POUND RIDGE, N.Y. -- Summer is a blockbuster time for books, according to Booksy Galore's Owner Susan Williamson, with lots of literature, thrillers, science fiction, and off-kilter romance options.
Here, as we head into a long weekend, she offers her top picks.
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr: A recent Pulitzer Prize winner, this is a stunningly beautiful tale set in occupied France during World War II that weaves together the inner and outer lives of a blind, French girl and a scientifically gifted German boy.
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins : A labyrinth of truth versus fiction and layers of deception versus perception in one of the most page-turning reads of the summer.
The Martian by Andy Weir: "Six days ago astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now he's sure he'll be the first person to die there." Such is Mark's predicament after a freak sandstorm causes his crew to engage in an emergency evacuation stranding Mark on the planet.
The Remedy for Love by Bill Roorbach: Stocking up at a grocery store for the Storm of the Century, Eric encounters Danielle, an unkempt young woman short on cash and in need of a ride home.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo: Cleaning consultant Kondo makes the claim that once you engage this system you will never need to do it again.
The Mindfulness Coloring Book: Anti-Stress Art Therapy for Busy People. Coloring books for adults are all the rage, and this is Booksy's favorite.
And coming soon...
The English Spy by Daniel Silva: A tale of high stakes international intrigue and espionage (released June 30).
The Rumor by Elin Jildebrand: Best friends summer on Nantucket but this year something changes and the women have to confront truth and gossip (released July 1).
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel: Twenty years after a virus nearly wipes out civilization, a traveling theater group, dedicated to preserving humanity and art, finds itself struggling for its own survival (just out).
Seveneves by Neal Stephenson: A grand sci-fi tome spanning 800 pages and 5,000 years about how a group of nations band together to send pioneers into space to preserve the human race and recolonize earth (just out).