Whether you’re looking for a new book to pack in your beach tote, take to the airport or just read in bed while the sun shines through your window, we have you covered. With this roundup of books — all newly released — you can either get all scientific with “The Walking Dead,” get swept up in a complicated romance, or better your life by learning how to be a more grateful person. This, friends, is what lazy days are made for.
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OK, “Walking Dead” fans, this one’s for you. Travis Langley examines what living in a post-apocalyptic world actually does to one’s psyche. As a fan, it’s easy to just get caught up in the drama of the show without really thinking about what living in such a stressful, violent environment can do to a person. But Langley really gets into it, which helps you understand the characters even better. The book includes essays from Adam Davis, Colt J. Blunt, John Blanchar and Megan Blink, among others. You’ll be even more pumped to watch the show after reading.
If you’re more in the mood for a little romance, it’s hard to beat Jennifer Weiner’s latest book, “Who Do You Love.” Rachel and Andy first meet as kids in the ER and throughout the next three decades, they keep running into each other. But being together wouldn’t be easy. They come from two totally different worlds: Rachel grew up in an affluent Florida suburb in a seemingly perfect family while Andy grew up in a bad part of Philadelphia without much familial support. Watching how their two lives keep intersecting makes for an enjoyable read, but the book isn’t fluff. Weiner tackles issues of race, class and the cost of love along the way.
Searching for the secret to happiness? After extensive research, journalist Janice Kaplan claims to know the answer: gratitude. Her book “The Gratitude Diaries” gives advice on how to look at life in a more positive way, even if you aren’t a glass-half-full type of person. If you’re feeling depressed, you may think that if you had things in your life to feel grateful about that you wouldn’t feel that way, but this book shows how to start looking on the bright side of things, no matter what’s going on in your life. The chance to better your life in a weekend by reading a book? Couldn’t hurt.
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