Books, Culture, Entertainment

Summer Reads In Every Genre

Summer is for kicking back and taking it easy. What better way to do this than with an assortment of books that is different from what you typically read? Exploring new genres opens your imagination to different worlds, different centuries from the past, and different motivational tools to help jump start positive thinking for the fall.

Whatever you are looking for, this list of summer read is guaranteed to offer your reading list a little more variety, and a lot more entertainment!


Discover A New Story From The Past: Historical Nonfiction

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and the Fair that Changed America

Lions, tigers, and murders; Oh my! There was something stirring in the windy city, but this storm was far less predictable. The Devil in the White City transports you back in time to the end of the 18th century during the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago. This novel is an excellent summer read because it takes your imagination on a vacation to the most extravagant compendium of art, culture, and entertainment that was ever constructed in the United States. The story combines the thrill of a murder mystery with the fantasy of the most beautiful summer celebration.

If you love history, carnivals, and are intrigued by the idea of tracing the deceptive movements of a serial killer, this historical nonfiction novel is for you.

A Book On TGIT? Yes Please: Biography & Autobiography

Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun, and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes

It’s the middle of summer, the humidity is driving you crazy, your suntan is fading, and you realize you can’t wait another two months for ABC’s TGIT, better known as “Shondaland”. For all the dedicated Shonda Rhimes’ fans, her autobiography Year of Yes is a perfect way to be captivated by her writing until the fall television premieres.

Anyone who has ever watched Grey’s Anatomy or Scandal knows that show runner and creator, Shonda Rhimes, has a way of making you think about life, love, loss, and happiness in completely new ways. Her words speak to your soul through her carefully crafted soliloquies and flawed, but relatable fictional characters.

Not only does Year of Yes take you through the inventive and eccentric mind of Shonda Rhimes’ television programs, she provides hope in the dedication she demonstrated during the years she worked to make a career as a writer before landing her big break in television.

Small Town Thriller With a Big Ending: Fiction

The Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard

This one should be on your list! This thrilling murder mystery takes place in the dead of summer in a small town of Kansas. It encourages you to imagine the picturesque town of Rose, Kansas and its charming details. From the people to the community to the town’s secrets, this novel will have you racing to the last page to discover what happen on a stormy night 23 years ago.

Accio Magic and Muggles: Fantasy Fiction

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne

Calling all Potterheads! The newest edition to the Potter series was released the summer at the end of July. While this book will bring you back to the nostalgic days of waiting in line for the newest Harry Potter novel, it may not be what you are expecting. The newest edition to the Harry Potter book series is not a book, but a script. The story takes place nineteen years after the close of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and is written in play format.

As any fan of the Bard will tell you, plays were meant to be watched and not read, so we will have to wait and see if Harry Potter and the Cursed Child can once again break the mold and become another legendary story about characters we have grown to love.

Everyone Should a Classic: Classic

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain

Just because summer means no school, doesn’t mean you should give up on learning something new. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court is written by the classic American writer, Mark Twain. Perhaps best known for creating unforgettable characters such as Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, this novel is the perfect middle ground between literary masterpiece and hilarious summer novel.

The story follows a man, Hank Morgan, who gets transported back to the Early Middle Ages and the center of King Arthur’s Court. His knowledge of the future and understanding of the past deceives the people in Arthur’s kingdom into believing he is a magician. If time travel, magic, and meteorological phenomenon are not crazy enough, you will be enchanted to discover if Hank Morgan will manage to continue deceiving everyone he know or face the very real risks of 6th century England and its medieval culture.

If you want to feel like you’ve accomplished something this summer, or at least read something that has been named on the “classics” list, try A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court for a perfect compromise of academic literature and beach page-turner.

Happy summer reading! Let us know below what is on your summer read list!

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