It’s already August and we’ve been chasing summer as much as we’ve been chasing the perfect summer read, but have no fear! We have just the book to wrap up your hot summer.
New York Times bestselling author of the Pucked series, Helena Hunting, has released the much-anticipated rom-com novel we all need. The Good Luck Charm is here to steal hearts and remind you that, sometimes, love has a second chance.
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Lilah isn’t sure what hurt worse: the day Ethan left her to focus on his hockey career or the day he came back eight years later. He might think they can pick up just where they left off, but she’s no longer that same girl and never wants to be again.
Ethan wants his glory days back. And that includes having Lilah by his side. With her, he was magic. They were magic. All he has to do is make her see that.
Just when Lilah might finally be ready to let Ethan in, though, she finds out their reunion might have nothing to do with love and everything to do with improving his game. But Ethan’s already lost her once, and even if it costs him his career, he’ll do anything to keep from losing her again.
Publishers Weekly is raving about it, saying “Hunting sparkles in this well-plotted contemporary about a struggling and superstitious hockey player, his devastated ex-lover, and the hope and joy of second chances.”
They also point out something we loved about the book, which is the attention Hunting gives and fun she has with her secondary characters. “Lively supporting characters, including Lilah’s sassy sister, Carmen, add fun to the mix. Readers will hope for a return to Forest Lake.” You’ll be falling just as hard for her characters as you will for her eye-catching cover perfect for the modern day rom-com fan.
Hunting spoke exclusively with Bookstr about the cover art that’s stealing our hearts, saying
I’m in love with the gorgeous cover for this story! The Good Luck Charm is different in that it has a fresh, illustrated cover, which is very different from my other covers.
Hunting does an amazing job at creating real characters with a real story. Nothing is perfect, but Lilah and Ethan’s rekindled love seems so desirable anyway! Hunting will make you laugh, cry, fall in love, and question whether or not second chance romance really exists (we’re thinking it does). This story is more than just boy-meets-girl, it’s about love lost and found, then somehow getting it back when you’re exactly where you’re suppose to be. Hunting explained the importance of having real characters from a place anybody can call home. “I really loved exploring the setting… I wanted to explore the comfort that comes with familiarity, and how success happens when we surround ourselves with the right people at the right time.”
In the words of New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis, this book is ‘fabulously fun!’, so end your summer on a high note and check out The Good Luck Charm!
Check out her website helenahunting.com for more information on her brilliant books, and once you’ve got reading, join her reading group The Beaver Den where you can share your love of books and love stories with the author herself plus thousands more!
If you’re having a bit of trouble picking your next read, it may be worth it to see what some of our favorite celebrities are reading right now. The differences in picks really highlight each of the stars’ personalities. Have a little peek. This month’s picks include great finds, such as Jake Tapper’s The Hell Fire Club, Anthony Ray Hinton’sThe Sun Does Shine, and Chanel Cleeton’s Next Year in Havana.
While Mindy doesn’t have an official book club of her own, she likes to keep her Instagram updated with her current reads.
Charlie Marder is an unlikely Congressman. Thrust into office by his family ties after his predecessor died mysteriously, Charlie is struggling to navigate the dangerous waters of 1950s Washington, DC, alongside his young wife Margaret, a zoologist with ambitions of her own. Amid the swirl of glamorous and powerful political leaders and deal makers, a mysterious fatal car accident thrusts Charlie and Margaret into an underworld of backroom deals, secret societies, and a plot that could change the course of history. When Charlie discovers a conspiracy that reaches the highest levels of governance, he has to fight not only for his principles and his newfound political career…but for his life. (Via Amazon)
In 1985, Anthony Ray Hinton was arrested and charged with two counts of capital murder in Alabama. Stunned, confused, and only twenty–nine years old, Hinton knew that it was a case of mistaken identity and believed that the truth would prove his innocence and ultimately set him free.
