The beautiful weather we've had recently has me dreaming about pools and barbecues, but I’m also getting ready for summer reading!

There's nothing better than kicking back outside with a good book. Whatever you’re looking for, I have your summer fiction covered.

• If you’re looking for a series, check out "Winter in Paradise" by Elin Hilderbrand. This is the first of three books that follows a woman from Iowa and her two grown sons as they discover a second life their husband and father was living prior to his death. This book has all the emotions covered — intrigue, drama, heartbreak and love. You name it, it has it. To top it all off, the last page leaves you wanting to read the next one immediately. I do love a good cliffhanger!

• If you’re looking for the next big movie or TV show, check out "Daisy Jones and the Six" by Taylor Jenkins Reid. This story is unique. I double checked multiple times that this book was fiction and not fact because right away from page one you feel like you’re reading about real people and real bands from the ’60s and ’70s. It is written in an interview style, which is easier to read than I anticipated. It'll have you hooked from chapter one. This book was a Hello Sunshine Bookclub pick, and the rights have already been bought to bring it to life. I can’t wait to watch it.

• If you’re looking for a thriller, check out "Verity" by Colleen Hoover. I love Colleen Hoover, and while her books can be a little rated R, the intrigue and characters are always so developed. It makes me not be able to put them down. "Verity" is the story of an author who is in a coma and her husband’s drive to find someone to finish her book series on his wife’s behalf. There are twists and turns in every chapter of this book, and the end will leave you wondering if you really know what happened at all.

• If you’re looking for something beautiful, check out "Where the Crawdads Sing" by Delia Owens. A sweet young child, Kya, is left to live on her own in nature. Throughout the book, you follow Kya’s heartbreaking story of loss, love, friendship, angst and hurt as she grows from a small child to an adult. This story is unexpected and amazing.

• If you’re looking for one of the best books you'll ever read, check out "Swear on this Life" by Renee Carlino. This book was a random grab off of an Instagram post I saw. I had no idea what to expect and don’t want to give it away, but go read it now! Imagine picking up a book that is supposed to be fiction and discovering that it’s actually your own terrible life story that someone from your past wrote. Th book toggles between chapters from the “book within the book” and chapters from main character Emiline’s present day life. It’s unique, intriguing and wonderful.

It was hard to narrow this list down, since there are a lot of good books out there right now. Up next for me is "The Mother-in-Law" by Sally Hepworth. It’s been getting rave reviews, and Sally is one of my favorite authors. Plus, any book that starts with a dedication that says “For my mother-in-law, Anne, who I would never dream of murdering. And for my father-in-law, Peter, who, on the odd occasion, I have,” is worth a read!


Jaime Wyant is a 33-year-old Omaha native, wife to Bret and mother to Marin and Liam. She writes monthly for Read more from Jaime here.

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