Summer Reads Greatest Hits

The Lake Forest Librarians have chosen their favorite picks for summer reading.  Whether you're going to the beach, camping, on a road trip, or even just staying at home, these titles are fun, light, easy and great for summer.

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Malibu 1983: think movie stars and surfing, flawed but loving siblings, an international rockstar dad and an epic party that ends in disaster. 

The House of the Spirits  by Isabel Allende.  The unforgettable first novel by Ms. Allende brings to life the triumphs and tragedies of three generations of the Trueba family.

Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver.  Set over the course of one humid southern Appalachian summer, Ms. Kingsolver’s fifth novel is a lush, lyrical, hymn to wildness that celebrates the prodigal spirit of human nature, and of nature itself. 

Where’d You Go, Bernadette? By Maria Semple. A misanthropic matriarch leaves her eccentric family in crisis when she mysteriously disappears in this whip-smart and divinely funny novel. 

Said No One Ever by Stephanie Eding. Ellie rents an Airbnb getaway on a gorgeous farm in Montana.  She’s the reluctant and borderline competent caretaker of a barn full of unruly farm animals. 

The Mostly True Story of Tanner and Louise by Colleen Oakley. An unforgettable pairing of a college dropout and an eighty-four-year-old woman on the run from the law. 

Vera Wong's Unsolicited Advice for Murderers by Jesse Q. Sutanto. Vera Wong is a lonely little old lady who lives above her forgotten tea shop in the middle of San Francisco’s Chinatown.  One morning Vera trudges downstairs to find a curious thing—a dead man in the middle of her tea shop. In his outstretched hand, a flash drive. 

Counterfeit by Kirsten Chen. Swift, surprising, and sharply comic, Counterfeit is a stylish and pop-feminist caper, a con artist story and a fashionable romp. 

The Windfall by Diksha Basu. A comedy of errors, The Windfall details the Jha family as they come into an enormous sum of money.  

Beach Read by Emily Henry. A romance writer who no longer believes in love and a literary writer stuck in a rut engage in a summer-long challenge that may just upend everything they believe about happily ever afters. 

Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes.  Set in a sleepy seaside town in Maine, this heartfelt debut is about the unlikely relationship between a young woman who’s lost her husband and a Major League pitcher who’s lost his game.

Hotel Nantucket by Elin Hilderbrand.  From the queen of beach reads, her latest offering is dishy and fun, as a classic Nantucket hotel attempts to reinvent itself with a new billionaire owner. 

Bad Summer People by Emma Rosenblum.  This is a whip-smart, propulsive debut about infidelity, backstabbing, and murderous intrigue, set against an exclusive summer haven on Fire Island.

Cover Story by Susan Rigetti. Composed of diary entries, emails, FBI correspondence, and more, Cover Story is a fresh, fun, and wholly original novel that takes readers deep into the codependency and deceit found in a relationship built on power imbalance and lies.

Identity by Nora Roberts. Enjoy this terrifying new thriller about one man's ice-cold malice, and one woman's fight to reclaim her life.

Set on You by Amy Lea. A gym nemesis pushes a fitness influencer to the max in Amy Lea’s steamy debut romantic comedy.