25 Best Summer Books to Read 2020
Even casual readers know summer is the peak season for juicy fiction, romance worthy of fainting, compelling stories, thrilling thrillers and the kind of escape stories that can take you wherever you are. . Even if this summer’s reading spot is by the pool in your own backyard (or, heck, in the pool on a fun float) – or on the living room couch with the windows open and a fan on the go – there’s nothing like it The hottest beach of the season can be read to make every day a relaxing getaway.
And library rats everywhere are in luck, because some of your favorite authors have hot new titles coming out just in time for the summer vacation – we’re talking about new fictions from Ms. Everything author Jennifer Weiner, this season’s episode of the beach bag queen delivers Elin Hilderbrand, and another shady thriller by Lucy Foley. Not to mention, a whole new class of novice and successful writers under the radar will head to the top of your TBR stack. Get a stack of these best beach readings to take wherever the summer sun takes you – and don’t forget sunscreen!
Big Summer: a novel
From the author of Ms. Everything comes this beach-ready glimpse of female friendship, romance, and gorgeous beachside mansions. Daphne finally escaped the toxic clutches of Drue Cavanaugh and established herself as a plus-size influencer when Drue begged her to be at her Cape Cod wedding. Daphne agrees, but soon finds herself involved in a scandal that no one expected.
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Rodham: a novel
In our reality, Hillary Rodham met Bill Clinton as a law student at Yale, and married him after repeatedly refusing his proposals, only to follow him to the White House. What if she didn’t? In this captivating tale that intertwines real and imaginary history, we see an alternative future for Hillary – with and without Bill. Many of the characters are familiar, but the paths they follow couldn’t be more different.
Elin Hilderbrand is the godmother of beach reading for a reason: her books always take readers on a mental vacation. This year’s release follows Link as he fulfills his mother Mallory’s dying wish to call the numbers he found in his desk drawer. To his surprise, one of them is Jake, the husband of a presidential candidate. He quickly discovers that Jake and Mallory had a lasting bond, the kind of easy affair that can only happen in a summer cottage.
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Friends and strangers
After nearly two decades in New York, Elisabeth is trying to adapt to her new small town life, not to mention her new motherhood. She hires a student Sam to help care for the baby, and they quickly bond with their busy lives and uncertain futures. But when Elisabeth learns that Sam has something surprising in common with her stepfather, it reveals the cracks between the two women and the depth of their differences.
All my mother’s lovers
After Maggie’s mother unexpectedly dies, she returns home to help with the organization and discovers five letters left by her mother, all addressed to strange men. She sets out to find them and, along the way, learns more about her parents’ love life than she thought. Come for the heartbreaking family scenes, stay for the twist until the end.
If I had your face: a novel
Kyuri is a beautiful woman who entertains men in an underground bar, until a mistake ruins everything. Her roommate, Miho, is an artist whose dark work belies inner turmoil. Then there is Ara, who is almost dangerously obsessed with a K-Pop star and Wonna, trying to have a baby that she and her husband can’t afford. Their interconnected stories will make you want to call your own friends.
The Jetsetters: a novel
If you can’t take a cruise this summer, let yourself be carried away by Charlotte Perkins, the winner of a writing competition to win a cruise in the Mediterranean, and her adult children whom she takes with her. Along the way, the family’s less literal baggage begins to surface and their vacation becomes less than idyllic. Trust us: every family will see something of theirs in this one.
The guest list: a novel
Lucy Foley did it again with this murder mystery that takes place during a destination wedding off the coast of Ireland. You have your high-flying bride and groom, your groomsmen who drink a lot, your suspicious-hearted boyfriend and the bridesmaid who doesn’t seem as excited as she could be. Then there is the body. Get comfortable with this thriller and watch the hours go by.
After Jivan, a girl from Benghal’s slums, commented on an inflammatory Facebook post, police showed up at her door. before she can blink, she is arrested for alleged terrorism and ends up in prison for a crime she did not commit. As she reconstructs how she got there, her story mingles with her former gym teacher and the outcast Lovely, whose alibi could help Jivan – but will she?
If the title doesn’t make it perfect for an afternoon by the pool, just break your spine. Augustus is a literary writer trying to draw a masterpiece, and January is a romantic novelist stuck in a rut, both renting beach houses next to each other. They decide to break through the block of their writers by exchanging manuscripts. And as they search for their books, things take a decidedly readable turn.
