Discover the Perfect Books for Your Summer Reading List

Discover the Perfect Books for Your Summer Reading List

As you gear up for your summer vacation, it’s time to find the best books for lounging by the pool and beach. To get the scoop on the latest releases, as well as other summertime favorites, we spoke to Ginger Hendricks, executive director of Bookmarks, a literary arts nonprofit located in Winston-Salem, N.C. Bookmarks is the host of the largest annual book festival in North and South Carolina, the Festival of Books and Authors, which will be held Sept. 8-10, 2016.

Below are the books topping Hendricks’ list of must-reads.

Weekenders_350“The Weekenders” by Mary Kay Andrews: Just released in hardcover, Hendricks says this novel by The New York Times bestselling author is the “perfect beach read—part mystery and part romance.”

“The Little Paris Bookshop” by Nina George: Hendricks calls this 2015 release, now available in paperback, “a delightful novel about healing and love.”

“Dog Gone: A Lost Pet’s Extraordinary Journey and the Family Who Brought Him Home” by Pauls Toutonghi: Nonfiction fans and pet lovers alike will appreciate this new release. “This quick read is a wonderful feel good book about ‘Gonker,’ the golden retriever and star of this story,” Hendricks says.

“The Knockoff” by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza: Hendricks says this recent national bestseller is a “smart, fun take on the world of fashion magazines.”

“Here’s To Us” by Elin Hilderbrand: Released in June and available in hardcover, Hendricks says this novel, also by a bestselling author, features “three women—all romantic rivals—forced together in Nantucket.”

“The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern: “A story of magic and love—an amazing read!” Hendricks says of this 2011 favorite.

“Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel: “The best book I have read this year. Even after a flu epidemic, the importance of arts and literature prevails,” Hendricks says of this 2014 tome.

Whether your summer vacation takes you to California, Hawaii or beyond, a good book is always a key companion.