10 Great Summer Books for August


With only a month left in the summer season, it’s time to prioritize when it comes to all those books on your summer list that you didn’t manage to get to yet. Here are ten great reads to keep on that beach bag. Choose any of these for your August vacation, and you’ll come away smiling.

  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared 1 of 10
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    The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared ($6.40) is a hysterical, rollicking read about an unlikely hero -- a 100 year-old man who jumps out of the window of his old folks' home and heads off on some crazy adventures. It will make you feel fully transported - from the beach where you are to the rest of the world. 

  • Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel 2 of 10
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    Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel ($16.78) is a delightful tale anyone will quickly be swept up by -- not just a bookstore sleuth in Silicon Valley. And I don't just say that because I happen to have worked with the writer. You'll love this book, as I have. 

  • Where’s You Go, Bernadette 3 of 10
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    Many folks fantasize about leaving their lives behind, and Bernadette takes that one step furthur. We all want to know where Bernadette went off to, and if we can go with her. ($8.99)

  • Gone Girl 4 of 10
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    To say I couldn't put down Gone Girl ($12.84) is one of the grosser understatements of 2013. This is a novel of such suspense and marital intrigue you will be literally holding your breath until the last page. 12,000 reviews on Amazon can't lead you astray, right?

  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail 5 of 10
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    Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail ($8.19) may be a non-fiction memoir, but it's just as gripping as any great novel. This tale of one woman's long hiking journey is one of twists, turns, and learnings that will keep you enthralled. 

  • Love with a Chance of Drowning 6 of 10
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    When an Aussie girl falls in love with an Argentine man in San Francisco and follows him on a sailing journey around the world, you can imagine that things aren't going to be linear. The light-hearted Love with a Chance of Drowning ($11.48) delivers. 

  • And Then There Were None 7 of 10
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    If there's ever been an August beach holiday without an Agatha Christie book in tow, I wasn't aware of it. Christie is the master of mystery, and any book of hers will have you second guessing until the end. And Then There Were None ($6.29) is a great classic. 

  • And the Mountains Echoed 8 of 10
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    The new Khaled Hosseini book is here, and And the Mountains Echoed ($14.87) proves as moving as his earlier works. Tissues needed. 

  • The Light Between Oceans 9 of 10
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    I'll bet you good money that you'll see this in the airport bookstore as you board the plane for your vacation. And if you don't buy it then, you're missing out. The Light Between Oceans ($9.60) is a fine novel, indeed. 

  • Beautiful Ruins 10 of 10
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    A fun book to remind you of summer, and then take you far beyond, Beautiful Ruins ($9.99) will have you laughing (and crying) in one fell swoop. Exploring the powerful story of what happened to one near-famous actress fifty years ago, the book ends in the (happy) present. 

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