Summer is officially here—and with it comes warm days, long nights, and (hopefully) a little time off work. Basically, it’s the perfect season for book lovers. But how do you choose your next read when there are so many options out there?
To help you out, we’ve rounded out some of this summer’s biggest hits in the most popular genres.
YA Novels You and Your Kids Will Love
If your literary soft spot is young adult novels, no shame! This is a beloved genre for good reason. Get your YA fix with some of this summer’s favorites.
Scythe by Neal Shusterman
Looking for a great, genre-defying read? Scythe offers a dystopian future and science fiction wrapped up in an emotional, at times humorous, tale about what happens to humanity once we’ve conquered death itself.
Review: “Elegant and elegiac, brooding but imbued with gallows humor, Shusterman’s dark tale thrusts realistic, likeable teens into a surreal situation and raises deep philosophic questions. A thoughtful and thrilling story of life, death, and meaning.”—Kirkus Reviews
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
There’s nothing quite as sweet as your first love—and the latest from this New York Times bestselling author captures it beautifully. Follow the story of Natasha and Daniel as they fall in love with each other and share their journeys.
Review: “Transcends the limits of YA as a human story about falling in love and seeking out our futures.” —POPSUGAR.com
Wildman by J.C. Geiger
What would you do if your car broke down in the middle of nowhere? This book’s protagonist, Lance, uses it as an opportunity to be whoever he wants to be. From jumping trains to exploring personal identity, this coming of age story is a compelling, humorous, and relatable read.
Review: “A thought-provoking, hilarious, eloquent story of a young man realizing that the world is much larger than the one set up for him.”―Kirkus Reviews
Words on Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton
Follow Adam, a young man recently diagnosed with schizophrenia, as he tackles teenagedom, a new school, and a new drug trial—all while battling the voices in his head.
Review: “A brutal, beautiful book that sits right beside The Perks of Being a Wallflower and I’ll Give You the Sun.”–Jennifer Longo
Trashy Favorites for the Perfect Poolside Read
Great literature has a time and place—but basking in the sun next to the pool usually calls for something a little lighter. If you’re looking for your next guilty pleasure read to throw in your beach bag (or to pull out during your CoolSculpting treatment!), look no further.
Come Sundown by Nora Roberts
Suspense, family, and intrigue set against the idyllic backdrop of a ranch and resort make this a fun read that will keep you on the edge of your beach chair.
Review: “What makes this novel most engaging is Roberts’s ability to suffuse her story with rich details of one family’s life, as well as sizzling doses of romance and mystery.”– Publishers Weekly
Dating You / Hating You by Christina Lauren
Amazon calls it a “sexy, compulsively readable romantic comedy,” which sounds like the perfect companion for a day at the pool. Join Carter and Evie through their whirlwind romance—and the professional competition that turns love into an act of war.
Review: “Truly a romance for the twenty-first century. [Dating You / Hating You is] a smart, sexy romance for readers who thrive on girl power.”—Kirkus Reviews
The Identicals: A Novel by Elin Hilderbrand
After years apart, twins Harper and Tabitha switch homes and lives to try and help their fractured family. A story of sibling rivalry, family intrigue, and small-town gossip make this novel an engaging but easy-to-read pick for summer.
Review: “A fun, delightful, un-put-downable novel by the undisputed queen of the beach read.”―Brenda Janowitz, Popsugar
Buy it here.
Best New Celeb Memoirs & Biographies to Binge Read While Lying in a Hammock
Is there any better feeling that swaying under the sunshine in a hammock? Grab one of these top celebrity biographies to bring a little humor, intrigue, and drama to your next basking sesh.
I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons by Kevin Hart
If you need a laugh, you can’t go wrong with the memoir of one of the top comedians in the US. Kevin Hart’s life story is humorous, inspirational, and heartfelt—and we’re pretty sure you won’t be able to put it down.
Review: “Hilarious but also heartfelt.”—Elle Magazine
The Only Pirate at the Party by Lindsey Stirling
Violinist Lindsey Stirling is is the poster child for “new celebrity” in the age of YouTube. Her dancing, effervescence, and incredible electronic violin playing won the hearts of her fans—and took her on a crazy journey to stardom.
Review: “Even if you aren’t a fan of her music, there is a lot to be taken away from this story. Lindsey’s tale of success comes from hard work and making her own opportunities…[it’s] not only interesting, but deeply personal.”—Tyson Adams
Runnin’ with the Devil: A Backstage Pass to the Wild Times, Loud Rock, and Down and Dirty Truth Behind the Making of Van Halen
Rock aficionados, get ready for a whirlwind tale of stardom, shocking escapades, high profile romance, and plenty of drugs, sex, and rock n’ roll.
Review: “More than an insider’s story about VH; Monk also shares fascinating firsthand information about how the music industry operated at that time…An absolute must-read for VH fans and fans of rock music memoirs.” —Library Journal
Thrilling Tales for a Warm, Dark Night
If a heart palpating, breath stealing thriller is your idea of a perfect book to read on your back porch on a balmy summer night, make sure to add these riveting thrillers to your book bucket list.
Everything You Want Me to Be by Mindy Mejia
This suspenseful story of a young woman’s secret online relationship—and her ultimate murder—is being touted as one of 2017’s best mysteries yet. Twists, turns, and plenty of dark secrets are sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.
Review: “Buckle up for this killer mystery in which identity, truth, and self-discovery take some fatal turns.”—Bustle
Into the Water: A Novel by Paula Hawkins
Girl on the Train fans rejoice: Paula Hawkins has released another psychological thriller. What happens when local women start turning up dead at the bottom of a river? What secrets will be dredged up with their bodies? Find out with this spine-tingling, standalone novel.
Review: “Highly suspenseful… all these intrigues are teased out with impressive skill by Ms. Hawkins, who tells a complex narrative… in a chronicle whose final pages yield startling revelations.” —The Wall Street Journal
The Sleepwalker: A Novel by Chris Bohjalian
A missing wife, mother, and notorious sleepwalker. Concerned daughters fearing the worse. An attractive detective who knows a bit too much. What exactly happened to Annalee Ahlberg—and why isn’t there a body?
Review: “Masterful… The Sleepwalker is Bohjalian at his best: a creepily compelling topic and an illusionist’s skill at tightening the tension. This is a novel worth losing sleep over.” —Patty Rhule, USA Today
Any summer faves you’d like to share? Leave us a note in the comments below. Happy reading!