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Summer Reading 2014: The books you should take to the beach, mountains or couch

Summer usually offers a few more days off than our January or March schedules usually allow, but the fading summer sun always offers more daylight for each of us to read outside a little longer. If you plan on absorbing as much vitamin D as possible over the next few months, there are dozens of novels in every genre imaginable to choose from, and of course we are here to help.
 
When it comes to books we turn to Amazon, and when we want suggestions for our readers, we asked our friends at the Amazon Books editorial team. This summer they have compiled a new list of suggestions to help others find the perfect book (or four). Summer isn’t just about new romances, new mysteries or new dramas (though we do love them) but summer books are there for your new recipes, vacation destinations, diets, exercises and new DIY summer projects.
 
Here are just a few of the top-choices that you can dive into this summer.
 
Blockbusters

  • Four: A Divergent Collection (Divergent Series) by Veronica Roth – For those who can’t get enough of the Divergent series, four stories told by Tobias/Four fill in his backstory in the days before Tris.
  • The Lincoln Myth: A Novel (Cotton Malone) by Steve Berry – A thriller that toggles between Lincoln’s time and our own to prove that some things don’t change very much after all.
  • Invisible by James Patterson – Everybody knows that FBI researcher Emily Dockery is crazy. Or is she?…..
  • Top Secret Twenty-one: A Stephanie Plum Novel – by Janet Evanovich – A pack of wild Chihuahuas, a crook named Poletti, and a cop name Moretti. Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum has her hands full again.
  • The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness – This long-awaited end to the All Souls trilogy brings past and present together — both in methodology and with a cast reunion.
  • A Long Way Down: Nick Hornby mines the hearts and psyches of four lost souls who connect just when they’ve reached the end of the line. A Long Way Down is now a major motion picture from Magnolia Pictures starring Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Aaron Paul, and Imogen Poots. (A lovely and often times funny novel, that I had to add to the list).

 
We are shore you’ll like these at the beach

  • · The One & Only: A Novel by Emily Giffin – A small town Texas girl must suddenly face some facts of life in this smart novel about the choices women make
  • · And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini – From Lahore to Paris and places in between, the master of the modern middle eastern epic is at the top of his form
  • · The Matchmaker: A Novel by Elin Hilderbrand – A classic beach read about a woman who knows what’s best for everyone around her — except for herself
  • · One Plus One: A Novel by Jojo Moyes – A very smart take on the “opposites atract” theme, with real wit and understanding of social class and the real world
  • · All Fall Down: A Novel by Jennifer Weiner – On the outside, she’s got it all: money, a beautiful family, and a nice house. But an addiction to prescription pills could erase the lovely picture.

 
Amazon Editors’ Personal Picks

  • · Euphoria by Lily King – This historical novel–based on the life of Margaret Mead–is brainy, but sexier and more fun than you might think a book about an anthropologist might be.
  • · The Heist: A Novel (Gabriel Allon) by Daniel Silva – He’s a sullen art restorer, a clever spy, and an occasional assassin. This time, Gabriel Allon is searching for a stolen Caravaggio masterpiece.
  • · Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King – An aging ex-cop hunts for a psychotic mass murderer looking to strike again.
  • · The Fever: A Novel by Megan Abbott – A twisty literary thriller about a group of high school girls who become suddenly ill and the psychic havoc it wreaks on their small town.
  • · Written in My Own Heart’s Blood: A Novel (Outlander) by Diana Gabaldon – The followup to the hugely popular Outlander, about a time travelling English nurse

 
Cooking/Entertaining

  • · Guy on Fire: 130 Recipes for Adventures in Outdoor Cooking by Guy Fieri – Guy Fieri shares his favorite tips, techniques, and recipes for outdoor cooking all through the year, whether you’re hosting a backyard barbeque, relaxing around the campfire, or tailgating on game day.
  • · The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Vegetable Cookbook by Josh Kilmer-Purcell – A delectable yearlong trip through the Beekman vegetable bounty, packed with simple, delicious, and seasonal vegetable-forward recipes.
  • · Coolhaus Ice Cream Book by Natasha Case the owners part with the recipes for their coolest creations, like the BuckMINTster Fuller (Dirty Mint Chip Ice Cream with Chocolate Chip Cookies) and the Frank Behry (Strawberry Gelato with Snickerdoodles).
  • · Mason Jar Salads and More by Julia Mirabella – Shows how to prepare on-the-go meals that are packed with fresh produce and whole foods.
  • · The Cocktail Club by Maureen Christian Petrosky – Gives you the perfect excuse to pull out your shaker and dip into the art of at-home mixology.

 
You can find all of these books, and the full list in each genre here: amazon.com/summer2014