From 'The Girl on the Train' by Paula Hawkins, to Gretchen Rubin's lifehacking "Better than before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives," here's the books we've packed in our beach bags.
You know that exact moment in reading a book when you're totally hooked? Like full-attention-avoid-all-life-responsibilities-so-you-can-finish-it engrossed?
Sorry, honey, grab some take out on your way home. I can't cook, I'm reading.
One second, they *just* kissed!
Change your own diaper, cutie pie, I'm finishing chapter 20.
Maybe we don't actually say these things, but maybe sometimes we want to. Escaping our own lives for a little while and diving into a good book isn't just fun, it's good for you—a 2009 study by the University of Sussex found that reading for just six minutes can reduce stress by 68%! Just make sure you don't actually avoid *all* of life's responsibilities.
We've gathered up 12 great, buzzworthy new books that are on our list for this summer that we know you'll love too. What are you reading?
|A movie location scout, romance, Hollywood?|
Beach Town, by Mary Kay Andrews is the *perfect* choice for a beach read this summer.
|All Fall Down, by #1 Bestselling Author Jennifer Weiner is a story about a woman who appears to "have it all" —including a pill addiction. Weiner has given us a character to root for in this one and a struggle that is all too real for some.|
|With a title like All the Single Ladies: A Novel, (by Dorothea Benton Fran) how could you go wrong? Plus it's on the 2015 New York Times Best Sellers list, and examines the power of female friendships.|
|People have called The Girl on the Train (by Paula Hawkins) "addicting". The Boston Globe says, "Like its train, the story blasts through the stagnation of these lives in suburban London and the reader cannot help but turn pages."|
|Suspense. Two mysterious disappearances. A haunting. We're scared already, but we're adding The Weight of Blood: A Novel, by Laura McHugh to our Amazon cart and checking out before we chicken out.|
|Luckiest Girl Alive: A Novel (by Jessica Knoll) is described by Reese Witherspoon as "one of those reads you just can't put down!" Sign us up for this dark, twisty page turner.|
|Another heart-wrenching World War II drama set in France,|
All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr is about a blind French girl and a young German boy whose paths to survival are crossed.
|Remember Are You There God? It's Me Margaret from your adolescence? Well, it's time to read one of Judy Blume's highly acclaimed adult novels like her latest,|
In the Unlikely Event, about three generations of people affected by a series of plane crashes in 1950's New Jersey.
|The manuscript to Harper Lee's first ever novel,|
Go Set a Watchman: A Novel, was recently discovered in 2014. If you've ever wondered what Scout and Atticus were up to some 20 years after To Kill a Mockingbird, your chance comes when Go Set a Watchman is released on July 15.
|This remarkable, hugely inspirational memoir from the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize,I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban, by Malala Yousafzai (Author), Christina Lamb (Contributor) is a must-read. This National Best Seller is a true story of heroism, and one that will leave you in awe of young Malala.|
|Called 'irresistible', 'razor-sharp', and 'hilarious' by critics,Happily Ali After, by Ali Wentworth covers everything from parenting to relationships and everything in between. Lots of LOL moments here.|
|The New York Times Sunday Book Review says of Gretchen Rubin's Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives, "The Happiness Project lays out life’s essential goals…Her new book, Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives, serves as a kind of detailed instruction manual on how to achieve them." We could all use a little help achieving our goals, can't we?|