I have book recommendations for you. Well, not for you, the discerning reader, but for you, the reader who needs a book fluffy enough to be able to divert your attention from it often enough to make sure your kids are still properly afloat in the ocean and all is right on the beach, yet interesting enough that you feel like you are indulging yourself in a decent read while lounging on the beach and smugly thinking about all the poor suckers working.
First and foremost, I want to tell you about a great website for finding new authors similar to those you already like. Wait, that’s pretty silly. You probably already know about this website. It’s http://www.literature-map.com. Here’s a shot of a map generated from one of my favorite authors for beach/pool reads: Tana French.
I circled some of the other authors on this map I’ve read. I’ve read most of Erik Larson’s books and enjoyed all of them. His books are some of my favorites. I particularly enjoyed Isaac’s Storm and The Devil in the White City. I also highly recommend Caleb Carr’s The Alienist. Circling back to Tana French, if you haven’t read In the Woods, and you like mysteries/thrillers, do yourself a favor and give it a try for a beach/pool read this summer. I appreciated how much time she invested in character development, and I became invested in them. Made for a very affecting read. And finally I just finished The Bright Forever by Lee Martin and enjoyed it very much.