Share 13 Books You Should Read Before Summer Ends

13 Books You Should Read Before Summer Ends

As the summer comes to an end, we’re spending every waking minute with our favorite books. Here are some of the stories we’re squeezing in while the sun is still shining and the beach still calling. And to help you end your summer right, we want to share them with you.


The Soul of an Octopus
by Sy Montgomery
If you’re spending your last few days of summer near the ocean, this entertaining and touching book is the perfect thing to bring along. In pursuit of the wild and solitary octopus, naturalist Sy Montgomery travels from New England aquarium tanks to the reefs of French Polynesia to reveal surprisingly complex, intelligent, and spirited creatures.

The Lake House
by Kate Morton

Filled with mystery and spellbinding secrets, this novel is the perfect escape. Alice Edevane is only 16 years old when her 11-month-old brother vanishes from her family’s idyllic lakeside estate. Decades later, a detective stumbles upon the now crumbling estate and uncovers shocking truths about a past long gone ... yet more present than ever.


The Oregon Trail
by Rinker Buck
Get inspired for your summer road trip with this majestic journey that is both a significant work of history and a moving personal saga. Follow Rinker Buck on his epic quest to travel the length of the Oregon Trail the old-fashioned way: in a covered wagon with a team of mules.

A Window Opens
by Elisabeth Egan

Alice Pearse wants to have a satisfying career and a thriving personal life. But when she starts her dream job, her time away from home puts strains on her marriage, her children, her parents, and her friends. Eventually, Alice realizes that what’s most important is not “having it all” but finding out what she really wants.


The Marriage of Opposites
by Alice Hoffman
If you can’t make it to the tropical island of St. Thomas, Alice Hoffman’s forbidden love story will transport you there. THE MARRIAGE OF OPPOSITES follows Rachel Pizarro—the rebellious, headstrong, Jewish mother of impressionist painter Camille Pissarro—who in 1825 defied her insular religious community to follow her heart.

The Hand That Feeds You
by A.J. Rich

After finding her fiancé dead in their apartment, Morgan discovers that everything he ever told her was a lie—and, in fact, he’s had several fiancées all believing the same story. Then, things take a harrowing turn when one by one, these other women are murdered.


The Children's Crusade
by Ann Packer
If you love family sagas, this sweeping novel is just for you. THE CHILDREN’S CRUSADE explores the secrets and desires of one California family over the course of five decades.

Let Me Explain You
by Annie Liontas

Greek immigrant Stavros Stavros Mavrakis believes he has just ten days to live. Brimming with pride and cursing in broken English, he sends an email to his three daughters and ex-wife outlining his wishes for how they might live better lives. They react just as you’d expect.


The Summer's End
by Mary Alice Monroe

Spend the last few weeks of summer with Marietta “Mamaw” Muir and her three granddaughters at their beloved Sea Breeze on Sullivan’s Island in South Carolina. Before the estate is sold, Mamaw and “the summer girls” struggle to find new places in the world.


Did You Ever Have a Family
by Bill Clegg

DID YOU EVER HAVE A FAMILY asks how one goes on after the worst happens. This tender novel shows how we are all connected and how that very connection is the basis for redemption and hope. We won’t lie; you might need Kleenex for this one.


The King's Curse
by Philippa Gregory
If you’re one for drama, scandal, and intrigue, be sure to indulge in THE KING’S CURSE. Amid the rapid deterioration of the Tudor court, lady-in-waiting Margaret Pole must choose whether her allegiance is to the increasingly tyrannical Henry VIII or to Katherine of Aragon.

The New Neighbor
by Leah Stewart

THE NEW NEIGHBOR is perfect for vacation binge-reading. Ninety-year-old Margaret Riley rarely leaves the Tennessee mountaintop where she lives, but a mysterious new neighbor in the long-empty house across the pond piques her curiosity. Soon Margaret becomes obsessed and threatens to unravel the new life Jennifer has painstakingly created.


All the Light We Cannot See
by Anthony Doerr
You know how much we love audiobooks. Even if you’ve read Anthony Doerr’s masterpiece, treat yourself to the audiobook. You will be transported. Read by Zach Appelman.

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