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Books to Add to Your Summer Reading List

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There’s nothing quite like getting lost in a good book, but often times, finding the right one is half the battle. No matter where your summer or next vacation destination takes you, having a captivating story to read is something that is perfect for those hot lazy days around the pool or beach. Here are some of the best page-turners out right now you must add to your summer reading list.

How to Stop Time by Matt Haig tells a love story for the ages, as it follows Tom Hazard, a man with a special condition that has allowed him to live for centuries. He has experienced history to the fullest, but the secret society that protects him has but one for rule for those like him: you can never fall in love. This books captures the essence of how long it can take to learn how to live, all the while highlighting the trials and tribulations of losing and finding yourself, and how with a stroke of luck, we can find happiness.

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin is set in the 1960 in New York City’s Lower East Side, and follows four special children who sneak out to have their fortunes told by a mystical woman capable of psychic powers. As their prophecies inform them of their next five decades in life, the reader gets the see how the line between destiny and choice is blurred for the children, making for a powerful testament to the power of belief. The Immortalists is a dazzling family love story that you won’t be able to put down.

Little Fires Everywhereby Celeste Ng is a riveting novel that pursues the intertwined fates of the seemingly perfect Richardson family and the mother and daughter who topple their ideal lives. The tale is a testament and allegory to the idealistic American dream, where even the most idyllic of families can suffer from the damage of secrets and disaster. This one is perfect for psychological mystery lovers who enjoy aspects of family, motherhood, and the intensity of love.

Bone Music (The Burning Girl Series Book 1) by Christopher Rice follows Charlotte Rowe, a broken girl who spent the first seven years of her life with the only parents she ever knew – a pair of serial killers who murdered her mother. However, upon her rescue, her real father exploits her image to profit off the tabloid-hungry reporters who want to sensationalize her story. Overcoming her personal hell, she is secretly dosed with an experimental drug, giving her special abilities. Faced with a shadowy corporation desperate to track her down, she vows to use her newfound powers to take back control of her life.

Beneath a Scarlet Sky: A Novel by Mark Sullivan is based on the true story of a forgotten hero in Italy during Mussolini’s reign of terror at the height of World War II. Pino Lella is a normal teenage boy who is forced to grow up quickly as he’s thrusted into a world of espionage after becoming an Allied spy tasked with getting inside the German High Command. Throughout his time as a spy, he is forced to come to terms with the horrors of war, all the while fighting for the day he can share a life with the woman he loves. 

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