One of my favorite things about summer is the long days of never-ending sunlight. I love to read late into the night, and summer is the perfect time because time slows down a little bit.
I have ten newly published books for you all to read. If any of you are participating in #G20Reads Blackout Bingo Reading Challenge, here are ten more book suggestions to check off your list.
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Summer Reading RoundUp: 10 Must-Read Books For The Summer
From the Author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo comes a new novel about Daisy Jones, a girl coming of age in the sixties and finding herself with a wild time.
By the time she is twenty, she starts getting noticed by The Six, a rock and roll band led by Billy Dunne, a brooding rocker destined to change Daisy’s life. What comes next is the stuff of legends, and Taylor Jenkins Reids uses her distinct voice to capture a snapshot of an era that is unimaginable.
Lisa See, author of The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, brings us a new tale about two girls from the Korean island, Jeju. Mi-ja and Young-sook are best friends and begin to work on their village’s all-female diving collective, starting a new chapter in their life filled with responsibility and excitement, but also danger. In classic Lisa See style, this novel bridges the gap of friendship and time, spanning many decades including Japanese colonialism through the Korean war.
Laurie Halse Anderson’s best-selling novel, Speak, was published twenty years ago. Outraged by how little has changed around sexual assault, and inspired by courageous and vocal survivors, Laurie Halse Anderson brings us Shout. In free-verse, this poem-memoir reflects, rants, and becomes a call-to-action, all through poetry and deeply personal stories from Halse Anderson’s life.
Gretchen Rubin helped her audience find happiness through The Happiness Project and now she’s back to talk balance with Outer Order, Inner Calm. Ruminating on the concept of outer order contributing to inner calm, she helps her readers create the order and organization that can make our lives happier, healthier, more productive, and more creative with a book packed with over one hundred concrete ideas for success.
From the author who brought us What is not Yours is Not Yours is a newly inventive and bewitching novels inspired by the classic tale “Hansel and Gretel.” Oyeyemi explores family legacy and inheritance through this delightfully mystical tale.
In the third and final installment of Don Tillman’s experimental Rosie Project, we follow the family as they return to Melbourne after a decade in New York City, and embrace a new life. Their son, Hudson, is having trouble at school and Don is determined to be a good parent to his son and good partner to Rosie, and gets help from friends old and new along the way.
City of Girls is a unique love story, set in 1940s’ New York City Theater scene. In 1940 Vivian is kicked out of school and sent to live with her eccentric aunt in New York City. She is embraced by the theater world until she makes a personal mistake with Professional consequences. Vivian tells her story as a 90-year-old, reflecting on life and loss, and also acceptance. She muses, “at some point in a woman’s life, she just gets tired of being ashamed all the time. After that, she is free to become whoever she truly is.” Gilbert captures a story filled with themes of promiscuity, female pleasure, and the ins-and-outs of true love.
Author of best-selling Girl, Wash Your Face, is back with a new call to action: stop apologizing. Instead of defining yourself by other people’s guidelines, embrace who you are and learn what you want…and then go for it. With identifying the excuses we use that we need to drop, behaviors we should adopt, and other ways for women to grow, Rachel Hollis challenges women everywhere to stop talking themselves out of their dreams and go for what they want and deserve.
Elise is a 14 year-old Iowan in 1943, aware of the war going on but safely tucked away from its true reach. Until, that is, her father is suddenly arrested on suspicion of being a Nazi sympathizer and the family is sent to an internment camp in Texas. Everything is stripped from Elise, including her own identity.
In classic Dessen style, we follow Emma through a whirlwind summer of romance, family drama, and watch as a whole new world is opened up to her. Emma reconnects with family she hasn’t seen she was little, and becomes divided into two people: Who she is when she’s with her father, and who she was when her mother was alive. As the summer winds to an end, she must decide which version of herself will she be.
Which of these are you most interested to pick up this summer?