lot of characters to get to know and stories to figure out. The characters were not likable at all. As in they are infuriatingly complacent and spineless. If that sounds off putting, which I know it does, try not to think of it that way. It’s an interesting conundrum to find yourself rooting for people who aren’t very good. I think it says something about our own need to find the good in people- or our need to always have a winner and a loser.
All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda
This is my favorite one from this list. I was totally engrossed in this novel and read it in two days. Also, I had a paper copy of this one, and I had no trouble finding the time to read it. This is one of those you know the crime/mystery from the beginning and you follow a character trying to piece the story back together. The time changes and fast pace will engross you in this novel. It’s told backwards and it’s awesome. A young woman, Nicolette, goes back to her home town after years of running from a tragedy. She left after a girl goes missing. Now she’s back and another one is gone.
A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena
Picture a happy suburban couple obliviously living their happy life until one night the wife goes missing. The husband’s in a panic until he finds out she’s been in a weird accident and is at the hospital. Karen can’t remember why she left the house in a rush and how the accident happened. As the story unfolds, we learn more about Karen and Tom and what makes them go from very happy to insanely paranoid. Has someone been in the house? Who has the biggest secret? What’s up with the lady across the street? I think you’re going to like this one.
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
This last novel isn’t a thriller, so if you’re not a fan of the nail-bitters then this may be more your speed. I’m still in the middle of reading this one, but I already know that I highly recommend it. I actually bought it to see whether or not it would be something my high school students might be interested in. A young man walks away from his life of privilege with little to his name to go find meaning. This is a true account of Chris McCandless’s last days hitchhiking across the U.S. and trying to survive in the Alaskan wilderness. Krakauer the journalist who pieced together his journey and his story through first hand accounts and McCandless’s own writing. It’s funny, heartbreaking, poetic, infuriating, and powerful. It really is equally all of those things. You’ll find yourself questioning his stupidity all the while admiring his optimism. It’s a book you’ll be thinking about long after you put it down.
I hope that you found this summer reading list helpful the next time you hit up your local bookstore or if you decide to try Audbile! Let me know if you’ve read any of these books, what you think, or what you’ve been reading. I’m always on the lookout for new books, and I would love to hear from you! As always, thanks for reading, friends!