Moms Must Read:
Five Hot Summer Reads

It’s Summer! That means long days, long nights and plenty of warm weather activities. One of my favorite summer activities, is reading. I love nothing more than to park myself under an umbrella or a shady tree and get lost in a delicious novel.  The easy, breezy days of summer call for light or fun novels or for trying new genres. I wholeheartedly believe in stocking up on chick lit and steamy romances and psychological thrillers as a way to break out of a reading rut. If you’re interested in trying a new style of novel, now is the time. Following are 5 hot summer reading suggestions for the whole family.  Check it out!

1. Into the Water
by Paula Hawkins

When a single mother is found dead in the local river, her fifteen year old daughter is left behind to be raised by the mother’s sister. What’s the secret behind the bodies found in the river? Why is the mother’s sister so fearful? This thriller, written by the same author who wrote Girl on the Train, screams to be read on a beach blanket, don’t you think? 

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2.  Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
 by Neil deGrasse Tyson

If you have a family member who geeks out for science, this is the book for them. Always wanted to learn more about the Black Hole or space and time? Dr. DeGrasse-Tyson is the cool physics professor you had in college; he makes difficult topics sound easy to understand. You’ll be a hit at the watercooler. 

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3. The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas

Get ready to hear alot about this book. Alot ALOT. The Hate U Give, by newcomer Angie Thomas, is the story of Starr, a teenager who witnessed the police shooting of her friend, an unarmed Black young man. Starr struggles with living two lives: one in the inner city with her family and the one at the predominately white private school she attends. Starr also learns who her real friends are. 

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4. Ghost
by Jason Reynolds

If you’ve never heard of Jason Reynolds, get ready to fall in love. His books are for older middle grade kids and teens and cover hard hitting topics like funerals, death, school, anger issues, etc. In Ghost, our hero inadvertently challenges a sprinter to a race and now he finds himself enjoying running as much (or maybe more) than he loves basketball. 

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5. She Persisted
by Chelsea Clinton, Alexandra Boiger

Here’s a book for the budding feminists in the family.  Former first child, Chelsea Clinton is all grown up and has written a book to inspire “tiny feminists” and “mini activists” to take on the world. Featuring historic women who wouldn’t take  “No” for an answer kids will be inspired to work hard to overcome obstacles and to be persistent in pursuing their dreams.  Features include: Harriet Tubman, Maria Tallchief, Sonia Sotomayor and more. 

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Most of the titles in this list are new-ish books that you might not have heard of yet. If you can’t choose, head to the library or your favorite local bookstore and ask them what’s hot for summer.  There are a few on this list that I plan to add to my summer beach bag. I’m going to need a bigger suitcase!