Maven’s Summer Reading List

May 22, 2018 7:05 pm Published by

It’s almost summer! After our seemingly endless winter (in the Northeast at least), it’s finally warm.

Most of our team meetings start with a commentary about the current books we’re reading, so we thought we’d pull together our current favorites in the summer reading category.

As it turns out we’re most interested in scaring ourselves with a good thriller, or delving into the past with some good historical fiction. Who knew?

Enjoy Maven’s summer reading list below!


The Wife Between Us, by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen: This book will you keep you on your toes! You’ll think you have a working theory down, and then it’ll get blown to bits. Definitely a book where you’ll find yourself flipping back to look for clues.

The Woman in the Window, by A.J. Finn: This book is one of the few I’ve read that actually had me shocked at the ending. The author sets up the scene so well that you’ll feel you’re actually there in the rowhome setting. I had some serious heart palpations.


Behind Closed Doors, by B.A. Paris:  I loved this book as a thriller I couldn’t put down! Perfect for roof deck reading on a sunny day.

The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah: My all-time favorite book is a look into powerful females in France in World War II. A different take on a popular book and one I recommend over and over again.


Killing Kennedy, by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard: This is a great book for any avid Kennedy enthusiast. It shares insights with a different perspective than many other books on Kennedy.


The Vanishing Year, by Kate Moretti: This thriller kept me guessing until the end. Once I finished it I had to go back and think through the whole story again. And it still gives me the creeps.

Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project, by Jack Mayer: World War II historical fiction are some of my favorite reads and this one was especially good. Hard to read at times, an amazing true story of a women who organized a rescue network that saved 2,500 Jewish children in the Warsaw ghetto.


The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead: a new and eye opening perspective on a dark part of America’s history, as told through the travels of a girl cross crossing her way through free and slave states on the Underground Railroad. A must read for anyone interested in history and beautifully written prose.

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo: a book to satisfy the obsessive compulsive in all of us. Learn how to minimize clutter for clearer mind, keep neat, and organize your life. My closet looked amazing for a full two months before my natural tendencies buried Kondo’s sage advice in chaos.

Emily Charles

The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro: You won’t be able to put this book down! The novel unexpectedly weaves together the lives of two very different women and will have you thinking about both their stories long after you turn the last page.

Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler: A story about forbidden love in the 1930s, Calling Me Home is absolutely heartbreaking, but a fantastic read. It’s always my go-to book recommendation!


Marching Powder, by Rusty Young: A really fascinating true story about a British man, Thomas McFadden, who was incarcerated in Bolivia for cocaine trafficking. The author participated in an illegal tour of the jail, led by Thomas, to learn about his experiences in a very unusual prison. Definitely a good read for anyone waiting on season three of Narcos!

Emily Kanter

And if you’re looking for a good drink to accompany your book, here’s Emily’s recommendation: make yourself a Mexican Mule. You won’t be sorry you did.


Happy summer reading!


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