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The Hottest Books of Summer

Posted by Hayley on May 14, 2018
Summer is a dream; summer without books is a nightmare. Prepare yourself for a blissful season of reading with soon-to-be favorites in every genre!

To create our list, we focused on what Goodreads members are anticipating and reactions from early reviewers. We measured anticipation by how many times a book has been added to Want to Read shelves, and then we only included books that have earned at least a four-star rating. (If you're curious how you can read prepublished books and be among the first to rate them, take a look at our book giveaways.)

Now let's get to the books. Tell us which ones you can't wait to read in the comments.


FICTION
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In this unforgettable follow-up to Beartown, the citizens of a small town in Sweden rally around their local hockey team, even as a hostile rivalry threatens to destroy friendships, families, and the fragile peace of a volatile community.

Check out Backman's book recommendations here.


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From the author of Fates and Furies comes a piercing collection of short stories exploring the moments that make us feel alive, all anchored by the landscape, climate, history, and state of mind of Florida.

Discover Groff's book recommendations here.


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A fractured love story collides with a secret extremist cult in this electrifying debut about a young misfit, the woman he adores, and the obsession that unravels their relationship and leads to a harrowing act of violence.

Find our interview with Kwon here.


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The first novel from actress Sarah Jessica Parker’s new imprint, SJP for Hogarth, charts the crucial turning points in an Indian American Muslim family's past, from the bonds that bring them together to the differences that pull them apart.

Read our interview with Parker here.


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One photograph, snapped in a drunken moment at a party, overturns Nina's status among Nashville's elite, forcing her to choose between her family and her values in this poignant tale from the author of Something Borrowed.


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At once merciless and compassionate, this is the story of a young woman who attempts to fill the dark and vacuous hole in her heart by embarking on an extended hibernation with the help, of course, of a truly terrible psychiatrist.

Check out Moshfegh's book recommendations here.


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A sheltered young girl and a teenage maid strike an unlikely friendship in this mesmerizing debut set against the backdrop of the devastating violence of 1990s Colombia and inspired by the author's own life.

Read our interview with Contreras here.


MYSTERY & THRILLER
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From the author of The Woman in Cabin 10 and In a Dark, Dark Wood comes a tale of spellbinding menace that sees a struggling tarot card reader lured into a web of intrigue, danger, and betrayal by the promise of a tantalizing fortune.

Find our interview with Ware here.


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An ingenious young man creates an "echo box" to hear his late mother's voice, but the innocent project takes a nefarious turn when shadowy government agents come to seize the extraordinary machine—and silence its creator.


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When the bride-to-be is discovered dead in Nantucket Harbor just hours before the ceremony, everyone in the wedding party is suddenly a suspect, from the best man and the maid of honor to the groom's famous mystery novelist mother.


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It's just a harmless game, right? The author of Final Girls puts a deadly twist on "two truths and a lie" as successful artist Emma revisits her dark past, the one night at summer camp that still haunts her memories and her paintings.


YOUNG ADULT
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As warrior Helene, the Blood Shrike, searches for a way to hold back the tide of war, her sister's life and the lives of all those in the Empire hang in the balance in this epic installment in the Ember Quartet.

Discover Tahir's book recommendations here.


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Told through the letters wallflower Twinkle writes to her favorite female filmmakers, this charming tale from the author of When Dimple Met Rishi navigates big truths about friendship, family, and the unexpected places love can find you.

Check out our interview with Menon here.


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After escaping Gotham City's slums, Selina Kyle reinvents herself as the mysterious Holly Vanderhees in this exhilarating take on DC Comics' Catwoman from the author of the Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses series.


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Charlie is desperate for one last perfect weekend, but as all four of her older siblings return for a wedding, chaos reigns supreme in the form of a howling dog, a stubborn band, a missing tuxedo, and a distractingly cute boy.

Find our interview with Matson here.


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In this dazzling follow-up to Flame in the Mist, Mariko plays the part of the dutiful bride-to-be in order to infiltrate the emperor's ranks, rescue her beloved, and uncover the truth behind the betrayal that almost left her dead.


NONFICTION
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A beach house dubbed Sea Section is the setting for reflections on middle age, mortality, and a tumor joke or two in this deeply personal and darkly hilarious book from the author of Me Talk Pretty One Day and Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim.


