The 21 Hottest Books of Summer (according to Goodreads)

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The Girls by Emma Cline
This powerful debut, set in late '60s California and inspired by the Manson murders, climbs inside the mind of Evie, an insecure teen seduced by a cult.

Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley
With humor and elements of magic realism, this semi-autobiographical novel describes the bond between Ted and his best friend, aging dachshund Lily.

LaRose by Louise Erdrich
In this poetic novel, a hunting accident changes the lives of two families living in a small North Dakota reservation town.

Young Adult

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
Three YA authors play fast and loose with history in this fantastical, comic retelling of the story of Lady Jane Grey involving magic and shapeshifting.

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
Ambitious super-scheduler Andi loses her dream internship, forcing her to face a big empty summer of uncertainty in this funny, sweet, and inspiring novel.

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
Indian and Greek mythology merge in this fantasy debut about a teenage queen who embarks on a hazardous journey of self-discovery and romance.


Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach
The popular science author trains her sights on the weird and wonderful techniques used to keep soldiers safe, sane, and healthy.

Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution by Nathaniel Philbrick
The tragic relationship between George Washington and Benedict Arnold unfolds in this compelling account of the middle years of the American Revolution.

The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee
The physician and assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University makes the past and future of genetics personal in this eye-opening book.

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
Nature and love unite in this unique blend of memoir and science writing by geobiologist Jahren, who cherishes plants as well as her research partner.

Mystery and Thriller

Hidden Bodies by John Hart
A wrongfully accused cop seeks justice, a young girl is kidnapped, and a boy plots revenge in this elaborate mystery set in a small town on the brink of chaos.

Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
In this gripping thriller, a frenzied media demands answers after a private jet crashes off Martha's Vineyard, leaving only two survivors.

The Girl in the Ice by Robert Bryndza
Troubled detective Erika Foster investigates the murder of a socialite discovered under a thick sheet of ice in a South London park.

Historical Fiction

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
This bewitching, heartbreaking novel examines seven generations shaped by the horrors of the slave trade and its fallout in Africa and the United States.

Barkskins by Annie Proulx
Two Frenchmen leave their homes to work as wood-cutters (or "barkskins"), triggering centuries of turmoil in this sweeping saga of greed and lust.

The Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
Inspired by actual events, this unforgettable novel follows three characters whose lives converge at Ravensbrück, the women's-only concentration camp.


Idol by Kristen Callihan
In this irresistible romance, a spunky recluse finds a rock star on her lawn—specifically the world's sexiest rock star on the world's un-sexiest bender.

Stuck-Up Suit by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward
When the hot guy on her morning commute leaves his phone, Soraya returns it to his office (with a dirty picture of herself) in this sizzling read.

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Age of Myth by Michael J. Sullivan
A young man grapples with his destiny as a God Killer in this spellbinding tale of power and rebellion, the first in a new epic fantasy series.

The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu
This breathtaking collection of short stories probes at the heart of what makes us human, utilizing a full arsenal of fantastical characters and settings.

The Fireman by Joe Hill
In this apocalyptic thriller, a pregnant nurse navigates a world on the verge of collapse following a pandemic of spontaneous combustion.