It's Summertime and the Reading's Good

Posted June 8th, 2018

School's out. The sun's up. The days are longer and afternoons can finally be spent by the pool. That can only mean one thing: summer reading!

Most people can't find the time to read during the long winter months, but weekends full of relaxing in the sun provide time to get through that ever growing reading pile. If you're ready to crack open a new book, but you aren't sure where to start, we can help! Below is a list of some of this summer's hottest books and a few DECU staff faves. Happy reading!


All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin

The newest story from the bestselling author of Something Borrowed finds the lives of wealthy Nina Browning, single father Tom Volpe, and his daughter Lyla becoming increasingly intertwined after a scandalous photograph of Lyla is passed around her prestigious private school.

For fans of: The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand

The Afterlives by Thomas Pierce

After Jim Byrd dies for three minutes, he is determined to find out about the afterlife. In his search for truth, Jim contacts ghosts, explores a haunted house, and dabbles in holograms, psychics, and more.

For fans of: How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

The Richardsons, a picture perfect family, live in an orderly and conservative suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. Their lives are all going according to plan until a free spirited mother and daughter duo show up with mysterious secrets that threaten to upend the community.

For fans of: Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

Non Fiction

The Year of Less by Cait Flanders

This book follows Cait as she spends one year buying nothing but what is necessary: groceries, toiletries, gas. Cait gave up all shopping, sold most of her belongings, and learned to consume less. When she faced hardships during those twelve months, she couldn't turn to her usual vices like shopping or alcohol, so instead, Cait had to discover new ways to cope.

For fans of: You are a Badass by Jen Sincero

Caddyshack: The Making of a Hollywood Cinderella Story by Chris Nashawaty

Follow Chris Nashawaty as he documents the behind-the-scenes hilarity that took place during the filming of the cult classic film Caddyshack.

For fans of: Caddyshack, duh!

I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara

Bestselling true crime author Michelle McNamara devoted her life to finding the infamous serial killer she dubbed "the Golden State Killer." When she unexpectedly died while writing this novel, her husband, Patton Oswald, finished and published it mere months before the killer was caught.

For fans of: Whoever Fights Monsters by Robert Ressler

Young Adult

The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik by David Arnold

Sixteen year old Noah gets hypnotized and suddenly his whole world has changed. He sees things that weren't there before and his friends and family are acting completely different. This strange and quirky story of friendship will definitely keep you entertained!

For fans of: All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Sam & Ilsa's Last Hurrah By Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Sam and Ilsa, twins with a history of throwing unforgettable parties, plan their very last high school bash with only three invitees each - all of whom are a secret to the other twin. Follow along with their hi jinks, rivalries and entertaining fun!

For fans of: Someday by David Levithan

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

On Monday afternoon, five very different students walk into detention (think: The Breakfast Club). Only four walk out. Could one of them be the killer or is someone else on the loose?

For fans of: Looking for Alaska by John Green

DECU Picks

Red Storm Rising by Tom Clancy

Picked by Barry, CEO

"It’s a long read and a great book. The book does a great job of following multiple plot lines within the context of the overall story. I have read it multiple times and find it hard to put down once I have started."

Grace, Not Perfection by Emily Ley

Picked by Ashley, Human Resources Assistant

"It’s just one of those change the way you think about everything kind of books in the best way!"

Oh, The Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss

Picked by Laura, Member Service Representative

"It’s a great book to help children, teenagers, and actually everyone to remember to have adventure, fun, and to live life to the fullest"

Shutter Island by Denise Lehane

Picked by Landon, Assistant Branch Manager

"#1 on my list this summer is Shutter Island. I’ve always been a fan of 'read the book, watch the movie.' This is one I watched, but never got around to reading."

The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule

Picked by Melanie, Marketing Specialist

"This is the true story of Ann Rule's friendship with famed serial killer Ted Bundy. I love being able to follow her thought process as she researches these hideous crimes and slowly starts to come to terms with the fact that her friend is behind them. It's a must read for any true crime fan!"

Nightlife, Book #1 of the Cal Leandros Series by Rob Thurman

Picked by Christy, Accounting Support Representative

"This is a story about the unbreakable bond between brothers…with monsters!"

Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

Picked by Kendra, Human Resources Specialist

"I absolutely LOVE it!  It is a book about the lies women tell themselves, it is very inspiring and FUN…KNEE!!!!!  I am only on chapter 5 and wish I could stay home all day today to read the rest of it in my hammock with a coconut water on ice!"

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