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It’s Not Over! Extend Your Summer with These Beachy Novels

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Even though it’s still sunny out, tree leaves are still green and the beaches are still open, autumn is clearly rearing its head. It’s just a little bit cooler in early mornings and kids have gone back to school — but never fear! Instead of lamenting summer’s death throes, do what people have always done since the dawn of time: completely deny something is happening until it’s here! We intend to keep reading beachy, summery reads until most of the leaves are off the trees, anyway. So, in honor of endless summers, here’s a book list to help you keep the feeling of these long, warm days!   Love Her Madly: A Novel, M. Elizabeth Lee (Atria Books, August 16, 2016)…

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Summer Reading: Books for Firefly Evenings

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that fireflies are one of the best things about summer. They’re the beautiful glowy harbingers of lazy evenings that you stay outside to watch, even if the mosquitoes are getting at your ankles.    So, as summer dwindles down, let’s take a moment to appreciate one of nature’s most hypnotizing and lovely creatures! Well, actually, we’ll need more than a few moments, because we’ve picked out the perfect firefly-themed books for you to read during summer evenings before the season ends. Firefly Summer, Nan Rossiter (Kensington, July 26, 2016) This moving novel of love and loss is a really contemplative read that’s perfect for peaceful summer evenings. It tells the story of the four…

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Review: Dive Into Psychological Mystery on Peregrine Island

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Tolstoy said that every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. Diane B. Saxton, the debut author of Peregrine Island (She Writes Press, August 2, 2016), would probably agree. Her new novel dives into a memorably dysfunctional family, the Peregrines, living on the titular private island on Long Island Sound. Three generations of women live there: Winter, the calculating matriarch, her rebellious adult daughter, Elsie, and her child daughter, Peda. The novel alternates between these three very distinct viewpoints – giving readers the impression of an isolated family wrapped up in years of internal angst. This serves to heighten the sense of mystery when the main story comes into play. It’s hard to describe what’s going on in Peregrine…

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Summer Reading Extravaganza: WIN 15 Fabulous Books!

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Do we really need an excuse to give away a big pile of books? We definitely do not! So since we’re overflowing with books in the BookTrib office, we wanted to share the wealth and keep your summer reading going strong. From Young Adult, to thriller, to historical romance and everything in between we’ve got you covered! So ENTER HERE to WIN this awesome pile of books!                                                     ENTER TO WIN!

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Shelfies with Skylight Books: Summer Adventures with a Coming-of-Age Twist

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Ah, summer. There’s just something about the warmer days that invoke feelings of love and adventure. It’s a season that makes us all feel young again; with that wistful, melancholy irony, we look back at our developing years during the carefree days of summer. We all wish we’d had wisdom beyond our years, the foresight to appreciate those days as they were happening. “If only I could go back…” we dreamily inform the waves. But at your side are several books that take you away and perhaps, take you back. That’s because Skylight Books has graciously provided you with three brand new, wonderfully inspired titles that will keep the pages turning while the sun rises high over a picturesque beach.…

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5 Audiobooks Perfect for Your Long Summer Drives

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As you pull out of the driveway, everyone is excited. You’re heading out for one of those meticulously planned, ideally memorable vacations that you’ll talk about for years. You will return refreshed and energized, carrying smartphones and digital cameras chock full of memories. This vacation will go down in history as one of the greatest ever! But you have to get there first. Once you hit the highway, everyone in the car starts to realize that many hours must pass before the memories can begin. Well, good memories, at any rate. Who enjoys memories from an eight-hour car ride? Amidst all the planning, you’ve overlooked the critical travel element, which is all too common. Don’t despair, though; there’s a cure for the…

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Summer lovin’ Shelfie Picks from McLean and Eakin Booksellers

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They say spring is the time when a young man’s fancy turns to love. If that’s the case, what happens in summer? Oh, we’re not talking about the standard trashy romance. We’re talking about great stories that just so happen to feature a compelling romance, which makes for perfect summer reading. To satisfy our desire for such fun, captivating books, we went to McLean and Eakin Booksellers in Petoskey, Michigan. The store opened in 1992 and it was the setting for a future romance: That’s where two employees met and eventually became husband and wife. In a further twist of fate, they ended up owning the store. Now, Matthew Norcross and his wife Jessilynn cater to book lovers on the…

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Live Interview with Elin Hilderbrand, the Queen of the Summer Novel

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If you’re lounging on the beach this summer, there’s one author that needs a place in your picnic basket: Elin Hilderbrand. Her books are perfect for the vacationer, which is why she has earned the appropriate title, “the “Queen of the Summer Novel.” As it says on her website (linked above), she “loves longhand” is a “good cook and a terrible gardener,” and continues to fight breast cancer. Her latest book, The Rumor (Little, Brown and Company), will be available on June 16 and it’s bound to deliver the warm-weather goods. It’s about a Nantucket writer who hits the dreaded writer’s block wall at the worst time. We won’t ruin the story for you, but let’s just say that “summer’s explosive events come to…

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