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Summertime Readings

There are quite a few books to take a look at this summer.1 / 7
Fifty Shades trilogy by E.L. James2 / 7
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn3 / 7
It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership by Colin Powell4 / 7
Not Taco Bell Material by Adam Carolla5 / 7
Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer6 / 7
To Heaven and Back: A Doctor's Extraordinary account of Her Death, Heaven, Angels and Life Again: A True Story by Mary C. Neal7 / 7

Readers are expected to be very busy this summer with all of the fantastic novels of 2012. Although the list of great books is long, a few are highlighted in this section. Readers are expected to be very busy this summer with all of the fantastic novels of 2012. Although the list of great books is long, a few are highlighted in this section.

Thanks to, there are 100 books listed, and updated hourly, as the most popular selling new books of 2012.

Fifty Shades trilogy by E.L. James

Most anyone who reads has at least heard of Fifty Shades of Grey, the first installment in a trilogy that details the growing relationship between college graduate, Anastasia Steele, and young businessman Christian Grey.

The unworldly Ana realizes she wants this man, and Grey admits he wants her, too--but on his own terms. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian's secrets and explores her own desires.

In Fifty Shades Darker, Ana has broken off their relationship to start a new career, but her desire for Christian still dominates her thoughts. They rekindle their affair, and while Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Ana is forced to make the most important decision of her life.

Lastly, in Fifty Shades Freed, Ana and Christian have it all -- love, passion, intimacy, wealth and a world of possibilities for their future. But for Ana, it will not be easy, and just when it seems that their strength together will last any obstacle, misfortune, malice and fate conspire to turn Ana's deepest fears into reality.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Flynn takes the statement "Marriage can be a real killer" to its darkest in Gone Girl about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong.

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Mo., it is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River.

Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife's head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge.

Under mounting pressure from the police and the media -- as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents -- the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter -- but is he really a killer?

Mission to Paris by Alan Furst

It is the late summer of 1938, Europe is about to explode, and the Hollywood film star Fredric Stahl is on his way to Paris to make a movie for Paramount France.

The Nazis know he's coming -- a secret bureau within the Reich Foreign Ministry has for years been waging political warfare against France, using bribery, intimidation, and corrupt newspapers to weaken French morale and degrade France's will to defend herself.

For their purposes, Fredric Stahl is a perfect agent of influence, and they attack him. What they don't know is that Stahl, horrified by the Nazi war on Jews and intellectuals, has become part of an informal spy service being run out of the American embassy in Paris.

It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership by Colin Powell

For those readers more interested in fact rather than fiction, Colin Powell's It Worked for Me is filled with vivid experiences and lessons learned that have shaped the legendary public service career of the four-star general and former Secretary of State.

At its heart are Powell's "Thirteen Rules," or notes, he gathered over the years and that now form the basis of his leadership presentations given throughout the world.

Not Taco Bell Material by Adam Carolla

Funnyman Adam Carolla is known for two things: hilarious rants about things that drive him crazy and personal stories about everything from his hardscrabble childhood to his slacker friends to the hypocrisy of Hollywood.

He tackled rants in his first book, and now he tells his best stories and debuts some never-before-heard tales as well. Organized by the myriad "dumps" Carolla has called home, the anecdotes follow Adam's journey and the hilarious pitfalls along the way.

Canada by Richard Ford

"First, I'll tell about the robbery our parents committed. Then about the murders, which happened later."

When 15-year-old Dell Parsons' parents rob a bank, his sense of normal life is forever altered. In an instant, this private cataclysm drives his life into before and after, a threshold that can never be uncrossed.

His parents' arrest and imprisonment mean a threatening and uncertain future for Dell and his twin sister, Berner. Willful and burning with resentment, Berner flees their home in Montana, abandoning her brother and her life. But Dell is not completely alone.

A family friend intervenes, spiriting him across the Canadian border in hopes of delivering him to a better life. There, Dell is taken in by Arthur Remlinger, an enigmatic and charismatic American whose cool reserve masks a dark and violent nature.

Undone by his parents' robbery and arrest, Dell struggles to remake himself and define the adults he thought he knew. But his search for peace only moves him nearer to a murderous collision with Remlinger, an elemental force of darkness.

American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden Across America by Michelle Obama

In April 2009, First Lady Michelle Obama planted a kitchen garden on the White House's South Lawn. As fresh vegetables, fruit and herbs sprouted from the ground, this White House Kitchen Garden inspired a new conversation all across the country about the food we feed our families and the impact it has on the health and well-being of our children.

In her first book, Obama invites you inside the White House Kitchen Garden and shares its inspiring story, from the first planting to the latest harvest.

Try the unique recipes created by White House chefs and made with ingredients just picked from the White House garden.

To Heaven and Back: A Doctor's Extraordinary account of Her Death, Heaven, Angels and Life Again: A True Story by Mary C. Neal

In 1999, in the Los Rios region of southern Chile, orthopedic surgeon, devoted wife and loving mother Dr. Mary Neal drowned in a kayak accident.

While cascading down a waterfall, her kayak became pinned at the bottom and she was immediately and completely submerged. Despite the rescue efforts of her companions, Mary was underwater for too long, and as a result, died.

To Heaven and Back is Mary's remarkable story of her life's spiritual journey and what happened as she moved from life to death to eternal life, and back again. Detailing her feelings and surroundings in heaven, her communication with angels, and her deep sense of sadness when she realized it wasn't her time, Mary shares the captivating experience of her modern-day miracle.

Mary's life has been forever changed by her newfound understanding of her purpose on earth, her awareness of God, her closer relationship with Jesus, and her personal spiritual journey suddenly enhanced by a first-hand experience in heaven.

Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer

Delilah is a bit of a loner who prefers spending her time in the school library with her head in a book -- one book in particular. Between the Lines may be a fairy tale, but it feels real. Prince Oliver is brave, adventurous and loving. He really speaks to Delilah.

And then one day Oliver actually speaks to her. Turns out, Oliver is more than a one-dimensional storybook prince. He's a restless teen who feels trapped by his literary existence and hates that his entire life is predetermined. He's sure there's more for him out there in the real world, and Delilah might just be his key to freedom.

Delilah and Oliver work together to attempt to get Oliver out of his book, a challenging task that forces them to examine their perceptions of fate, the world and their places in it. And as their attraction to each other grows along the way, a romance blossoms that is anything but a fairy tale.

Coming Home: A Story of Unending Love and Eternal Promise by Karen Kingsbury

Coming Home is a novel about tremendous victory and unprecedented loss, a story of faith and a forever kind of love, love that will stay with you long after the last page. This stand-alone novel will serve as either a grand introduction or a beautiful conclusion in the saga of the Baxter Family.

The Baxters make plans to come together for a summer lakeside reunion, a celebration like they haven't had in years. But before the big day, the unthinkable happens.

As the Baxter Family rallies together, memories come to light in the grief-stricken hours of waiting and praying, memories that bring healing and hope during a time when otherwise darkness might have the final word.

In a season that changes all of them, the brilliance of family love overshadows even the valley of heartache as the Baxters draw closer to God and each other. Along the way, secrets are revealed and the truth about the Baxter Family history is finally made known.