5 Books to Add to Your End of Summer 2023 Reading List
If you are an avid reader or have a goal to read more this year, here is a great list of books. I would also love to know what books you have on your own list! Here’s a way to entertain your kids outdoors while you enjoy some good reading.
5 Must Reads of before summer ends
These book recommendations come from Literary Hub, Reese’s Book Club, & ET Online where they examined all the summer reading lists out there and compiled them into one giant list, starting with the books most recommended or the books on the most lists. You can check out more of what everyone is reading on their website: lithub.com.
1. Tom Lake by Ann Patchett
A Reese’s Book Club pick.
Returning home to their cherry harvest in the Spring of 2020, three daughters use their time to get to know their mother’s past. Lara lived a life of young love, married love, and love for her children, but what do her daughters really know? Time jumps from present day (2020) Michigan back to Michigan in 1988 where Lara was acting in theater company called Tom Lake.
“In this beautiful and moving novel about family, love, and growing up, Ann Patchett once again proves herself one of America’s finest writers.”
New York Time Bestseller.
In 1939, after being evacuated from their village during World War ii, Hazel and Flora are taken to live with a women and her teenage son in a cottage near the River Thames. Hazel uses her days walking along the river and trying to distract Flora by creating made up stories and lands. When tragedy strikes and Flora disappears one day by the river, Hazel has to move on. Twenty years later, Hazel opens a package containing an illustrated book with the name of the secret imaginary world that only her and Flora knew about. Giving her hope that her sister might just still be alive after all this time. She embarks on a quest to open the past and find the answers she has been looking for.
3. Swamp Story: A Novel by Dave Berry
Pulitzer Prize–winning and New York Times bestselling author.
Jesse Braddock who lives in the Everglades with her baby girl and ex-boyfriend, when she happens upon a treasure that can change her life and her daughter’s. The only problem is that some bad men want the treasure too, and they know that she has it. Meanwhile, Ken Bortle is luring TikTokers to the Everglades on the guise that there’s a monster. Nothing goes as planned in this story.
4. Ink Blood Sister Scribe by Emma Törzs
A Good Morning America Bookclub pick.
A guarded collection of rare and ancient books of magic, that can let people walk through walls or manipulate the elements, is passed down through generations in the Kalotay Family. The price of their magic is separating the family to keep them safe, but after Joanna reads an unknown book she realizes they need to reunite to save the family. Now two sister must come together to save their family’s legacy.
5. Lady Tan’s Circle of Women: A Novel by Lisa See
New York Times Bestseller.
After being taken in by her grandparents, Tan Yunxian’s grandmother teaches her of all things Chinese medicine. Doing things in the medical world for women that not even men can do. After learning everything about women’s illnesses and how to heal them, she is forced into an arranged marriage where her mother-in-law forbids her from using her knowledge and helping with women’s health. Follow Tan as she tries to break free from these traditions.
Check out more of these highly recommended books of 2023!
5 Recommended Self-Help and Empowerment Books for 2023
1. 12 Rules For Life by Jordan B. Peterson
What does everyone in the modern world need to know? Renowned psychologist Jordan B. Peterson’s answer to this most difficult of questions uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research. Learn 12 rules to have a happier and successful life, in this funny and enjoyable book.
2. The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk
#1 New York Times Bestseller.
Trauma can actually reshape the body and the brain, having repercussions beyond those that are known. By activating the brain’s natural neuroplasticity, innovative treatments for trauma are found. Dr. van der Kolk uncovers the methods and power that relationships can have on both the body and the brain- and how to reclaim your life.
3. I Will Teach You to Be Rich: No Guilt. No Excuses. No BS. Just a 6-Week Program That Works by Ramit Sethi
New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestseller.
If you’ve ever been told to stop buying fancy coffee in order to accumulate wealth, I’m here to break the good news to you: That advice is just plain wrong. “Wealth wizard” Ramit Sethi’s six-week program will teach you how to automate your finances, avoid (and get out of) late fees, conquer your debt, build a rockstar savings account, and so much more—all while still buying the things you like (like that five-dollar seasonal latte).
Learn more about tackling your finances with these 23 ideas
#1 New York Times bestseller.
A proven framework for improving every day, Clear gives you real strategies that allow you to make good habits and stop the bad habits. James Clear gives simply was to understand and change complex behaviors and habits. Reshape the way you think about progress and success and get the tools and strategies you need to transform your habits. Whatever your goal is, this book is sure to help you achieve it.
What makes for a happy life, a fulfilling life? A good life? In their fascinating book, the directors of the Harvard Study of Adult Development, the longest scientific study of happiness ever conducted, show that the answer to these questions may be closer than you realize. Make your life more meaningful through your connections with others, and by reading this book.
5 Highly Anticipated Novels in 2023
1. Victory City: A Novel by Salman Rushdie
A New York Times Bestseller with Author Salman Rushdie being named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People.
After the tragic death of her mother, Pampa Kampana becomes inhabited by a goddess with great powers – whose goal is bring on the rise of a great city named Bisgna. Over the next 250 years, Pampa experiences love, adventures, and a complex of situations that together create a powerful story.
2. Remarkably Bright Creatures: A Novel by Shelby Van Pelt
A New York Times Bestseller and a Read with Jenna Book Club pick, this surprisingly tender story is sure to be a favorite.
While mourning the death of her husband, Tova Sullivan decides to take a night job working at an aquarium. There she starts an unlikely friendship with a grumpy, giant Pacific octopus, who just might be able to help solve the 30 year mystery of the disappearance of Tova’s son. Marcellus uses everything he can to help Tova solve the mystery before it is too late.
“The only true voyage . . . not to visit strange lands, but to possess other eyes.” – Marcel Proust
Ed Yong takes us on a spectacular journey to see the world through the eyes (or senses) of all different kinds of animals. “The Earth teems with sights and textures, sounds and vibrations, smells and tastes, electric and magnetic fields. But every kind of animal, including humans, is enclosed within its own unique sensory bubble, perceiving but a tiny sliver of our immense world.”
A New York Times Bestseller and “One of this year’s finest works of narrative nonfiction.”—Oprah Daily
4. Sea of Tranquility: A Novel by Emily St. John Mandel
A New York Times Bestseller.
Sea of Tranquility follows the lives of four main characters as they transcend time and space. Small choices can shape and alter everything. “A virtuoso performance that is as human and tender as it is intellectually playful, Sea of Tranquility is a novel of time travel and metaphysics that precisely captures the reality of our current moment.”
5. Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow: A Novel by Gabrielle Zevin
A New York Times Bestseller.
Sam and Sadie—two college friends, often in love, but never lovers—become creative partners in a dazzling and intricately imagined world of video game design, where success brings them fame, joy, tragedy, duplicity, and, ultimately, a kind of immortality. It is a love story, but not one you have read before.
There you have it! The top books for 2023, if you read any of these, I would love to know your opinion. What’s great about this list is that many of these books are on audible. I love using audible to listen to books because I hardly have time to sit and read! Right now, you can score 30 days free on audible!
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