15 Summer books for the eclectic reader

summer books for the eclectic reader

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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Janelle Janson

I have a deep passion for books. I love reading them, admiring their beautiful covers, and learning about their authors. I have been obsessed with reading since I was a little girl because it fed my ever-growing imagination. In addition to books, I love learning about different cultures, food, traveling, and am obsessed with maps. I have lived in Northern California my entire life and enjoy how close I am to everything, whether it be the ocean, the mountains, or all that’s in between. I’m married to a loving husband who is the most caring person I know. It is a dream of mine to one day own a bookstore in the historic area of my hometown. I would love to feature book and beer pairings, possibly with a local brewery or a coffee shop next door.

  1. So many of these I was already excited about, like Lock Every Door and Things you save in a fire, but now I’ve added Bunny to my neverended TBR List because anything compared to Heathers is gold.

  2. There are SO MANY awesome books coming out I don’t know if I could pick a favorite!! I think because I loved Her Pretty Face, The Last Time I Lied, and All The Ugly and Wonderful Things I am really looking forward to new books from those authors. I’m also very excited to read Karen Dukess’s first book The Last Book Party!

  3. I’m most looking forward to Lock Every Door, by Riley Sager. I absolutely loved his other two books! He’s a great writer of suspense.

  4. OMG! Thanks for this. I have some of these on my list but so many others I had no clue about. I’ve added those on my TBR list!
    The Reckless Oath We Made
    The Last Book Party
    Three Women
    Fake Like Me
    Can’t wait for these!

  5. So many good ones! The reckless oath we made, lock every door and things you save in a fire are at the top of my list!

  6. Ha, You’ve given me too many choices! I was however able to narrow it down to two books, Riley Sager’s Lock Every Door or Colson Whitehead’s Nickel Boys – I should read both!

  7. Fantastic feature, Janelle!! Lock Every Door immediately jumped out at me as I enjoyed Sager’s previous two books! But in the spirit of being more eclectic, The Need by Helen Phillips is my pick, it sound awesome, I love the genre-bending description!!

  8. I’ve been so excited to read Things You Save in a Fire! Now I’m adding Supper Club and The Last Book Party to my list as well!

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