Summer is officially here! From laying out at The Commons pool to sitting on a nice adirondack chair at the point, there are multiple spots at Bayside where you can relax and get lost in a great book. The team at Bayside’s Welcome Center has a list of their favorite summer reads that they would love to share with you! Stop by our Little Free Library at the Welcome Center, The Commons, and our newest location, Heron’s Ridge!



Brittany Collins – Whisper Network
The thrilling mystery starts with a dead CEO, and as a group of women try to navigate the fallout, much more comes to light than who will be filling the open position. When women band together to end inappropriate behavior amongst women, the thrill doesn’t stop. Brittany enjoyed following Rosalita, Sloane, Ardie, and Grace as they began to take a stand within the office.







Erika Cook – A Man Called Ove
Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon—the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell. Erika enjoyed this book because you should never judge someone off first impression.






Kellie Pitts – For Frying Out Loud
Fay Jacobs shares Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. It’s provocative, political, occasionally heartwarming and reliably hilarious. Jacobs’ utterly unique voice will keep you laughing, smiling and relating page after page. Kellie loved this book because it tells a funny story of the shore, that will make people want to come visit. This book is pure entertainment and had Kellie laughing the entire time.





Jeff Evans – I Know This Much Is True
Dominick Birdsey is on his quest to care for his schizophrenic identical twin, Thomas, and figure out their dysfunctional home life in the 1950s and 60s. Many of his revelations come from reading his maternal grandfather’s self-serving memoir about life in Italy and Three Rivers, CT, in the early decades of the 20th century. Jeff enjoyed this novel and how it related to family relationships. Jeff related with the text and how in a family you see all sides of a person – the good, the bad and the ugly.









Blake Bukowski – Elevator Pitch
Manhattan, a city of skyscrapers, so many elevators, so many people. It all begins when four people board an elevator that plummets to the bottom of the shaft. What first looks like a tragedy, soon begins to look like an act of terror. Someone is behind all these elevator mishaps. Blake couldn’t put down this thriller and had to know who was behind these tragedies and why they were taking place.





Jennifer Greenawalt – The Book Thief
Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement. Jen loved this book and said it was one of the most impactful books she has read.