Summer weekends pre-kids: sitting at the beach or pool, reading a book a week, getting a tan.
Summer weekends post-kids: picking up from camp, running to swimming lessons and soccer games, supervising on playgrounds. If you do get to sit by the pool, it’s “stop running” and “stop splashing your sister.” I get it.
So maybe your reading plans for the summer didn’t go entirely as scheduled. All those hot new releases you were looking forward to didn’t quite happen. And that’s okay! I’m here to help! Here are the six summer releases you might not have gotten to, but are worth finding time for once your school routine is finally back.
Note: I hate reading synopsis that give too much away. I promise no spoilers below, and nothing you wouldn’t find out past, say, page 50. All synopses and pictures are my own, from my book instagram – check out the link below!
Lock Every Door
by Riley Sager
Riley Sager lives up to his reputation as “King of Misdirection” (a title I appointed him) in his newest thriller. Jules is newly single and broke, living on her friends couch with no job, when she finds the opportunity of a lifetime. One of the most famous residential buildings in Manhattan is looking for apartment sitters. $1,000/week to live in a luxurious duplex right on Central Park. Sounds too good to be true, right? Spoiler alert: it is.
Side note – if you haven’t read his second book, The Last Time I Lied, I don’t know what you’re waiting for!
by Beth O’Leary
I’ll be honest, I’m normally not a huge romcom fan. Not my genre. But this one melted my heart. Tiffy is fresh out of a terrible relationship and on the hunt for a new apartment on a limited salary. She ends up finding a unique situation – not just sharing a flat, but sharing a bed! Tiffy gets it at night, and her new roommate, Leon, gets it during the day. And never the two shall meet (or so they plan).
Summer of ‘69
by Ellen Hilderbrand
How can you go an entire summer without an Ellen Hilderbrand read?! She is the queen of summer reads, and her newest novel is no exception. The perfect historical fiction, set in the busy American summer of 1969. It’s the story (/drama) of a family who normally summers in Nantucket, but who’s world is slightly adrift because of the only son being deployed to Vietnam. There are multiple viewpoints from each family member (minus the son), and how the most historic summer in American history shapes them all.
The Two Lila Bennetts
by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke
This book is Sliding Doors meets your favorite thriller/mystery. Lila is faced with a decision, and that decision takes her life in 2 drastically different directions. In one life, she’s kidnapped and held hostage. In the other, she avoids kidnapping, but someone is still trying to ruin her life. It makes you realize how our choices can affect everything.
by Angie Kim
This slowburn courtroom drama follows the aftermath of a hyperbaric chamber exploding, which resulted in the death of two, including a child with autism. The explosion was not an accident. This book has alternating points of view to see the wide range of people getting help (from infertility to autism), the lengths people go to when it comes to protecting family, and the different alliances that form along the way. It’s Angie Kim’s first book, and I can’t wait to see what else she has in store for us.
by Chandler Baker
When the CEO of a company dies and their boss is next in line for the position, a group of women band together to make sure his misogynistic and sexist ways start to come to light. The #metoo book that every woman who has been in the working world needs to read. There’s nothing else to say without giving away too much, except to say – READ THIS.
All of these titles can be found on Amazon. Click the links below to check them out!
If you’re looking for more book recommendations, check out 5 Must-Read Books on My Summer Reading List.