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With effervescent charm and wit, the Parks and Recreation star takes readers along on her not-so-meteoric rise from "roaches to riches" before reflecting on her life of fame (fending off trolls, flirting with Michael Fassbender, etc.).


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The Smithsonian's star paleontologist explores the cutting edge of whale research, from the fishing decks on Antarctic whaling stations to the desert of Chile where scientists race to document the largest fossil whalebone site on earth.


HISTORICAL FICTION
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The rarefied world of a resort island in the Long Island Sound comes to life in this enchanting novel of romance, class, power, and dark secrets set in the summer of 1951 and 1969 from the author of A Hundred Summers.

Read our interview with Williams here.


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Based on the experiences of real-life kidnapping victim Sally Horner and her captor, whose story shocked the nation and inspired Vladimir Nabokov to write his controversial and iconic Lolita, this heart-pounding story gives a voice to Sally herself.


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From the opulent palaces of St. Petersburg to the World War I battlefields, this riveting historical drama focuses on the anarchic fall of an empire and the complex, bold heart of the woman who tried to save it.


ROMANCE
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Brilliant math whiz Stella decides to practice dating by hiring an escort in this heartwarming and refreshing debut novel that proves one thing: There's not enough data in the world to predict what will make your heart tick.

Check out our interview with Hoang here.


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The Winston brothers are at it again. From the author of Truth or Beard and Grin and Beard It comes the next installment in the ongoing saga of the burly brothers' quest for love in the idyllic town of Green Valley, Tennessee.


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From the three-time winner of the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance comes a powerful story about a troubled marriage and the memories, secrets, and old forgotten promises that might be able to save it.


FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION
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Two years after enchanting readers with her Beauty and the Beast retelling, Novik is back with a dark take on the Rumplestiltskin legend that follows Miryem, a clever young woman with a dangerous talent for turning silver into gold.

Find our interview with Novik here.


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What does it mean if the gods can be killed? Persephone, the first woman to lead her tribe, enters the battle between humankind and the cruel godlike beings who once ruled in this next installment in The Legends of the First Empire series.


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Kate Daniels wants to put her paranormal problems behind her. But in this next installment in the popular urban fantasy series, her attempt at a normal life, playing house with former Beast Lord Curran and their child, is interrupted by an ancient enemy.


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From his first encounter with the man who will one day become Darth Vader to his rise to power, Grand Admiral Thrawn proves his reputation as one of the most cunning warriors in the history of the Galactic Empire in this thrilling Star Wars tale.


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After a disaster rocks their community, a mother, an alien academic, and a caretaker for the dead struggle to build a new future in this story of finding hope and purpose among the stars from the author of The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet.



Comments (showing 1-50 of 165) (165 new)


message 1: by Shannon (new)

Shannon I can't wait for The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden, but it isn't scheduled to be released until Jan 2019, so not really a summer read. :(


message 2: by Katsuro (last edited May 14, 2018 06:13PM) (new)

Katsuro Ricksand MetaMaus has actually been out for years, and in English, so it's not really suited for this list.

Also, it bugs me that one of the books includes the censored word "sh*t." If you want to swear, then swear. If you don't want to, then don't swear. Half-measures like "sh*t" are pointless.


message 3: by Jonathan (new)

Jonathan Anderson Katsuro wrote: "MetaMaus has actually been out for years, and in English, so it's not really suited for this list.

Also, it bugs me that one of the books includes the censored word "sh*t." If you want to swear, t..."


Most bookstores are not going to stock books with SHIT on the cover.

I want Retta to be successful, so I'll give her this one.


message 4: by Samantha (new)

Samantha I'm looking forward to My Year of Rest and Relaxation and The Death of Mrs. Westaway. Not on this list, I'm looking forward to The Word is Murder, Neverworld Wake, Something in the Water, and The Third Hotel.


message 5: by Wonderer (new)

Wonderer Gee, could you please let some guys write a few lists? Some action and adventure, maybe some war stories, and westerns. Space opera, military sci-fi, sports. You know, things guys like.

I've been waiting for those to appear but no such luck.


message 6: by Slash213 (new)

Slash213 Chris wrote: "Gee, could you please let some guys write a few lists? Some action and adventure, maybe some war stories, and westerns. Space opera, military sci-fi, sports. You know, things guys like.

I've been ..."


