We’ve partnered with our amazing friends at A Plus to bring you a list of the hottest summer read you need to take with you to the beach! Soak up the sun while losing yourself in some of the year’s greatest fiction…
Nine perfect strangers by liane moriarty
We’re all devastated Big Little Lies is over, but fear not! The new novel from Liane Moriarty will assuage your BLL withdrawal symptoms for now!
Nine perfect strangers, each hiding an imperfect life.
A luxury retreat cut off from the outside world.
Ten days that promise to change your life.
But some promises – like some lives – are perfect lies . . .
Running for Good: 101 Stories for Runners and Walkers by Amy Newmark and Dean Karnazes
Get yourself active this summer with Chicken Soup for the Soul’s super inspiring Running for Good. It’s all you need to get moving! After all, it’s good weather for it!
Whether you want to get moving, or keep moving, you need inspiration. Novice walkers and seasoned runners alike will find that inspiration, and so much more, in these stories written by those who know that the toughest step to take in any walk or run is the first.
Beginning an athletic pursuit like running or walking for fitness takes a good deal of motivation, determination, and inspiration, all of which can be found in these 101 real-life stories. Written by people who took that all-important, and elusive, first step, these stories will not only help readers get off the couch and get moving, but they’ll inspire even the most seasoned of athletes to keep moving. Coauthored by the famous ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes, who brings his own advice to readers, as well as stories from some of the best-known runners in the world.
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
Competition to see who can make it the furthest in to acclaimed poet Vuong’s debut novel without weeping! I made it to page…12. This beautiful book will break your heart as Vuong explores relationships, war, trauma, immigration and love in this stunning book.
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. Written when the speaker, Little Dog, is in his late twenties, the letter unearths a family’s history that began before he was born – a history whose epicentre is rooted in Vietnam – and serves as a doorway into parts of his life his mother has never known, all of it leading to an unforgettable revelation. At once a witness to the fraught yet undeniable love between a single mother and her son, it is also a brutally honest exploration of race, class, and masculinity. Asking questions central to the American moment, immersed as it is in addiction, violence, and trauma, but undergirded by compassion and tenderness, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is as much about the power of telling one’s own story as it is about the obliterating silence of not being heard.
With stunning urgency and grace, Ocean Vuong writes of people caught between disparate worlds, and asks how we heal and rescue one another without forsaking who we are. The question of how to survive, and how to make of it a kind of joy, powers the most important debut novel of many years.
Three women by lisa taddeo
The book everyone is talking about, Taddeo’s Three Women explores female sexuality through the lives of three women: a homemaker having an affair, a highschool student in a relationship with her teacher and a married women whose unorthodox sex life soon uncovers secrets she could never have imagined…
All Lina wanted was to be desired. How did she end up in a marriage with two children and a husband who wouldn’t touch her?
All Maggie wanted was to be understood. How did she end up in a relationship with her teacher and then in court, a hated pariah in her small town?
All Sloane wanted was to be admired. How did she end up a sexual object of men, including her husband, who liked to watch her have sex with other men and women?
Three Women is a record of unmet needs, unspoken thoughts, disappointments, hopes and unrelenting obsessions.
Sweet sorrow by david nicholls
From the bestselling author of One Day comes this hotly anticipated new novel about first love, heartbreak, cults and Shakespeare, all set over one life-changing summer.
In 1997, Charlie Lewis is the kind of boy you don’t remember in the school photograph. His exams have not gone well. At home he is looking after his father, when surely it should be the other way round, and if he thinks about the future at all, it is with a kind of dread.
Then Fran Fisher bursts into his life and despite himself, Charlie begins to hope.
But if Charlie wants to be with Fran, he must take on a challenge that could lose him the respect of his friends and require him to become a different person. He must join the Company. And if the Company sounds like a cult, the truth is even more appalling.
The price of hope, it seems, is Shakespeare.
Poignant, funny, enchanting, devastating, Sweet Sorrow is a tragicomedy about the rocky path to adulthood and the confusion of family life, a celebration of the reviving power of friendship and that brief, searing explosion of first love that can only be looked at directly after it has burned out.
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick, Reese herself is quoted as saying “I can’t even express how much I love this book! I didn’t want this story to end!” This number one New York Times bestseller is part coming-of-age story, part murder mystery and you won’t be able to put it down.
For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life – until the unthinkable happens.
Perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver and Celeste Ng, Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.