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4 Books to Add to Your Summer Reading List ASAP

by Alexandra Maravic
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As the weather gets nicer and the promise of a safe re-opening is on the horizon, you may find yourself in need of a good book to read by the pool, beach, or in the comfort of your air-conditioned living room. After all, summer is the perfect time of year to tuck into a good book. Luckily, Alexandra, the woman behind @HobokenBooksta, is here to share a few of her must-read recommendations for this month. Here are four books to add to your summer reading list ASAP-

Beach Read by Emily Henry

Genre: Rom-Com


As if the name wasn’t a dead giveaway,  Beach Read is quite literally the perfect book to bring along on your next beach day. A refreshing, clever rom-com about a popular romance novelist named January Adams and her neighbor, who happens to be the author of award-winning literary fiction {and the bane of her existence}. 

It all starts when January inherits her father’s secret second home in Michigan, where he was living with his secret girlfriend despite being in a very committed marriage to January’s mother. Naturally, January feels upset and conflicted about moving into the house but her lack of finances leaves her no other choice. She tells herself she will take advantage of the free rent and stay only as long as it takes to pack up or burn down the forbidden love nest. She hasn’t decided which yet, as she writes her next bestselling book. Much to her frustration, this proves to be harder than anticipated and January cannot shake a debilitating case of writer’s block. That is until she realizes her neighbor is the one and only Augustus Everett who she went to college with and whose annoyingly successful career has overshadowed hers every day since graduation. 

After a fateful night spent commiserating over their stagnant careers, they make a friendly bet that the other can’t write a publishable book in a different genre from his or her own. They both agree to take the other on “field trips” to assist with the creative process. January takes him along for some classic serendipitous opportunities, while Augustus takes her to interview surviving cult members. If that doesn’t sound like true love, then we don’t know what is. 

The Guest List by Lucy Foley

Genre: Thriller/Suspense

The most anticipated wedding of the year is set to take place on a remote, unknown island off the coast of Ireland. The groom is a handsome reality TV star, Will, who earned his celebrity with his own Survivorman-esque show. The bride is Jules, a  publisher for a very successful women’s magazine that always seems to be ahead of the curve, which comes with its own level of prestige. As the first people to have an event at this unique venue, Will and Jules inevitably have a lot of interest from the media and expectations are quite high. There is definitely a ton of pressure to execute the perfect wedding. However, there is plenty of bad blood between the many members of this friend group who have known each other for years. Can they put aside their differences or will the underlying tension prove to be too much to handle? 

You would think a wedding would bring people together, not tear them apart; but when someone turns up dead, no one can be trusted. 

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The Half-Sister by Sandie Jones

Genre: Thriller

Two sisters, Kate and Lauren, have very different reactions to the death of their father. Kate was Daddy’s Little Girl and could not be more devastated. With her struggle with infertility and various failed IVF cycles, this just feels like one heart-break too many. Meanwhile, Lauren has always been very close with their mother and did not get along with their father at all, which makes Kate feel like she could care less if their father is dead. The two sisters have never been close and the grief {or lack thereof in Lauren’s case} seems to be driving them further apart. 

At the Alexander household, Sunday brunch is a big deal. In efforts to support their mother during this difficult time, both sisters make the effort to continue this tradition. However, things take an interesting turn when there is a knock at the door and a strange young woman is standing there. It gets even more interesting when she claims to be their father’s illegitimate daughter that no one knew about. Truly a page-turner, The Half-Sister will keep the reader on the edge of his or her seat until the very last page when it finally all comes together.

Know My Name by Chanel Miller

Genre: Memoir

Many may recall hearing about Brock Turner, the Stanford University student who served a mere six months in a county jail for the brutal sexual assault of a young girl on campus —but not everyone heard her side of the story. When Chanel Miller’s victim statement was made public in 2016, it went viral within seconds. Because of Chanel, laws in California were changed. Because of Chanel, the judge who was on the case was recalled. Because Chanel found and used her voice, other survivors of sexual assault felt empowered to speak up. 

She refused to let this horrible experience break her, but instead, she delved right back into the trauma in order to enlighten the rest of us. Know My Name is the poignant, heartbreaking narrative of a young woman taking back her identity from the people who felt entitled to dictate her past, present, and future. From senseless tragedy, emerges a strong, beautiful voice that needs to be heard. Among many other incredible attributes, Chanel is a phenomenal writer, telling her story in a powerful, moving way.

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Have you read any of these titles already? Let us know what you thought in the comments below!


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