The oncoming of a new season is the perfect excuse to stack your #TBR pile with the latest and greatest books. Whether you’re looking for a new beach bag companion or a cool read for a day by the pool, these are the fifteen binge-worthy reads of the summer.
1. How Hard Can It Be? by Allison Pearson
Allison Pearson’s follow-up to the New York Times bestseller I Don’t Know How She Does It will have readers both laughing and crying this summer as they follow the life of do-it-all mom, Kate Reddy. Now coming up on her 50th birthday and trying her best to raise nightmarish teens, Kate thinks she’s ready to go back to the hedge fund she founded years ago. Stuck in the middle of a midlife crisis, she’ll have to make tough decisions about her marriage, her children and where her life is headed as she does her best to juggle her roles as mother, wife and businesswoman.
2. When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger
From the author of The Devil Wears Prada comes a new novel about rebuilding your life when you least expect it. After leaving New York, Miranda Priestly and Runway magazine, former assistant Emily is now living in suburban Connecticut where she’ll get the chance at a fresh start in the shape of former supermodel Karolina Hartwell. Having just been arrested for a DUI, Karolina needs someone to help boost her image and get her back on top. With the help of former law partner, Miriam, the three women begin their quest to get their lives back on track and in doing so, reveal the scandals and lies that make up the pristine feel of their small Connecticut town.
3. Hidden by Kelli Clare
In this enticing romantic thriller, school teacher Ellie James will leave the confines of her small Connecticut town in the hopes of keeping the ones she loves safe. Shortly after meeting the mysterious Will Hastings, Ellie’s sister and grandmother are killed, forcing her to reevaluate the kind of man Will is and whether or not she can trust him. Escaping to London with her new man and her beloved niece, the trio is suddenly thrust into a world of secret societies and dark pasts and when Will suddenly disappears and is unable to protect them, Ellie knows she must be strong not only for herself, but also for what little family she has left.
4. Florida by Lauren Groff
New York Times bestselling author Lauren Groff is back this summer with a new short story collection that celebrates Florida and the energy that is constantly flowing through the Sunshine State. From stories about its many citizens to tales about the state’s vast landscapes and unique history, this new release documents the moments that will bring you both sadness and immense joy. This is the perfect book for your summer traveling as each story tells a stand-alone tale of the human existence and can be finished during a plane ride to this year’s vacay destination.
5. Her Pretty Face by Robyn Harding
Frazzled mother Frances Metcalfe is doing her best to keep her life in order as she struggles to take care of her problematic son. Having recently been accepted into an elite private school, Frances starts to feel like she’s finally caught a break but what she doesn’t know is that the mothers at this new school aren’t eager to let her into their tight-knit community. But when she meets fellow mom Kate Randolph, she finally feels that she’s no longer alone and the two begin a new friendship based on their shared hatred for the other doting mothers. However, one of them is hiding a huge secret: she is a killer living under a false name.
6. The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon
Phoebe Lin and Will Kendall have both recently begun school at a highly-esteemed university, bringing their secrets and sadness with them. Blaming herself for her mother’s death and still mourning the recent loss, Phoebe gets caught up in a secret and radical cult that once had connections to her own family and has given her a feeling of belonging. Simultaneously, Will is trying his best to convince himself that he’s OK with the fact that the girl he loves is involved with a dangerous group who was responsible for several bombings, killing five people. But when Phoebe suddenly disappears after the chaos of the attacks, Will makes it his mission to find her no matter what it takes.
7. How to Walk Away by Katherine Center
Katherine Center’s highly-anticipated release, one woman finds herself approaching a brand new life in the wake of an accident she thought would tragically end the success she was so close to achieving. Now facing the fact that her life is irrevocably changed, Margaret Jacobsen can’t think of anything more appealing than starting over without her nagging fiancé and complicated family. When she meets her tough yet very attractive physical therapist, Ian, Margaret begins to see that her recovery could bring the possibility for a new love with a man who sees her in a light no one ever has before.
