Summer Good Reads

Posted by Jessica on August 6, 2013

What makes for good vacation reading? According to our 20 million members, this summer it's pirates, sexspionage, historical intrigue, plenty of romance, and most importantly, fantastic writing! These seven warm-weather reads have achieved that coveted 4.0 average rating—and garnered dazzling reviews to back up those high marks. So get reading! And tell us, what vacation books are you devouring this summer?

A Hundred Summers
by Beatriz Williams (Goodreads Author)
4.01 average rating

Ah, young love! So giddy and so doomed. In this juicy beach read, two New York socialites summer in 1930s Rhode Island and get romantically entangled with the same handsome boy. Goodreads member Amy says, "Filled with scandal, deception, and family secrets, A Hundred Summers is the perfect novel to get lost in on a summer's day...a captivating and unforgettable read."

Red Sparrow
by Jason Matthews
4.03 average rating

Learn the secrets of "sexpionage" as a trained seductress circles her prey, a young American spy. Penned by a former CIA officer, this globe-trotting thriller zigzags across Moscow, Helsinki, Rome, and Athens. Goodreads member Paul says, "Excellent, one of the best spy novels I have read in a long, long time...there is not one dull moment in the entire book."

Cinnamon and Gunpowder
by Eli Brown (Goodreads Author)
4.06 average rating

Pirates mixed with fine dining on the high seas? Goodreads reviewers relish this swashbuckling romp about a cunning pirate queen who kidnaps a chef and demands that he prepare gourmet meals onboard her ship—or walk the plank! Goodreads member Annie says, "I lost an entire day to this darn book; it was so fun, suspenseful, and even enlightening...battle scenes galore, dastardly bad guys, dastardly good guys, and great food—what more could you possibly want?"

The Firebird
by Susanna Kearsley (Goodreads Author)
4.20 average rating

Readers love this romantic novel that mixes history and art with a hint of fantasy. It follows Nicola Marter, a Russian art expert who carefully hides her special talent—when she touches an object, she can see its past—as she investigates the origin of a wooden carving that may have belonged to Empress Catherine. Goodreads member Katherine says, "Kearsley writes in lovely, lilting prose...from first page to last, The Firebird is a sensual, richly imagined tale."

by Max Barry (Goodreads Author)
4.06 average rating

Nothing is more powerful or dangerous than words in this riveting thriller about a secret society that trains "poets" to use language to control people, literally. Emily, an oprhaned street hustler recruited by the poets, and Wil, the lone survivor of a catastrophic event that erased his memory, may be the only two who can save mankind. Jaclyn says, "Lexicon is thinky, and tricky, and darkly funny. Read it to get a taste of what sci-fi can be and should be more often."

The Universe Versus Alex Woods
by Gavin Extence
4.10 average rating

This quirky novel follows the coming of age of bookish bully-target Alex Woods, who is a bit of a celebrity since being struck by a meteorite as a child. He goes on an unlikely adventure with a crotchety Vonnegut-reading Vietnam vet. Goodreads member Marleen says, "Thought-provoking...and original, this is the best book I've read so far this is nothing short of brilliant."

White Dog Fell from the Sky
by Eleanor Morse (Goodreads Author)
4.18 average rating

Literary lovers on Goodreads praise the vivid language in this novel that tells the story of a medical student who flees apartheid South Africa for Botswana. Goodreads member Samantha says, "Beautifully written, and both unflinching and compassionate, White Dog Fell From the Sky very nearly achieves that completeness that so many novels strive for."

Want more? Try some Goodreads Listopias: Best Beach Reads 2013, What's the book you can't wait to read this summer?, Smart Summer Reads, and more!

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message 1: by Gail (new)

Gail Thanks for sharing..Found a couple that sounded good.

message 2: by Barry (new)

Barry De Carli Thanks for the suggestions; I will try Lexicon and The Universe Versus Alex Woods. Peace.

message 3: by Debrabuchanan (new)

Debrabuchanan I just finished The Husband's Secret. I couldn't put it down.

message 4: by Jeanne (new)

Jeanne A Hundred Summers is addictive! Started it yesterday and I just love it! A perfect summer read!

message 5: by David (new)

David Chanel Bonfire by Wendy Lawless. Literally could not put it down.

message 6: by Hélène (new)

Hélène I have just finished A hundred Summers. I read it by coincidence (before seeing it on the list) and I liked it.
It truly is a fun summer read. Very light, you don't have to think while reading it.
Normally I'm not really into these kinds of books, but this one was definitely worth it.

message 7: by Daniella (new)

Daniella Docherty Most of recommended books are interesting to read particularly Lexicon.

message 8: by Sonali (new)

Sonali Patel I have just read most of books from the list you have given. I am generally interested in Students and Teacher's Related books. Sonali Patel, Happy Teachers Day SMS in Hindi

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