BookWorks Summer Reading Recommendations – July Edition

The dog days of summer lie ahead (for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere) and that means long lazy days for some much needed ‘R & R’ (reading and relaxing). For inspiration, we need to look no further than the trove of titles in our own BookShop. There are many wonderful books by indie authors in… [Read More]

summer reading for July '17 by BookWorks.com's own indie authors

The dog days of summer lie ahead (for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere) and that means long lazy days for some much needed 'R & R' (reading and relaxing). For inspiration, we need to look no further than the trove of titles in our own BookShop. There are many wonderful books by indie authors in all genres and we encourage you to browse for yourself and choose a couple (or more) for your summer reading list. Support your fellow authors, leave a review and let them know how you liked it. Maybe even forge a new connection.

Here are just a few of our picks to get you started...

Summer Love

summer reading for July '17 by BookWorks.com's own indie authorsWe're all suckers for a love story whether we admit it or as a guilty pleasure, and there is a flavor for everyone. Romance and ghosts? Check. Romance and music? Check. Romance and humor? Double-check.summer reading for July '17 by BookWorks.com's own indie authors

Hearts Unloched by Claire Gem (paranormal romance, ghost story)

Reverie by Lauren Rico (book one in a series about love & obsession set in the world of professional classical music)

Acquired Asset by Z.N. Willett (romance, humor, corporate shenanigans)

Vicarious Adventure

summer reading for July '17 by BookWorks.com's own indie authorsNot all of us can afford to lead the kind of on-the-edge, take-no-prisoners lives that these protagonists do. But, we can escape into their worlds and hitch a thrill ride.summer reading for July '17 by BookWorks.com's own indie authors

The Traveling Man by Michael P. King (husband/wife con artists in a noir thriller)

State vs. Lassiter by Paul Levine (book 10 of the bestselling Jake Lassiter legal thrillers)

The Lion Prophecy by Alexander Grant (swashbuckling, fantasy, sea-adventure)

Instant Gratification

summer reading for July '17 by BookWorks.com's own indie authorsSummer vacation not in the cards? Steal your summer pleasure when you can and enjoy some short entertainment that doesn't require a big time commitment or else leave you hanging.summer reading for July '17 by BookWorks.com's own indie authors

The History Major by Michael Phillip Cash (paranormal thriller novella, quick read)

On The Okey Dokey Trail by I. Leigh Private (short stories, humor)

Glimmer and Other Stories by Nicola McDonagh (magical realism, suspense & love)

Inspiring Lives

summer reading for July '17 by BookWorks.com's own indie authorsReading about others' journeys of self-discovery, triumph over adversity or reinvention, can inspire, expand our understanding of the human experience, and reinvigorate our commitment to creating our own best life.summer reading for July '17 by BookWorks.com's own indie authors

My Extraordinary Life by Monica Sucha Vickers (an enlightening perspective on living with disability)

Cherries - A Viet Nam War Novel by John Podlaski (first-hand account)

A Bronx Boy's Tale by Jimmy Newell (witty memoir about growing up in the 60's)

Walking Over Eggshells by Lucinda E. Clarke (never a dull moment in this one)

For the Young Set (Teens/YA)

summer reading for July '17 by BookWorks.com's own indie authorsStep away from your phone and pick up a book. You won't find this kind of kick on social media.

Tompkin's School for the Extraordinarily Talented by Tabi Slick (dark fantasy)summer reading for July '17 by BookWorks.com's own indie authors

The Tinker and the Fold Part One - by Scott Gordon and Evan Gordon (middle school sci-fi adventure co-authored by father & son team)

The Treasure of Gwenlais by M.T. Magee (historical fiction, medieval fantasy)

Children of the Star Trilogy by Sylvia Engdahl (for sophisticated, voracious YA readers who hate when the story ends...a 3-pack)

Your Summer Reading List

We want to hear from you. What's on your reading list? Do you have any favorite BookWorks author titles you'd like to suggest? If so, you can submit them to admin@bookworks.com or in the comments below. We'll be back with another edition for August. Let us know if you read any of these or your own picks from among our talented community.

(Note:  Look for a tandem "Read Any Good Books Lately?" topic posted in our Discussion Group forum under BookWorks News & Community Announcements so we can continue the conversation there. Join us!)


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One thought on “BookWorks Summer Reading Recommendations – July Edition”

  1. Another good read for elementary school kids is “Three Best Friends,” first picture book to highlight the need for inclusive playgrounds for children with all abilities. This book has a discussion section for parents and children to talk about how they felt about a fellow peer being excluded from a new playground because his wheelchair can not move on wood chip flooring.

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