Books That Feel Like Summer (Adult Edition)

Crack open your sunscreen and get out your beach bags people because summer has officially begun! To help set the tone for sunset evenings, cool beverages, and sticky watermelon fingers I’ve got a whole list of books to get you in that summer sunshine mood. I’ve got lots of Fiction and Romance with some Mystery & Suspense as well as a few non-fiction books towards the end. I hope you soak up every drop of the summertime vibes emanating from these books and that they help you jump into your summer reading plans with a splash.

Stay tuned for next week's blog post all about Kids & YA summer books!

Malibu Rising: A Novel By Taylor Jenkins Reid Cover Image

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Read with Jenna Book Club Pick as Featured on Today • From the author of Carrie Soto Is Back, Daisy Jones & The Six, and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo . . .


Mary Jane: A Novel By Jessica Anya Blau Cover Image

"The best book of the summer." -- InStyle

"I LOVED this novel....If you have ever sung along to a hit on the radio, in any decade, then you will devour Mary Jane at 45 rpm." —Nick Hornby


Lady Sunshine By Amy Mason Doan Cover Image

"A delicious daydream of a book." --Elin Hilderbrand, New York Times bestselling author of 28 Summers

"With lyrical writing and a page-turning plot, this sun-dappled book has it all: heart, smarts, and an irresistible musical beat." --Karen Dukess, author of The Last Book Party


Sex and Vanity: A Novel By Kevin Kwan Cover Image

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A Good Morning America Book Club Pick
 
The author of the New York Times bestselling phenomenon Crazy Rich Asians takes you from Capri to NYC, where Lucie Tang Churchill finds herself torn between two men—and two very different cultures.


Songs in Ursa Major: A novel By Emma Brodie Cover Image

A scintillating debut from a major new voice in fiction, Songs in Ursa Major is a love story set in 1969, alive with music, sex, and the trappings of fame.


The Narrowboat Summer By Anne Youngson Cover Image

“Lovely...Another heartening story about the possibility of striking out in a new direction at any age. It is also a soothing read, especially welcome in these anxious times.” —Christian Science Monitor

From the author of Meet Me at the Museum, a charming novel of second chances, about three women, one dog, and the narrowboat that brings them together


Dominicana: A Novel By Angie Cruz Cover Image

A GOOD MORNING AMERICA BOOK CLUB PICK

Shortlisted for the 2020 Women's Prize for Fiction, Angie Cruz's Dominicana is a vital portrait of the immigrant experience and the timeless coming-of-age story of a young woman finding her voice in the world


Love Your Life: A Novel By Sophie Kinsella Cover Image

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Party Crasher, an utterly delightful novel about a woman who ditches her dating app for a writer’s retreat in Italy—only to find that real love comes with its own filters


A Theater for Dreamers By Polly Samson Cover Image

"Sublime and immersive . . .


Sunrise by the Sea: A Little Beach Street Bakery Novel By Jenny Colgan Cover Image

New York Times bestselling author Jenny Colgan returns to the setting of her beloved Little Beach Street Bakery series for a timely and heartfelt novel set in a Cornish seaside village.


Interior Chinatown: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries) By Charles Yu Cover Image

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER • From the infinitely inventive author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe comes "one of the funniest books of the year.... A delicious, ambitious Hollywood satire" (The Washington Post).


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Hana Khan Carries On By Uzma Jalaluddin Cover Image

One of Amazon's Best Romances of the Month!

For fans of "You’ve Got Mail," a young woman juggles pursuing her dream job in radio while helping her family compete with the new halal restaurant across the street, in this sparkling new rom-com by the author of Ayesha at Last


Dial A for Aunties By Jesse Q. Sutanto Cover Image

"Sutanto brilliantly infuses comedy and culture into the unpredictable rom-com/murder mystery mashup as Meddy navigates familial duty, possible arrest and a groomzilla. I laughed out loud and you will too.”—USA Today (four-star review)


It's Not All Downhill From Here: A Novel By Terry McMillan Cover Image

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • After a sudden change of plans, a remarkable woman and her loyal group of friends try to figure out what she’s going to do with the rest of her life—from Terry McMillan, the bestselling author of How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Waiting to Exhale
 


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Black Buck By Mateo Askaripour Cover Image

A New York Times Bestseller 
A Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick!
Longlisted for the Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize


“Askaripour closes the deal on the first page of this mesmerizing novel, executing a high wire act full of verve and dark, comic energy.”
—Colson Whitehead, author of The Nic


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Pizza Girl: A Novel By Jean Kyoung Frazier Cover Image

LAMBDA LITERARY AWARD FINALIST • An audacious and wryly funny coming-of-age story about a pregnant pizza delivery girl who becomes obsessed with one of her customers.


