Must-Read Books: The Ultimate 2013 Summer Reading Guide
If you're anything like us, the lazy days of summer make you want to dive into as many books as possible. So, we've rounded up our top recommendations and picks with must-read lists across all your favorite categories. Transport yourself with a romance, immerse yourself in a great novel, or lose your breath over an unexpected plot twist--Bookish editors and authors have chosen great summer reads that'll deliver all of the above and more.
No trip to the coast is complete without a good novel in your beach bag. But how to decide which to take? For recommendations, we turned to an authority on summer fiction, Elin Hilderbrand, whose 12 novels, including "The Castaways," "Summerland" and her newest, "Beautiful Day," are all set on that ideal summertime spot, Nantucket Island. Hilderbrand gave us her take on what goes into a great beach read and revealed her favorites, including the beach she was on when she first read them.
Whether you're staying near home this summer or traveling far and wide, we've got the books you'll want to have close at hand. This crop of summer reads includes new novels from the authors of "The Kite Runner" and "The Glass Castle"; epics of Texas and of New York; continent-spanning adventures via car, plane and pirate ship; and stories of sisters, sons and connubial mayhem.
Like any delicious meal, a hot romance requires the right ingredients--a pinch of this, a dash of that. "Half Moon Hill" author Toni Blake shares with Bookish the best elements that go into romance novels, both when writing her own and picking her favorites for summer.
Whether your summer destination is the beach, the mountains or the same old routine, these top new YA titles will help entertain you through the season.
It looks like a thrilling summer ahead for mystery fans: This season's blockbusters and new favorites include a pulp-fiction rollercoaster ride by Stephen King and a steamy new series from Janet Evanovich, a bordello madam in East Africa and the (mostly) friendly ghost of Alfred Hitchcock, the return of a well-known Jackal and a debut ripped from the headlines about a suburban kidnapping. Don't get so caught up you forget your sunscreen!
No more teachers doesn't need to mean no more books. These stories will entertain young independent readers and keep them turning pages all summer long.