Five for Friday is a regular Solomon McCown blog feature in which one of our PR pros shares five of their favorite hobbies, passions, or interests.

As an avid reader, I love sharing books I enjoy, and there’s no better time than summer to start a new book whether you’re on the beach, on a road trip or outside on your lunch break. Here are my top five summer book recommendations based on both my recent reads and all-time favorites.

  1. The Nightingale

I just finished The Nightingale, and it is one of the most beautifully written, heartbreakingly realistic books I’ve ever read. It tells the powerful story of two sisters in France during World War II and their journeys to survive. Be prepared to fall in love and cry at the same time.

  1. Mercedes Series from Stephen King

Mr. Mercedes is the first book in Stephen King’s Bill Hodges Trilogy. If you’re looking for an addictive mystery with a chilling villain and not afraid of a little blood, this is the book for you.

  1. Outlander

My friends will tell you I have a bit of an unhealthy obsession with Outlander and a newfound desire to visit Scotland, but this epic time-traveling saga has a bit of something for everyone: historical fiction, romance, time travel, war, you name it. And when you finish this one, there are another seven in the series to enjoy!

  1. Pillars of the Earth

Ken Follet’s The Pillars of the Earth is one of my all-time favorite books and my classic go-to when someone asks me for a book recommendation. It’s a lengthy but worthwhile investment and the story takes place in England during the Middle Ages and is centered around the building of an epic Gothic cathedral.

  1. Game of Thrones

Like the Game of Thrones TV show on HBO? Or don’t watch and always wonder what your friends are talking about? Summer’s your chance to dive into the world of Westeros and the fight for the Iron Throne. I’m one of those fans to say the books are better: There’s more detail, additional storylines and different characters than what you’ll find on the show.


Happy reading!