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Best Books to Read Poolside This Summer


There’s nothing better than cooling off from the hot Phoenix sun with a swim in Cactus Forty-2’s sparkling pool, and then relaxing on a lounge chair with a great book. Spread on some sunscreen and settle in to check out these best-selling books to entertain you while you relax.

American Dirt, by Jeanine Cummins

This dramatic tale of survival follows a family’s flight from a comfortable middle-class existence in Acapulco, Mexico, to that of migrants fleeing for their lives. It will have you urgently flipping pages to find out their fate.

The Summer Deal: A Novel, by Jill Shalvis

Brimming with lovable characters, “The Summer Deal” is a story of friendship, love, and old grudges. Follow Brynn, Kinsey, and Eli as they navigate out of the past and into a promising future full of forgiveness and.

Hollywood Park: A Memoir, by Mikel Jollett

In his harrowing memoir, Mikel Jollet recounts being raised as a child by an infamous cult and his subsequent escape to a new life of poverty, drugs, and finally redemption. Check out the album of the same name for some great music and added context.

The Family Upstairs: A Novel, by Lisa Jewell

Suspense. Mystery. A dark past. Follow Libby on her path from discovering her true identity into her new life full of money, intrigue, and a 25-year-old unsolved murder.

What Are You Reading This Summer?

Did we forget any on your to-read list? We hope this gives you a few new options to consider. Be sure to check out our blog for more lifestyle topics and updates on local events!