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No matter where you live, or what season it is, there’s nothing better than curling up with a great book. Whether it’s burying yourself under some blankets with a thriller, or throwing on a bathing suit and diving into a romance novel, the hardest part is choosing which title to pick. That’s why we’ve rounded up 25 of our favorite new reads for this year.
1. Difficult Women by Roxane Gay
Unleash your inner woman warrior, and celebrate these perfectly imperfect women. Award-winning author Roxane Gay highlights their power in this collection of essays. Through the lives of poverty, privilege, and competition, you’ll come to love the protagonists in this book as you follow each of their compelling journeys. Though their walks of life may vary, they share one thing in common: they are no shrinking violets.
Available from Amazon, $16.51
2. Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami
Ever wonder what’s on a man’s mind? Through the perspective of all men, this contemporary classic centers around themes of love, sickness, and loneliness. Haruki Murakami’s signature wry humor weaves together scenes of smoky bars and mysterious women in short stories that speak to us all.
Available for pre-order from Amazon, $22.06
3. The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen
Serving as an authentic testament to the hardships of immigrant life, this novel speaks to the aspirations of those who have left their country in pursuit of a better life and struggle to assimilate. This beautifully written book also acknowledges those who have been left behind and bear witness to opportunities and successes they will never know.
Available from Amazon, $14.62
4. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Touching upon national headlines, this fictional story is about a 16-year-old girl who witnesses a police officer fatally shoot her unarmed best friend. While the community takes to the streets in protest, others vilify the victim as a delinquent troublemaker. This powerful read speaks to the systemic racism and power struggles that exist in our society today.
Available from Amazon, $10.79
5. The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles
After her father’s sudden death and mysterious disappearance of her neighbors, Zoe and her brother are rescued by a supernatural bounty hunter. With its dark plot and unexpected twists and turns, this terrifying thriller will have you on the edge of your seat!
Available from Amazon, $11.16
6. I’m Glad About You by Theresa Rebeck
This novel delights in the idea of the road not taken. Allison and Kyle first meet and fall in love when they are young, but life takes them on very different paths. Allison rockets to fame as a TV star in New York, while Kyle becomes a pediatrician and settles down in Cincinnati. It’s only when their worlds once again collide that they take stock of their lives and what could have been.
Available for pre-order from Amazon, $6.91
7. Always Happy Hour by Mary Miller
Dive deep into the lives of Southern young women who are suckers for dive bars and bad men. Intoxicatingly funny, Mary Miller offers a brutally honest portrait of women struggling to figure out their lives. Filled with complicated relationships and questionable choices, you’ll laugh through your tears.
Available from Amazon, $16.48
8. All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg
Who is Andrea Bern? Marked by a tumultuous childhood, she is surrounded by friends and family who seemingly have this “adulting” thing down. Visiting her therapist regularly so she can get to the root of who she is and what she wants, this novel jumps back and forth through various stages of her life. One thing is for certain though: Andrea Bern will find happiness and love on her own terms.
Available from Amazon, $15
9. We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter
If you’re a history buff, this dynamic read is sure to be a favorite. You’ll go back to the start of World War II and revisit some of the twentieth century’s darkest moments that reveal intense hardship and resilience of the human spirit.
Available from Amazon, $16.20
10. The Dry by Jane Harper
If you’re looking for a good mystery and tale of redemption, this page-turner has your name written all over it. After being accused of murder, and fleeing from his hometown 20 years ago, Federal Agent Aaron Falk returns to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke. It’s only when he begins to uncover the truth behind Luke’s death that his small town’s biggest secrets come to light.
Available from Amazon, $13.68
11. Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller
Ingrid Coleman writes letters to her husband and hides them away in books. After she writes her final letter, she disappears from Dorset Beach, giving everybody reason to believe she’s drowned. When her daughter, Flora, returns home to care for her aging father, she discovers her mother’s letters tucked away in the thousands of books collected over the years. There, Flora gains insight into the passionate and troubled marriage her parents shared, and learns once and for all what really happened to her mother.
Available from Amazon, $19.19
12. The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti
This riveting character-driven thriller centers upon a loner father who raises his daughter, Loo, on the road. Once a teenager, Loo begins to question the lives of her parents before she was born. Taking a deeper look into her father’s past, she reveals the origin of the 12 scars that mark his body; each one sending the reader back to a time in Samuel Hawley’s past.
Available for pre-order from Amazon, $18.90
13. No One Is Coming to Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts
A nod to The Great Gatsby, this novel takes a modern day approach to the idea of the American Dream and romanticized love. An extended African American family has conflicting feelings over the return of JJ Ferguson, who is now a wealthy man. Once settled in, JJ realizes how much his community and those in it have been affected by the failing factories and economic conditions. On the surface, the focus of this book is on wealth, but it also powerfully examines how we handle the cards life has dealt us.
