The Delightful Dozen: 12 Amazing Poolside Books to Read This Summer

You can hear it. Those gorgeous rays of sunshine are calling your name, beckoning you to come and bask by the pool. You’ve packed up everything you need: the kids, the sunscreen, swimming suits, towels and ALL the pool floaties. But you are still racking your brain because you know that something is missing…

Ahh! A book! How could you forget?

Lazy summer days call for rest, relaxation, rays and READING. So before you walk out that door, add your perfect reading selection to your swim bag! Here are 12 fantastic books, by genre, to add to your poolside reading this summer.

AUTOBIOGRAPHY: 2018 marks the 75th anniversary of the beginning of the Holocaust. The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom, a Dutch watchmaker, is the true-life account of a single woman who becomes a heroine in the Resistance against the Nazis. The Hiding Place traces her family’s involvement in concealing the Jews, as well as their life in the concentration camps. A spectacular, thrilling read.

BUSINESS and LEADERSHIP: The Essential Wooden: A Lifetime of Lessons on Leaders and Leadership by John Wooden and Steve Jamison. One of the most revered coaches in the history of American sports, John Wooden shares 200 lessons on inspiring leadership and performance. A coach for 29 years, Wooden’s legacy and reputation have earned him a spot as one of the top voices in not only sports, but also in business, organizational leadership, and personal success. Be inspired by great wisdom from this great man.

CHILDREN’S LITERATURE: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. If you loved the original 1971 movie, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, you and your children will LOVE this read-aloud. You will find all the classic characters—including Augustus Gloop, Willy Wonka and the singing Oompa-loompas. Fun illustrations and short chapters will keep your children engaged in this excellent book.

COOKING: Magnolia Table: A Collection of Recipes for Gathering by Joanna Gaines. Who doesn’t love a little Chip and JoJo? Bring their cookbook poolside with you this summer and discover recipes from both sides of their family. As Joanna narrates, she invites you in with her personal warmth and charm, sharing 125 amazing recipes. As with all true Fixer Upper flair, this book is a hit.

FAITH and SPIRITUALITY: Surprised by Joy by C. S. Lewis. More well-known for his Chronicles of Narnia books like The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, C. S. Lewis has many other incredible writings. Surprised by Joy takes readers on an up-close and personal journey through the early life of C. S. Lewis, beginning with his childhood. The book extends through his youthful atheism, his life during World War I, and his years at Oxford. In this book, C. S. Lewis recounts his lifelong search for joy and, surprisingly, how he finally found it.

FICTIONAL NOVEL: When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisburger. Author of The Devil Wears Prada, Lauren Weisburger continues her characters in this third book. Following the life of Emily Charlton (the original assistant to Miranda Priestly), Weisburger takes you to the west coast where Emily is now an image consultant. Mixed up with a client in scandal, this fun tale shows that things aren’t always as they seem.

HISTORICAL FICTION: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. This extraordinary New York Times #1 Bestseller became an international bestseller and is now a motion picture! However, we know the book is always better, and this one does not disappoint. Born to an Austrian father and a German mother, Zusak sets out to recount life during World War II and his writing is largely inspired by the stories of his parents during their time in Munich and Vienna. Beloved by millions of readers, the 10th Anniversary edition of The Book Thief is now available.

MYSTERY / THRILLER: The President is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson. This psychological, political thriller contains a threat so huge that it jeopardizes not only the most important sections of our nation but all of the United States. Whispers of cyberterrorism and espionage set the country on edge. Mystery awaits as a traitor in the Cabinet and then the President both become suspect. Then for three days, the President disappears. The President is Missing sheds light on the vulnerabilities of America that can only be known by a former President. The most authentic and terrifying novel to come along in years.

PARENTING: Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe by Sarah Mae. You thought that motherhood would be perfect. Your perfect husband and yourself loving on those perfect, beautiful babies that you made together. Never in a million years did you think you would find yourself drowning in the exhaustion of motherhood, hiding in your closet, fighting back tears and begging God to help you. This book is one young mom’s honest account of her desperate feelings and of finding a mentor to encourage her heart. An awesome read!

ROMANCE: The Siren by Kiera Cass. Bound to serve the ocean, beautiful siren Kahlen lures humans to their watery grave with her voice, which is deadly to all humans who hear it. But one day she meets a kind, handsome, human boy, Akinli, who is all the Kahlen has ever wished for. Falling in love will put both of them in danger. Will she risk everything to follow her heart? For anyone who grew up loving The Little Mermaid or the Waterfire Saga, this book among the waves will captivate your poolside attention.

SELF-HELP: One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are by Ann Voskamp. With an incredibly unique writing style, Ann Voskamp asks the question, “How do we find joy in the midst of deadlines, debt, drama, and daily duties? What does life really look like when your days are gritty, long—and sometimes even dark?” Ann began chronicling thankfulness in everyday experiences, which wound up transforming her life. Join her as she leads you through her heart-aching stories and opens your eyes to being present in every moment of every day, daring you to live your life to the fullest.


Don’t miss out on these delightful reads this summer! And DEFINITELY don’t miss out on connecting with us! We love being your one-stop-shop for all your summer needs, including all of the pool gear and maintenance items to make your summer reading time the most enjoyable, ever! Stop in at one of our three convenient locations today. With the best customer service around, we would love to help you with absolutely anything that you need.