Summer is, without question, the best time of year to kick back and relax with a good book.
And if you’re planning a getaway sometime soon, you’re probably on the lookout for something new that you can get through fairly quickly. To make those plane, train, and car rides fly by easily, the editors at Amazon Books compiled a list of popular short reads in a variety of genres.
Keep scrolling to see their selections, each of which is under 400 pages.
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'Told from the point of view of a 13-year-old girl with autism, this absorbing debut sets at its heart Ginny's obsession with 'Baby Doll,' whom she unwillingly abandoned four years ago when she was taken away from her drug-addicted and abusive birth mother. Ginny's unpredictability and her clever attempts to reunite with her clearly unstable mother keep the suspense level high until a tear-provoking finale that will have you cheering for the stubborn, brave, impulsive, and ultimately heroic Ginny Moon.'
'FBI agents Will Brody and Claire McCoy have a panicked Chicago on their hands when a serial sniper takes down his 17th victim. But it's not until the killer lays a cunning trap for the agents tracking him that Brody and McCoy realise that they are facing someone -- or something -- that has never been seen before by the FBI's behavioural specialists. A ghost story, a love story, a whole lot of action, and a true-blue indictment on the corrosiveness of evil form the flexible backbone of this smart thriller that corkscrews like a bronco.'
''Goodbye, Vitamin' is a fast, funny, read about family, love, and finding your footing. Rachel Khong is able unearth the humour in tough situations: heartbreak, unfulfilled expectations, and even Alzheimer's disease -- and she's written a story that stays with you, populated by characters who feel like your own friends.'
'Here's a thought: What happens to the Amish in a post-apocalyptic world? One possibility lies in this surprisingly believable and disarming novel about life after the power grid goes out. As you might imagine, the Amish would be fairly well-prepared for such an event -- but the rest of America isn't. Told through diary entries written by an Amish father named Jacob, 'When the English Fall' is a personal story that shows just how easily our cultural fabric could begin to fray.'
'This sexy, romantic, and well-researched novel will take you to fin-de-siecle Paris, where engineers raise the Eiffel Tower up into the clouds while artists and aristocrats enjoy the demimonde life below. Marriages of convenience, affairs of the heart, the future of Paris and nostalgia for its past place rival claims as the 19th century draws to a close.'
'Grisham turns his eye toward the world of rare books, as a gang of thieves stages a heist from a vault below Princeton University. The loot draws in an owner of a bookstore on Camino Island, Florida, as well as a writer who has just lost her job as a teacher. It's a little different kind of Grisham, but wholly recognisable.'
'There's a small but mighty space where fantasy and literary fiction can clasp hands and create a brilliant story that resonates in the soul. Set in the 14th century in the forest north of Moscow, this novel builds like a thunderstorm as Vasya Petronova is torn between her family's expectations that she grow up to be a nice, domesticated noblewoman and the wild magic in her soul.'
'An alchemical collusion -- and sometimes collision -- between the forces of magic and science, Anders' novel swirls together fantasy and sci-fi into an often absurd but never slight modern tale of a witch and a tech genius who grow up together, grow apart, and finally have to save the world. Anders' clever writing propels the action through its twists and turns, delivering a mesmerising, thoughtful, and poignant novel that recently won the Nebula Award for Best Novel.'
'Lauren's wickedly modern story of two talent agents in Hollywood whose accelerating romantic relationship hits the skids when a new boss tells them they have to compete for the same job. As Carter and Evie bounce between courtship and combat, this hilarious, sexy novel will make you gasp and giggle.'
'In this futuristic novel, young lovers flee a war-torn Middle Eastern country to seek safety in the West, where cities like London have become embattled refugee settlements. Hamid (author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist) has said that in some sense we are all refugees, and it's easy to sympathize with his protagonists, who find their romance tested by their travails in exile.'
'When Patricia Lockwood temporarily moves back in with her parents -- her father, a Catholic priest who loves electric guitars; her mother, focused on disasters and Satan worshippers -- she returns, as well, to the memories of her upbringing. Poetically precise language and darkly hilarious observations spark zingers that will make you rethink your own childhood indoctrinations.'
'Set in 1862, at a ghost-filled cemetery where President Lincoln's beloved son Willie has been laid to rest, this first novel by acclaimed short-story-writer and essayist George Saunders will upend your expectations and leave you hooting with laughter when you aren't wiping away your tears.'
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