We know you're anxiously anticipating that beach trip you have planned this summer. Just thinking about relaxing in the sand and leaving all your worries back at home has you on the edge of your seat. To make your trip even better, we've put together a list of the top ten books that are sure to make a splash this summer. Download them now so you're entertained while basking in the sun on your perfect beach vacation. Oh, and don't forget to apply that SPF!
1) Startup by Doree Shafrir
Startup by Doree Shafrir is a newly-released novel that has outlets like BuzzFeed, Fast Company and Entertainment Weekly talking. This book describes the lives of three people, Mack, Katya and Sabrina, whose stories are all intertwined as they work in the same building in Manhattan. Startup encompasses humor, money, love, deceit, youth, ambition and technology's inability to hack human nature.
2) The Half-Drowned King by Linnea Hartsuyker
If you like Game of Thrones and historical fiction is your go-to genre for a beach read, then you may want to hurry and pre-order The Half-Drowned King by Linnea Hartsuyker. As the first installment of a historical literary trilogy, this novel depicts the life of Ragnvald Eysteinsson, who is next-in-line for chief of his family's land. But when left for dead by his own family, he must fight for revenge and his birthright. This gripping page-turner perfectly illustrates the Viking world and the rise of Scandinavia.
3) Bullseye by James Patterson
There's no wonder why James Patterson has a cult-like following- his books are riveting page-turners and his new novel, Bullseye is teed up to be no different. Set to be released later this summer, Bullseye describes the story of lethal assassins trying to kill the president of the United States, which if successful, will inevitably start a one of the worst wars the world has ever seen. It's up to Detective Michael Bennett to find the source of the threat, prevent the assassination and stop the worst war in history from coming to fruition. If you love James Patterson books or love nail-biting novels, go ahead and pre-order Bullseye so you can end your summer on a high note.
4) The Murderer's Daughter by Jonathan Kellerman
If psychological thrillers are what you prefer to read, then this summer you need to pick up The Murderer's Daughter by Jonathan Kellerman. Grace is a psychologist with a passion for treating those with tormented psyches, possibly because of her own dark past. But when a new patient with a bleak history needs treatment, Grace risks exposing a double life she's been living since the murder-suicide of her parents. See for yourself why outlets like the Los Angeles Times, Detroit Free Press and Booklist can't stop talking about this New York Times Bestseller.
5) Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
Jodi Picoult delivers another page-turning book with Small Great Things, a book that addresses both subtle and overt racism in America today in a way that will have everyone discussing this topical subject. An African-American labor and delivery nurse gets taken off a case by the patient's white supremacist father, but when she hesitates to perform CPR on the baby she was told to stay away from, she is charged with a serious crime. You should definitely pick this book up as a summer read before the major motion picture is released.
6) The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
Liane Moriarty, the author of Big Little Lies, delivers yet another book that you won’t be able to put down until you finish the very last page with The Husband's Secret. Cecilia has discovered a letter written to her from her husband after his death. In the letter, he confesses his deepest darkest secret that affects everyone she loves. The only problem: he hasn't died yet. You must pick this book up before the major motion picture, starring and produced by Blake Lively hits theaters.
7) We Were The Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter
All the history buffs out there will appreciate this World War II novel by Georgia Hunter. We Were The Lucky Ones is about the Kurc family, a Jewish family consisting of three generations living in Poland in 1939, fighting to survive the horrific changes and conditions brought on by the Nazi era. We Were The Lucky Ones is an inspiring novel that shows how human spirit can endure and thrive during some of humanity's darkest times.
8) In Farleigh Field by Rhys Brown
Another great summer read option for World War II fanatics is Rhys Brown's In Farleigh Field. This riveting novel combines themes of class, family, love and betrayal. When a possible German spy dies on the property of the ancestral home of Lord Westerham, an MI5 operative comes in to see if the suspicions are true, while furtively falling in love with the Lord's daughter. For suspense, romance and intrigue this book will surely keep your interest piqued this summer.
9) Dear Mr. M by Herman Koch
Dear Mr. M by world-renowned author, Herman Koch, is a gripping novel that you won't be able to put down. In the book, M writes a novel about the true story of the disappearance of a teacher who went missing after having an affair with a student. The success of the novel skyrockets M's career but he starts to realize that no one can be trusted as he notices his neighbor keeping a close eye on him and his wife. If you like sardonic wit and suspenseful writing, you need to pick this book up this summer.
10) Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture In Crisis by J.D. Vance
Everyone will be flocking to pick up Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture In Crisis by J.D. Vance now that Bill Gates has deemed it one of the best books of the summer, and The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Economist all agree. This story describes the decline of the white working-class in America and the struggle to meet the demands of the middle-class life. This story gives a first-person perspective on the reality of upward mobility in America and shows "it is an urgent and troubling meditation on the loss of the American dream for a large segment of this country."