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Summer Books to Enjoy in the Sun or Shade

Let’s celebrate summer with summer books! Relaxing barefoot with a cold drink, the fragrance of sunscreen lingering on your skin, sunglasses on the tip of your nose while you’re buried deep in a good book. Nothing is better than summer-time reading.

Where is your favorite place to read summer books? These books are great for all summer reading locales — sunbathing on the beach, swinging in a hammock, reading by a campfire, or chilling poolside. Make sure your summer book is as good as your summer reading spot!

Here is the Books That Make You Summer-time Reading List.


The Lonely Hearts Bar

Sunny California, the perfect setting for a summertime read. The Lonely Hearts Bar by Konni Granma is set in Hollywood as main character Connie starts her first semester of film school. Follow along as she meets friends, falls in love, and discovers her values and principles.


A piece from The Lonely Hearts Bar, “We’re only here and now. And in several minutes, it’ll be now again. And there’ll never be a past and a future. There’s always now, and it’s different for everybody. Don’t leave your now to chance, to an aimless existence. And don’t get trapped in petty fears and hate. You’ve dedicated your lives to cinema, and cinema just might the only now that’ll last forever. The director might be long gone, but a movie lives on for years after. Cinema will always be your now in this reality.”


Author Konni Granma shares, “Los Angeles is a city of constant summer, so to speak. Well, why not, if Woody Allen calls New York a black and white city in the film Hollywood Ending?”


The Last of Will

Take a literary road trip this summer with The Last of Will. This humorous, young adult, novel will have you in stitches as you follow 16 year old Geer Sarazen and her Dad on the road trip of their life. On the open road life seems to throw a few lessons to the eye-rolling teenager. Grab a copy of The Last of Will for your great adventure this summer.





A Promise in Autumn

If you’re a sucker for a summer romance novel here it is: A Promise in Autumn by Barbara Morriss. This heart-warming novel is a love story laced with suspense and mystery. Set in the early 1900s, it depicts the challenges of finding true love among the chaos of the First World War and the Influenza Pandemic of 1918. Dream, wonder and fall in love this summer.





Growing Up Hollywood

Nothing says summer like kids squealing with joy as they skip through sprinklers, ride bikes, and play ball. But sometimes things aren’t always as carefree as they seem, like in the new book Growing Up Hollywood by Tara Botel Doherty. This collection of short stories gives readers a glimpse into the unfiltered and unedited lives of two young sisters growing up on the hostile, dead-end street in the Hollywood hills.





Unique In America

What is it REALLY like immigrating to the United States? Learn of the challenges, sacrifices made, and get a real-life picture of one woman’s journey to become a legal citizen of the United States. Unique In America by Yanique Beliard-Michel shares her personal struggles, disappointments and sorrows as she fights to achieve her lifelong dream.





Last Call – America: Last Call Before Darkness Falls

As we enjoy booming firework displays this 4th of July, let’s not forget the freedoms we enjoy and our responsibility to preserve them for future generations. Last Call by Debra Tash forecasts the potentially bleak future we face with a thought-provoking dystopian story set in a devastated post-constitutional America. Citizens are stripped of their basic human rights as they meekly accept their dwindling rations of food. One thing is certain, a revolution is in the air.




The Engine Woman’s Light

Take a ride this summer on a steampunk locomotive. This ride is unlike anything you’ve experienced as the ghosts of the past guide the living to help save the damned. The Engine Woman’s Light by Laurel Anne Hill takes place in an alternate nineteenth-century California where both love and hatred emanate from beyond the grave.





11 Best Ways to Face Life’s Challenges: A Guide to Discovering and Changing the Limiting Beliefs That Block You from Creating the Life You Want

Make this summer the summer of YOU, with 11 Best Ways to Face Life’s Challenges by Dr. Ken Best. Discover and challenge the beliefs you’re holding on to that block you from creating the life you want and deserve. Dr. Ken Best explains in simple terms how you can change your habits and shape your reality. Take the steps you need this summer to change your life for the better. Reading self help books is a great way to can take charge of your life.




The Divorce Recovery Ladder: Your Step-By-Step Guide to Successfully Climb Out of Your Divorce

If you or someone you know are in the throes of a divorce this summer, you’ll want to read The Divorce Recovery Ladder by Susan Shofer. Knowing how challenging and complex divorce can be, Susan helps you take control of your divorce and learn which battles are worth the fight – and which are not. The Divorce Recovery Ladder will answer your questions about legal issues, complex emotions, mental and financial well-being, and many other aspects of divorce.


Straight Outta Tombstone

Straight Outta Tombstone is ‘bout to heat this summa up! Top authors put their own twist on classic westerns. These tales ain’t yo grampies Old Westies! Seventeen tales that breathe new life in the Old West with the help of a few soul-sucking ghosts, demons, and wayward aliens. Our pick in this collection is Coyote by Naomi Brett Rourke.





Next Therapist Please

Cruise along with Janie as she reminisces about her past therapists while reinventing her life. In Next Therapist Please by Laurie Finkelstein, Janie is blessed with OCD, depression, and anxiety. Follow along as she hops from one therapist to the next while a light and hilarious romance blossoms. This romantic comedy is the perfect breezy summertime read.


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