Sizzlin' Summer Stories: Summer Reading Guide 2012

Are you the type who loves to relax on the beach with the newest summer read? Are you just itching to sit in the hot summer sun with a cool drink and get lost in an imagined world? Summer is prime reading season, what with all that free time you have, so check out this summer's latest and greatest in the world of literature.

The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris|David McCullough
On shelves now
This is a must-read for all historical non-fiction fans as well as those who still find the beauty and romance in the notion of running away and starting a new life in Paris. The Greater Journey tells the untold stories of multiple artists, doctors, writers and other Americans who made the move to Paris between 1830 and 1900.

Insurgent|Veronica Roth
On shelves now
The second book in Roth's Divergent trilogy, Insurgent follows Tris and her decision to join her chosen faction. When Tris' initiation day goes awry, the dystopian city around her quickly degrades into all-out war and Tris must accept her place in life or die fighting to change it.

Forever|Maggie Stiefvater
On shelves now
Forever is the third and final installment of the Shiver trilogy. Now that Sam and Grace have fought so hard and given so much to be together, the stakes are raised once more; it's not only the wolves who find their lives in peril as death seems to be closing in around the lovers from every angle.

The Storm|Clive Cussler
June 5
Action/adventure lovers, get your reading glasses ready — the latest and greatest from Cussler takes readers into the middle of the Indian Ocean where a ship is found burnt out and scarcely afloat by Kurt Austin. When he makes the shocking discovery behind what happened to the ship, Kurt realizes that a global destruction plot is already underway and it may be too late for him to stop it.

Spring Fever|Mary Kay Andrews
June 5
Summer reading at its finest! Spring Fever tells the story of Annajane Hudgens, a divorcee who's newly engaged to the man she's sure is her soul mate. Yet when Annajane attends her ex-husband's wedding and the ceremony is suddenly brought to a halt, she realizes that maybe she's not quite as over him as she once thought.

Between The Lines|Jodi Pilcoult and Samantha Van Leer
June 26
Written by not only the wildly successful Picoult but also by her teenaged daughter Van Leer, Between the Lines takes a look at what happens when you discover that happily ever after isn't exactly so happy. Bookworm Delilah is obsessed with the book Between the Lines and when she discovers that her fairy-tale prince is real, they must work together to get him out of his literary prison.

Summerland|Elin Hildebrand
June 26
When a tragic car accident brings the annual Nantucket High School bonfire to a screeching halt, leaving one teen dead and her twin brother in a coma, the students must try to find a way to move on from the tragedy. As the summer progresses, however, deep secrets are unearthed about the girl who didn't survive the crash as well as those who did.

The Casual Vacancy|J.K. Rowling
September 27
Okay, okay, so this isn't exactly a summer book release. But it is the first book from author J.K. Rowling since her massively successful Harry Potter series, and who's not excited about that? In The Casual Vacancy, a man, who happens to play a central role in the life of his small British town, dies unexpectedly and the idyllic little village quickly descends into chaos.