Your Summer Reading Assignment

Who remembers summer reading lists from your school days?

Nowadays, in our busy lives, finding time to sit down with a good book feels impossible sometimes. Summer beach trips are the perfect time to kick back without distractions and dive into one of these exciting summer reads.

Whether you’re looking for something funny, romantic, lighthearted, or suspenseful, we’ve got you covered.

Where’d You Go Bernadette (Maria Semple)
BernadetteThis multi-faceted story follows Bee Branch as she attempts to track down her quirky and award-winning architect mother who has gone mysteriously missing. The story is entirely told by emails, letters, and other documents, giving the reader a first-hand glimpse into this dysfunctional family’s search for their mother. The suspense intertwined with dark humor and the Branch family’s odd dynamics is sure to keep your pages turning.

A note from your concierge:
A different kind of book than what you would usually think of for the beach – but the dark humor and witty dialogue will draw you in from the very beginning. Definitely worth branching out!

Beautiful Day (Elin Hildebrand) –
Beautiful DayElin Hildebrand’s books are just meant to be read at the beach – her stories of love, loss, and heartbreak in beautiful Nantucket are always a treat. In Beautiful Day, Jenna Carmichael is faced with the excitement of her upcoming wedding yet sadness that her mother who recently died of cancer will not there to see her walk down the aisle. However, as she was dying she penned a notebook with instructions for every detail of the wedding, which should bring Jenna comfort as she plans her big day – but with all the drama swirling between friends and family members as they come together, the weekend shapes up to be far from perfect.

A note from your concierge:
A sweet love story perfect for a breezy summer day. Predictable? Maybe a little bit- but enjoyable nonetheless!

Food: A Love Story (Jim Gaffigan) –
FoodFans of this self-deprecating comedian will breeze through his second book containing his hilarious thoughts on everyone’s favorite subject—food! Insights which include coconut water, kale, and of course, hot pockets are sure to keep you laughing the entire time. Warning: do not read while hungry!

A note from your concierge:
If you have listened to Jim’s standup specials, you will recognize some of the writing pulled from his most popular routines (hot pockets, anyone?). You will love Jim Gaffigan because he’s relatable and doesn’t rely on profanity or controversy to make everyday life funny.

The Girl on the Train (Paula Hawkins)
Girl on the TrainIf you enjoyed Gone Girl, you will love this suspenseful tale of secrets, and lies that will make you question who you can really trust. On her daily train commute, Rachel sees something shocking in the back yard of her favorite house that she passes every day. Unable to live with the knowledge of what she has seen, Rachel offers her knowledge to the police and becomes more intertwined in the whole case than she had ever wanted to be.

A note from your concierge:
A quick read that will keep you wondering until the very end! It’s easy to draw comparisons to Gone Girl, but the story stands alone solidly on its own.

I Didn’t Come Here to Make Friends (Courtney Robertson) –
Didnt come here to make friendsThis book is purely a mindless and entertaining way to spend an afternoon. Courtney Robertson, who has come to be known as the biggest villain in Bachelor franchise history, tells all about her experience of being a contestant and then winner of the popular show.  Fans of The Bachelor will love her behind-the-scenes account of living in a house with 25 other girls vying for the same man – and the drama that inevitably ensues.

A note from your concierge:
Perfect for mindless unwinding – accompanying glass of wine highly suggested!

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Whether you are headed to the beach or just relaxing on your porch, there are a ton of great books out there to dive into. For more ideas, check out Barnes and Noble’s list of The Biggest Books of the Summer!

Post by: Brenda B.