In this Sunday's issue of PARADE magazine, the staff will release their 2011 Summer Reading Guide, which will include 12 of their top picks that range from fictional thrillers to downright dirty non-fiction page-turners. You may have already mapped out your beachside reads for the next couple of months, but this list is worth a quick peek if the title Sex on the Moon tickles your fancy, or if the word Google means anything to you .
PARADE's reading list comprises all genres--from murder mysteries to tales of adventure that breathe life into our daily tedium. Literally, there is something on this list everyone can enjoy. On the fiction side, if thrillers are your raison d'etre, Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson is a pick highly recommended. It revolves around a middle-aged woman who forgets who she is every morning upon waking, and keeps the reader considerably tense throughout as she struggles to assemble the pieces of her not-so-vivid past. If lies, religion and family betrayal are more your forte, you will find a considerable amount of that in Faith by Jennifer Haigh, author of Mrs. Kimble and The Condition.
At the non-fiction end of the spectrum, two engrossing reads might just have you setting fiction aside for awhile. Ben Mezrich, author of The Accidental Billionaires which became the highly popular blockbuster The Social Network, has once again reveled in the downfall of another leading man, Thad Roberts in Sex on the Moon. Roberts was a fellow at NASA who accomplished one of the most uncommon yet foolhardy heists in history--stealing and selling moon rocks. You can imagine why Mezrich would have held such interest in Roberts, after the jaw-dropping controversy behind the inception of Facebook.
Google on the other hand, an entity in itself to say the least, also has its fair share of start-up horror stories. You can read all about them in I'm Feeling Lucky by Douglas Edwards, who's claim to fame as Google's 59th employee has made his novel a top pick in PARADE's eyes as he dishes the dirt on the loose hierarchy that was Google in the early years, from 1999 to 2005.
PARADE's Sunday issue will not only encompass their hardcover picks, but also their audiobook picks for those long, summer road trips. Be on the look out for a particularly entrancing read of John Steinbeck's Travles with Charley by none other than the multi-talented, over-qualified actor Gary Sinise.
Free excerpts from each book on PARADE's Summer Reading Guide can be found on their website, along with brief summaries for each. If you haven't already packed your book in your beach bag, it's worth a look.