Lizzie & Dante: A Novel By Mary Bly Cover Image

The insightful, audacious, and deeply romantic story of a woman whose life turns upside down after she meets an enigmatic chef on vacation in Italy, from a New York Times bestselling author

“Delicious.”—PeopleSmart, sexy and funny, full of joy in simple pleasures.”—Minneapolis Star-Tribune


We Ride Upon Sticks: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries) By Quan Barry Cover Image

In the town of Danvers, Massachusetts, home of the original 1692 witch trials, the 1989 Danvers Falcons will do anything to make it to the state finals—even if it means tapping into some devilishly dark powers.


Hello, Summer: A Novel By Mary Kay Andrews Cover Image

New York Times bestselling author and Queen of the Beach Reads Mary Kay Andrews delivers her next blockbuster, Hello Summer.

It’s a new season...


Summer on the Bluffs: A Novel (Summer Beach #1) By Sunny Hostin Cover Image

New York Times Bestseller!

The View cohost and New York Times bestselling author Sunny Hostin dazzles with this brilliant novel about a life-changing summer along the beaches of Martha's Vineyard.


The Second Home: A Novel By Christina Clancy Cover Image

"A novel of family and place and belonging." Rebecca Makkai, Pulitzer Prize finalist

"Tender and suspenseful." Chloe Benjamin, New York Times bestselling author

Some places never leave you...


Sea Wife: A novel By Amity Gaige Cover Image

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

“Brilliantly breathes life not only into the perils of living at sea, but also into the hidden dangers of domesticity, parenthood, and marriage. What a smart, swift, and thrilling novel.” —Lauren Groff, author of Florida


The Summer Job By Lizzy Dent Cover Image

“My perfect summer read! Sure to be one of the sweetest, funniest, and sexiest books of the year.” —Emily Henry, #1 New York Times bestselling author of People We Meet on Vacation
 


The Ocean House: Stories By Mary-Beth Hughes Cover Image

A stunning story cycle from bestselling New York Times Notable author, Mary-Beth Hughes, The Ocean House explores the fractured lives of families from a beach town on the Jersey Shore as the consequences of loss pass through generations.


Haven Point: A Novel By Virginia Hume Cover Image

INSTANT NATIONAL BESTSELLER

"The book equivalent of a beach getaway." —PopSugar


"A stunning debut." BookRiot

A sweeping debut novel about the generations of a family that spends summers in a seaside enclave on Maine's rocky coastline, for fans of Elin Hilderbrand, Beatriz Williams, and Sarah Blake.


The Music of Bees: A Novel By Eileen Garvin Cover Image

A NATIONAL BESTSELLER!


Perfect Tunes: A Novel By Emily Gould Cover Image

“An intoxicating blend of music, love, and family from one of the essential writers of the internet generation” (Stephanie Danler).

Have you ever wondered what your mother was like before she became your mother, and what she gave up in order to have you?

It’s the early days of the new millennium, and Laura has arrived in New York City’s East Village in


Raft of Stars: A Novel By Andrew J. Graff Cover Image

“A rousing adventure yarn full of danger and heart and humor.” —Richard Russo


Future Feeling: A Novel By Joss Lake Cover Image

Longlisted for the 2022 PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Novel


The Most Fun We Ever Had By Claire Lombardo Cover Image

NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • “A gripping and poignant ode to a messy, loving family in all its glory.” —Madeline Miller, bestselling author of Circe


Untamed Shore By Silvia Moreno-Garcia Cover Image

From the New York Times bestselling author of MEXICAN GOTHIC and GODS OF JADE AND SHADOW, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, comes the 2021 International Latino Book Award medal-winning UNTAMED SHORE, a coming-of-age story set in Mexico which quickly turns dark when a young woman meets three enigmatic tourists.

Baja California, 1979.


A Summer to Remember: A Novel By Erika Montgomery Cover Image

Erika Montgomery's A Summer to Remember is "an unforgettable tale of love, loss and finding your place that glitters as brightly as the golden age of Hollywood."--Kristy Woodson Harvey, USA Today Bestselling author of Feels Like Falling

Best Debut Novels of Spring and Summer *Library Journal * Fresh Fiction * Booktrib


Golden Girl By Elin Hilderbrand Cover Image

In this #1 bestselling page-turner from "the queen of beach reads" (New York Magazine), a Nantucket novelist has one final summer to protect her secrets while her loved ones on earth learn to live without their golden girl.

