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5 Books You Need To Read On Your Summer Vacation

Hi friends – how was your week? I just got back from spending six NEEDED days in the Ozarks with friends and family. Sitting on the patio relaxing and sipping my aunt’s cosmos were what the doctor ordered.

Although I spent a lot of time out and about (more to come on that – I am thinking of writing a little Ozarks vacation guide), I also had enough downtime to finish two books by my favorite authors and compile a list of 5 books you need to read on your summer vacation. Whether you’re on a plane, sitting by the pool or curled up inside, these easy reads will take you through summer.

#1 Secrets in Summer by Nancy Thayer

It’s only two weeks in, but I already know this is going to make my top 3 books list for summer 2017. Nancy Thayer continually writes the best beach-y reads on Nantucket. In this novel, the main character, Darcy, is in her 30’s and she mingles with her summer neighbors. The plot is well-thought out, it continually evolves, and the end made my heart happy. This is an essential summer read.

#2 Find Her by Lisa Gardner

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The ultimate twisted and suspenseful novel. This is not a light read by any means, but it was such an intense read, I immediately purchased two other Lisa Gardner books. Find Her is about a college student who goes missing on spring break, what she endures from her insane captor and how her life plays out after. You won’t want to put this one down.

#3 All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

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Another twisted mystery novel. I really wasn’t sure how this would play out, but it definitely has a surprising and captivating ending. The main character, Nic, returns to her hometown to discover her father has missing secrets about a case that was left unclosed when she was in high school. Told in a backwards format, you learn what REALLY happened and what was covered up years ago. I read this in one setting (I may have stayed up WAY past my bedtime to finish).

#4 Gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson

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This was recommended to me by my officemate, Abby. This is a cross between the suspenseful books I love – with a hint of struggles – and a romantic novel. It’s a little older, but a summer read you should add to your list!

#5 The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand

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I couldn’t finish this list without my favorite author’s latest novel! I had this pre-ordered and ready to read when it came out two weeks ago. Elin Hilderbrand is (in my eyes) the queen of summer reads. I started with the novel Summerland and I was immediately hooked. All of her novels say “Author of the bestseller Here’s to Us”, but that was the 15th book of hers I read (I am obsessed, I know). I would recommend starting with The Blue Bistro or The Beach Club and continuing through. You won’t want to stop. The Identicals was a little slower of a start than I wanted, but I love the cross between Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard this has. This made me want to fly away from the Ozarks and venture to the ocean.

So, what’s on your summer reading list? I have two more island reads (The Vacationers and The Lake House) and then I’m planning to dive into more mystery novels by Agatha Christie or pick up something by Jodi Picoult.

Have a great weekend!

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