5 Books To Read During the Dog Days of August


Looking for a way to beat the heat during these last few sultry weeks of August? Stay inside or hang out in the shade with a book or five. Our Top 5 list of books for the month is guaranteed to keep you very entertained no matter where you’re cooling off. Which ones are you most looking forward to reading? Leave a comment at the bottom of this post to let us know!



the-care-and-handling-of-roses-with-thornsThe Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns by Margaret Dilloway

Release Date:  August 2

Available at Amazon


Gal Garner lives by a very strict schedule, and you can always find her in one of three places:  the high school where she teaches biology; the hospital where she receives treatment for her kidney disease; or her garden where she’s working to create a beautiful new rose that could win Queen of Show. This doesn’t leave the 36-year-old with much time for anything else, much less her teenaged niece Riley who shows up unannounced one afternoon. What soon unfolds is an uplifting story of family and the redeeming power of love…



wakeWake by Amanda Hocking

Release Date:  August 7

Available at Amazon


From the self-publishing wonder known as Amanda Hocking comes a new series about a mesmerizing trio with dark hungers. Penn, Lexi and Thea arrive in the seaside town of Capri and quickly become the center of attention. But they only have eyes for Gemma Fisher who’s the typical girl-next-door type. A late night swim leads to Gemma waking up on the beach the next morning feeling sick. As she recovers, Gemma realizes she’s much stronger, faster and beautiful, but at a terrifying cost. Soon she’ll be forced to choose between her carefree world and a more dangerous one…



in-the-shadow-of-the-banyanIn The Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner

Release Date:  August 7

Available at Amazon


During the Cambodian genocide of the 1970s, nearly two million people were killed by the Khmer Rouge regime. Ratner uses her own horrifying experiences to tell the story of 7-year-old Raami, a girl who has grown up in a world of carefully guarded royal privilege and now must fight to survive. She holds tight to the myths and legends passed down to her by her father, the last remnants of her childhood, in the midst of chaos and revolution. Ratner crafts a hopeful tale about how the power of storytelling helps a vulnerable child overcome the violence surrounding her…



whered-you-go-bernadetteWhere’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Release Date:  August 14

Available at Amazon


In this hilarious novel by former “SNL” and “Arrested Development” writer Maria Semple, we meet Bee, a 15-year-old Seattle native who’s worked hard to earn straight-As in school. And she’s been promised what all normal teenagers are offered in this situation: a family trip to Antarctica. However, Bee’s mother, Bernadette, has become very agoraphobic over the years and panics at the looming voyage. Ironically, Bernadette disappears, leaving Bee with the overwhelming task of reeling her back in…



the-roots-of-the-olive-treeThe Roots of the Olive Tree by Courtney Miller Santo

Release Date:  August 21

Available at Amazon


It’s no secret that we’re living far longer than our ancestors. However, the Keller family in the Sacramento Valley of Northern California is defying the aging process. Five generations of firstborn women presided over by Anna, the 112-year-old family matriarch, are living together on a secluded olive grove, and a geneticist is interested in learning the mystery behind their longevity. Anna though believes some things should stay hidden, including the truth of her origins which have stayed concealed for more than a century…




What will you be reading during these dog days of August?

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Maria Miaoulis

Maria Miaoulis

Managing Editor at Reading For Pleasure
Passionate Bookworm; Freelance Writer; Editor; Grammar Geek & Organizing Goddess. Can always be found with a book in my hands!