Available for pre-order from Amazon, $17.70
14. Our Little Racket by Angelica Baker
In this book about privilege and risk, it’s 2008 and the economy is in decline. When investment bank Weiss & Partners crumbles, the community of Greenwich, CT turns against CEO Bob D’Amico and his family who now must decide where their loyalties lie.
Available for pre-order from Amazon, $17.70
15. The Windfall by Diksha Basu
After a life of taking shortcuts, Mr. and Mrs. Jha settle into their golden years comfortably, but their lifestyle takes a drastic turn when they come into an unexpected large sum of money. Moving to the posh side of town, Mr. Jha soon transforms himself into a man of status, but his family undergoes the biggest identity crisis of all. What they need most is something money can’t buy.
Available for pre-order from Amazon, $17.10
16. This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
This read is a testament to just how unique our children and their dreams can be. It’s also a powerful reminder of how every parent has both an unconditional love for and instinctual need to protect their child. Ever since he was 5 years old, Claude knew he wanted to be a girl when he grew up. And while his family was open-minded and supportive of him, they are reluctant to share it with the world. This brave novel shares the soul-searching journey of a transgender child and the fears and doubts that go along with coming out.
Available from Amazon, $17.10
17. Restless in L.A. by Robin Finn
This mid-life crisis is more true to life than we’d like to admit, so be prepared! Married with three kids, Alexandra Hoffman has the picture-perfect existence. That is, until she invites her old boyfriend back into her life. At first, they’re just innocently flirting online, but once it moves to real-world romance, her life begins to spiral out of control.
Available from Amazon, $16
18. The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker
Mel and Sharon are best friends and artists. On the brink of success following the release of their first full-length feature, this dynamic duo comes face-to-face with the fragility of their partnership. You will reflect on the complexity of their relationship in your own life as the characters move through resentment and distance in their own.
Available from Amazon, $17.70
19. The Hollywood Daughter by Kate Alcott
You’ll want to push aside that glossy tabloid for this new Hollywood drama. Set in 1950, Ingrid Bergman is a major star who rises to fame from the hard work of Jessica Malloy’s public relations executive father. Coming to idolize Ingrid on her own terms, Jessica learns firsthand how complicated life and love can be.
Available from Amazon, $6.65
20. The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel
This page-turner will leave you guessing until the very end. After her mother commits suicide, 15-year-old Lane Roanoke settles in with her grandparents and cousin, Allegra, in rural Kansas. This arrangement is short-lived however, when family truths compel her to run away. Eleven years later, and now living in Los Angeles, her grandfather desperately calls on her to help find Allegra. Did she run, too, or did something worse happen?
Available from Amazon, $13.21
21. The Lucky Ones by Julianne Pachico
Step inside a world where loved ones disappear without a trace and drug traffickers tear a country apart. Taking place over two decades, this book introduces us to the very real struggles of South America’s country of Colombia. Every page speaks to the conflicts faced by its residents, fear felt by its children, and violent culture.
Available from Amazon, $17.10
22. This Too Shall Pass by Milena Busquets
After Blanca loses her mother, she spends her summer surrounded by those she loves the most on the Costa Brava of the Mediterranean. In this space, she finds her deepest relationships becoming stronger in the most unexpected ways. She also learns what it truly means to be happy and how to live on her own terms, the way her mother would have wanted.
Available from Amazon, $13.85
23. Hello, Sunshine by Leila Howland
After being snubbed by every college she applies to, Becca Harrington decides to move to Los Angeles to to become an actress. It’s only when things don’t exactly turn out the way she planned, that she realizes it takes more than an open mind to make it on your own — it takes chasing a new dream.
Available for pre-order from Amazon, $10.22
24. Kill All Happies by Rachel Cohn
High school is coming to a close and Vic Navarro wants what every teenage girl does: a memorable send-off with her friends and the chance to finally be with her all-time crush. Except the small graduation bash she plans for quickly turns into an out of control rager nobody sees coming. This lighthearted read is sure to take you on a trip down memory lane when your plan was … well, to have no plan at all.
Available for pre-order from Amazon, $12.21
25. Royce Rolls by Margaret Stohl
LA starlet, Bentley Royce has just wrapped the fifth seasons of her family’s reality show. But when rumors of cancellation circulate, she does everything she can to save it. After all, without the show, is there still a family? It’s only when things get real that you get an inside look into what it might be like behind the scenes of a family with cameras always rolling.
Available for pre-order from Amazon, $12.14