Ideas in Every Genre

Are you in search of a great book this summer? Reading is an easy way to learn new things, increase empathy, improve memory, and even live longer. It’s also a fun way to pass a summer afternoon. Whether you’re a self-declared bookworm or only read occasionally, here are 10 books to consider in a wide range of fiction and non-fiction genres. Most of these books have audiobook versions, too.

Cozy Mystery

Dead as a Door Knocker by Diane Kelly

This is the first book in a new series from Diane Kelly, author of the IRS Special Agent Tara Holloway series. Expect to laugh as you read this mystery set in the Nashville real estate market.

True Crime

The Trial of Lizzie Borden by Cara Robertson

This book looks at the true story of Lizzie Borden, the young girl accused of hacking her parents to death with an axe in 1892. If you’ve ever wondered whether Lizzie Borden really did it, this book will give you new insight into the famous case.

Historical Fiction

The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See

This novel follows the lives of two female divers who live on Jeju Island in Korea, starting in the 1930s and 1940s and moving forward through history.

Science Fiction

The Wall by John Lanchester

This dystopian novel, about an island nation protected by a wall designed to keep out the Others, touches on modern issues of politics and rising sea levels.

Short Stories

Orange World and Other Stories by Karen Russell

This collection of short stories comes from the author of Swamplandia, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Each story will introduce you to a new and exciting new world with high stakes and interesting characters. 


A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II by Sonia Purnell

The title says it all. This biography tells the true story of Virginia Hall, an American who woman who became a spy in France during World War II. 


Rockstar Grandparent by Chrys Howard

This guide to grandparenting deals with technology, blended families and other issues facing grandparents today.


Your Complete Guide to a Successful & Secure Retirement by Larry E. Swedroe and Kevin Grogan

This book is written by experts in investment and personal finance, and it covers Social Security, Medicare, investment planning strategies and other issues faced by retirees. 


The Longevity Paradox: How to Die Young at a Ripe Old Age by Steven R. Gundry, MD

Written by surgeon Dr. Steven Gundry, this book outlines a new approach to aging well with a nutrition and lifestyle plan.


The Contentment Journal by Rachel Cruze

This book guides you through a 90-day journaling exercise designed to help you become more content with your own life.

Planning your next adventure? Bring one of these books along for the journey!