8. Us Against You by Fredrik Backman
#1 New York Times bestselling author of 2017’s hit Beartown is back with the second book in his Björnstad series. After the fall of Beartown and their beloved hockey team, some of the town’s young hockey players have taken a new position on a rival team for a nearby town. As tensions begin to rise between the two cities, a new coach arrives in Beartown and begins building a new and improved team. But as the highly-anticipated game between the rivals approaches, the strain becomes too much and by the end of the game, one of Beartown’s residents is found dead, forever ruining the sport for both teams and the entirety of their towns.
9. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Coming to paperback this summer, Taylor Jenkins Reid’s beloved novel The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo tackles a life of fame, fortune and secrets. Evelyn Hugo is one of Hollywood’s elite and she’s finally ready to tell her story to the world, choosing unknown reporter Monique Grant to lead the interview. Using this once in a lifetime opportunity to boost her career, Monique agrees to take the story, leading to the reveal of secrets that will affect both women’s lives forever and create a bond neither of them had ever anticipated.
10. A River of Stars by Vanessa Hua
Far from her home in China and carrying her boss’s baby, Scarlett Chen has just been assigned to a maternity home in Los Angeles where she’s supposed to give birth to a healthy boy; a miracle to the father of the child who, until this point, has only been given daughters. But Scarlett can’t stand her new surroundings and the pressures placed upon her so when she finds out a shocking new detail about the baby she’s carrying, she makes an escape with fellow soon-to-be mother, Daisy. Will Scarlett make it to San Francisco’s Chinatown safely or will the child’s father catch up to her before she gets a chance to start a new life without him?
11. Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering
Carola Lovering’s debut novel tells the story of a toxic romance that engulfs two young lovers trying to make their way in the world. Lucy knows that there’s something about Stephen that she doesn’t trust and in Tell Me Lies, she’ll find that her intuition was right all along. As the two fall in and out of love with each other, they do their best to keep their damaging secrets at bay. Following their journey through college and beyond in New York City, this new novel comes with a psychological twist reminiscent of Jessica Knoll’s Luckiest Girl Alive.
12. The Outsider by Stephen King
In Stephen King’s latest novel, a young boy’s body is found in the small town of Flint City and the small traces of DNA left behind are that of Little League coach and father, Terry Maitland. Despite his alibi, the detectives have pinned Terry for the murder and as the investigation continues, shocking new evidence will come to light, proving that Terry isn’t the man anyone expected him to be. With a twisted ending, this is the summer read that will leave you guessing up until the very last page.
13. The Completionist by Siobhan Adcock
For fans of The Handmaid’s Tale, this book will be your new go-to read this summer. Now that the world is struggling with a high infertility rate, Fredericka can’t help but feel like she’s been given a new start now that she’s pregnant. But when her younger sister disappears, Fred knows that trying to track her down is too dangerous for a woman carrying a baby so she seeks out the help of their brother, Carter, who has just returned from war. But as Carter digs deeper into the case of his missing sister, he’ll come across their long-lost father and dark family secrets that none of the siblings are ready to confront.
14. The Lightkeeper’s Daughters by Jean E. Pendziwol
Elizabeth may be aging but she still remembers every detail about her father and the life she had with her twin sister. After finding her late father’s journals, all she can think about is reading the entries he left behind but can’t due to her failing eyesight. Requesting the help of troubled teen Morgan who’s been assigned to community service at the retirement home, the two women start their deep dive into the past of Elizabeth’s father. As Elizabeth and Morgan learn more about what happened during those fateful years both before and during World War II, they find out that they’re connected in ways neither of them would have ever expected.
15. Warlight by Michael Ondaatje
This new release from the bestselling author of The English Patient is a story about family, strength and the harmful effects of secrets. After the end of World War II, siblings Rachel and Nathaniel have been left to live with a enigmatic stranger named The Moth after their parents’ departure for Singapore. After spending the next few months with their new guardian, the kids’ mother reappears with no explanation for her sudden disappearance or the fact that she’s come back without their father. Now, 12 years later, Nathaniel is beginning to unearth what really happened all those years ago and gain a new understanding of his strange childhood.
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