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Summer Reading Recommendations!

“One benefit of Summer was that each day we had more light to read by.” ― Jeannette Walls, The Glass Castle

Summer is almost upon us (though the coat I had to wear today would suggest otherwise) and we all know summer is possibly the best time for reading...or is it winter? spring? autumn? - Okay, all seasons are reading seasons for bookworms;-) That being so, there are few things I enjoy as much as sitting outside in the sun with a good book, and here I have rounded up a summer reading guide, which will have you covered, no matter what genre you crave. I've included mostly new books I am especially looking forward to or have recently read, some oldies but goodies, a few you can read in one sitting and even some classics. Sorry, no romance, erotica or horror, because I would be ill-equipped to recommend books in those genres. My intention was to create a list with a great variety both of books and of authors, so I hope you will find something you might enjoy! Which books are on your to-read list for this summer? Happy reading!


Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson

Year of the Locust by Terry Hayes

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

The Long Drop by Denise Mina

Historical Fiction

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

The Chilbury Ladies' Choir by Jennifer Ryan

The Baker's Secret by Stephen P. Kiernan

The Coroner's Daughter by Andrew Hughes

Women's Fiction

The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell

The Sudden Departure of the Frasers by Louise Candlish

Sofia Khan is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik

The Reunion by Roisin Meaney

Lost for Words by Stephanie Butland

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Crimes Against a Book Club by Kathy Cooperman

Literary Fiction

Beartown by Fredrik Backman

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Swing Time by Zadie Smith

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

No One Can Pronounce My Name by Rakesh Satyal

Salt Houses by Hala Alyan


Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner

The Boy on the Bridge by M. R. Carey


The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran

Release by Patrick Ness

The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein

New Boy: Othello Retold by Tracy Chevalier


My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues by Pamela Paul

As You Wish by Cary Elwes

Walking the Americas by Levison Wood

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah

Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls and Everything in Between by Lauren Graham

Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed the World by Sam Maggs and Sophia Foster-Dimino

The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

This is Just My face: Try Not to Stare by Gabourey Sidibe


Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

Emma by Jane Austen

Diary of a Provincial Lady by E.M. Delafield

My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell

The Oresteia by Aeschylus

Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Dracula by Bram Stoker

Short Reads

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Grown Up by Gillian Flynn

March Book 1 by John Lewis

Lady Susan by Jane Austen

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

The Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

Have a wonderfully booked up summer!