With the last few weeks of Summer quickly approaching, we’ve been reading as many books as we can. Once the kids go back to school and activities start, we’ll be back to the hustle and bustle of Fall. With so much going on, it gets harder and harder to find time to read. That’s why a few of our HAPARI staff have started the HAPARI book club!

We’re encouraging each other to read and sharing great new books we find.

In today’s post, we’re sharing five of our favorite Summer reads with you! These books are easy to read and so good you may just read the entire thing in one setting. Check it out and save this post for your next book club meeting!

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5. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. This book has topped the New York Times Best Sellers list in 2019, 2020, and 2021. It’s a fantastic summer read about the story of Kya Clark, a wild naturalist who lives off the land and was never formally educated after she was abandoned by her family. The story follows Kya’s tepid integration into polite society. When a young man in town is found murdered, Kya becomes the prime suspect. This book is both an intriguing coming-of-age story and a mystery. Throw in some young first-love romance, and this is one you won’t want to put down. We loved it!

4. The Four Winds by Kristen Hannah. If you’ve already read Where the Crawdads Sing, then give this book a try. Written by acclaimed author of The Nightingale and The Great Alone Kristen Hannah delivers another powerfully epic story about a family that travels West to seek refuge and opportunity during the Great Depression. The book is a testament to hope, love, and courage as it follows the story of Elsa, an indomitable young woman, and the fight for her family’s life.

3. Aftershocks: A Memoir by Nadia Owusu. In this memoir, Owusu tells her incredible story of her young life; abandoned at 2 by her mother and orphaned at 13 by the unexpected death of her father. Nadia finds herself in New York City, learning to navigate a new city and the world alone. Her story is inspiring, emotional, and impactful. It’s a book you won’t want to put down. We highly recommend it!

2. Things We Lost to the Water by Eric Nguyen. This debut book by Nguyen is fantastic! The story follows an immigrant Vietnamese family living in New Orleans. When Huong, the wife and mother of the story, becomes separated from her husband, she must learn to navigate a new country alone with her two boys. This was an incredibly moving book, and one that feels very relatable today with current world events. This book would be great to spur deep discussions in your next book club. Check it out!

1. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. This #1 New York Times Bestseller tops our favorite Summer must-reads. This is a cant-put-it-down, read-it-for-hours type of book. This fast-paced suspense novel follows the story of a beautiful, well-off family, a summer romance, an accident, and a secret. Trying to uncover what’s going on is half the fun. The plot twists are completely unexpected. While this book is a few years old now - it was published in 2014 - it’s the perfect, easy, engaging, and interesting Summer read. We highly recommend it! 

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