Summer Reads 2021: Mysteries, Memoirs, and More

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Summer is here, and that means sunny beach days and hours lounging by the pool (hopefully!) And a good book makes those moments even sweeter. Looking for a new beach read or two? Check out this list of the best summer reads for 2021!

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Summer Reads Book of the Month Club

If you struggle to find time to research and select the perfect book for you, check out the Book of the Month Club! This service curates a selection of five of the best books of the month, searching through thousands of new releases, so you don’t have to. For just $9.99 for your first month, you’ll receive a beautiful, special edition, hard-cover book delivered right to your doorstep!

This book club membership is a great option for busy readers who want to stay on top of the newest releases but don’t want to spend their time sifting through too many options. Book of the Month makes buying new books easy and fun! You’ll be reading something you will truly enjoy on the beach in no time at all.

Summer Beach Reads

Looking for easy beach reads for your summer vacation? Check out these novel recommendations for light, breezy fun! 

Malibu Rising 

This June 2021 release from the author of Daisy Jones & the Six is all anyone is talking about, and for good reason. This New York Times Bestseller follows four famous siblings, Nina, Jay, Hud, and Kit, in the summer of 1983. Set against the backdrop of surfers and Malibu waves, the story explores the party and the night that changes their lives forever.

Each sibling grapples with the aftermath of that night throughout the novel, threatening their once strong family bond. As they grow up, they must decide who they will become and who they were raised to be. 

People We Meet on Vacation

This feel-good romantic novel by New York Times Bestselling author Emily Henry has everything you want in a good beach-read. Alex and Poppy are an odd pair of best friends- polar opposite in every way but impossibly close regardless. For a decade, they took an annual summer vacation together, until two years ago when a misunderstanding ruined everything.

Alex begrudgingly agrees to one last vacation with Poppy, who hopes she can mend their broken relationship. Will she rekindle the happiness she so deeply desires with her best friend, or will she realize he's more than that to her? Or will she irreparably damage their already frayed relationship?

Thrillers and Mysteries

Looking for something with more of an edge for your summer reading list? Check out these new thriller and mystery titles to shock your senses!

Dream Girl: A Novel 

This novel by Laura Lipman is a chilling psychological thriller from start to finish. The story follows a novelist hospitalized and left dependent after a freak accident. He seems confined to his fate until he starts receiving ominous phone calls from a woman named Audrey. Is she real? Is she an allusion induced by medication and dementia? This thrilling tale explores timely themes of power, love, and agency through suspense and horror. You won't be able to put it down!

The Last Thing He Told Me

If mysteries are more your speed, check out this New York Times bestseller by Laura Drave. The novel follows Hannah Hall as she grapples with the sudden disappearance of her newly-wed husband Owen and struggles to protect her teenage step-daughter, who wants nothing to do with her.

As Hannah and her step-daughter Bailey try to piece together the mystery of Owen's disappearance and outpace the fumbling of the FBI investigators, they learn more about each other and the man they thought they knew. This family drama is full of dark twists you won't want to miss!

Summer Reads Memoirs

Just As I Am: A Memoir

The late actress and Medal of Freedom recipient Cicely Tyson penned her extraordinary life story before she passed this year. Mrs. Tyson was a force to be reckoned with in her acting career that spanned nearly 70 years. Her wisdom and deep truths are lovingly written in this memoir that is sure to leave you better than when you started. Her candid tone, wisdom that only comes from old age, and sparkling wit make this an incredibly special read.


Looking to do some inner-work this summer? Check out Set Boundaries, Find Peace: A Guide to Reclaiming Yourself by a licensed counselor and relationship coach Nedra Glover Tawwab. This self-help book will aid you in establishing healthy boundaries and communicating what you need in any relationship. Rooted in the most up-to-date best practices and researched-backed standards, this book will help you express your needs clearly and confidently.

Are you ready for summer reading? Do any of these books sound interesting? Do you have any other book recommendations for summer reads? Let your friends and family know on FamilyApp!

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