On a perfect June day, Vivian Howe, author of thirteen beach novels and mother of three nearly grown children, is killed in a hit-and-run


The Lives of Edie Pritchard By Larry Watson Cover Image

"Characters so real they could walk off the page, virtuoso writing and up-all-night drama."People

From acclaimed novelist Larry Watson, a multigenerational story of the West told through the history of one woman trying to navigate life on her own terms.

Edie—smart, self‑assured, beautiful—always worked hard.


Big Summer: A Novel By Jennifer Weiner Cover Image

AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“Sexy and satisfying, Big Summer is the perfect quarantine read.” —USA TODAY

“The beach read to end all beach reads.” —Entertainment Weekly

“Big fun, and then some.


The Guncle By Steven Rowley Cover Image

National Bestseller • Wall Street Journal Bestseller • USA Today Bestseller
An NPR Book of the Year
Semi-finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor
Finalist for the 2021 Goodreads Choice Awards


The Jetsetters: A Novel By Amanda Eyre Ward Cover Image

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • REESE’S BOOK CLUB PICK • Named One of the Best Beach Reads of the Year by Parade, O: The Oprah Magazine, and Good Housekeeping


Siri, Who Am I?: A Novel By Sam Tschida Cover Image

“A wild ride. . . with endless turns and a happily-ever-after ending fit for a Friday night, feel-good rom-com movie.”—USA Today

A Millennial with amnesia uses her Instagram account to piece together her identity in this hilarious and whip-smart comedy about the ups and downs of influencer culture.


Grown Ups: A Novel By Emma Jane Unsworth Cover Image

INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER
[E]ssential reading for our dismal times.” —The Wall Street Journal
One of Bustle’s “Most Anticipated Books of Summer 2020”
PopSugar’s “26 Incredible New Books Coming Your Way This August”
Good Housekeeping’s “25 New F


Chances Are . . .: A novel By Richard Russo Cover Image

“[Russo’s] first novel in ten years hits the ball out of the park. . . . You’ll lap up this gripping, wise, and wonderful summer treat.” —The Boston Globe


The Disaster Tourist: A Novel By Yun Ko-Eun, Lizzie Buehler (Translated by) Cover Image

This stunning “dystopian feminist eco-thriller” from an award-winning South Korean author “takes on climate change, sexual assault, greed, and dark tourism” (Ms. Magazine).


Cobble Hill: A Novel By Cecily von Ziegesar Cover Image

“Best Novels of Fall 2020” —Vogu­e
“Most Anticipated List for Fall 2020” —Parade
“Best of Fall 2020” —PopSugar
“Best Books of 2020” —Marie Claire


From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Gossip Girl series, a deliciously irresistible novel chroni


Conversations with Friends: A Novel By Sally Rooney Cover Image

NOW A HULU ORIGINAL SERIES • From the New York Times bestselling author of Normal People . . . “[A] cult-hit . . . [a] sharply realistic comedy of adultery and friendship.”—Entertainment Weekly
 


The Sunshine Sisters By Jane Green Cover Image

The New York Times bestselling author of Falling presents a warm, wise, and wonderfully vivid novel about a mother who asks her three estranged daughters to come home to help her end her life.
 


The Vacationers: A Novel By Emma Straub Cover Image

"Delicious . . . richly riveting . . . The Vacationers offers all the delights of a fluffy, read-it-with-sunglasses-on-the-beach read, made substantial by the exceptional wit, insight, intelligence and talents of its author.”—People (four stars)


Beautiful Ruins: A Novel By Jess Walter Cover Image

The #1 New York Times bestseller—Jess Walter’s “absolute masterpiece” (Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize-winning author): the story of an almost-love affair that begins on the Italian coast in 1962 and resurfaces fifty years later in contemporary Hollywood.


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People We Meet on Vacation By Emily Henry Cover Image

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Book Lovers and Beach Read comes a sparkling novel that will leave you with the warm, hazy afterglow usually reserved for the best vacations.

Two best friends. Ten summer trips. One last chance to fall in love.


Honey Girl By Morgan Rogers Cover Image

Named Most Anticipated of 2021 by Oprah Magazine * Marie Claire * Ms. Magazine * E * Parade Magazine * Buzzfeed * Cosmo * The Rumpus * GoodReads * Autostraddle * Brit & Co * Refinery29 * Betches * BookRiot and others

A LibraryReads Pick

"HONEY GIRL is an emotional, heartfelt, charming debut, and I loved every moment of it."


