Sorry to break it to you, but summer is quickly dwindling. While this does mean we’ll be packing away our bikinis and cutoffs, it doesn’t mean we have to pack away summer’s hottest reads that we didn’t get to. Keep the feeling of summer going through Thanksgiving with these fun, hot books that made the season’s best-seller lists!
- Very Nice, Marcy Dermansky
This is late summer’s most buzzed-about book, and for good reason. If you’re focused, you can read this darkly funny, straight-forward, and at times bizarre novel in one go by the pool. It’s set during one pivotal summer for a college student and her newly separated mother and includes lots of swimming and dogs. What more could you ask for?
- Ask Again, Yes, Mary Beth Keane
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you no doubt have heard of Ask Again, Yes. Recently chosen as Jimmy Fallon’s summer read of 2019, it’s receiving public acclaim and now is the perfect time to dive in. This is a family saga over roughly 40 years that follows primarily the lives of childhood neighbors and best friends, Kate and Peter, and their familial dysfunctions.
- Tell Me Everything, Cambria Brockman
This collegiate thriller is not to be missed. While it is set in Maine during a winter, it’s still a perfect summer thriller for lovers of total character deception and dramatic friend groups. A group of college friends stick together through all for years, until Senior Day, when someone is murdered and they must face the brokenness of their relationships.
- Evvie Drake Starts Over, Linda Holmes
You’ll need this warm hug of a book as the temperatures drop. So sweet and full of tender moments, Evvie Drake’s story will pull you in and keep you hooked. When Evvie’s husband dies mere moments before she plans to leave him, she’s stuck. Stuck in this small town, stuck pretending to mourn, and stuck in their marital home. Will a hot retired professional baseball player renting her extension help her get unstuck?
- The Mother-in-Law, Sally Hepworth
If you’re still looking for your family drama fix, look no further than this awesome Australian novel. If you love your mother-in-law, you’ll relish in the awkward dynamic you never have to experience. If you hate your mother-in-law, you’ll get some great new ideas for dealing with her (just kidding!). Drama, complicated relationships, and death – this one has it all.
- Stay Up with Hugo Best, Erin Somers
Take a look at this one’s cover and you’ll know, it’s the perfect summer read. What is more iconic summer than a swan pool float? When a retiring comedian invites a down-on-her-luck writer’s room assistant (who’s just lost her job thanks to his retirement) to his house for Memorial Day Weekend, she hesitantly says yes. Their forty year age gap and the headspace he’s in make for an odd, very interesting three days at his mansion.
- The Need, Helen Phillips
This is an absolute must-read psychological thriller. Exceptionally suspenseful and bewildering, you won’t be able to put this one down. An intruder breaks into Molly’s home while she had her two children are there and turns their lives upside down. Freaky, potentially paranormal, and extremely interesting, devour this book on the flight to your next trip.
- The Unhoneymooners, Christina Lauren
The quintessential summer book and a must-read, this Christina Lauren masterpiece is to be read on a beautiful beach or when you’re craving some summer heat. Olive and Ethan, arch nemeses, are the only two guests at their siblings’ wedding that don’t get food poisoning. Her twin sister insists that she take her all-expenses-paid honeymoon to Hawaii… and that she take Ethan. The trip is picturesque, but the company could be better.
Just because summer’s coming to an end doesn’t mean your summer reading has to stop! I’d love to hear your thoughts on these novels in the comments or at my Instagram, @bookmarkedbya!