18 Summer Books For Every Kind Of Reader

18 Summer Books For Every Kind Of Reader

From "Gone Girl" like mysteries, to a "To Kill a Mockingbird" sequel, to true stories.
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As we all know, summer is the time for relaxation. And for many of us college students, it also means actually having time to read books beyond those by Shakespeare or about mathematical equations. However, the predicament lies in actually picking which pages to turn beside the pool or with your toes buried in the sand. With numerous novels being released weekly, many of which are reviewed or promoted by celebrities, there's only so much time to decide which are worth reading, and which can be put on the back burner. Not only that, but with choosing a new novel comes the question/anxiety of whether or not said chosen novel even falls in the realm of what you enjoy reading! With this guide, it's easy to choose a summer 2016 novel for every kind of reader!

To the page-turner obsessed reader who was a lover of books like "Gone Girl," "Girl on the Train," and "Unbecoming," check these out!


1. "Pretty Baby" by Mary Kubica.

In July, the author of "The Good Girl" returns with the tale of a woman who takes in a homeless teenager and her baby, only to realize her good deed may have been ill-advised.

2. "Skies of Ash" by Rachel Howzell Hall.

L.A. homicide detective Elouise Norton suspects a man of killing his wife and children in a house fire. But is her judgment clouded by her own failing marriage?

3. "The Cartel" by Don Winslow.

A DEA agent comes out of retirement to hunt down a ruthless Mexican murderer and drug cartel boss who has escaped from prison.

4. "The Truth and Other Lies" by Sascha Arango.

A bestselling author tries to hide two big secrets: he doesn't actually write his famous crime novels and his mistress is pregnant with his child.

5. For the 'Lifestyle' Reader.

You're a foodie, a fashionista, a stress reducer, a travel-enthusiast, etc. and love reading books about your interests! You've read "Skinny Bitch," "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up," and "The 4-Hour Work Week." Now, it's time to read these!

6. "Always Pack a Party Dress" by Amanda Brooks

The socialite and fashion maven combines reflections on the evolution of her style with advice for the would-be fashionista -- and, of course, there are photographs.

7. "Modern Romance" by Aziz Ansari.

Comedian Ansari and sociologist Klinenberg team for a humorous look about why dating seems to be so much more difficult in the contemporary era.

8. "The World on a Plate" by Mina Holland.

Any recipe book can tell you how to cook; this one offers a much deeper look at the history and anthropology behind some of the world's most iconic cuisines.

9. For the 'Fiction-Addicted' reader.

Wait for it... finally, there's a sequel to "To Kill A Mockingbird!" You've read all the "Harry Potter's" 50-times over, have turned the pages of the classics, have been in the midst of books like "The Reader" and "The Fault in Our Stars," and have (and don't want to admit it) followed the "Twilight" saga, but it's time to spring for something new.

10. "In the Unlikely Event" by Judy Blume.

Blume for adults! Set in the 1950's, Blume's novel follows residents of Elizabeth, NJ, whose town is wracked by three airplane crashes in a short space of time.

11. "Enchanted August" by Brenda Bowen.

A quartet of stressed-out New Yorkers spend a month on an island, but find it hard to leave their problems in the city.

12. "Go Set a Watchman" by Harper Lee.

Rest in peace Harper Lee, and thank you for leaving us with the most anticipated American novel in years! This sequel features Scout and Atticus Finch in Maycomb, Alabama 20 years after the events in "To Kill a Mockingbird."

13. "Mayumi and the Sea of Happiness" by Jennifer Tseng.

A 41-year-old librarian on a New England island, stuck in an unhappy marriage, is drawn into a passionate affair with a high school boy.

14. For the nonfiction loving readers.

    Get real with books on dreadlocks, surfing, drinking to obliteration, and undocumented immigrants making it to the Ivy League!

    15. "Twisted" by Bert Ashe.

    Part memoir of a professor's decision to grow dreadlocks, part meditation on the significance of African American hair in art and society.

    16. "Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life" by William Finnegan

    In July, "The New Yorker" staff writer reflects on his life as a surfing fanatic, from his youth in Hawaii to later stints riding the waves in Thailand, Indonesia and more.

    17. "Blackout" by Sarah Hepola.

    After too many mornings waking up with no memory of the night before, a young journalist makes the difficult decision to give up drinking for good.

