This year for Adult Summer Reading, we asked you to write reviews on your summer reads to share with the community! Now that summer is over, we’ve compiled a list of some of your summer favorite titles! To read full reviews – scroll down below! (Note: Some reviews have been edited for clarity.)
We Should All be Feminists, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – A well-written, short book on gender equality and how it’s portrayed in other cultures.
The Trouble with Reality, by Brooke Gladstone – All about fake news and how the media and people receive and hear information. Interesting read.
Valiant Ambition, by Nathaniel Philbrick – A good biography of Benedict Arnold.
How to Meditate, by Paul Roland – A great book for beginners. Lots of tips on practice and information on different styles of meditating.
Washington’s Spies, by Alexander Rose – About Washington’s Revolutionary spy ring and how it worked!
Hidden Figures, by Margot Lee Shetterly – A very informative historical non-fiction book. Why have I never studied these women in history class? / Inspiring
William Penn, by Harry Emerson Wildes – A comprehensive biography.
Mysteries & Thrillers
The Fix, by David Baldacci – Imagine never being able to forget anything. It comes in handy when solving murder cases. Using his memory, agent Cross flips through photos in his mind to help him unravel the case. / Very good!
Sting, by Sandra Brown – This book has numerous plot twists and turns which will keep you on your toes until the very end. Is a kidnapping for real or just a ploy for revenge? Read to find out!
The Switch, by Joseph Finder – Excellent!
Camino Island, by John Grisham – Excellent!
Bone Appetit, by Carolyn Haines – Very entertaining mystery!
Greedy Bones, by Carolyn Haines – Funny! Entertaining mystery. Sarah Booth is a unique character that keeps you guessing.
Into the Water, by Paula Hawkins – Very different from Girl on the Train. Many voices made it confusing at times. Still a good mystery though.
Every Last Lie, by Mary Kubica – Good mystery!
Don’t Blink, by James Patterson – Typical Patterson. Page turner. Good summer read. Not fantastic, but good.
Missing, by James Patterson – A “Private” novel set in Australia. A fast read, good guy/bad guy, who-done-it.
16th Seduction, by James Patterson – Lots of suspense! Great book, fast read!
Most Wanted, by Lisa Scottoline – What would you do if you found out the father of the baby you were carrying was wanted for the serial killing of nurses? Riveting. You won’t be able to put it down.
One Perfect Lie, by Lisa Scottoline – Good summer read. Good plot. Kept me interested.
Testimony, by Scott Turow – Excellent, five stars!
Indecent Exposure, by Stuart Woods – Another great entry in the Stone Barrington series. Very enjoyable.
The Weekenders, by Mary Kay Andrews – A great beach read! Focus on island living and family issues! Three stars!
Bet Me, by Jennifer Crusie – A surprisingly cute and entertaining beach read.
The Salt House, by Lisa Duffy – Great beach read!
The Identicals, by Elin Hilderbrand – I loved the “parent trap” [twins switch places] element to the story. This is one of her best books.
Up at Butternut Lake, by Mary McNear – A nice summer read. A widow and her son move to her childhood summer home and start putting down roots. Things get spicy when Allie meets her neighbor, Walker!
Beach House for Rent, by Mary Alice Monroe – A young woman who suffers from anxiety rents a beach house for the summer to paint. She learns about her true self and how to live while there. Three stars. / A perfect book to bring to a beach house. Typical elements make it an easy and enjoyable read. / Super! Modern day drama. A great easy read.
Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes – A fun beach read! Read the book, it’s way better than the movie!
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, by Patrick Phaedra – Coming to grips after the loss of a spouse. A light read.
Secrets in Summer, by Nancy Thayer – A perfect summer read. The lives of summer renters intertwine with the life of a local on Nantucket for a great read. / A good romantic beach read about the complications of family life.
The Night the Lights Went Out, by Karen White – This book starts out slow and boring. Half-way through it is filled with suspense and a surprise ending. Don’t give up on it!
