Five Must-Read Books for Your Summer Reading List

summer booksSummer is in session, which means long days spent at the beach are in full view. As you gear up for your annual family vacation and several beach days to follow, take an opportunity to shore up your summer reading list. We’ve been following some of the year’s biggest releases, and we have a few recommendations. Whether you’re after scandal and suspense or history and poetic narratives, you’re sure to find a satisfying read among these options. Pack these five must-reads along in your beach bag this summer.


“The Noticer” by Andy Andrews

The website for Mr. Andrews shares how an old drifter named Jones has a gift for seeing what others miss and that there is no such thing as a dead end. It only takes a little “perspective,” he says, to recognize the miracles in our moments, the seeds of greatness tucked into our struggles.

Based on a remarkable true story, The Noticer beautifully blends fiction, allegory, and inspiration. It provides simple, yet powerful distinctions about love, relationships, value, and integrity and will inspire readers to take that first step toward a major life change. Gifted storyteller Andy Andrews helps us see how becoming a “noticer” just might change a person’s life forever. The Author is also a “Local” of the Alabama Gulf Coast! (You might recognize some of the locati


Deep Water

“Deep Water” by Watt Key

Following the events of a scuba diving snafu, “Deep Water” draws together protagonist and antagonist in a gripping fight for survival. Released this April, Key’s latest novel is set off the Alabama Gulf Coast, making the perfect enthralling read for Gulf-front relaxation this summer.


The Sound of Glass“The Sound of Glass” by Karen White

Released in 2015, “The Sound of Glass” enters the closet of Southern family where skeletons of the past remain. Author of New York Times bestseller, White is an accomplished storyteller whose knack for imagery and diction really shine in this literary work. It’s riveting read and a great book to include in your beach bag this season. Set primarily in Beaufort, S.C., “The Sound of Glass” also stretches into Gulf Shores. Order your copy today!


Heads of the Colored People“Heads of the Colored People” by Nafissa Thompson-Spires

Nafissa Thompson-Spires’ “Heads of the Colored People” is a challenging and insightful read told in captivating short stories through the lenses of unique and complex characters. It’s an anthology with a motif surrounding the isolating notion of oneness. Released in April this year, Thompson Spires’ latest work is a great read for anyone looking to delve deeper into what it means to be the ‘only one’. Get your copy soon.


The Favorite Sister“The Favorite Sister” by Jessica Knoll

Bestselling author and relative newcomer, Jessica Knoll took the literary world by storm with her debut novel “Luckiest Girl Alive”. And she’s released her latest novel just in time for beach season. Released on May 15, “The Favorite Sister” is a sensational read following successful women through a reality TV show. Keep an eye out for this book cover on beaches this summer. Get your copy here.


Air Traffic“Air Traffic: A Memoir of Ambition and Manhood in America” by Gregory Pardlo

Pulitzer Prize-winner Gregory Pardlo really put pen to paper with a sublime memoir recounting the relationship he shared with his father. This poignant yet powerful read is certain to make a wonderful gift for Father’s Day. Purchase a copy for the special dad in your life, and give him the gift of a great read for days spent on beach.