It’s the summer! Time for reads that you can drag to the beach or get the corners wet at the pool. Summer is a time for relaxation and enjoyment, and the books you pick up should support that goal!
If you’d like a more established, professional touch on your summer recs, I have a compilation of links that will take you to a plethora of suggestions from several major publications. My summer list is made up of books that even I have yet to read. If you want to read like the Angry Angel, you can pick a book up off my list and know that we’re probably enjoying it at the same time!
I had a very nice holds list set up at my local library branch. They were all in high demand, and their wait times were nicely staggered. But the literary gods chose to smile and laugh at me and all these golden selections came in at the same time. I am starting with the Stephen King. I have heard nothing but accolades and so I would hate to have to return it because I ran out of time. I’ll probably move to The Woman in the Window next, then The Mars Room, then I’ll Be Gone in the Dark. I’m not a huge fan of non-fiction, but I am a huge fan of Patton Oswalt, and Michele McNamara essentially wrote a road map for investigators to follow to the actual capture of the Golden State Killer in April of this year. My online reading buddies have implored me to not read that one at night. All but two of these lovelies are due back on June 13th because they are on hold by another patron, so we’ll see how many I can get through in the next 11 days!
Advanced Reader Copies
Publishers and friends have supplied me with several advance copies whose books are due for publication later this summer or early this fall. I’ll be tackling the following novels.
Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras – Out July 31, 2018. A debut novel set in violent, 1990’s Columbia.
Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson (I found out this one was kind of a sequel to her previous trilogy, so The Kiss of Deception in my library stack above is my effort to catch up before reading this one! Technically it’s a new work but all the reviews I read said to get the other trilogy in first.) – Out August 7, 2018
The Distance Home by Paula Sanders – Out August 7, 2018. A debut novel set in 1960s rural South Dakota which explores the lifestyles and challenges of living in rural America.
TBR Owned, Yes Owned!
I bought several books at the end of last year and beginning of this one that I have been meaning to get to but have pushed back in favor of library books with set deadlines. I have time to spare though, and so I’m definitely going to be (finally!) reading these selections from my own bookshelves.
The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory – Fun and flirty, perfect for summer.
One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter by Scaachi Koul – I am late to this one but Scaachi is hilarious and smart and I cant wait to dive into this one.
Everything is Awful: And Other Observations by Matt Bellasai – This gentleman is the one you want to sit and complain about stuff with, because everything is awful and he’s 100% about owning that shit.
The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton – I am here for all these challenges to racism disguised as beautiful, powerful black women kicking ass. Dread Nation by Justina Ireland is one of my current reads along the same vein. I want to read all of them. *grabby hands*
I hope one of these books finds you with a tall glass of lemonade staring at a freshly mowed backyard, listening to the sound of splashing and summer jam playlists. Just remember that sunscreen! Happy summer!