5 Fantastic Summer Staycation Reads

5 Fantastic Summer Staycation Reads

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Slip away with a good book

For a lot of people, summer means vacation! How does a staycation sound instead? There is something special about relaxing on your porch with a refreshing glass of your favorite summer drink, while reading vacation-worthy books. Reading can take you to lots of different places making it the perfect staycation activity! Here are 5 books that will definitely put you in the summer staycation mood.

Book Suggestions

Cover of The Girls of August

The Girls of August by Anne Rivers Siddons

Every August, four women would gather together to spend a week at the beach, renting a new house each year. The ritual began when they were in their twenties and their husbands were in medical school, and became a mainstay of every summer thereafter. Their only criteria was oceanfront and isolation, their only desire to strengthen their far-flung friendships. They called themselves the Girls of August. But when one of the Girls dies tragically, the group slowly drifts apart and their vacations together are brought to a halt. Years later, a new marriage reunites them and they decide to come together once again on a remote barrier island off the South Carolina coast. There, far from civilization, the women make startling discoveries that will change them in ways they never expected.

The High Tide Club by Mary Kay Andrews

Unexpectedly hired by an eccentric millionaire from a vast barrier island home, a young attorney learns the story of the new client’s now deceased circle of friends, her determination to protect the land from developers, disturbing clues about a long-unsolved murder and her ambitious plans for heirs and descendants.

Cover of Surfside Sisters

Surfside Sisters by Nancy Thayer

A woman from Nantucket returns home to find that reunions aren’t always so simple…Growing up, Lara always dreamed of leaving Nantucket to become a writer. Now that she’s a bestselling novelist living in NYC, she realizes that success isn’t what she thought it would be. Confused, and with a harrowing case of writers block, Lara misses the island way of life more than ever. But going back to Nantucket isn’t so easy, as a deep rift with her childhood best friend, Isabelle, has kept the two from speaking for years. Lara reluctantly comes home, and is faced with her estranged best friend. Falling for Isabelle’s brother, Sebastian, only complicates things. Lara soon realizes that she must remedy the mistakes of her past in order to find true happiness.

Cover of The Summer that Made Us

The Summer That Made Us by Robyn Carr

Returning to her childhood summer home to rebuild her life after losing her job, a television talk-show host is flooded with memories of the summers she spent with her sisters and cousins before a tragic event that they seem to remember quite differently.

Cover of The Choice

The Choice by Nicholas Sparks

Resisting romantic commitments while enjoying a life of boating, swimming, and barbecues, Travis Parker is unable to deny his attraction to new neighbor Gabby Holland, a defensive woman whose long-time boyfriend further challenges Travis’ growing feelings.


These book titles are perfect to read during your summer staycation! If you have a specific type of book you want to read this summer, ask one of our staff members to help you find titles that you might enjoy.

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