5 Refreshing Reads to Cool Down With in August


OK so, summer is great. We all know this. It’s probably the most anticipated season in the year—‘cause who doesn’t love the luxury of enjoying gloriously lazy days out in the sun, whether on the beach, having a picnic or doing a backyard BBQ?

The flip side, though, is…it can get real stinkin’ hot outside. I’m talking I’m-not-even-doing-anything-but-somehow-I’m-sweating-bullets-how-is-this-possible hot. So today, let’s take a break from the sunny season and cool down with some books that will refresh, if not your body, your mind.

…But maybe read them in an air conditioned room as well, just to be safe.


Cover_The NestThe Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

For a refreshing new voice, look no further than The Nest—a breezy, fun book about…everything! Family, metropolitan life, the bourgeois world of wealth and arts, social activism, and everything in between. A definite must-read.




Cover_And the Mountains EchoedAnd The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

Drink in Khaled Hosseini’s magically soothing and beautiful words in this eloquent exploration into humanity and kinship, as he masterfully delivers yet another story that, just like his other books, is sure to inspire some waterworks.





Cover_Never Hit a Jellyfish with a SpadeNever Hit A Jellyfish With a Spade: How to Survive Life’s Smaller Challenges by Guy Browning

How do you survive a hot day? A good laugh will probably help distract you from it, and this is the read for the job…the witty Guardian columnist Guy Browning’s “how to” will have you pealing with laughter at its sharp and hilarious advice on getting through all of life’s little moments.




Cover_The Light Between OceansThe Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

If the cover and title doesn’t make you feel the ocean spray already…join Tom Sherbourne and wife Isabel in their quiet abode on Janus Rock, and the incredible and heartbreaking journey that they embark when they find an orphaned child on a boat that washes ashore. This one’s also coming out soon as a movie, and it’s always nice to be ahead of the curve with those book-to-movie adaptations!







Cover_Adam's RibAdam’s Rib by Antonio Manzini

Escape to Aosta, Italy, where detective and antihero Rocco Schiavone must get to the bottom of a curious murder in the small alpine town, and does so in his characteristically caustic and hilarious way.





What book can you count on to bring you down from the heat? Share with us in the comments below!

    Gina Shin

    Gina is a Marketing Assistant at MIRA. A west coaster with intense love for beautiful mountains and beaches, few things make her happier than escaping into some natural scenery to unwind. Gina studied both English and Criminology in university, so it should come as no surprise that some of her favorite reads are mysteries and crime fiction. If not with her books, she is most likely playing instruments (usually guitar) and singing obnoxiously or lost in the world of Pinterest with a cup of strong black coffee.

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