I've been using Goodreads for quite a while and it's always been like that. Just ignore the official lists and stick to personal recommendations.


message 7: by Wonderer (last edited May 15, 2018 01:58PM) (new)

Wonderer Slash213 wrote: "I've been using Goodreads for quite a while and it's always been like that. Just ignore the official lists and stick to personal recommendations. ."

Yeah, but it's ridiculous that they ignore the book reading preferences of half the human race. Very intolerant and lacking in diversity.


message 8: by David (new)

David Chris wrote: "Yeah, but it's ridiculous that they ignore the book reading preferences of half the human race. Very intolerant and lacking in diversity."

I hear you, but even if we make up half of the human race, we are not anywhere near half of this site's user base. Probably at least 80% of Goodreads active users are female. Reading in general is most definitely a hobby that is taken up by women far more than men. I'm not sure why that is, but it's true.


message 9: by David (last edited May 15, 2018 03:54PM) (new)


message 10: by Wonderer (new)

Wonderer David wrote: "I hear you, but even if we make up half of the human race, we are not anywhere near half of this site's user base. Probably at least 80% of Goodreads active users are female. Reading in general is most definitely a hobby that is taken up by women far more than men. I'm not sure why that is, but it's true.."

Okay, then be honest about it. State up front that GoodReads can't be bothered to spend a few minutes a month assembling one or two lists that appeal to the interests of men.

Nobody likes to be marginalized. And what about diversity?


message 11: by Anissa (new)

Anissa Of this list, I'm looking forward to Beatriz Williams' new one. Last summer I read one of hers and bought two of her other books (that I plan to read this year).

I've already read one of the books I was most looking forward to for summer in The Book of M by Peng Shepherd (set in the pre/post apocalypse with some magical realism). Some other arcs I've read & enjoyed coming out this summer are: The High Season by Judy Blundell and Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton.

I 'm looking forward to Thin Air by Richard K Morgan, 84K by Clare North & The Wild Dead by Carrie Vaughn. In addition to these, I have a pile of non-new books I plan to work into my summer reading time too. I can't wait.


message 12: by Savannah (new)

Savannah Lorenc I'm really excited for Sarah Tolcster's Whisper of the Tide, the sequel to Song of the Current. I got the first book, which is also her very first novel, in my Uppercase subscription last year and fell head over heels for her characters, storyline, and her writing in general. I'm so excited to read the end of her tale and also read more from her in the future. She is an incredible first time author and I'm just so looking forward to what she's able to accomplish.


message 13: by Slash213 (new)

Slash213 Chris wrote: "David wrote: "I hear you, but even if we make up half of the human race, we are not anywhere near half of this site's user base. Probably at least 80% of Goodreads active users are female. Reading ..."

David is on point. We're not the target audience. The target audience enjoys GIF-ridden reviews, "girl power" stuff and favours certain genres.

It's cool though, because personal suggestions (both as in "people who enjoyed this book also enjoy these ones" and the suggestions here http://financialadvicescheme.org.uk/recommendat...) work rather well, and I get my general recommendations elsewhere.

Although I'm somewhat bitter that every time they post these "Summer Reading/Book of the Year" lists, they seem to highlight books based on the author's identity and the identity of the characters, not based on the actual merit of the work. You want to push female authors so hard — fine, your choice, but you can do better with your selection.


message 15: by Elm (new)

Elm Julia Quinn's book isn't going to be available until November.


message 16: by Andrew (last edited May 17, 2018 11:25PM) (new)

Andrew Barnes Chris wrote: "David wrote: "I hear you, but even if we make up half of the human race, we are not anywhere near half of this site's user base. Probably at least 80% of Goodreads active users are female. Reading ..."

Maybe this says more about you than Goodreads Chris? You are generalizing what guys should be/are actually into. I have read two on this list already and find both books very much so worth foisting upon large amounts of strangers over the internet. Try extending past your comfort zone every once in awhile.


message 17: by Wonderer (new)

Wonderer Andrew wrote: "Maybe this says more about you than Goodreads David? You are generalizing what guys should be/are actually into. I have read two on this list already and find both books very much so worth foisting upon large amounts of strangers over the internet. Try extending past your comfort zone every once in awhile."

Of course there's variety in what guys like, and some guys like books that women like--there's nothing wrong with that.

But it would be nice, and make good business sense, for GoodReads to include genres that men are interested in when they do these lists. It makes it more like the community GoodReads assures us they want us to be.

