Looking for a summer read? Look no further! We’ve complied a great summer reading list, many of our picks having to do with law, estate planning, or wills, and a few beach read office picks. Let us know what you think of the books we picked and suggest your own summer favorites in the comments!
The 2013 winner of Black Lawrence Press' Big Moose prize, The Last Will & Testament of Zelda McFigg is the fictitious memoir of 49 and 1/2 year old Zelda McFigg written as her last will and testament. She truly believes that she could have been a huge celebrity, if only people had been able to see her "inner beauty and star quality." Zelda takes the reader on a wild ride through her life, and she touches upon the qualms many people have with the media-struck age we now live in. If you're looking for a light hearted and relatable read this summer, this is your book.
Barnes and Noble: 4.6/5
Just one of many John Grisham legal thrillers, The Testament, takes readers on a wild ride through the streets of Washington D.C. to the jungle of Brazil and then back again! Just a few hours before his death, millionaire Troy Phelan rewrites his will leaving his family out and giving his fortune to an unknown woman in Brazil. Attorney Nate O'Riley is tasked with the job of finding this mystery woman, all while Phelan's family is none too happy about the new will. This thriller will keep you on the edge of your beach chair.
Barnes and Noble: 4.1/5
Josephine Malone is a jet setting assistant to a fashion giant, and when her grandmother passes away, she assumed she'd be inheriting her house and maybe some money. She never expected what was coming to her at the will reading. Kristen Ashley fans claim that The Will is one of her best novels, and they say it follows her true romantic style. If you're looking for a romance to sweep you away at the beach this summer, then The Will is definitely your summer read for 2016.
Barnes and Noble: 4.5/5
What is it with men leaving their fortune to mystery women? Like Troy Phelan, Henry Hoffman leaves his fortune to an unknown woman, and his children are left to pick up the pieces and find her. The Last Will and Testament of Henry Hoffman takes you through the remarkable life and Henry and the trials and tribulations his children face during their lives and after their father's death. It is a story of "love and loss, conflict and survival" (goodreads.com) that almost everyone can relate to.
Almost everyone remembers what it's like to make the change from high school to college, but things take a turn for the worst for Lizzie Brandt. When her parents die in a tragic accident during her freshman year, she discovers that they appointed her as the guardian of her younger brother. She is forced to grow up a lot faster than she expected to, and finds solace in her History TA. Last Will and Testament turns into a classic love story where the love threatens everything that means the most to the couple. This is a great novel for young adult readers, but would also be great for anyone looking for another love story.
Elaine: The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly
Of course Attorney Dalton suggested a law themed book! The Lincoln Lawyer, which is also a movie starring Matthew Mcconaughey for those of you not into reading, is the story of attorney Mickey Haller who runs his criminal defense practice out of the back seat of his Lincoln town car. Haller seems to have landed the case of his career, but will something get in the way?
The Nightingale is the captivating story of the journey of two sisters through the treacherous time of World War II in Europe. This book captures life through many different lenses, making the reader care about more than just the tragedies of war but also the lives, loves, and losses that these women have.
"I read this novel for one of my history classes at UMass Amherst, and I really loved it because it teaches you about such an unknown part of history, the 1937 massacre of Haitians, without making it feel like a history class. It is such an easy read and is a book that still sticks with me many years later. "