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The best books to read pool side this summer

Relaxation. During the summer, that’s the name of the game, right? There’s just something about this season where time seems to slow down, and we spend more of it doing the things we love.

One of our summertime favorites is settling in poolside with a great read. A cool drink, a comfy chair, and a wonderful book are a great way to while away the hours. If that sounds good to you, too – we have some great reading suggestions for you!

Do you like thrillers?

The Woman in the Window is a spellbinding Hitchcock-esque story about a child psychologist grappling with alcoholism, prescription drug abuse and agoraphobia who witnesses a brutal crime while spying on her neighbors.

The Perfect Neighbors – Sometimes, no matter how excited you are about a fresh start, things just don’t work out as planned.

How about cozy mysteries?

In Strawberries & Creme Murder, bakery owner Heather fires her thieving employee – who then turns up murdered. Will the handsome detective name Heather a suspect?

Reading to the kids poolside can be fun, too.

Catching fireflies is a right of passage for many kids in the summertime. Fireflies is a sweet story that’s fun to read aloud with your children or grandchildren about the tradition – and about letting go.

How did you spend your summer vacation? Wallace Bleff can tell you all about his in How I Spent My Summer Vacation.

Is self-help more your thing?

Listen to your heart. Recognize opportunity. Follow your dreams. That’s the message of The Alchemist.

Autobiographies are always a great read.

Few stories are as inspiring as that of Malala Yousafzai. If you haven’t yet read her story of fighting against the Taliban for her right to an education, make this the summer you pick up I am Malala.

If you enjoy good writing and appreciate the hard work, dedication, and importance of those who give their lives to the fourth estate, you’ll love Reporter by esteemed journalist Seymour Hersh.

So settle in (don’t forget the sunscreen!) and enjoy some wonderful books this summer. Be sure to tell us your favorites, too!