Summertime is finally here! It is what we have been waiting for… who doesn’t enjoy warm weather, vacations, family time, and so much more? It reminds us that everyone needs time to relax and take a step away, even if it is for just 30 minutes. It is important not only for our mental health but also our physical health too, as we frequently overextend ourselves in both professional and personal settings. Achieving a healthy work-life balance will leave you feeling refreshed and able to perform at your best while delivering the best care for your patients and team.

Reading to Relax

One of the best ways to relax the mind and body is through reading. We’re not talking about your daily required reading – emails, news, spreadsheets, charts, bills, etc. No way! We’re talking about reading for pleasure. Summertime is the perfect time to get lost in a good book. For many, reading a book works better and faster than other relaxation methods and can reduce stress by up to 68%. Reading can even relax your body by lowering your heart rate and easing the tension in your muscles. So, whether it is a classic, fantasy, mystery, or romance, it is time to R.E.L.A.X.

Here are some recommended top reads for Summer 2021:


1Summer on the Bluffs: A Novel

New York Times Bestseller!

Emmy Award Winner, renowned lawyer and journalist, The View cohost, and New York Times bestselling author Sunny Hostin dazzles with this brilliant novel about a life-changing summer along the beaches of Martha's Vineyard.




People We Meet on Vacation 2

The #1 New York Times Bestseller!

Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2021 by Newsweek. Oprah Magazine. The Skimm. Marie Claire. Parade. The Wall Street Journal. Chicago Tribune. PopSugar. Book Page. BookBub. BuzzFeed. Real Simple. and more!

Two best friends. Ten summer trips. One last change to fall in love. 

From the New York Times bestselling author of Beach Read comes a sparkling new novel that will leave you with the warm, hazy afterglow reserved for the best vacations.


3Nine Perfect Strangers

New York Times Bestseller 

Soon to be a Hulu original series. 

"If three characters were good in Big Little Lies, nine are ever better in Nine Perfect Strangers." -- Lisa Scottoline, The New York Times Book Review

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Big Little Lies.

Could ten days at a health resort really change you forever? In Laine Moriarty's latest page-turner, nine perfect strangers are about to find out...


4Good Company: A Novel

An Instant New York Times Bestseller 

A Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick! 

"Plumbs the depths of marriage, motherhood and friendship with warmth and wit. I devoured it in one gulp!" -- Maria Semple

A warm, incisive new novel about the enduring bonds of marriage and friendship from Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney, author of the instant New York Times bestseller The Nest


12Unfinished: A Memoir

New York Times Bestseller

In this thoughtful and revealing memoir, readers will accompany one of the world's most recognizable women on her journey of self-discovery. 





6Malibu Rising: A Novel

Read with Jenna Book Club Pick as Featured on Today. From the New York Times bestselling author of Daisy Jones & The Six and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo...

Four famous siblings throw an epic party to celebrate the end of the summer. But over the course of twenty-four hours, their lives will change forever.



Still Looking

Ready to find your perfect summer read? Here are even more suggestions from Harper's BAZAAR, PopSugar Entertainment, and Good Housekeeping. If you are packing up for a vacation or relaxing by the pool, a great book provides the perfect addition to your summer season. Happy summer and happy reading! 

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