7 Books to add to your summer reading list

Kick off your summer reading with the BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge! This year’s lineup is not to be missed. (The challenge is kicking off with Paula Hawkins’ new novel, Into the Water!) All summer long, I’ll be featuring awesome new books from fantastic authors as part of the BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge.

Now is the perfect time to start thinking about your summer reading list, and BookSparks has some great suggestions for July.

7 Books to add to your summer reading list

Now is the perfect time to start thinking about your summer reading list, and BookSparks has some great suggestions for July.

Hello Sunshine by Laura Dave

From the Amazon: Sunshine Mackenzie is living the dream—she’s a culinary star with millions of fans, a line of #1 bestselling cookbooks, and a devoted husband happy to support her every endeavor. And then she gets hacked. When Sunshine’s secrets are revealed, her fall from grace is catastrophic. She loses the husband, her show, the fans, and her apartment. She’s forced to return to the childhood home—and the estranged sister—she’s tried hard to forget. But what Sunshine does amid the ashes of her own destruction may well save her life.

A Game of Ghosts by John Connolly

From the Amazon: It is deep winter and the darkness is unending. A private detective named Jaycob Eklund has vanished and Charlie Parker is assigned to track him down. Parker’s employer, Edgar Ross, an agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, has his own reasons for wanting Eklund found. Eklund is no ordinary investigator—he is obsessively tracking a series of homicides and disappearances, each linked to reports of hauntings. Now Parker is drawn into Eklund’s world: a realm in which the monstrous Mother rules a crumbling criminal empire, in which men strike bargains with angels, and in which the innocent and guilty alike are pawns in a game of ghosts…

Eden by Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg

From the Amazon: Becca Meister Fitzpatrick―wife, mother, grandmother, and pillar of the community―is the dutiful steward of her family’s iconic summer tradition . . . until she discovers her recently deceased husband squandered their nest egg. As she struggles to accept that this is likely her last season in Long Harbor, Becca is inspired by her granddaughter’s boldness in the face of impending single-motherhood, and summons the courage to reveal a secret she was forced to bury long ago: the existence of a daughter she gave up fifty years ago. The question now is how her other daughter, Rachel―with whom Becca has always had a strained relationship―will react.

A Work of Art by Micayla Lally

From the Amazon: Letting go after her abrupt break-up with Samson is harder than Julene thought it would be, especially since her ex has wasted no time in burying himself in the local dating scene. But during an extended visit to her parents overseas, Julene rediscovers her love of art, and a burgeoning career develops. Samson, on the other hand, after trying valiantly―and unsuccessfully―to forget Julene, has settled instead on his own new career. When Julene returns home to Australia, a coincidental meeting leads to an emotional reunion―but her love and patience will be tested when she finds out just how busy Samson has been in her absence. Yes, they have both made mistakes they can work through and move past―but when a specter from Samson’s past looms, Julene wonders: Can she trust him again?

The Captain’s Daughter by Meg Mitchell Moore

From the Amazon: Growing up in Little Harbor, Maine, the daughter of a widowed lobsterman, Eliza Barnes could haul a trap and row a skiff with the best of them. But she always knew she’d leave that life behind. Now that she’s married, with two kids and a cushy front-row seat to suburban country club gossip in an affluent Massachusetts town, she feels adrift. When her father injures himself in a boating accident, Eliza pushes the pause button on her own life to come to his aid. But when she arrives in Maine, she discovers her father’s situation is more dire than he let on. Eliza’s homecoming is further complicated by the reemergence of her first love–and memories of their shared secret. Then Eliza meets Mary Brown, a seventeen-year-old local who is at her own crossroad, and Eliza can’t help but wonder what her life would have been like if she’d stayed.

American Family by Catherine Marshall-Smith

From the Amazon: Richard and Michael, both three years sober, have just decided to celebrate their love by moving in together when Richard―driven by the desire to do the right thing for his ten-year-old-daughter, Brady, whom he has never met―impulsively calls his former father-in-law to connect with her. With that phone call, he jeopardizes the one good thing he has―his relationship with Michael―and also threatens the world of the fundamentalist Christian grandparents who love Brady and see her as payback from God for the alcohol-related death of her mother. Unable to reach an agreement, the two parties hire lawyers who have agendas far beyond the interests of the families―and Brady is initially trusted into Richard and Michael’s care. But when the judge learns that the young girl was present when a questionable act took place while in their custody, she returns Brady to her grandparents. Ultimately, it’s not until further tragedy strikes that both families are finally motivated to actually act in the “best interests of the child.”

The Shark Club by Ann Kidd Taylor

From the Amazon: One summer day on the beach in Florida, two extraordinary things happen to Maeve Donnelly. First, she is kissed by Daniel, the boy of her dreams. Then, she is bitten by a blacktip shark. Eighteen years later, Maeve has thrown herself into her work as a world-traveling marine biologist discovering more about the minds of misunderstood sharks. But when Maeve returns home to the legendarily charming and eccentric Hotel of the Muses where she was raised by her grandmother, she finds more than just the blood orange sunsets and key lime pies she’s missed waiting for her.

Throughout the summer, I’ll be reviewing certain books from the reading challenge as well as posting tons of book pics on Instagram. I can’t wait to dive into this month’s reading selection. Stay tuned!

This year, BookSparks has partnered with Apple iBooks as the official books sponsor for SRC. You can shop for all of the summer reading selections in the custom SRC store and read the books on your favorite device. Click HERE to visit the #SRC2017 iBooks store.

What’s on your summer reading list?

P.S. Don’t miss the June book selections!

P.P.S. There’s a SOAK sandals giveaway happening now!

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  1. I’m in need of a long afternoon with a good book. These sound interesting and I’m going to put them on my list. Thank you!

  2. We are on vacation right now and I almost finished an entire book today! I am inspired by how much you read… it usually takes me an entire month to finish just one book. American Family sounds good!


  3. My mom is reading The Captains Daughter so I’ll borrow it next. Happy 4th pretty lady!

  4. I think I would really like A Work of Art by Micayla Lally, I’m an artist and alway love when people find a passion or talent for art. Who doesn’t like a love story 🙂 Have a great 4th of July Ashley

  5. Thanks for sharing Ashley.
    At the time being I am deeply involved into Orhan Pamuk’s “My name is Red”. I tried a couple of times reading it in English but the translation was poor (this is my opinion as a certified translator)and very difficult to comprehend, so I found it translated from Turkish into my native language and it was a blast! I cannot put it down.
    Another book that I am also reading is “Gabriela, clove and cinnamon” by Jorge Amado. A pure delight! Wishing you a lovely summer ahead!