By Arden Spearman
There’s nothing like a summer afternoon spent reading a good book at the beach or by the pool.
1. “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng
There are echoes of many of the same tensions from Celeste Ng’s debut novel, “Everything I Never Told You,” in her second novel, “Little Fires Everywhere.” Familial and racial tensions and secretive teenagers keep readers entangled in the mysterious story between the Richardson and Warren families. The book begins with a house fire and leaves everyone, including the reader, guessing until the very end.
2. “Educated: A Memoir” by Tara Westover
Have you ever wondered how survivalist families live, and maybe how some even escape from their primitive lives? This bestselling nonfiction memoir tells the story of Tara Westover and her life with her family in the mountains of Idaho. After following in the footsteps of her brother, Tara realizes that the world is so much more than the mountains she knows. She even manages to teach herself enough to attend college.
3. “Heart Talk: Poetic Wisdom for a Better Life” by Cleo Wade
If you liked Rupi Kaur’s “Milk & Honey,” you will fall in love with this collection of over one hundred of Wade’s original mantras, poems and more. “Heart Talk” is a genuine and relatable book you can carry with you everywhere you go or keep on your nightstand to read before bed. Each piece is sure to pull some heart strings along the way.
4. “Bluff” by Michael Kardos
Full of magical suspense, “Bluff” is a tale about a young magician by Mississippi author Michael Kardos. After marring her reputation in the business of magic, Natalie Webb turns to writing about the dangerous art of cheating at cards. Upon finding the ideal individual for research, Natalie becomes caught up in a possible $1.5 million-dollar trick that could completely turn her now desolate life around. Kardos writes with continual tension throughout his novel, pulling readers further into the depths of Natalie’s story with each chapter.
5. “Circe” by Madeline Miller
“Circe” is the imaginative retelling of Odysseus’ encounter with a witch on his journey home to Ithaca. After using her powers against some notable mythological figures, Circe is banished to a desolate island to live out her days. Miller excellently weaves the tales of other mythologies into Circe, giving the once dead-end story a new life – one that no one could have ever imagined. Fans of mythology will appreciate this new adaptation of Circe’s story and feel a sense of empowerment while reading her redesigned adventure.