You may not be interested in reading action and adventure, military sci-fi, war stories, etc., but lots of guys are.


message 18: by Charlotte (new)

Charlotte I'm looking forward to several which aren't on the list, the most important being Shelter in Place by Nora Roberts.


message 19: by Dave (new)

Dave Cullen I'm excited about "Rough Beauty: Forty Seasons of Mountain Living,” by Karen Auvinen in June, and "Into?" by North Morgan next week.


message 20: by Sidehill (new)

Sidehill Not a book on the list I am looking forward to reading. No Sandford/Connelly/King/Follett/Flynn/Box/etc...coming out?


message 21: by Sharon (new)

Sharon Nichols Chris wrote: "David wrote: "I hear you, but even if we make up half of the human race, we are not anywhere near half of this site's user base. Probably at least 80% of Goodreads active users are female. Reading ..."

Gee, I'm a 70 year old woman. I read space opera, military SF, thrillers, etc., along with "women's fiction". A reader is a reader. Let's open up those lists a little bit and people might just be surprised and what both men and women like to read. Just a thought.


message 22: by MaryJude (new)

MaryJude Schmitz I am super excited for The Outsider The Outsider by Stephen King by Stephen King!


message 23: by Joan (new)

Joan David wrote: "100 Books Every Man Should Read"

My husband + his brother, too, are great readers. I'll forward them your listings. Much thanks!


message 24: by Teresa (new)

Teresa Sharon wrote: "Chris wrote: "David wrote: "I hear you, but even if we make up half of the human race, we are not anywhere near half of this site's user base. Probably at least 80% of Goodreads active users are fe..."

I was just thinking the same thing. I don't particularly lean towards chick books, but like history, action, Christian, suspense, and many other genres - just love to read good material. I agree with all of the comments, and hadn't truly thought about the fact that the list is geared toward more of a female market. I do believe Goodreads is focusing somewhat on the greater percentage of site readership, but should diversify more so it is equal.


message 25: by Art (new)

Art The summer read I'm most excited about is Trail of Lightning. Already pre-ordered and eagerly anticipating it.


message 26: by Cynthia S. Reed (new)

Cynthia S. Reed Get Chris,
Waah,waaah,waah


message 27: by Liz (new)

Liz I am most looking forward to reading Us Against Them!


message 28: by Beth (new)

Beth Sidehill wrote: "Not a book on the list I am looking forward to reading. No Sandford/Connelly/King/Follett/Flynn/Box/etc...coming out?"

My thoughts exactly!!


message 29: by Elisa (new)

Elisa Chenia This summer i'm gonna plunge right into all those books that were in the market since Jan 2018, and i didn't read them because of my damn exams! oooh! I'm so excited to dive in those pages. i've been waiting so long...


message 30: by Rhonda (new)

Rhonda Boteler I can't wait to get started on the thrillers and mysteries.


message 31: by Christine (new)

Christine I'm looking forward to "The death of Mrs Westaway" and especially " The Pharaoh Key"..."The Word is Murder" also. "Celtic Empire" late summer early fall?


message 32: by Jenny (new)

Jenny Baker MaryJude wrote: "I am super excited for The Outsider The Outsider by Stephen King by Stephen King!"

Me too! I preordered it months ago. It releases in five days, so they should have added it to the list. It's close enough to summer. :-)


message 33: by Barbara (new)

Barbara No cozies? So many coming out that I want to read!


message 34: by Clayvon (new)

Clayvon Scott Knocked Off Balance by Clayvon Scott Sr


message 35: by Katsuro (new)

Katsuro Ricksand Cynthia S. Reed wrote: "Get Chris,
Waah,waaah,waah"

Thank you for your intelligent and well-reasoned response!


message 36: by James (new)

James Chris wrote: "David wrote: "I hear you, but even if we make up half of the human race, we are not anywhere near half of this site's user base. Probably at least 80% of Goodreads active users are female. Reading ..."

Im a man. this list looks fine to me. I think you are confusing "mens interests" with your interests.


message 37: by Arnie (new)

Arnie Dilbard WHERE ARE THE PRICES? DO YOU HOPE TO SEND THE NATION DOWN THE TUBES > > >FOR PROFIT???


message 38: by Kristyn (last edited May 17, 2018 09:13PM) (new)

Kristyn Chris wrote: "Gee, could you please let some guys write a few lists? Some action and adventure, maybe some war stories, and westerns. Space opera, military sci-fi, sports. You know, things guys like.

