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2018 Summer Reading List

Where has this year gone?! I can't believe it is already the end of May 2018! I feel as if it was Christmas just a few weeks ago. Does anyone else feel the same? Anyway . . . the arrival of summer means (at least for many of us) warmer temperatures and maybe even a little holiday or stay-cation. Perfect conditions to tackle that t-read list or add a few more books to it. I will be doing a bit of traveling this summer, which means I need plenty of entertainment for long flights and for lounging around at the pool:-) This year, like last year, I have decided to rustle up a summer reading list. Now we all remember those lists we got from our school with reading pushed to the last week of summer holidays in favor of playing outside or reading something that was not Ray Bradbury or Nathaniel Hawthorne, right? I have my eye on a number of books I want to read in the following months, some new, some old, some in between and in a wild variety of genres. Added to that, I want to read some books before their TV/film adaptation is released. For The Princess and the Pen Summer Reading List, I've chose mostly new books. They are books I am either looking forward to reading myself, or have read and enjoyed. I hope you find something here that you like and happy reading!


The Romanov Empress by C.W. Gortner

A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza

Us Against You by Fredrick Backman

Hoarder by Jess Kidd

The Lido by Libby Page

Bookshop Girl by Chloe Coles

Mur Mur by Will Eaves

The Late Bloomer's Club by Louise Miller


A Death of No Importance by Mariah Fredericks

The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey

Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris

The Other Woman by Sandie Jones

Not That I Could Tell by Jessica Strawser

The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz

The Colour of Bee Larkham's Murder by Sarah J. Harris

The Death of Mrs. Westerway by Ruth Ware


The Nearest Faraway Place by Hayley Long

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

Suitors and Sabotage by Cindy Anstey

The Window by Amelia Brunskill

Amelia Westlake by Erin Gough

Lady Mary by Lucy Worsley

Blood Water Paint by Joy McCoullough

Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen


The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

Circe by Madeline Miller

Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart

Furyborn by Claire Legrand


Sharp: The Women Who Made an Art of Having and Opinion by Michelle Dean

I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

Fascism by Madeline Albright

Miss Ex-Yoguslavia by Sofija Stefanovic

Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World by Pénélope Bagieu

Ritz and Escoffier: The Hotelier, the Chef, and the Rise of the Leisure Class by Luke Barr