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10 Great Summer Reads

sci-fi, historical fiction, romance, suspense—you name it

I’ve heard many moms talk about how they don’t have time to pick up a book because of the busyness that is taking care of kiddos—but during the summer, it seems like more people find the time to turn a few pages while poolside. If you’re not sure which book to pick up first, check out these 10 recommendations!

Educated, by Tara Westover

This memoir recounts Westover’s story growing up with her survivalist family in rural Idaho. It recalls how she went from being a little girl who never went to school or saw a doctor to a woman with a Ph.D. from Oxford.

Nine Perfect Strangers, by Liane Moriarty

Did you read or watch Big Little Lies? This book comes from the same author and delivers the same wit, humor and heart.

The Alice Network, by Kate Quinn

Are you a fan of historical fiction? Then this book is for you—dual timelines during World War I and post-World War II make it one you can’t put down.

The Rook, by Daniel O’Malley

This book has a lot going for it: sci-fi, humor, espionage, memory loss, the works!

Little Fires Everywhere, by Celeste Ng

Be sure to read this even if you watched the Hulu show already. The many facets of this story will pull on your heartstrings.

The Silent Patient, by Alex Michaelides

Looking for a good thriller? This one will keep you guessing the whole time.

The Henna Artist, by Alka Joshi

Submerge yourself in 1950s India—following the country’s independence—and get to know Laskhmi, a henna artist and confidante of upper-class women.

A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles

This novel feels somewhat timely for this pandemic-age world we’re living in, as Count Rostov is sentenced to live the remainder of his life in the Metropol Hotel in Moscow—never allowed to step foot outside again—following the demise of the Romanov dynasty.

The Rules of Magic, by Alice Hoffman

Did you see the classic Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman movie from the ’90s, Practical Magic? Check out the just-as-good prequel, The Rules of Magic.

The Proposal, by Jasmine Guillory

We have to throw at least one romance novel in here, and this is just the story to add. Follow Nikole (Nik) as she handles the dating world after refusing her barely-boyfriend’s proposal to her at Dodger Stadium on the JumboTron—with her name misspelled.

Read any other good books lately? Tell us at editorial@dfwchild.com.

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