9. The ‘I need a dose of female empowerment’ summer novel
“The Secret Life of Bees” by Sue Monk Kidd, 2002
When adolescent Lily Owens and her “stand-in mother” Rosaleen run away from their small town to escape racism and Lily’s abusive father, their lives are forever changed by three sisters in Tiburon, S.C. Sue Monk Kidd’s critically acclaimed novel set in 1964 teaches lessons on civil rights, first love, and feminism while documenting the tangled web woven by Lily’s mother. The 318-page work is the perfect book to kick back with on a screened in porch during the summer months.