Good Books Heading To Bookstores And Kindles In Time For Summer 2016

For those who prefer to recline in the shade and read during the hot summer months, there are some great reading options available, with several good books about to be – or recently – published.

Whether resting under a tree or relaxing on the beach, the following is a small selection of what is on offer in the way of good reading.

Stephen King’s End of Watch

First in a list of good books for summer reading comes from the renowned horror and Sci-Fi author, Stephen King, who has recently penned the third in a trilogy of great books, which started with Mr. Mercedes, the story of how Brady Hartsfield drove a Mercedes car into a queue of people waiting at a job fair — killing and injuring many — leading to retired detective Bill Hodges investigating the crime.

The trilogy continued with the sequel Finder’s Keepers, where Hodges and his helpers get involved in the murder of a prominent author, the theft of his notebooks, and the threat to a young man who found the books. It also brings in the dreaded Hartfield, who attempts to blow up a stadium full of young people enjoying a concert but is seriously injured instead.

The third in the series is End of Watch, which carries on the saga of Hartsfield, the Mr. Mercedes killer, and his evil acts, now perpetrated from his hospital bed. It also, naturally, includes Bill Hodges and his trusty crew.

End of Watch is set for release on June 7.

Joe Hill’s The Fireman

Speaking of Stephen King, his talented son, Joe Hill, recently published the book The Fireman. Considered to be an excellent author in his own right, Hill has published a number of novels that have brought him success and several awards.

The Inquisitr recently reported on an interview with Hill, where he spoke about his relationship to his famous father and the hilarious bedtime stories King told his children. He also spoke about the publication of his latest novel, The Fireman.

Already on the bookshelves and heading for the New York Times No. 1 list, The Fireman is an epic tale of a virus sweeping America that infects people with beautiful black-and-gold markings called “Dragonscale” before they spontaneously burst into flames. The story focuses on a pregnant school nurse, Harper, busy trying to live through the apocalypse and help as many people as she can.

Hill previously published several good books, including three New York Times best-sellers, Heart-Shaped Box, Horns and the vampire thriller NOS4A2.

For those who prefer non-fiction, there are a couple of good books available soon.

Amy Schumer’s The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo

The non-fiction book by Amy Schumer outlines the “complicated relationships with her family and with men.”

The book by the star of Trainwreck is both funny and serious, and Schumer reportedly received an $8 million paycheck for The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo, which isn’t bad at all.

Her publisher is hoping she will join fellow female comedian/authors such as Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, and Chelsea Handler and end up high on the best-seller lists.

The book goes on sale on August 16.

Tavis Smiley and David Ritz’s Before You Judge Me: The Triumph and Tragedy of Michael Jackson’s Last Days

Second in the series of non-fiction good books and going on sale on sale on June 21, this one is lined up to coincide with the seventh anniversary of the King of Pop’s death on June 25.

According to the publisher the book is a “deeply humanizing” look at the weeks leading up to Michael Jackson’s shocking death at age 50 back in 2009.

This non-fiction read will be particularly significant in a year that has already experienced several more major losses in the music world, including the recent deaths of David Bowie and Prince, and is a definite must-read for Jackson fans.

So, there’s no excuse, get out the comfy lawn chair, along with a glass of ice-cold lemonade and your Kindle or hardback and get reading.

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