Best Summer Reads – CNN


Carly here! I often use summer as my chance to “catch up on those books I’ve meant to read.” I love to pull up a lawn chair and sit down with a book while the kids play outside. Or stay up late while everyone else in my house has been asleep and finish a particularly riveting chapter (or two, which turns into three…).

Right now I am working my way through a couple nonfiction, faith-based selections, but I usually ask some friends for their recommendations for some easy fiction reads that are perfect for summertime. Here are the two I am reading now, followed by a link to CNN’s “best summer reads” in case you also appreciate sticking your nose in a book during the warm weather months.

I recommend-

(1) The Hole in our Gospel



(2) Mom Enough


CNN recommends:

Best Summer Beach Reads

Wondering what books to pack for your summer beach vacation?

Whether you want a romantic beach read, a celebrity tale, a murder mystery, a spy thriller or a science fiction prediction for the future, Amazon’s team of editors has a summer beach read pick for you.

Amazon’s list of top 20 summer beach reads include new works, such as Mary Kay Andrews’ “Beach Town,” Sabaa Tahir’s “An Ember in the Ashes” and Pulitzer Prize winner David McCullogh’s biography of the Wright Brothers.

Prefer a tale of nature and endurance? Cheryl Strayed’s “Wild” made the list. Want to watch what you also read? Blake Crouch’s first book, “Pines,” in his “Wayward Pines” trilogy — now a limited series on Fox — is also on the list.

And if you’re convinced the world is ending, join Neal Stephenson for his fantastical read, “Seveneves.”

“There’s something for everyone on this list,” Sara Nelson, editorial director of, told CNN. “The fun is stumbling on something because you like the title … taking a chance on something that sounds interesting. Discovery is the fun part.”


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