The Road Trip By Beth O'Leary Cover Image

Two exes reach a new level of awkward when forced to take a road trip together in this endearing and humorous novel by the author of the international bestseller The Flatshare.

What if the end of the road is just the beginning?


Anchored Hearts: An Entertaining Latinx Second Chance Romance (Keys to Love #2) By Priscilla Oliveras Cover Image

A big-hearted, beautiful book about first love, second chances, and finding one’s place in the world. An exceptional getaway of a book!”—Emily Henry, New York Times bestselling author of Beach Read


One Last Stop By Casey McQuiston Cover Image

*INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER*
*INSTANT USA TODAY BESTSELLER*
*INSTANT #1 INDIE BESTSELLER*


From the New York Times bestselling author of Red, White & Royal Blue comes a new romantic comedy that will stop readers in their tracks...


Anne of Manhattan: A Novel By Brina Starler Cover Image

L. M. Montgomery’s classic tale, Anne of Green Gables, gets a romantic, charming, and hilarious modern adaptation, set in New York City.


Just Last Night: A Novel By Mhairi McFarlane Cover Image

"I cannot remember the last book I loved as much... a luminous, heart-achingly beautiful love letter to friendship. Knockout!" — Josie Silver, New York Times bestselling author


The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels (Dangerous Damsels #1) By India Holton Cover Image

A New York Times Notable Book of 2021

“The kind of book for which the word “rollicking” was invented.”—New York Times Book Review

A prim and proper lady thief must save her aunt from a crazed pirate and his dangerously charming henchman in this fantastical historical romance.


The Queer Principles of Kit Webb: A Novel (London Highwaymen #1) By Cat Sebastian Cover Image

"The Queer Principles of Kit Webb kept me up all night! I simply couldn’t put it down."— Tessa Dare, New York Times bestselling author


Meet Me in Paradise By Libby Hubscher Cover Image

Marin Cole has never:
Seen the ocean
Climbed a mountain
Taken a risk on love
....But if her sister's plan works, she just might do all three.


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Float Plan By Trish Doller Cover Image

* A MUST-READ FOR GOOD MORNING AMERICA, OPRAHMAG.COM, BUZZFEED, POP SUGAR, AND MORE! *

Heartbroken by the loss of her fiancé, adventurous Anna finds a second chance at love with an Irish sailor in this riveting, emotional romance.


Along for the Ride By Mimi Grace Cover Image

This road to love may have a few speed bumps.


The Secret Bridesmaid: A Novel By Katy Birchall Cover Image

"A pure delight." ––BookPage (starred review)
"Charming, escapist fun." ––Katharine McGee, New York Times bestselling author of American Royals


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Spoiler Alert: A Novel By Olivia Dade Cover Image

National Bestseller

Olivia Dade bursts onto the scene in this delightfully fun romantic comedy set in the world of fanfiction, in which a devoted fan goes on an unexpected date with her celebrity crush, who’s secretly posting fanfiction of his own. 


The Layover By Lacie Waldon Cover Image

The Unhoneymooners meets The Hating Game in this breezy debut romantic comedy about life--and love--30,000 feet above the ground.


Riviera Gold: A novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes By Laurie R. King Cover Image

Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes turn the Riviera upside down to crack their most captivating case yet in the New York Times bestselling series that Lee Child called “the most sustained feat of imagination in mystery fiction today.”


Auntie Poldi And The Lost Madonna: A Novel (An Auntie Poldi Adventure) By Mario Giordano Cover Image

There’s only one Auntie Poldi: bewigged, cursing in Bavarian, and knocking back a wee shot of grappa as a pre-breakfast aperitif . . . or is there?


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Something in the Water: A Novel By Catherine Steadman Cover Image

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • REESE’S BOOK CLUB PICK • “A psychological thriller that captivated me from page one. What unfolds makes for a wild, page-turning ride! It’s the perfect beach read!”—Reese Witherspoon


The Shooting at Chateau Rock: A Mystery of the French Countryside (Bruno, Chief of Police Series #13) By Martin Walker Cover Image

This installment in the delightful, internationally acclaimed series featuring Chief of Police Bruno will take all of Bruno's resolve and quick thinking to untangle a mystery that will reach its deadly denouement at the château of an aging rock star. But in true Bruno fashion, at least lunchtime is never in danger.


