Summer is the perfect time to relax and catch up on some reading. Whether you’re catching up on the latest bestsellers, delving into thought-provoking non-fiction, or re-reading your favorite classics, reading is the perfect way to spend a lazy summer day. Here are some of the most exciting books to round up your summer reading list.
The Nickel Boys, by Colson Whitehead
This historical fiction novel is intense, but it’s also incredibly difficult to put down and touches on some critical themes that are still relevant today. It’s set in Jim Crow-era Florida and follows two boys at a reform school who must learn to cope under unthinkable circumstances. Although the novel is gut-wrenching, it’s one that you absolutely shouldn’t miss this summer.
Three Women, by Lisa Taddeo
This book takes the concept of a juicy summer read and spins it on its head. Instead of reading about the sex lives of three fictional women, this book focuses on three real women and their authentic experiences. It’s proof that sometimes the truth is more scandalous, fascinating, and relatable than anything we could come up with on our own.
City of Girls, by Elizabeth Gilbert
Elizabeth Gilbert may be best known for her memoir Eat, Pray, Love, but she’s also a talented novelist. Her newest tome is one that will keep you hooked all day long as you relax on the beach or take a long flight. This one is a light beach read, set in the 1940s theater industry in New York. The brave, relatable female characters will have you feeling like you’re diving in on a new adventure with them.
How to Murder Your Life, by Cat Marnell
This book came out a few years ago, but it still feels fresh and relevant, and it’s worth a read now if you haven’t already enjoyed it. This memoir details the author’s rise in the world of fashion magazines as she hides a dark secret – an addiction to prescription drugs. This is an addiction that’s more common than most people think, and although the memoir feels dishy, it also touches on a relevant issue.
Fleishman Is in Trouble, by Taffy Brodesser-Akner
This debut novel is full of astute observations about family and relationships and provides a fresh, modern take on divorce. The main character, Toby Fleishman, is living a relatively normal life as a divorced man when his ex leaves their children with him and completely disappears, forcing him to re-evaluate his life. This poignant novel is full of humor and wit that will keep you hooked.
Daisy Jones and The Six, by Taylor Jenkins Reid
When you hear that a book has been optioned by Reese Witherspoon and Amazon for a TV miniseries, you know it’s going to be good. This novel is set in 1970s California and is centered around a Fleetwood Mac-Esque rock band. It’s full of drama and will have you living out your own rock star dreams as you struggle to put it down.