Top 10 Must Read Books For Summer 2014

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Summer is a time of rest, relaxation, and reading.

From romance to action to historic novels, you’re sure to be on the edge of your seat while reading the great books compiled on this list.

Featuring New York Times best-selling author Eric Jerome Dickey and ballerina Misty Copeland…

…Here’s our list of the the top 10 must read books for this summer.

1. A Wanted Woman by Eric Jerome Dickey.

A Wanted Woman

A Wanted Woman tells the story of Reaper, a female assassin, sent to live on the island of Barbados for protection from the Laventille Killers, drug lords, who want her dead. While on the island, Reaper begins to question her identity. Will she discover who she really is?

2. Schools of Hope: How Julius Rosenwald Helped Change African American Education by Norman H. Finklestein

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Julius Rosenwald served as the president of Sears, Roebuck and Company, and he also aided Booker T. Washington in creating schools for black children. In this novel, we learn that Rosenwald, whom many have never heard of, was a prominent figure in eliminating the inadequacies black children faced in education.

3. Life After by Keith Thomas Walker

Life After

Life After encompasses love, heartache, and pain when Donna finds out that her husband, Marcel, is expecting a child with his mistress.

4. Unforgettable by Delaney Diamond


Unforgettable is the first novel in “The Johnson Family” series. It takes readers into the lives of Ivy Johnson and Lucas Baylor, who have a history together that they’d like to forget. However, when they see each other after nine years, they must confront their true feelings.

5. Spellbound in His Arms by Angel Sefer

Spellbound in His Arms (The Greek Isles Series, #1)

Jackie Alexander, an investigative reporter, must uncover the secrets surrounding the quick and mysterious deaths of the heir to the fortune of Greek tycoon Andreas Demiris. Jackie must work with a suspicious detective, Michael Apostolou, whom she has feelings for, though he cannot be trusted. Could Michael have something to do with the recent mysterious deaths?

6. All Our Names by Dinaw Mengestu

All Our Names

All Our Names tells the story of an African American male who flees to the United States during an African revolution. In the U.S., he makes a new life for himself, but is haunted by his past, which includes the friend he left behind for his own freedom.

7. Night Games by Lisa Marie Perry

Night Games (The Blue Dynasty, #1)

Can private lives and professional lives mix? That’s the topic at the center of Night Games, the first novel in “The Blue Dynasty” series, when Nate Franco begins a relationship with his boss’s daughter. But is he just using her to make career gains?

8. The Real Thing by Brenda Jackson

The Real Thing

If you’ve been reading Brenda Jackson’s “The Westmorelands” series, then you have to read book 28. In The Real Thing, Adrian Westmoreland acts as a pretend boyfriend for the beautiful Trinity Matthews, but how long will this pretend relationship last before Adrian tells Trinity he wants their relationship to be something real?

9. The Harlem Hellfighters by Max Brooks.

The Harlem Hellfighters

The Harlem Hellfighters remembers the 369th infantry regiment, who spent more time in combat than any other American unit. As an African American unit fighting in World War I, the Harlem Hellfighters, as the Germans called them, broke barriers of discrimination in both the United States and Europe.

10. Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina by Misty Copeland

Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina

In Life in Motion, Copeland tells her personal story as the only African American soloist at the American Ballet Theatre. Copeland overcomes multiple obstacles, including living in a motel room with her five siblings and a custody battle, in which she filed an emancipation petition against her mother, but through it all, Copeland managed to make her dreams of being a ballerina come true.

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