Summer means enjoying longer days, sitting in parks, and lying by the beaches, all of which would not be complete without a book in hand. Summertime is the perfect time to catch up on some reading, but with so many great books to choose from, it can be hard to decide what to read first. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of 15 best books everyone’s reading this summer. Whether you’re looking for an exciting adventure, a thrilling romance, or a touching coming of age story, this list has something for everyone. So crack open a book and get ready for a summer of great reads!
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens:
Transport yourself to the marshes of North Carolina in this mesmerizing novel that intertwines a gripping murder mystery with a heartwarming coming-of-age story. Follow Kya as she navigates a world of isolation, resilience, and the beauty of nature.
Beach Read by Emily Henry:
For those seeking a romance-humor mash-up, Beach Read is a must- read. When two authors find themselves in a writing rut, they decide to swap genres for the summer. This witty and charming tale explores self-discovery, love, and the unexpected connections that can be found in the most unexpected places.
Circe by Madeline Miller:
Remember when you were required to read Homer’s Odessey back in high school? If you do, you probably also remember how boring it was, but this book is an encapsulating retelling of the goddess and sorceress, Circe, As you follow her story you see how Madeline Miller ingeniously weaves a rich narrative that explores the complexities of love, loss, female empowerment, and self-discovery.
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty:
Everyone has secrets, but if you’re the one who enjoys the drama and mystery of secrets getting exposed and tea being spilled, this one’s for you. Follow the lives of three women as their seemingly perfect lives in an affluent coastal town unravel, revealing dark truths and unexpected twists. The book explores the complex and intertwined themes of power dynamics, pressures of societal expectations, and facade.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman:
Meet Eleanor Oliphant, a socially awkward but endearing woman with an extraordinary story to tell. This novel takes readers on an emotional journey of compassion, healing, and the power of human connection. It’s the perfect book to read to relax and reflect.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid:
Get swept away in the glamor of Hollywood’s golden era with Evelyn Hugo, a legendary actress, and her captivating life story. Full of scandal, love, and ambition, this book is a page-turner you won’t be able to put down.
The Guest List by Lucy Foley:
Planning to have an island-girl summer? This might be the best and worst book to take with you. For fans of gripping thrillers, The Guest List delivers a chilling tale set on a remote island during a wedding celebration. As the storm rages outside, secrets and tensions among the guests rise to the surface, leading to a shocking and suspenseful climax.
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng:
In the idyllic suburban town of Shaker Heights, Ohio, a riveting tale of motherhood, identity, and secrets unfolds. Follow the intertwined lives of two families, whose paths collide in unexpected and profound ways, igniting little fires within. On top of the mystery and suspense, there are overarching themes of race and privilege as the story delves into the socioeconomic disparities within the community.
The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes:
Based on a true story, this book follows a group of women in Depression-era America. They deliver books on horseback as part of Eleanor Roosevelt’s traveling library. As they face and overcome obstacles of sexism, prejudice, and violence, this heartwarming and empowering novel celebrates friendship, courage, and the love of books.
The Three of Us by Ore Agbaje-Williams:
Delve into a heartwarming and powerful story of friendship, love, and the unbreakable bond between three childhood friends. “The Three of Us” explores themes of identity, belonging, and the challenges of growing up, making it a perfect choice for those seeking a touching coming-of-age tale.
Normal People by Sally Rooney:
A deeply moving and intimate portrayal of the relationship between two young people, “Normal People” explores love, vulnerability, and the complexities of growing up. Rooney’s exquisite writing makes this novel an absorbing and thought-provoking summer read.
Bad Summer People by Emma Rosenblum:
For those who enjoy a compelling mystery set against the backdrop of a summer resort community, “Bad Summer People” offers a thrilling and suspenseful ride. Dive into a world of secrets, lies, and unexpected twists that will keep you guessing until the very end.
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett:
Exploring themes of race, identity, and family, “The Vanishing Half” is a poignant and thought-provoking novel that follows the lives of two twin sisters who choose different paths in life. Though both Stella and Desiree escape the confines of their racially segregated town, Stella decides to pass as white, leaving Desiree behind. This beautifully written book will stay with you long after you’ve turned the last page.
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig:
In this imaginative and thought-provoking novel, protagonist Nora Seed finds herself in the Midnight Library—a place between life and death where she can explore the various paths her life could have taken. Filled with regret and dissatisfaction, Nora is given the chance to try out different versions of her life, each leading to unique and surprising outcomes. As she explores these alternative lives, Nora learns valuable lessons about second chances, the importance of living in the present, and the true meaning of happiness.
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones:
Winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction, “An American Marriage” is a powerful and emotionally charged novel that delves into the lives of a young African American couple whose marriage is tested by unforeseen circumstances. Tayari Jones’s writing beautifully captures the complexities of love, loyalty, and injustice.
So, whether you’re literally on vacation and looking for a book to enjoy by the pool or simply looking for a literary world to be transported to, make sure to include some of these compelling books in your summer reading list. Get lost in their immersive worlds, feel the range of emotions they evoke, and let these stories stay with you long after the summer sun sets. Happy reading!
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