    18. "Undocumented" by Dan-el Padilla Peralta.

    An undocumented immigrant tells his story of growing up homeless in New York and earning a Ph.D. in classics from Stanford University.

    Overall, whether your niche is in the pages of a mysterious murder, a whirlwind romance, reading about the foods you love, or following the steps of a real life adventure, you're sure to escape reality and find the relaxing summer you've been waiting all year for!

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    A Senior's Last Week Of High School

    The bittersweet end.
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    Well, this is it. This is what we've worked so hard the last four years - who am I kidding - basically what seems like our whole lives for. This is the very last week we will set foot as a student in our high school's hallways. As most schools are getting ready to set their seniors free at last, it all begins to set in - the excitement, the anxiousness, and also the sentiment and nostalgia.

    For seniors, the years since our first day as a freshman at the bottom of the high school totem pole have seemed endless, but as we look back on these last few weeks, we realize that this year in particular has gone by extraordinarily fast. It was just yesterday that we were sitting in our classrooms for the very first time, going to our 'last first' practice, and getting our first taste of the (very real) "senioritis". With all that's going on in our lives right now, from sports and clubs, finals, and the sought after graduation ceremony, it's hard to really sit down and think about how our lives are all about to become drastically different. For some it's moving out, and for some it's just the thought of not seeing your best friend on the way to fourth period English; either way, the feels are real. We are all in a tug of war with the emotions going on inside of us; everything is changing - we're ready, but we're not.

    THE GOOD. Our lives are about to begin! There is a constant whirlwind of excitement. Senior awards, getting out of school early, parties, and of course Graduation. We are about to be thrust into a world of all new things and new people. Calling our own shots and having the freedom we have so desperately desired since the teenage years began is right around the corner. Maybe the best part is being able to use these new things surrounding you to grow and open your mind and even your heart to ideas you never could before. We get the chance to sink or swim, become our own person, and really begin to find ourselves.

    Things we don't even know yet are in the works with new people we haven't even met yet. These friendships we find will be the ones to last us a lifetime. The adventures we experience will transform into the advice we tell our own children and will become the old tales we pass down to our grandkids when they come to visit on the weekends. We will probably hate the all night study sessions, the intensity of finals week, and the overpowering stress and panic of school in general, just like we did in high school... But it will all be worth it for the memories we make that will outlive the stress of that paper due in that class you absolutely hate. As we leave high school, remember what all the parents, teachers, coaches, and mentors are telling you - this are the best times of our lives!

    THE BAD. The sentimental emotions are setting in. We're crying, siblings are tearing up, and parents are full-out bawling. On that first day, we never expected the school year to speed by the way it did. Suddenly everything is coming to an end. Our favorite teachers aren't going to be down the hall anymore, our best friends probably won't share a class with us, we won't be coming home to eat dinner with our families...

    We all said we wanted to get out of this place, we couldn't wait, we were ready to be on our own; we all said we wouldn't be "so emotional" when the time came, but yet here we are, wishing we could play one more football game with our team or taking the time to make sure we remember the class we liked the most or the person that has made us laugh even when we were so stressed we could cry these past few years. Take the time to hug your parents these last few months. Memorize the facial expressions of your little sister or brother. Remember the sound of your dad coming home from work. These little things we take for granted every day will soon just be the things we tell our college roommate when they ask about where we're from. As much as we've wanted to get out of our house and our school, we never thought it would break our heart as much as it did. We are all beginning to realize that everything we have is about to be gone.

    Growing up is scary, but it can also be fun. As we take the last few steps in the hallways of our school, take it all in. Remember, it's okay to be happy; it's okay to be totally excited. But also remember it's okay to be sad. It's okay to be sentimental. It's okay to be scared, too. It's okay to feel all these confusing emotions that we are feeling. The best thing about the bittersweet end to our high school years is that we are finally slowing down our busy lives enough to remember the happy memories.

    Try not to get annoyed when your mom starts showing your baby pictures to everyone she sees, or when your dad starts getting aggravated when you talk about moving out and into your new dorm. They're coping with the same emotions we are. Walk through the halls remembering the classes you loved and the classes you hated. Think of the all great times that have happened in our high school years and the friends that have been made that will never be forgotten. We all say we hated school, but we really didn't. Everything is about to change; that's a happy thing, and a sad thing. We all just have to embrace it! We're ready, but we're not...

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