Summer is officially in full swing and the July 4th weekend is fast approaching – there’s no better time than now to pick out the perfect beach read! Along with fireworks, watermelon and ice cream, it’s the only way to complete the festive long weekend.

Public Domain Images - Unsplash.com - Blue Water Ocean Mountain Dock Pier Mist CloudsMake an effort to disconnect and unplug. Challenge yourself not only to read over the next few days, but throughout the Summer. Whether it’s a New York Times Bestseller or a popular Young Adult novel, try something new and different. Pick at least one book that is outside of your normal reading realm.

We’re taking on the challenge here at CHC too. Here’s what’s on the top of our reading lists right now:

Megan –

SAFARI HONEYMOON, by Jesse Jacobs

What I love most about Jacobs’ work are the delightfully odd creatures brought to life with thoughtful sequence transitions. I can spend hours pouring over panels depicting squiggly aliens and weird plants mutating into characters with stories of their own. I know SAFARI HONEYMOON will be a fun and adventurous read for the summer!

Margaret –

THE GOLDFINCH, by Donna Tartt

While this book might not be a typical beach read (weighing in at a hefty 775 pages!), months of nonstop chatter and a recent Pulitzer Prize win have pushed this book to the top of my stack. I can’t wait to dig in!

Kimberly –

THE SECRET HISTORY, by Donna Tartt

Like Margaret, I was intrigued by THE GOLDFINCH hype, but I wasn’t ready to make the commitment to such an immense novel. I decided I’d start from the beginning and read Donna Tartt’s first novel, THE SECRET HISTORY. Every night I fight off sleep just to keep reading!

Kaila –

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, by John Green

This book (and now movie) has been EVERYWHERE as of late. While a bit of a departure from my usual reading, I am looking forward to discovering firsthand what the craze is all about.

Barbara –

SUMMER HOUSE WITH SWIMMING POOL, by Harold Koch

I will be reading Summer House with Swimming Pool by Harold Koch, whose last work, The Dinner was called “the European Gone Girl” by the Wall Street Journal.

I was a big fan of Koch’s first book, and can’t wait to dig into this new effort. He is a master at combining a razor wit with psychological thriller. Definitely not my normal reading fare, but the first book convinced me I needed to broaden by reading horizons.

Jessica –

WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE: A NOVEL, by Maria Semple

The first book on my summer reading list is a catch-up title. I missed this when it came out last year, and I’ve had no less than five people in the last few months tell me to “just read it, already!” It centers on Bernadette, a wife and mother in Seattle who becomes increasingly agoraphobic – and then simply disappears. Praise from book reviewers and close friends tell me this will be a delight – and I can’t wait to dig in.

Suzanna  

THE SNOW CHILD, by Eowyn Ivey

With the heat of summer, my want to read this book continues to grow. Although, I have never read this author, the reviews by New York Times bestsellers and The Washington Post has me eagerly awaiting to read the captivating story full of love, mystery and surprise.

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