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Are you getting ready for the summer? Make sure to add a few good books to your travel bags.
Why spending holidays looking at other people reading books on the beach, if you can read one for yourself?
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Take a look at the infographic below to realize how many great reads has been released recently, and how much you’ll suffer when not taking a couple of them for your holidays.
Most of the books were released in 2015. There are two exceptions, though.
First one is To Kill a Mockingbird. Originally published in 1960, it is now definitely worth rereading, as Harper Lee’s new novel will hit bookstores in a couple of weeks.
Go Set a Watchman was written by Harper Lee before to Kill a Mockingbird, but its manuscript was assumed to have been lost. Well, it was not.
In the book we’ll meet most of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird. A wonderful summer reading duo.
The other two books that are a perfect read for a two-week holiday are Stephen King’s addictive thrillers: Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers.
Mr. Mercedes was released last summer and centered around pursuing a lone Mercedes driver who killed innocent people lined up to get a job. The book introduced the trio of “the most unlikely and winning heroes Stephen King has ever created.”
In Finders Keepers, the same trio will solve the case of a murder of a bestselling author.
Harper Lee and Stephen King are our recommended authors for this year’s holiday time. At the end of the post you’ll find other recommended 2015 summer books.
Want to explore more summer reads? Start from the collections curated by online booksellers:
- Amazon Bestsellers of 2015 – a list of top sellers on Amazon, both the print and Kindle editions,
- Book Awards Winners – this list, curated by Barnes & Noble, includes winners and finalists of Nobel, Pulitzer, and Man Booker Prize,
- Best Books of the Month – most interesting new releases, picked by Amazon editors.
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Best summer books 2015 – recommendations
To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee’s Pulitzer prize-winning masterpiece tells the story of honor and injustice in the deep south.
The book describes a world through the eyes of a young girl. Her father, a crusading local lawyer, risks everything to defend a black man unjustly accused of a terrible crime.
To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the best stories of all time. It has been translated into more than forty languages and sold more than thirty million copies worldwide.
The book served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture. Most importantly, it was voted one of the best novels of the twentieth century by librarians across the country.
Now, we can enjoy rereading this classic, as the prequel novel by Harper Lee, Go Set a Watchman, is released this summer.
Go Set a Watchman
Originally written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman was the novel Harper Lee finished before To Kill a Mockingbird. Assumed to have been lost, the manuscript was discovered in late 2014.
Go Set a Watchman features many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird some twenty years later.
Returning home to Maycomb to visit her father, Jean Louise Finch struggles with issues both personal and political, involving Atticus, society, and the small Alabama town that shaped her.
Exploring how the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird are adjusting to the turbulent events transforming mid-1950s America, Go Set a Watchman casts a fascinating new light on Harper Lee’s classic. Moving, funny and compelling, it stands as a magnificent novel in its own right.
Wind / Pinball – Two Novels
Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball, 1973 are Haruki Murakami’s earliest novels. They follow the fortunes of the narrator and his friend, known only by his nickname, the Rat.
In Hear the Wind Sing the narrator is home from college. He spends his time drinking beer and smoking in J’s Bar with the Rat, listening to the radio, thinking about writing and the women he has slept with, and pursuing a relationship with a girl with nine fingers.
Three years later, in Pinball, 1973, he has moved to Tokyo to work as a translator and live with indistinguishable twin girls, but the Rat has remained behind. The narrator finds himself haunted by memories of a past relationship but also by his short-lived obsession with playing pinball in J’s Bar. This sends him on a quest to find the exact model of pinball machine he used to enjoy so much.
Summer Secrets by the bestselling author, Jane Green, is a gripping tale of recovery and redemption.
At twenty-seven, Cat Coombs is struggling. She lives in London, works as a journalist, and parties hard.
When she discovers the identity of the father she never knew she had, it sends her into a spiral. She makes mistakes that cost her the budding friendship of the only women who have ever welcomed her.
Sixteen years later Cat’s life has come full circle. She wants to make amends to those she has hurt. Her quest takes her to Nantucket, the gorgeous New England island where the women she once called family still live.
What Cat doesn’t realize is that these women, her real father’s daughters, have secrets of their own. Cat must confront the darkest things in her own life and uncover the depths of someone’s need for revenge.
Around the World in 50 Years: My Adventure to Every Country on Earth
This is the inspiring story of an ordinary guy who achieved the goal that others had told him were impossible.
It took him forty-seven years to going to every country on our planet. He achieved this by surviving riots, revolutions, civil wars, trigger-happy child soldiers, voodoo priests, robbers, pickpockets, corrupt cops, and Cape buffalo.
He went around, under, or through every kind of earthquake, cyclone, tsunami, volcanic eruption, snowstorm, and sandstorm that nature threw at him.
He ate everything from old camel meat and rats to dung beetles and the brain of a live monkey.
And he overcame attacks by crocodiles, hippos, anacondas, giant leeches, flying crabs-and several beautiful girlfriends who insisted that he stop this nonsense and marry them.
Essential: Essays by The Minimalists
Joshua Fields Millburn, Ryan Nicodemus
This book by Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus collects the most relevant essays from their popular website, TheMinimalists.com.
From simple living, decluttering, and finances, to passion, health, and relationships, Essential is for anyone who desires a more intentional and meaningful life.
This collection has been edited and organized to create an experience that’s considerably different from reading individual texts online.
Kate Andersen Brower
The Residence offers an intimate account of the service staff of the White House, from the Kennedys to the Obamas.
Full of stories and details, the book reveals daily life in the White House – through the voices of the maids, butlers, cooks, florists, doormen, and engineers.
These dedicated professionals maintain the six-floor mansion’s 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms, 28 fireplaces, three elevators, and eight staircases.
