Sizzling Summer Reads

Housewives, vampires and Chelsea Handler - oh, my!

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They don’t call ‘em “beach reads” for nothin’.

As vacation season hits its stride, book-loving globe-trotters will seek out fun, fluff and fantasy to enjoy under the sun.  Always a few chapters ahead, we’ve scoped out the latest hot reads and compiled our six top picks for summer travel.

Whether you’re planning a girlfriend getaway, family road trip or something in between, one of these page-turners is right for you.  Just add a frosty tropical beverage and a lazy afternoon.

Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang

by Chelsea Handler
Nothing is off limits for E! late-night host Chelsea Handler.  Her latest book traps you into her wickedly scheming mind with a collection of outrageous essays about family, friends and sex, including her early childhood discovery of “the feeling”.  (To those unaccustomed to Chelsea’s sense of humor: beware!)
IDEAL FOR: Beach vacays, Cruises

The Kane Chronicles: Book One - The Red Pyramid

by Rick Riordon
The Kanes, a brother and sister duo, seize the day amidst ancient Egyptian obstacles in this first installment of Texas author Rick Riordan’s new fantasy series.  You’ll definitely want to give your own sibling a huge hug after reading this book. 
IDEAL FOR: Family reunions, Road trips

Medium Raw:  A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and People Who Cook
by Anthony Bourdain

If you devoured bad boy chef Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential like a juicy char-broiled rib eye, there’s no doubt you’re already salivating for this much-anticipated follow-up.  Expect a feast of dining dish, confessions and even a peek inside a “highly illegal” gastronomic gathering. 

IDEAL FOR: International travels, Wine Country tours

The Naked Truth:  The Real Story Behind the Real Housewife of New Jersey – In Her Own Words
by Danielle Staub

Keep the Cabernet close at hand while enjoying this tawdry new tell-all from Jersey’s resident Drama Queen.  Turn the pages as Staub turns the tables (get it?) on her Franklin Lakes frenemies with the true story behind that infamous arrest, various celebrity hookups and more. 

IDEAL FOR: Flight delays, Girlfriend getaways

Put On Your Crown:  Life-Changing Moments on the Path to Queendom
by Queen Latifah

Queen Latifah is a royal role model like none other.  From Newark, New Jersey to the top of Hollywood’s hot list, her unique journey includes platinum records, a hit TV series and an incredible list of films.  Going through a rough patch of your own?  This motivational memoir is for you.

IDEAL FOR: Spa weekends, Staycations
The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella

by Stephenie Meyer
Twilight Saga left you wanting more? Well, get cozy under the covers (with the a/c blasting of course) as vampire author extraordinaire Stephenie Meyer reintroduces you to the mysterious newborn vampire Bree Tanner and her struggles with supernatural transformation. (Click here to read it online for free!)
IDEAL FOR: Rainy days, Camping trips

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