Summer reading isn’t just for kids (although a summer reading challenge would be a fun activity to share with your grandkids). Summer lends itself to spend long hours reading. Whether it’s a rainy day during a summer thunderstorm, a quiet evening on the patio when the temperature finally cools down, or an afternoon escaping the heat to read a good book indoors where there’s air conditioning. Add these five books to your summer reading list.
Murder on the Orient Express, by Agatha Christie
Agatha Christie’s classic murder mystery is one of the best ever written. You may have read it before, but if you can’t remember who the murderer is, it’s time for a re-read! Another good reason to pick it up this summer? Murder on the Orient Express has a new movie adaptation coming out in November.
The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah
Set in France during World War II, The Nightingale tells the story of two sisters struggling with the death of their mother and abandonment by their father who each wind up playing a role in the French underground. The book is described as “a weeper and a thinker” and has over 25,000 five-star reviews on Amazon.
See Me by Nicholas Sparks
You don’t have to be on a beach to enjoy a beach read. Nicholas Sparks’ new novel is about a couple who are trying to make things work in the present while attempting to outrun the past. Find out whether their love is strong and resilient enough to survive the secrets that threaten to catch up with them.
A Man Called Ove, by Frederick Backman
Meet Ove, an old curmudgeon who prefers solitude and routine to neighborly gestures or friendly chatter. But behind his grump exterior lies a deep sadness tied to a story from his past. When a young couple with two young daughters move in next door, Ove’s routines are turned on their head and a heartwarming tale of unlikely friendship ensues that changes Ove forever.
Maybe you caught the movie in theaters, or heard of it last winter when it was nominated for an Oscar. Hidden Figures tells the untold story of the group of African American women, known as “human computers,” who worked for NASA during the space race and performed the behind-the-scenes calculations that made it possible for us to land on the moon. A truly inspirational and moving story, and a worthy summer read.