14 fiction books to read this summer

Need a book to take to the beach or the hammock in your backyard? See if one of these strikes your fancy.

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These are the books I’ve read since Jan. 1. I would have read more by now, but I started watching “Bloodline” (it was super good), which took time away from reading.

1. “The Goldfinch

This is the best book of the year and will be hard to beat. It earned the Pulitzer Prize for fiction because of its superb writing. When my mom finished it, she said, “It was like a symphony of words that jumped off the page.” If you want to craft your writing skills, read and study this book. Never put this book away.

2. “Big Little Lies

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