Reads for the Last Days of Summer

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This month we’re highlighting “last days of summer” reads, because thankfully summer isn’t quite over yet! There’s still time to play or relax in nature, stargaze, picnic, and choose a good summer or beach book. If you didn’t get to the beach this year, turn on the sounds of the ocean waves crashing on the shore, sip your favorite cold drink, and find yourself transported on a journey without having to do any packing or traveling (except to your coziest reading place).  In the list below you’ll find a wide variety of genres for these last days of summer: drama, romance, and mystery await!


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Domestic and Women’s Fiction

“Bookshop on the Shore” by Jenny Colgan
“The Island” by Elin Hildebrand
“The Cactus” by Sarah Haywood
“Evvie Drake Starts Over” by Linda Holmes
“The Lager Queen of Minnesota” by J. Ryan Stradal
“Perfect Tunes” by Emily Gould
“The Rumor” by Elin Hilderbrand
“The Weekenders” by Mary Kay Andrews
“How Could She” by Lauren Mechling
“Nothing to See Here” by Kevin Wilson
“The Helpline” by Katherine Collette
“The Summer Guests” by Mary Alice Monroe
“Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society” by Mary Ann Shaffer
“The Oysterville Sewing Circle” by Susan Wiggs
“Big Summer” by Jennifer Weiner
“All Adults Here” by Emma Straub


Historical Fiction

“Tidelands” by Phillippa Gregory
“Montauk” by Nicola Harrison
“Rodham: A Novel” by Curtis Sittenfeld
“Mrs. Everything” by Jennifer Weiner
“The Travelers” by Regina Porter
“Bowlaway” by Elizabeth McCracken


Romance

“Waiting for Tom Hanks” by Kerry Winfrey
“Oona Out of Order” by Margarita Montimore
“No Judgments” by Meg Cabot
“All Summer Long” by Dorothea Frank Benton
“Swan Song” by Lisa Alther
“The Happy Ever After Playlist” by Abby Jimenez
“Unfinished Business” by Nora Roberts
“Party of Two” by Jasmine Guillory
“Love Lettering” by Kate Clayborn
“Beach Read” by Emily Henry
“In Five Years” by Rebecca Serle
“Sex and Vanity” by Kevin Kwan


Mystery/Suspense

“The Herd” by Andrea Bartz
“Speaking of Summer” by Kalisha Buckhanon
“The Last Resort” by Marissa Stapley
“Turn of the Key” by Ruth Ware
“Lady in the Lake” by Laura Lippman
“Before the Fall” by Noah Hawley
“The Guest List” by Lucy Foley
“The Glass Hotel” by Emily St. John Mandel


Fantasy

“Magic for Liars” by Sarah Gailey
“The Water Dancer” by Ta-Nehisi Coates
“The Night Tiger” by Yangsze Choo
“Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop” by Roselle Lim

Nonfiction

“Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me” by Adrienne Brodeur
“Yellow Bird: oil, murder, and a woman’s search for justice in Indian Country” by Sierra Murdoch


If you need something new to read, let us know and we’ll help find books and authors that are perfect for you. Visit our website or call (423) 434-4450 for book recommendations and to place items on hold for curbside pickup. Follow Johnson City Public Library on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube for updates on your Library’s collections and services.

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