book lovers day

Book Lovers Day

August 9th is Book Lovers Day! So we thought that we’d put together the perfect list of our favorite reads that you can enjoy poolside and help you escape from your hectic life.

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

A moving story guaranteed to inspire. A former student and his college professor who is dying from ALS meet every Tuesday for lessons on emotion, life, and death. This book is well written and easy to understand, making it an exceptional read for all ages. Albom gives a positive perspective on heavy topics such as life and death through Morrie’s encouraging, self-reflecting advice.

Bared to You by Sylvia Day

For those of you who loved Fifty Shades of Grey, you will fall in love with Eva and Gideon. The story is similar to Fifty Shades but has very different characters and a much deeper more heart wrenching plot.

In The Unlikely Event by Judy Blume

If you read Judy Blume as a teenager, you will like this book. It’s a mix of real life events told in a story with fictional characters set in the 1950’s.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

We all do it from time to time – make up little stories in our head about people we see every day but don’t really know…  It’s a harmless habit, right?  But for Rachel, when the scenario that started in her head becomes part of her life, the story takes on more twists and turns than the train tracks! 

The White Queen by Phillipa Gregory

Philippa Gregory does a wonderful job creating the characters based on the English Royal Family during the “Cousins War”. The story is the White Rose vs. the Red Rose but told from unique perspective of the women of the family.  If you enjoy Historical fiction, The White Queen is a must-read.

The Wright Brothers by David McCullough

The history of flight takes off in this fascinating biography of Dayton, Ohio’s favorite sons. Historical fiction “Guru” David McCullough highlights the duo as individuals.  And you’ll also get to know the Wright sister who supported her brothers throughout their lives.

The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

This mystical sci-fi fantasy brings the legends of King Arthur to life through the eyes of the women behind the throne. It is a story about love and magic, yet different from any Arthur novel you'll ever read.

Yankee Doodle Dixie by Lisa Patton

If you’re from the South (or just enjoy reading about it), pour yourself a peach daiquiri to sip by the pool while you read about the continuing adventures of Leelee Satterfield, her three best friends, her handsome chef boyfriend, and the return of Helga the horrible from the author of Whistlin’ Dixie in a Nor’easter. 

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

A book club favorite, this sometimes funny, sometimes sad, poignant memoir reads like a novel – primarily because it’s hard to fathom how Jeannette Walls could have survived this unbelievable childhood and managed to come out on the other side seemingly unscathed.   

See Me by Nicholas Sparks

Southern storyteller Nicholas Sparks once again wins our hearts with the story of Collin and Maria. Set in North Carolina, Collin Hancock meets lawyer Maria Sanchez in a chance encounter that is classic Sparks. A romance soon blossoms until a case from Maria’s past threatens their relationship and their lives. Sparks does a masterful job combining a love story with a thriller.

Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple

When the sun gets too hot by the pool – how about a trip to Antarctica to cool down? When you go with the crazy cast of characters from Where’d You Go Bernadette, the trip will be more fun than a rollercoaster! 

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson

If you’re a non-fiction fan, you’re most likely familiar with bestselling author Erik Larson’s books.  Dead Wake transports you back to the beginning of World War I and this historic event that rocked the world.

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

Who would think that the sport of college rowing could be as exciting as the Super Bowl?  When the University of Washington’s 8-oared rowing team went to the 1936 Olympics, they had the whole country behind them! 

What are you reading by the Pool? Share with us your top poolside reads by using #ForeverPoolTime.