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A Guide to Summer Must-Reads

The snow is finally melted, the UGG boots and winter coats are put away, and the sun is out to play! Now that the weather has finally changed and it is nice outside, put down that television remote, pick up a book, and go outside and enjoy the sunshine. Not sure on what to read? Check out one of these 2015 “must-read” books.

#1. “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she passes the same scenery, including stopping at one signal that allows her to watch the same couple sharing breakfast on their deck. She watches them each day and starts to feel as if she knows them; she’s even named them  Jess and Jason. But then suddenly she sees something. Something that is so shocking that it changes everything. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police and tells them everything she knows, but then becomes intimately intertwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone else involved. The question is: has Rachel done more harm than good? 

This instant #1 New York Times Bestseller is a must-read if you are into psychological thrillers! If you are a fan of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, then you will absolutely love this book.

#2. “The Walking Dead” Novels by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga

In The Walking Dead universe, there is no greater villain than The Governor. These novels, along with the other books in the series, teaches readers how The Governor became the man that he is, and what drove him to such extremes. They also give a different perspective of how things went down in the television series. If you are a fan of The Walking Dead, these books are a must-read!

Some of these novels were placed on The New York Times Bestselling while others won awards such as The 2011 Diamond Gem Award for Trade Book of the Year. The books in the series include: The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor, The Walking Dead: The Road to Woodbury, The Walking Dead: The Fall of The Governor (Part 1), and The Walking Dead: The Fall of The Governor (Part 2). 

#3. “Paper Towns” by John Green

This romantic mystery novel takes you into the lives of Margo Roth Spiegelman and Quentin Jacobsen. When Margo beckons Q in the middle of the night, dressed like a ninja and plotting revenge, he can’t help himself and follows her. After a lifetime of loving Margo from afar, things are finally changing for Q, until sunrise when Margo has vanished. As always, Margo has become a mystery, but Q realizes she has left clues behind. Q must now figure out the clues if he wants to find Margo and finally be with the love of his life. 

This novel won The Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Mystery. If you were a fan of The Fault in Our Stars, then you will love this novel, which is by the same best-selling author! This novel will become a film and is set to release on July 24. 

#4. “The Longest Ride” by Nicholas Sparks

Now a major motion picture from Twentieth Century Fox, this #1 New York Times bestselling author returns with the parallel love stories of two couples whose lives intersect in surprising ways. 

Ira Levinson, a 90-year old man, is in trouble after a car crash, which left him stranded and injured. He struggles to retain consciousness until a blurry image emerges beside him: his beloved wife, Ruth. Ruth passed away nine years ago, but is now urging him to hold on as she tells him the stories of their lifetime together. 

A few miles away, at a local bull-riding event, Sophia Danko meets a young cowboy, Luke. Luke was like no other guy Sophia has ever met. Through Luke, Sophia is introduced into a world of survival, success, ruin, reward, life, and even death. 

Ira and Ruth. Luke and Sophia. These two couples, who have little in common, and who are separated by years and experience, will come together in ways you will never expect. These couples will remind us that even the most difficult decisions can yield extraordinary journeys. 

If you are a Nicholas Sparks fan, this is a must-read book for you. 

#5. “The Last Time We Say Goodbye” by Cynthia Hand

Since her brother, Tyler, committed suicide, Lex has been trying to lock her grief away and forget about what happened. But as she starts putting her life, her family, and her friendships back together, Lex is haunted by a secret that she has never told anyone: a text sent from Tyler, which could have changed everything. 

From New York Times bestselling author comes a gorgeous and heart-warming story of love, loss, and letting go. This novel will change the way you look at life and death in a thoughtful and deeply affecting way. 

So now that the weather is changing, the leaves and flowers are blooming, and the sun is shining, get outside of your house. Put down that television remote, pick up one of these 2015 “must-read” books, and go enjoy some sunshine.