22 Poolside Books to Add to Your Reading List

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There is nothing quite like the summertime to unwind and relax. And here at Water’s Edge of Lake Wales, you’ll enjoy retirement life to its fullest, especially during the summer.

While you take in the sunshine by our outdoor pool, make sure to check out some of these must-read poolside books.

Contemporary Favorites 

  • Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
    In this #1 New York Times Bestseller, Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson helps us understand the nature of time and space. He offers a crash course in everything you need to know about the cosmos and the search for life in the universe. 
  • Beartown: A Novel
    Bestselling author Fredrik Backman returns with a profound story about fulfilling big dreams in a small town.
  • The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
    This novel by Daniel James Brown tells the story of the 1936 U.S. men’s Olympic eight-oar rowing team. In the midst of the Great Depression, these men instilled in the country a sense of hope, showing what’s possible when everyone works together against the odds.
  • Camino Island
    This thriller by John Grisham will keep you on the edge of your seat through a story about the theft of rare F. Scott Fitzgerald manuscripts from the library at Princeton University.
  • Carpe Diem: Seizing the Day in a Distracted World
    One of Forbes’ 13 Best Books for Summer 2017 is a thought-provoking and empowering self-help book where author Roman Krznaric embraces historical and cultural solutions to leading a meaningful life.
  • The Emigrant Edge
    Author Brian Buffini, an Irish immigrant, shares his rags-to-riches story and strategies for anyone who wants to achieve success, no matter their vocation. He challenges readers to step outside of their comfort zone.
  • Hidden Figures
    This novel by Margot Lee Shetterly inspired the Oscar nominated movie and tells the phenomenal true story of three exceptionally talented African American women at NASA who were a leading component of America’s greatest achievements in space. 
  • How to Be Everything
    What do you want to be when you grow up? Emilie Wapnick challenges this question with the idea that our biggest strength is having multiple career and creative pursuits. How to Be Everything teaches you how to design the life you want, at any age and stage of your career.
  • In the Great Green Room: The Brilliant and Bold Life of Margaret Wise Brown
    Amy Gary shares the extraordinary life of the woman behind the children’s classics Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny. Take a look inside the life of the author who paved a unique path for women in literature. 
  • The Jersey Brothers: A Missing Naval Officer in the Pacific and His Family’s Quest to Bring Him Home
    Sally Mott Freeman tells the adventures of three brothers, all Navy men, who end up at the turning point of World War II in a race to change history and their own lives.
  • The Knowledge Illusion: Why We Never Think Alone
    Steven Sloman and Philip Fernbach dig into the complexity of human thought and intelligence in this book. Their theories lead us to understand how and why we draw information based on environment and community.
  • Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night
    Jason Zinoman pays tribute to the comedic legend that is David Letterman in this New York Times Bestseller. Zinoman examines the man who changed the way an entire generation of comedians and viewers enjoyed comedy.
  • A Life of Adventure and Delight
    Akhil Sharma masters the art of storytelling with musings on the unpredictable workings of the human heart. Sharma tells the stories of human relationships between families and friendships.
  • The Moth Presents All These Wonders: True Stories About Facing the Unknown
    This book presents forty-five impeccable stories from the likes of Louis C.K. about how the storytellers and their lives were changed by what they found in uncharted territory.
  • Mr. Rochester
    Sarah Shoemaker retells the classic Jane Eyre through the eyes of Mr. Rochester himself, one of literature’s most romanticized and mysterious characters.
  • Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy
    Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook, and psychologist Adam Grant illuminate the idea of finding deeper meaning and compassion even after the most devastating events in our lives.
  • The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey
    In this book, Candice Millard brings to life the extraordinary narratives of Theodore Roosevelt’s experience along the Amazon river. Stories comparing the exploration of the beautiful rainforest along with tale of the darkest night of Roosevelt’s life pay tribute to one of America’s most legendary figures. 

Classic Poolside Reads

  • The Great Gatsby
    F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic is the perfect book to pick up this summer to re-read. This defining book of the 20 century will be have you revisiting the days of the Jazz Age and the Roaring Twenties and exploring the American Dream.
  • Life of Pi
    Yann Martel’s novel contemplates the themes of growth, adventure, hope, and confidence through the experience of a 16-year-old Indian boy who drifts away in the Pacific Ocean and survives with a Bengal tiger.
  • Robinson Crusoe
    Daniel Defoe’s classic novel tells a story of daring survival. Follow the adventures of Robinson Crusoe, the sole survivor of a shipwreck, who ends up washed up on a deserted island. 
  • The Summer Book
    Author Tove Jansson lived the majority of her life on the island described in The Summer Book. In the book, Jansson examines the parallels of life between Sophia, a six-year old girl, and her grandmother. 
  • The Sun Also Rises
    One of the greatest tributes to the “Lost Generation,” Ernest Hemingway’s literary masterpiece gives a look into the angst of post-World War I society.

Enjoy Your Summer with Us

We hope this summer is a relaxing one filled with family, friends, and good memories. To hear more about life with us at Water’s Edge of Lake Wales and how we can help you enjoy summer to the fullest, reach out to us today.