They prepare everything from hors d’oeuvres for intimate gatherings to meals served at elaborate state dinners.
At the Water’s Edge
A new novel from the author of the bestselling Water for Elephants.
In At the Water’s Edge, we read a gripping love story about a privileged young woman, Madeline Hyde. She experiences the devastation of World War II in a tiny village in the Scottish Highlands.
As she embraces a fuller sense of who she might be, Madeline becomes aware not only of the dark forces around her, but of life’s beauty and surprising possibilities.
Trail of Broken Wings
When her father falls into a coma, Indian American photographer Sonya reluctantly returns to the family she’d fled years before.
Her sister, Trisha, has created a perfect suburban life, and her ambitious sister, Marin, has built her own successful career.
As the women come together, buried secrets rise to the surface. Their father – the victim of humiliating racism and perpetrator of horrible violence – remains unconscious. As his condition worsens, the daughters and their mother wrestle with private hopes for his survival or death, as well as their own demons.
Told with forceful honesty, Trail of Broken Wings reveals the burden of shame and secrets, the toxicity of cruelty and aggression, and the liberating power of speaking and owning truth.
Eight Hundred Grapes
Set in the lush backdrop of Sonoma’s wine country, Eight Hundred Grapes is a funny, and deeply evocative novel about love, marriage, family, wine, and the treacherous terrain in which they all intersect.
A week before her wedding, 31-old Georgia discovers her beloved fiancé has been keeping a secret so explosive, it will change their lives forever.
Georgia does what she’s always done: she returns to the family vineyard, expecting the comfort of her long-married parents, and her brothers, and everything familiar.
But it turns out her fiancé is not the only one who’s been keeping secrets…
The Girl on the Train
Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens.
She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy.
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough.
Now everything’s changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she’s only watched from afar.
Now they’ll see; she’s much more than just the girl on the train…
The Book of Speculation
A brilliant debut novel by a writer and playwright Erika Swyler.
Simon Watson lives alone on the Long Island Sound in his family home, a house on the edge of a cliff that is slowly crumbling into the sea.
One day, Simon receives a mysterious book from an antiquarian bookseller. The book tells the story of two doomed lovers who were part of a travelling circus more than two hundred years ago.
As he reads Simon the book, he becomes increasingly unnerved. Why do so many women in his family drown on 24th July? And could Enola, his sister who has suddenly turned up at home for the first time in years, risk the same terrible fate?
As 24th July draws closer, Simon must unlock the mysteries of the book, and decode his family history, before it’s too late.
From the New York Times bestselling author comes a thought-provoking sci-fi epic story of annihilation and survival spanning five thousand years.
A catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb. In a feverish race against the inevitable, nations around the globe band together to devise an ambitious plan to ensure the survival of humanity in outer space.
But unpredictability of human nature coupled with unforeseen challenges and dangers threaten the intrepid pioneers, until only a handful of survivors remain…
In Seveneves, Stephenson explores some of our biggest ideas and perplexing challenges in a breathtaking saga that is daring, engrossing, and altogether brilliant.
Invasion of Privacy
Christopher Reich crafts thrillers of the highest caliber. Invasion of Privacy is perceived as his richest, most relevant novel to date.
On a remote road in Texas, FBI agent Joe Grant and a confidential informant are killed in a deadly shootout.
The official report places blame for the deaths on Joe’s shoulders. Mary, Joe’s young wife, has too many troubling questions that need answers.
Stonewalled by the FBI, Mary will be drawn into a deadly conspiracy that puts her in the crosshairs of most powerful men in America… and the newest, most terrifying surveillance system known to man.
Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances
After Smoke and Mirrors and Fragile Things, Neil Gaiman returns with a captivating and enjoyable collection of short fiction.
Trigger Warning includes “Black Dog” – a never-before published American Gods story, written exclusively for this volume.
Short stories explore the masks we all wear and the people we are beneath them to reveal our vulnerabilities and our truest selves.
“Here is a rich cornucopia of horror and ghosts stories, science fiction and fairy tales, fabulism and poetry that explore the realm of experience and emotion.”
A Blink of the Screen: Collected Shorter Fiction
A collection of short fiction from Terry Pratchett, spanning the whole of his writing career from schooldays to Discworld and the present day.
For the first time are his short stories and other short-form fiction collected into one volume.
With an introduction by Booker Prize-winning author A.S. Byatt, illustrations by the late Josh Kirby and drawings by the author himself, this is a book to treasure.
Here are characters both familiar and yet to be discovered; abandoned worlds and others still expanding; adventure, chickens, death, disco and, actually, some quite disturbing ideas about Christmas, all of it shot through with Terry’s inimitable brand of humour.
In a high-suspense race against time, three of the most unlikely and winning heroes Stephen King has ever created try to stop a lone killer from blowing up thousands.
In a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair.
Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent. Eight people are killed, fifteen are wounded, and the killer escapes.
In another part of town, months later, a retired cop Bill Hodges is still haunted by the unsolved crime. When he gets a letter from someone who threatens an even more diabolical attack, Hodges wakes up from his depressed retirement.
Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.
In the new novel we’ll meet the same trio of characters King introduced in Mr. Mercedes.
This time, King tells the story about a vengeful reader, Morris Bellamy, who is after an iconic author who created a famous character, Jimmy Gold.
Morris kills the author and empties his safe of cash, but the real reason is a set of notebooks containing a new novel about Jimmy Gold.
Morris hides the money and the notebooks, but decades later, a boy named Pete Saubers finds it.
Now it is Pete and his family that Bill Hodges, Holly Gibney, and Jerome Robinson must rescue from the ever-more deranged and vengeful Morris when he’s released from prison.
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