Sex and vanity: a novel
From the author of the hit hit Crazy Rich Asians comes this parade through the world of the richest of us. This time, the story begins on the magnificent Capri when Lucie meets George, for whom she denies having feelings. But when he returns to the Hamptons years later, the web of lies Lucie weaves between her fiancé, George and high society, good. It tells a different story.
A sleepy summer city, a star reporter who returns to a small town newspaper and a juicy scandal – this one has all the ingredients of a classic beach bag. Mary Kay Andrews has once again worked her magic in a book that you will devour in one session.
Great friendship: how we get closer
If you miss your distant best friends right now, this book on the power of friendship might make you call them. Best friends and long distance co-hosts of the podcast Call your girlfriend Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman tell the story of their lasting relationship, as well as how to invest in one of the most important and underrated relationships of our lives.
The attraction of the stars: a novel
From the author of Bedroom comes this strangely premonitory novel that takes place during a flu pandemic. Three women working in a quarantine maternity face horrible losses and a new life in tandem, and help each other to survive through it. It’s the perfect read yet.
Happy and you know it
For fans of Sex and the city and Nanny’s newspapers comes this juicy story about Claire, a troubled musician who gets carried away in the world of a group of rich mom. Getting closer to the ladies, she discovers secrets and betrayals that would make even the most meticulously curly hair.
The summer set
For fun reading in the summer, look no further than this juicy tale. Everything revolves around an aging actor who finds himself in the same Berkshires theater where she made her debut and where an old flame is the artistic director. But just when she returns to the beat, her biggest rival arrives on the scene. That’s when the drama really starts to heat up.
How the penguins saved Veronica
This light and funny story follows Veronica, 85, who decides to go to Antarctica to visit a team of researchers studying penguins. Her separated grandson joins her in a last attempt to get closer, and they begin to form a strange and charming little family. If you’re feeling far from yours right now, this adorable tale will put a smile on your face.
The heirs’ affair
If you liked The Royal We, get your dose of British romance with this outrageous sequel. Bex and Prince Nicholas are in exile, the queen is furious, and the press and the public are calling their heads. And when a crisis forces them to return to London, things start to deteriorate even more. Will their bond survive? You will have to read it to find out!
The Jane Austen Society: A Novel
Calling all Austen’s heads: this comforting historical fiction is the ideal companion for your Pride and Prejudice reread. Just after the Second World War, a group of residents of Chawton, Austen’s last home, came together to preserve its heritage. As they each endure their own private tragedies and triumphs, their common humanity creates a bond that transcends time.
This summer’s mantra: Each body is a bikini body. Fans of Nicole Byer I have arrived Netflix show, Why don’t you wanna go out with me the breathtaking podcast and standup will also love this book. There are lots of bikini petticoats and Byer’s advice on wearing the skin of which you are proud and boisterous. Read this one and just try not to strut your stuff.
Group of two
The queen of the flat novel does not need to be presented. If you are all on the Date of marriage series, you can’t miss this next episode. When Olivia moves to Los Angeles to establish her own law firm, she does not plan to fall in love. But then she meets Max, a hotshot senator who has a surprisingly sweet side. After they finally make their relationship public, scrutiny puts it to the test.
The book of V.
This captivating story weaves three distinctly different eras and stories. We get to know Lily, a wife and mother struggling with sexual desires in a life of stagnation; Vivian, who blew up her perfect life after her husband made an unthinkable request; and Esther, a daughter of ancient Persia whose sacrifice becomes an object of legend. Even if you think you don’t like historical fiction, you will eat it.
If you like to read your porch with a little weight, open this deep dive into Nancy itself. Even dedicated political junkies will learn something new about the controversial figure in this complete look based on exclusive interviews and tons of research.
Treat yourself and order delivery before you even start this story about two women living very different lives who may have more in common than they think. One is 18 years old, pregnant and delivering pizza to get by. The other is a housewife who orders pickle pizzas for her son. This story is both heartbreaking and hysterical, so take on a wild emotional ride.
Would a world led by women really be a better place? This post-pandemic story (yes, again) suggests that it may not be. He reveals how much a mother will do to protect her son in a world where most men are dead, in a book that is both thriller, science fiction and all amazing.
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