Pack your picnic baskets, pick a good spot, and grab these books to help you enjoy the Picnic Month of July!
The simmering BBQs, a faint smell of fresh fruit, and refreshing lemonade bring everyone out to have fun in the sun. They don’t call it the Picnic Month for no reason. While catching up with close friends and family, you might crave a quiet escape into the world of books.
Here’s a list of our favorite books that will keep you company in your al fresco escapade.
The Vanishing Half
Looking for a good family drama? After the New York Times-bestselling debut with The Mothers, Brit Bennett brings you a stunning new page-turner.
The Vanishing Half beautifully illustrates how your past has a lasting influence on the person you are today. It is a story of twin sisters who may have been inseparable as kids but as grownups choose distinct lives in two very different worlds, one black and one white. Years later, their daughters cross paths. What happens next is for you to find out.
You can get a paperback, kindle, or audiobook version of The Vanishing Half on Amazon.
Do you believe in climate change and want the world to be a better place before we’re out of time? Here’s a novel that rings true in our time – The Org by Scott Brody.
Imagine: we’re faced with food shortages and deteriorating weather patterns, and everyone around you starts to panic. This very well could be our near future! The plot of this political thriller thickens as you find out how a presidential candidate is a prime suspect in the murder of the Org – a pollical cult. It is only a matter of time until a keen reporter on the case uncovers the truth.
Can’t wait to find out, right? Order The Org on Amazon today.
The Last Surviving Dinosaur: The TyrantoCrankaTsuris
If you are in the market for a great children’s book, you might like The Last Surviving Dinosaur: The TyrantoCrankaTsuris – winner of The Mom’s Choice Awards.
Simply put, the book is about crankiness. But it makes for a point like no other. Author Steven Joseph delivers a playful and enjoyable read straight from his personal experiences as a child learning to handle his crankiness. Kids see how being cranky is a natural instinct and embrace it. After all, crankiness began with the last surviving dinosaur, a character he’d like the readers to learn from and use as a model to cope with their emotions.
Now here’s an exciting book starring a dinosaur for your little ones. Order The Last Surviving Dinosaur: The TyrantoCrankaTsuris today.
Angels in the Mist
There is a reason why so many of us like reading sci-fi fantasy novels. We’re fascinated by the thought of venturing into a world that extends beyond our imagination. Angels in the Mist is an urban fantasy that does just that.
Author Ryan Southwick creates a supernatural world featuring androids, cyborgs, vampires and plasma guns in this intricate fiction that will leave you wanting more books from the rest of the series, The Z-Tech Chronicles. Anne Perrin, an ordinary waitress with psychological trauma, gets thrown into a terrifying situation at the heart of Silicon Valley, which must transform and unleash super technology to fight back against an ancient and mighty evil on the loose in San Francisco.
Want to see how this action-packed saga unfolds? Get your copy Angels in the Mist now.
Clean Water for Developing Countries
Do you agree that fresh, clean water is the basic necessity for a community to thrive? Author John Dracup in his book Clean Water for Developing Countries discusses the best strategies and methods for providing clean water in remote areas.
It’s alarming to see the number of people impacted by unsafe water in isolated, rural areas of the world. Factors like cost, sustainability, cultural differences, and agreement by those who will use it are important in providing clean drinking water to these people. John’s goal was to apply his expertise in water resource engineering and his thirty-five years of experience in clean water projects to make a guide of the best methods to create clean water for all.
If you’re passionate about finding a way to help those in need, get your copy of Clean Water for Developing Countries now.
Say Goodbye and Goodnight
The picnic reading list will not be complete without a romance novel. Say Goodbye and Goodnight is an unconventional love story that will take you back to the ’70s.
This blend of romance and historical fiction by award-winning author David Ruggerio takes place in a close-knit Italian neighborhood in Brooklyn. A young professional fighter, Anthony, thinks he has found true love in Gia when he meets her for the first time. “Goodbye and Goodnight is a novel that I lived,” Ruggerio says. “I have laced this tale with real people and real places, and most of all, real romance. It was truly such a labor of love that at times I had trouble putting down my feelings on paper.”
Will Anthony and Gia’s love survive family expectations, troubled friendships, and clashes between rival gangs? To find out, you can buy Say Goodbye and Goodnight on amazon today.
Junker Blues Series
If you fancy launching yourself into outer space, we have you covered. You are going to love the Junker Blues Series.
The lead character of this sci-fi fantasy adventure series is Marcus Redding, a “junkologist” living at the border of the Belt and Mars. In Book 1, Mars, Author Lon Varnadore follows Marcus’ searches for tech from ships of the Pre-Crawl days. His life takes a turn when he meets a new partner, Lashiel, an Ilas hybrid. In Book 2, The Belt, Marcus and his friend, Harley try to solve a mystery from an old ship, betraying allies and getting into a deal . . . with another overlord called Eridani.
Wondering what Marcus’ fate would be? Get the Junker Blues Series today.
Stray: A Memoir
It has been a great year of memoirs so far. Stray: A Memoir is one of the best women-centric biographies coming from the bestselling author of Sweetbitter, Stephanie Danler.
Stray journals Stephanie’s coming of age in a shattered household and her attempts to find a life beyond the confines of the past. The book is honest, sound, and heartbreaking but full of hope. You’ll be compelled to examine your own life – of what we inherit and what we don’t have to – in order to move forward. How far will you go to find peace and a life of your own?
Stray: A Memoir is available in paperback, kindle, and audiobook versions on Amazon.
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