Death in Daylesford (Phryne Fisher Mysteries) By Kerry Greenwood Cover Image

The 7 year wait is over—Miss Fisher is back in a new adventure!

"The real star is Phryne with her Jazz Age fashions, devil-may-care attitude, and dry narrative wit."—Booklist

Taking the waters has never been more delicious—or dangerous…


The Cook of the Halcyon (An Inspector Montalbano Mystery #27) By Andrea Camilleri, Stephen Sartarelli (Translated by) Cover Image

The new novel in the transporting New York Times bestselling Inspector Montalbano mystery series


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Movies (And Other Things) By Shea Serrano, Arturo Torres (Illustrator) Cover Image

INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLER
BARNES & NOBLE BESTSELLER
AMAZON BESTSELLER


Shit, Actually: The Definitive, 100% Objective Guide to Modern Cinema By Lindy West Cover Image

One of the "Best Books of 2020" by NPR's Book Concierge

**Your Favorite Movies, Re-Watched**
 New York Times opinion writer and bestselling author Lindy West was once the in-house movie critic for Seattle's alternative newsweekly The Stranger, where she covered film with brutal honesty and giddy irreverence.


She Memes Well: Essays By Quinta Brunson Cover Image

From Emmy Award-winning writer Quinta Brunson (creator and star of Abbott Elementary) comes a deeply personal and funny collection of essays about trying to make it when you're struggling, the importance of staying true to your roots, and how she's redefined humor online. 


God-Level Knowledge Darts: Life Lessons from the Bronx By Desus & Mero Cover Image

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “Desus & Mero are smarter and funnier than everyone writing books.”—Shea Serrano
“I will never write anything as hilarious as they have. I give up.”—Malcolm Gladwell
“These motherf***ers make me laugh until I choke.”—Jia Tolentino
 


Hola Papi: How to Come Out in a Walmart Parking Lot and Other Life Lessons By John Paul Brammer Cover Image

LGBTQ advice columnist John Paul Brammer writes a “wise and charming” (David Sedaris) memoir-in-essays chronicling his journey from a queer, mixed-race kid in America’s heartland to becoming the “Chicano Carrie Bradshaw” of his generation.

“A master class of tone and tenderness.” —The New York Times Book Review (Editors&rsquo


Joyful: The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness By Ingrid Fetell Lee Cover Image

Make small changes to your surroundings and create extraordinary happiness in your life with groundbreaking research from designer and TED star Ingrid Fetell Lee.

Next Big Idea Club selection—chosen by Malcolm Gladwell, Susan Cain, Dan Pink, and Adam Grant as one of the "two most groundbreaking new nonfiction reads of the season!"

"This book has th


Why We Swim By Bonnie Tsui Cover Image

“A fascinating and beautifully written love letter to water.


Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs By Beth Ann Fennelly Cover Image

“A surprisingly maximalist portrait of a life.” —New York Times Book Review


Summer: A Cookbook: Inspired Recipes for Lazy Days and Magical Nights By Marnie Hanel, Jen Stevenson Cover Image

Here Comes the Fun

Whether for cocktails and bites at the lake house or a come one, come all dinner with friends, here are more than 100 seasonally inspired recipes guided by the principle that summer cooking means keeping things loose (and the oven off when it's just too hot out).


Getaway: Food & Drink to Transport You By Renee Erickson, Diana Henry (Foreword by), Jim Henkens (By (photographer)), Jeffry Mitchell (Illustrator) Cover Image

From the Pacific Northwest’s most influential chef comes a collection of recipes for ultra-simple sophistication inspired by the world’s most delicious cuisines

Selected as the #1 Cookbook of 2021 (So Far) by Amazon Editors

Acclaimed chef, restaurateur, and artist Renee Erickson invites you on a culinary journey via her favorite places in the world&


Cook This Book: Techniques That Teach and Recipes to Repeat: A Cookbook By Molly Baz Cover Image

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A thoroughly modern guide to becoming a better, faster, more creative cook, featuring fun, flavorful recipes anyone can make.

ONE OF THE BEST COOKBOOKS OF THE YEAR: NPR, Food52, Taste of Home


Eat Cool: Good Food for Hot Days: 100 Easy, Satisfying, and Refreshing Recipes that Won't Heat Up Your Kitchen By Vanessa Seder Cover Image

A stylish and modern guide to eating well while beating the heat, Eat Cool gives readers easy recipes and smart tips for delicious and satisfying meals that won't chain the cook to the stove on a hot day.