Some readers strictly read within their favorite genre. But if you’re an eclectic reader like me, you’ll know that there are a ton of summer book releases from diverse genres that you’re going to be needing this season. These are 15 summer books for the eclectic reader.
Supper Club by Lara Williams
I loved A Selfie As Big As the Ritz so this was an automatic add to my #TBR. For fans of Ottessa Moshfegh, this book spans a decade and is a story of identity and finding your place in the world. And as soon as I saw that cover reveal on Belletrist, I was all in!
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
I have heard nothing but amazing things about this book and Whitehead is a tremendously talented writer. The premise is so intriguing. A coming-of-age story that is set during the Jim Crow era, the book is based on horrific true events of a boys reform school. You might ask, “What makes this a summer read?” Well, it’s short at just over 200 pages, and it sounds like a total page-turner.
The Last Book Party by Karen Dukess
Twenty-five-year-old Eve Rosen is in for the ride of her life in The Last Book Party. A book about an aspiring writer and a behind-the-scenes look at publishing… um, hello?! Plus when you add in the nostalgia of New York in the ’80s, you got yourself summer reading gold!
Lock Every Door by Riley Sager
I am obsessed with everything about Sager’s writing, so I was on the lookout for his next book! Sager has a way of crafting a cinematic plot with danger lurking around every corner. Plus, the cover is pure perfection!
Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center
I read How to Walk Away last year and absolutely loved it! The lead character in Things You Save in a Fire is a courageous, independent, female firefighter. Given that Center writes such lovely characters and with so much heart, I have no doubt this will be a winner.
The Reckless Oath We Made by Bryn Greenwood
All the Ugly and Wonderful Things is one of my favorite books on the planet. Greenwood has a talent for taking on difficult subjects and flawed characters, making us empathize in a situation where normally we wouldn’t. The main character is a fiery redhead and the premise of this one sounds so bizarre that I must read it!
Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark
This is my most anticipated read of the year! I’m a true-blue fan: I’ve listened to their podcast My Favorite Murder, seen their live show and secretly pretend we are best friends. And here’s the thing about their memoir: I’ve read the partial advance copy and it’s for Murderinos and non-Murderinos alike. They are hilarious, compassionate, empathetic, interesting and, above all, 100 percent authentic. Be prepared to shed a tear.
Marilou is Everywhere by Sarah Elaine Smith
This book caught my eye forever ago. A teenage girl from an impoverished family escapes her life by slipping into the life of another missing teenager. The story sounds heartbreaking with complex characters, beautiful writing and a unique premise. This is a must-read for me!
Three Women by Lisa Taddeo
This one definitely lives up to the hype! Taddeo provides a thought-provoking look at desire and writes without reservation about the lives of three diverse female characters. Sometimes salacious, and often heartbreaking, it’s nonfiction that reads like fiction. It’s insightful, propulsive and impossible to put down.
The Need by Helen Phillips
The Need is a genre-bending novel (part thriller, part literary fiction, part horror) that wraps itself around the subject of parental fears. The main character, Molly, is a paleobotanist by day and by night cares for her two young children. But one night a masked intruder enters her home and appears to know everything about her. It sounds terrifying and difficult to read which is right in my wheelhouse.
Bunny by Mona Awad
I immediately added this one to my summer reading list when I learned it was compared to Heathers, the dark, twisted and funny cult classic. Set in an idyllic New England college, Bunny involves the most sickeningly sweet, perfect college girl cult. Sounds witty, sinister and delectable! And there are bunnies – that’s all I need!
Fake Like Me by Barbara Bourland
When a young artist loses her paintings in a fire, she must recreate them in three months in order to keep up her career. She takes up refuge at an exclusive artist retreat and utilizes an old studio – one that appears to be haunted by the ghost of a dead artist. This sounds way too good not to read.
Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton
I am a sucker for debuts and post-apocalyptic stories, so I had to look into this one further. What I found is completely odd and yet it drew me in right away. Animals are the main characters in the aftermath of an apocalypse and the protagonist is a domesticated foul-mouthed crow trying to save humanity. Animal Farm and Watership Down are amazing books, but this one jumps into dark humor so why not give it a read?
The Favorite Daughter by Kaira Rouda
Best Day Ever remains one of my favorite books so I’m very excited about this one. Rouda has a knack for writing characters that you love to hate. Her characters are villainous and chilling, yet charming, and get inside your head. In my opinion, any psychological thriller where you find yourself laughing at the narcissistic, audacious dialogue is pure genius.
The Arrangement by Robyn Harding
I devoured every single page of Her Pretty Face so I immediately added this to my list. Harding is an exceptional writer and I have a feeling this book is going to be brain candy. I try to go in completely blind with my thrillers but I’ll leave you with this: A young student goes online to find a sugar daddy to make ends meet and from there, things turn deadly. You should need no other reason to read this book… get to ordering!
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