I've been ..."


After reading your comment I saw another list that I thought you might be intrigued by. Seems to have more of the diversity you were looking for. Hope you find some interesting books!

http://financialadvicescheme.org.uk/blog/show/1237


message 39: by Wonderer (new)

Wonderer James wrote: "Im a man. this list looks fine to me. I think you are confusing "mens interests" with your interests."

It's really not a controversial concept: certain genres appeal to one gender or the other. For example, romance novels are read overwhelmingly by women whereas novels about the military are read mostly by men. There's a romance category in this list, yet nothing in the military vein. So just because you think the current list is adequate doesn't mean that men aren't being underserved by the people who generate the lists.


message 40: by J. (last edited May 17, 2018 09:54PM) (new)

J. Mansfield To Chris and other men,
Have you ever read 'The Forgotten 500'. It's the story of the greatest rescue mission of WWII. My son suggested it and I couldn't put it down.
Another great read is 'The Boys in the Boat'. It is a well researched and deeply moving true account of the American effort to qualify for and win the 1936 Olympics. I couldn't read fast enough. Fantastic story!


message 41: by Wonderer (new)

Wonderer J. wrote: "To Chris and other men,
Have you ever read 'The Forgotten 500'. It's the story of the greatest rescue mission of WWII. My son suggested it and I couldn't put it down.
Another great read is 'The Bo..."


Thanks for the recommendation of "The Forgotten 500", I was going to put it on the TBR shelf when I read a couple reviews that claimed it was error ridden, and that the narrator ruined the story. I don't want to spend time on a history book that doesn't have its fact straight, so I'm going to do some checking before reading. Hope it's an accurate tale because it sounds interesting.


message 42: by Anne (new)

Anne This is a great mystery writer set in Maine. Newest out in July! can't wait. Stay Hidden


message 43: by Zoe (new)

Zoe Skaggs Sidehill wrote: "Not a book on the list I am looking forward to reading. No Sandford/Connelly/King/Follett/Flynn/Box/etc...coming out?"

Well, Sleeping Beauties came out recently, that was written by Stephen King and his son.


message 44: by Veronica (new)

Veronica Noechel I don't see why this list--and the others I've seen--wouldn't appeal to men. I find it kind of strange (read: sexist) that only a few stereotypical genres are male enough to be considered of interest to men. Men don't enjoy general fiction, sci-fi, mystery/thriller, non-fiction, historical fiction, and so on?


message 45: by Wonderer (new)

Wonderer Veronica wrote: "I don't see why this list--and the others I've seen--wouldn't appeal to men. I find it kind of strange (read: sexist) that only a few stereotypical genres are male enough to be considered of intere..."

It doesn't bother you that a stereotypical genre like romance is included for women, but no similar genre gets the nod for men?

That seems strange to me.


message 46: by Havvy (new)

Havvy Elm wrote: "Julia Quinn's book isn't going to be available until November."

I know, it's so disappointing. I thought this might mean it was coming out earlier than I thought because what a good summer read! Foiled!


message 47: by Judy (new)

Judy Since I read mostly Murder Mysteries and Hard Sci-fi, I come here to try to diversify reading. Nice to read other genres for a change. But I too would appreciate some reviews of good hard Sci-fi or space operas.

I look forward to receiving my Good Reads email, thanks!


message 48: by Wonderer (new)

Wonderer Judy wrote: "But I too would appreciate some reviews of good hard Sci-fi or space operas."

I agree! I've yet to see a book by B. V. Larson, Simon Scarrow, or Taylor Anderson highlighted in a list, yet they're well regarded authors in their genres (military sci-fi, alternate history, and historical fiction).


message 49: by Debra (new)

Debra Oliva Sidehill wrote: "Not a book on the list I am looking forward to reading. No Sandford/Connelly/King/Follett/Flynn/Box/etc...coming out?"

I agree


message 50: by Rachel (last edited May 18, 2018 12:06AM) (new)

Rachel Judy wrote: "But I too would appreciate some reviews of good hard Sci-fi or space operas."

Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers (last on this list) is sci-fi, and I've seen the series called space opera repeatedly. Thrawn: Alliances by Timothy Zahn is military sci-fi, too, isn't it?

Not sure how "hard" science fiction they are, but just saying, sci-fi isn't being neglected here.


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