But with no money and a different system of justice for a poor black man in the South, Hinton was sentenced to death by electrocution. He spent his first three years on Death Row at Holman State Prison in agonizing silence―full of despair and anger toward all those who had sent an innocent man to his death. But as Hinton realized and accepted his fate, he resolved not only to survive, but find a way to live on Death Row. For the next twenty–seven years he was a beacon―transforming not only his own spirit, but those of his fellow inmates, fifty–four of whom were executed mere feet from his cell. With the help of civil rights attorney and bestselling author of Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson, Hinton won his release in 2015.
With a foreword by Stevenson, The Sun Does Shine is an extraordinary testament to the power of hope sustained through the darkest times. Destined to be a classic memoir of wrongful imprisonment and freedom won, Hinton’s memoir tells his dramatic thirty–year journey and shows how you can take away a man’s freedom, but you can’t take away his imagination, humor, or joy. (Via Amazon)
Sarah Jessica Parker
SJP uses her GoodReads account to keep up updated with what she is reading. She is currently promoting a book for which she is the editor, A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza. That is not stopping her from reading, however!
If you look hard enough, you can find stories pretty much anywhere. They don’t even have to be your own. Or so would-be writer Maurice Swift decides very early on in his career. A chance encounter in a West Berlin hotel with celebrated novelist Erich Ackermann gives him an opportunity to ingratiate himself with someone more powerful than him. For Erich is lonely, and he has a story to tell. Whether or not he should do so is another matter.
Once Maurice has made his name, he sets off in pursuit of other people’s stories. He doesn’t care where he finds them–or to whom they belong–as long as they help him rise to the top. Stories will make him famous, but they will also make him beg, borrow, and steal. They may even make him do worse.
A psychological drama of cat and mouse, A Ladder to the Sky shows how easy it is to achieve the world if you are prepared to sacrifice your soul. (Via Amazon)
For the months of July and August they will be reading a bit of poetry. “Performing poems was what got me into acting,” Watson said on the book club’s announcement of the pick,Milk and Honeyby Rupi Kaur.
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#1 New York Times bestseller Milk and Honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity.
The book is divided into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose. Deals with a different pain. Heals a different heartache. Milk and Honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look. (Via Amazon)
Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club x Hello Sunshine
Reese keeps her book club updated on the official siteand her Instagram!
Havana, 1958. The daughter of a sugar baron, nineteen-year-old Elisa Perez is part of Cuba’s high society, where she is largely sheltered from the country’s growing political unrest–until she embarks on a clandestine affair with a passionate revolutionary…
Miami, 2017. Freelance writer Marisol Ferrera grew up hearing romantic stories of Cuba from her late grandmother Elisa, who was forced to flee with her family during the revolution. Elisa’s last wish was for Marisol to scatter her ashes in the country of her birth.
Arriving in Havana, Marisol comes face-to-face with the contrast of Cuba’s tropical, timeless beauty and its perilous political climate. When more family history comes to light and Marisol finds herself attracted to a man with secrets of his own, she’ll need the lessons of her grandmother’s past to help her understand the true meaning of courage. (Via Amazon)
Jimmy Kimmel announced recently that he wants to start a summer book club. Viewers voted for which book they wanted to read the most out of five choices.
It’s 1969 in New York City’s Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children—four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness—sneak out to hear their fortunes.
The prophecies inform their next five decades. Golden-boy Simon escapes to the West Coast, searching for love in ’80s San Francisco; dreamy Klara becomes a Las Vegas magician, obsessed with blurring reality and fantasy; eldest son Daniel seeks security as an army doctor post-9/11; and bookish Varya throws herself into longevity research, where she tests the boundary between science and immortality.
A sweeping novel of remarkable ambition and depth, The Immortalists probes the line between destiny and choice, reality and illusion, this world and the next. It is a deeply moving testament to the power of story, the nature of belief, and the unrelenting pull of familial bonds. (Via Amazon)
You know we couldn’t end this without a little bit of personal insight! Bookstr’s hot picks for this week are out in our weekly ‘Three to Read’ article. We really hope you give them a go!
