Books That Make a Splash for Pool-side Reading

Summer is almost here, and in some parts of the country it’s already pool season! Imagine relaxing beside your beautiful Leisure Pools swimming pool in the warm sun while reading a good book. To help you relax and enjoy a Life of Leisure, we’ve put together a list of books–all related to pools, swimming or water in some way that are perfect for reading by the pool.

The Pisces by Melissa Broder

Main character Lucy is dog-sitting at a beautiful home in Venice Beach when she becomes entranced by an eerily attractive swimmer. But, when Lucy learns the truth about his identity, their relationship, and Lucy’s understanding of what love should look like, take a very unexpected turn.

In the Water They Can’t See You Cry by Amanda Beard

In this candid and ultimately uplifting memoir, Olympic medalist Amanda Beard reveals the truth about coming of age in the spotlight, the demons she battled along the way, and the newfound happiness that has proved to be her greatest victory.

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

An addictive new novel of psychological suspense from the author of #1 New York Times bestseller  The Girl on the Train. Paula Hawkins delivers an urgent, twisting, deeply satisfying read that hinges on the deceptiveness of emotion and memory, as well as the devastating ways that the past can reach a long arm into the present.

The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi

The Water Knife takes place in the near-future southwestern United States, where drought has devastated the country. Detective, assassin, and spy, Angel Velasquez cuts water for the Southern Nevada Water Authority, ensuring that its lush arcology developments can bloom in Las Vegas. When rumors of a game-changing water source surface in Phoenix, Angel is sent south, hunting for answers that seem to evaporate as the heat index soars and the landscape becomes more and more oppressive.

The Shape of Water by Guillermo Del Toro and Daniel Krause

The Academy Award’s Best Picture of the year is now the New York Times-bestselling, must-read novel of 2018. A mute custodian, Elisa, who works at a high-security government laboratory falls in love with a strange amphibian creature. The creature, called the “Asset,” was captured from a South American river by a colonel is a fish-human hybrid that the government is studying. The story combines romance and science fiction.

Swimming Home by Deborah Levy

In the summer of 1994 the poet Joe Jacobs is on vacation in a summer home in the south of France with his family and their friends. The tranquillity is ruined when Joe’s fan Kitty Finch turns up. Her fascination with, and attraction to Joe are obvious, but she is invited to stay anyway. Set up like a play, the drama unfolds in vignettes.


Summer Pool-side Reading Checklist

You’ve decided which books to read and ordered them, but it’s helpful to be prepared with items to stay comfortable and have an enjoyable time reading beside your pool. Don’t forget these items in your pool bag:

  • Water to stay hydrated
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat (if looking to keep the sun off your face)
  • Flip flops or sandals
  • Towel
  • Comfy pool chair or lounger
  • Snacks


If you don’t yet have a swimming pool to enjoy your summer reading, it’s not too late! You can still be swimming by summer. Contact Leisure Pools today ( and Get Swimming in Quality and Style.