A Hundred Summers, by Beatriz Williams – Fantastic historical fiction beach read that kept me on my toes to the end. Highly recommended! Five stars!
Days Without End, by Sebastian Barry – This novel deals with the U.S. Civil War in part and the Great Famine in Ireland in part, with a different take.
The Other Einstein, by Marie Benedict – The story of Einstein’s daughter that died at a young age of scarlet fever, and his wife, who was a physics student. How much of the theory of relativity is his wife’s?
Year of Wonders, by Geraldine Brooks – The story of a town infested with a plague in 1666. It shows the lives of the people who stayed and the people who ran.
The One Man, by Andrew Gross – A WWII story of a hero who was heroic beyond words. A terrific historical novel!
The Sea Beggars, by Cecelia Holland – A good adventure with a Dutch flavor!
The Tea Planter’s Wife, by Dinah Jefferies – The story of a young British wife adapting to life married to the owner of a tea plantation in India in the 1920s.
A Piece of the World, by Christina Baker Kline – A novel based on Andrew Wyeth’s painting “Christina’s World.” Imaginative and moving.
Orphan Train, by Christina Baker Kline – This book is about an orphan who went on a train to the Midwest to hopefully be adopted by a family. It is told through flashbacks. Five stars!
Circling the Sun, by Paula McLain – Reminded me of Out of Africa; beautiful scenery, interesting people and events.
Fall of Marigolds, by Susan Meissner – A scarf connects two women 100 years apart. Both women have experienced grief and loss and the scarf brings them comfort. Five stars.
The Wind is Not a River, by Brian Payton – A book about the Japanese invasion of the Aleutian Islands.
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, by Lisa See – All about tea and the people who grow it!
The Stars are Fire, by Anita Shreve – Based on the true story of a huge fire in Maine, 1947. Suspenseful! / Five stars, excellent!
The Shoemaker’s Wife, by Adriana Trigiani – Loved it! Great love story. Loved the characters and the plot.
The Wars of the Roses, by Alison Weir – Fantastic and readable introduction to a very complex topic. The period of history covered ends too early, otherwise this book was excellent.
Beartown, by Fredrik Backman – Wonderful book about loyalty and the good and bad roles to play in our lives.
The Sense of an Ending, by Julian Barnes – Shows how memory is viewed differently by different people and times.
The River of Kings, by Taylor Brown – two young men exploring a strange geography.
An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England, by Brock Clarke – The houses of Mark Twain, Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost, among others, are set on fire. A different story.
Jane Steele, by Lyndsay Faye – A thrilling page turner that keeps you intrigued until the end.
The Admissions, by Meg Mitchell Moore – Started this as a fun summer read, it left me a little stressed with the pressure of life and college admissions! A great read!
Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng – A family is destroyed by the daughter’s suicide. The daughter tells of the pressure to live out her parents’ dream for her, to become a doctor and make friends. Five stars.
A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman – Ove is an unusual humanitarian. At first glance the reader would never expect the end.
The House at the Edge of Night, by Catherine Banner – An Italian family/town saga.
Faithful, by Alice Hoffman – very good, as I expected [based on her other books]!
On Turpentine Lane, by Elinor Lipman – quirky, funny.
Small Great Things, by Jodi Picoult – A great read! I don’t like all her books but this one was a page turner!
The Heirs, by Susan Rieger – A wonderful book about families and the struggles they face even though they are wealthy.
A Well-Tempered Heart, by Jan-Phillip Sendker – It’s the sequel to The Art of Hearing Heartbeats! I loved both books! Makes you realize all the things you take for granted!
The Light Between Oceans, by M. L. Stedman – A childless couple tending a lighthouse comes across a boat containing a baby and a dead father. After keeping the child for two years, they discover the mother is still alive.
Anything is Possible, by Elizabeth Strout – Short stories about an extended family and how each survived adversity.
Nora Webster, by Colm Toibin – A woman loses her husband, has four kids and limited friends. This book deals with how one manages and becomes her own person. The author does an excellent job profiling women’s thoughts and feelings.