With the heat of the summer upon us, people come out of hiding for all the awesome seasonal festivities to enjoy. Whether it’s parties, holidays, barbeques, or going to the beach everyone comes out in droves to soak up a little sun. Yet it also feels like summer is in slow motion. Hot days that last until the 8PM, no set plans, and hazy afternoons make for a relaxing time. What better time to pick up a new read or four?
The summertime is an important season for readers’ it’s a whole season dedicated to a new plethora of books. So when you want to take part in the fun, but you need a new read, there’s just no choosing only one. So here we’ve got a sweet list here for the perfect summer books and the adult beverages to go with them.
Greer Kadetsky is a shy college freshman when she meets the woman she hopes will change her life. Faith Frank, dazzlingly persuasive and elegant at sixty-three, has been a central pillar of the women’s movement for decades, a figure who inspires others to influence the world. Upon hearing Faith speak for the first time, Greer- madly in love with her boyfriend, Cory, but still full of longing for an ambition that she can’t quite place- feels her inner world light up. And then, astonishingly, Faith invites Greer to make something out of that sense of purpose, leading Greer down the most exciting path of her life as it winds toward and away from her meant-to-be love story with Cory and the future she’d always imagined.
What to drink:
Blueberry Ginger Mojito is for when you can’t decide which path to take: tart or spicy. So instead you just choose both.
The last person Alice Shipley expected to see since arriving in Tangier with her new husband was Lucy Mason. After the accident at Bennington, the two friends—once inseparable roommates—haven’t spoken in over a year. But there Lucy was, trying to make things right and return to their old rhythms. Perhaps Alice should be happy. She has not adjusted to life in Morocco, too afraid to venture out into the bustling medinas and oppressive heat. Lucy—always fearless and independent—helps Alice emerge from her flat and explore the country.
But soon a familiar feeling starts to overtake Alice—she feels controlled and stifled by Lucy at every turn. Then Alice’s husband, John, goes missing, and Alice starts to question everything around her: her relationship with her enigmatic friend, her decision to ever come to Tangier, and her very own state of mind.
What to drink:
Green Tea and Orange Coolers are perfect for this read. There’s no alcohol because we want you fully alert for a book you can’t seem to put down. It’s as satisfying and refreshing as the plot.
In 1937, twenty-eight-year-old Martha Gellhorn travels alone to Madrid to report on the atrocities of the Spanish Civil War and becomes drawn to the stories of ordinary people caught in the devastating conflict. It’s the adventure she’s been looking for and her chance to prove herself a worthy journalist in a field dominated by men. But she also finds herself unexpectedly—and uncontrollably—falling in love with Hemingway, a man on his way to becoming a legend.
But when Ernest publishes the biggest literary success of his career, For Whom the Bell Tolls, they are no longer equals, and Martha must make a choice: surrender to the confining demands of being a famous man’s wife or risk losing Ernest by forging a path as her own woman and writer.
What to drink:
Strawberry Lemonade Bourbon Cocktail will be your best drink of choice. We’re talking about Hemingway after all; a little whiskey only seems right.
When ninety-nine-year-old heiress Josephine Bettendorf Warrick summons attorney Brooke Trappnell to her 20,000 acre barrier island home, Brooke is puzzled. Everybody in the South has heard about the eccentric millionaire mistress of Talisa, but Brooke has never actually met her. Josephine’s cryptic note says she wants to discuss an important legal matter, but why enlist Brooke and not the prestigious Atlanta law firm she has used for years? Brooke travels to Shellhaven and meets the cagey Josephine, whose home is a crumbling pink mansion at the edge of the turquoise sea.
