Readers will find numerous books for summer reading this year with thrillers, inspiring life experiences, poignant history, and fitness. Whether you have a paperback or a Kindle Touch 3G in your hands, here are some titles to consider.
Biographies are plentiful with Sissy Spacek’s My Extraordinary Ordinary Life and Gregg Allman’ My Cross to Bear. Author Bob Spitz offers the cooking biography Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child (August 7) and former Sports Illustrated writer Joe Posnanski pens the Penn State football coach Joe Paterno in Paterno, which includes the tumultuous last two years of coach’s life.
Barbara Sinatra writes about her marriage to her famous husband in Lady Blue Eyes: My Life with Frank Sinatra (May 31). Boxer Sugar Ray Leonard writes about his career with Michael Arkush in The Big Fight: My Life IN and Out of the Ring (June 7).
Books from famous political figures include The Years of Lyndon Johnson: The Passage of Power by Robert Caro and It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership by Colin Powell. Bristol Palin, Sarah’s eldest daughter, offers Not Afraid of Life: My Journey So Far on June 21.
American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White, and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama (June 19) by Rache Swarns covers the genealogy of five generations in the First Lady’s family. David Maraniss also covers President Obama with Barack Obama: The Story, which will also release on June 19.
The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian (July 17), a historical love story set in 1915, and Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies (July 31) by Ben Macintyre that focuses on World War II.
Toni Morrison’s 10th novel named Home, which centers on a soldier returning from Korean War while the mixed genre “journeyman” epic The Orphan Master’s Son, written by Adam Johnson, is largely set in North Korea.
Peter Rader’s Mike Wallace: A Life and Rather Outspoken, written by Dan Rather and Digby Diehl, offer television news memoirs from the famous CBS anchormen. Assignment to Hell: The War Against Nazi Germany by Timothy Gay features the work of news correspondents Walter Cronkite, Andy Rooney, A.J. Liebling, Homer Bigart, and Hal Boyle.
James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts team up for Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life, which also features illustrations while Emily Giffen pens Where We Belong (July 24) where a teenage girl changes the life of a female television producer.
Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son makes an ideal Father’s Day reading gift from authors Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez.
Godfather fans can check out The Family Corleone, written by Edward Falco while James Bond fans can enjoy Carte Blanche by Jeffery Deaver where 007 must suppress a devious terrorist plan.
Captain Chesley “Sulley” Sullenberger pens the inspiring Making a Difference: Stories of Vision and Courage from America’s Leaders. Readers can also take The Road to Grace (The Walk) by Richard Paul Evans.
Nicholas Sparks has a Safe Haven on August 2, that centers on a mysterious young woman settling into a new town. Danielle Steel’s new book, Happy Birthday (July 19), focuses on the landmark celebrations among group living in Manhattan. Set in Greece, the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series characters are all grown up in Sisterhood Everlasting (June 14) by Ann Brashares.
On July 12, Jennifer Weiner’s new book Then Came You centers on four women’s lives, especially their secrets. Folly Beach (June 14), by Dorothea Benton Frank, is set in South Carolina and follows a young widow’s trying life while looking for love after tragedy.
Fitness readers can be the “biggest loser” in weight loss with The Skinny Rules: The Simple, Nonnegotiable Principles for Getting to Thin from trainer Bob Harper and famous health/medical author Greg Critser or explore the running story Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness by Scott Jurek and Steve Friedman (June 5).
John Grisham continues his Theodore Boone series with The Accused (June 7) then releases the legal thriller The Confession on July 19, which centers on a wrongful conviction murder case. The thriller titled The 500 (June 5), by Matthew Quirk, centers on a Washington D.C. consulting firm.
The Beautiful Mystery: A Chief Inspector Gamache (August 28) by Louise Penny targets murder mystery readers while The Last Victim by Karen Robards offers a serial killer thriller with paranormal activity and even romance (August 7). The crime thriller Dare Me (July 31), written by Megan Abbott, follows a social system within a group of high school girls.
Author Karen Thompson releases her apocalyptic book The Age of Miracles on June 26 while John Sandford pens the Minnesota murder mystery Stolen Prey. Fallen (June 21), by Karin Slaughter, centers on a female law enforcement agent protecting her family while The Cut, by George Pelecanos, follows a private investigator/Iraq War veteran who gets involved with the mob.
Fantasy fans can try Wards of Faerie: The Dark Legacy of Shannara by Terry Brooks (August 21); Hit List (June 7) by Laurell K. Hamilton featuring the Anita Blake character and Bloodlines (August 23) by Richelle Mead, which centers on vampires.
Cleaning House from author Kay Wills Wyma follows her 12-month family household experiment to build real self-esteem based on building their competence and confidence as her five kids learn vital life skills. Author Don MacLeod helps readers How to Find Out Anything…, a guide for anyone who wants to track down hard-to-find information.
The Wave: In Pursuit of the Roges, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean (May 31) follows surfing challenges worldwide and the science behind those impressive water waves.
Jimmy Fallon’s comic Thank You Notes 2 lets readers press the inside front cover for that familiar musical accompaniment while enjoying the jokes and references. Another comedy book sequel, Super Diaper Baby 2: Invasion of the Potty Snatchers (June 28), is written by Dav Pilkey.
Enjoy your reading!