Great beach reads

While our temps have been cooler than usual lately, we are bound to get some hot summer weather eventually, right? Or maybe you and your family will be will be headed out on a family vacation. Whether you are relaxing on the beach, at your favorite vacation place or just at home, here are some great picks, classics and new releases, to bring enjoy this summer.

“The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green

Fair warning-you may want to bring the tissues along with this one! With a movie adaption just recently released, this title has become extremely popular recently. This book tells the story of Hazel, a teenager with cancer, as she works out her place in the world. Told with humor and grace, readers follow Hazel as she falls in love and deals with the reality of her illness.

“The Count of Monte Cristo” by Alexandre Dumas

While this book is long, it is jam-packed with action. Follow the hero, Edmond Dants, as his life is turned upside down when he is wrongfully imprisoned. Edmond does not despair in prison though; he manages to escape and then devises a plan for revenge on those who wronged him. A literary classic, and one of Dumas’ most popular novels, it also has a popular movie adaption to enjoy after finishing the book.

“The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown

If you liked “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand, this is a title you may want to try. “The Boys in the Boat” tells the epic story of the University of Washington’s 1936 rowing team that competed for an Olympic gold medal. Sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers beat out elite east coast rivals for a place on the Olympic team and ultimately went up against the German crew at the Olympic games in Berlin. Using the teams own diaries and journals, this book tells the emotional and personal story of a team that overcame all odds by digging in and working together.

“The Hurricane Sisters” by Dorothea Benton Frank

In this book Frank introduces us to three generations of women from the South Carolina Lowcountry. Their tumultuous journey towards happiness is full of secrets, longings, and disappointments as each generation struggles with issues in their personal lives and with each other. As secrets are revealed and the hurricane season descends, can the family overcome the hurt they have caused each other and create a better future for everyone? (Number 9 in the Lowcountry series)

“Stardust” by Neil Gaiman

A short and sweet take on fairy tales, Gaiman’s “Stardust” is full of classical tropes that have a fresh feel. With a light tone and full of action and adventure, “Stardust” is perfect for the kid at heart or those who want to escape to a different world for a while.

And don’t forget-if you’ve already hit the road or can’t make it in to the library, you can check out eBooks or eAudiobooks from NEIBORS at