Over the course of a few meetings, Josephine spins a tale of old friendships, dark secrets, betrayal, and a long-unsolved murder. She is hiring Brooke for two reasons: first, to protect her island from those who would despoil her land, and second, to help her make amends with the heirs of the women who were her closest friends, the girls of The High Tide Club―so named because of their youthful skinny dipping escapades―Millie, Ruth, and Varina. To fulfill a dying woman’s wishes, Brooke must find Josephine’s friends’ descendants and bringing them together on Talisa for a reunion of women who’ve actually never met. But in doing so, Brooke unleashes the makings of a scandal that could make someone rich beyond their wildest dreams…or cause them to be in the crosshairs of a murderer….
What to drink:
White Sangria tastes sweet, fruity, and fresh so with every turn of the page you’ll be taking another sip. This will have you feeling like you’re right on the water.
By Invitation Only is a tale of two families, one struggling to do well, one well to do, and one young couple—the privileged daughter of Chicago’s crème de la crème and the son of hard -working Southern peach farmers.
Dorothea Benton Frank offers a funny, sharp, and deeply empathetic novel of two very different worlds—of limousines and pickup trucks, caviars and pigs, skyscrapers and ocean spray—filled with a delightful cast of characters who all have something to hide and a lot to learn. A difference in legal opinions, a headlong dive from grace, and an abrupt twist will reveal the truth of who they are and demonstrate, when it truly counts, what kind of grit they have. Are they living the life they want, what regrets do they hold, and how would they remake their lives if they were given the invitation to do so?
What to drink:
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Peach Iced Tea fits the southern charm and wit of this story. There’s no alcohol, but the character’s background of being a peach farmer plus the sweet taste will still have you feeling like a right Georgia peach.
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I am beyond excited to kick summer off soon. Hot days, long afternoons, and late nights with friends. Not to mention all the parties, barbecues, and, of course, beach days. One of my absolute favorite places to go during the summer (or anytime of year) is the beach. The sun is warm, the waves crash all day, and everything smells like suntan lotion. It is bliss on a stick.
However, sometimes laying in the sun and dipping your toes in the water isn’t the most thrilling thing. Which is why I always have music and a book on hand. But the book is definitely a must. I can’t spend a whole day lying down without breezing through the book I’m in the middle of. I’d easily say the beach is my favorite place to read. And I’ve got five reasons why it should be yours too.
1. There are no distractions from home
When you’re at the beach, all you’ve really got is a towel, some food, sunscreen, and the bathing suit on your body. And yes, your book is there too. But the best part is that you don’t have any distractions. The beach is usually far for most folks so you can’t just get up and go watch TV or fiddle around the house. Cellphones can struggle for signals too at times. You get there early and you stay there until the late afternoon. You may as well be productive and keep reading as you roast in the sun.
2. You basically have the perfect background noise for reading
At the beach, I’d totally be reading if I wasn’t falling asleep from the heat and sounds of the ocean. There’s something so relaxing and soothing about the soft crashing of waves in the distance. Of course you may hear some music and laughter, but the sound of the breeze and the ebb and flow of the sea is pure bliss to help you concentrate. But seriously, try not to fall asleep.
If your eyes are starting to cross and you can’t take another chapter, then it’s time to put the book down and enjoy your view. Sunbath some more, deep yout feet in the water, play football (if you feel like doing that), go for a nice walk, or just people watch. My favorite! Whatever you choose your options are right there at your fingertips. Taking a reading break can be just as good as the reading.
For some reason, being where the land meets the sky and sea sets a deeper yet laid-back tone to everything. Whatever book you’re reading it’ll probably hit you a little deeper just being by the water. Things seem to slow down when you’re at the beach, no one is in a rush, nobody’s fussing with what needs to be done. Everyone is simply enjoying themselves and you will be too.
That’s the best part about the beach. Read all day or sleep. Eat three ice cream cones or don’t. Stay for as long as you want and relax how you want to relax. Who says you need any structure while you’re there? Beach, please.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
#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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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