June is full of BBQs and graduations. August is for family vacations and reunions. But July is for no one but you and your summer reading list. We can think of no better reading spot than right beside the pool (and occasionally in it). Which is why we’re offering one lucky winner the perfect summer reading oasis. Enjoy some quiet “you time” by your pool with these essentials.
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12 Perfect Summer Reads Below…
Hilarious, poignant, and terrifically propulsive, STAY UP WITH HUGO BEST follows June Bloom, an almost-thirty late-night talk show writers’ assistant. When beloved host (and known womanizer) Hugo Best retires, suddenly June is without a job and must return to the unforgiving comedian lifestyle. Desperate for work, June hesitantly takes Hugo up on an invitation to his Greenwich mansion for the long Memorial Day weekend. As the weekend unfolds and the enigmatic Hugo gradually reveals himself, their dynamic proves to be much more complicated and less predictable than she expected.
WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LULULEMONS by Lauren Weisberger For fans of the THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA and its cult classic film counterpart, WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LULULEMONS features Emily Charlton—Miranda Priestly’s first assistant—in the spotlight. In classic Lauren Weisberger style, this daring novel follows three worldly women who trade in their Manolo Blahniks for Birkenstocks in the wealthy New York City suburb of Westport, Connecticut. Read the full review of WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LULULEMONS.
Every summer for nearly a decade, Avery Greer, Littleport resident, and Sadie Loman, a Littleport summer tourist, are inseparable friends . . . until one year, when Sadie is found dead. Though the death is ruled a suicide, Avery can’t shake the feeling that the community blames her for the mysterious death. As secrets come to light and suspicions against her rise, Avery strives to get to the bottom of this and hopefully clear her name.
Told with Kristy Woodson Harvey’s signature wit and Southern charm, the newest Peachtree Bluff novel has all the necessary ingredients for a perfect summer read: family secrets and mother-daughter relationships. Perfect for fans of Mary Alice Monroe, this is one novel that should be read poolside with sweet tea in hand.
If you’re planning a vacation into the wild this summer, Erica Ferencik’s INTO THE JUNGLE can double as thrilling entertainment and survival guide. When lovestruck Lily follows Omar into the jungles of Bolivia, she must navigate the wonders and terrors of this unfamiliar territory using only her wits and resilience.
Starred Publishers Weekly Review * A Publishers Weekly “Big Summer Books” * Featured in the New York Post Summer Round Up * A Crime by the Book “Most Anticipated” Novel
In this pulse-pounding thriller from the author of the “haunting, twisting thrill ride” (Megan Miranda, New York Times bestselling author) The River at Night, a young woman leaves behind everything she knows to take on the Bolivian jungle, but her excursion abroad quickly turns into a fight for her life.
Lily Bushwold thought she’d found the antidote to endless foster care and group homes: a teaching job in Cochabamba, Bolivia. As soon as she could steal enough cash for the plane, she was on it.
When the gig falls through and Lily stays in Bolivia, she finds bonding with other broke, rudderless girls at the local hostel isn’t the life she wants either. Tired of hustling and already world-weary, crazy love finds her in the form she least expected: Omar, a savvy, handsome local man who’d abandoned his life as a hunter in Ayachero—a remote jungle village—to try his hand at city life.
When Omar learns that a jaguar has killed his four-year-old nephew in Ayachero, he gives Lily a choice: Stay alone in the unforgiving city, or travel to the last in a string of ever-more-isolated river towns in the jungles of Bolivia. Thirty-foot anaconda? Puppy-sized spiders? Vengeful shamans with unspeakable powers? Love-struck Lily is oblivious. She follows Omar to this ruthless new world of lawless poachers, bullheaded missionaries, and desperate indigenous tribes driven to the brink of extinction. To survive, Lily must navigate the jungle--its wonders as well as its terrors—using only her wits and resilience.
Primal, gripping, and terrifying, Into the Jungle features Erica Ferencik’s signature “visceral, white-knuckle” (Entertainment Weekly) prose that will sink its fangs into you and not let go.
Written by the estranged wife of the Empirical Press publisher, Charles Brooks, in the hit television show Younger, MARRIAGE VACATION is a revealing and provocative novel about Kate Carmichael, who reconnects with a now successful grad school classmate and decides to take a vacation from marriage to find herself. The definition of an escapist summer read.
Mary Laura Philpott ticked all the boxes for a perfect life: job, spouse, house, kids. But instead of feeling content with her happy life, she felt anxious. In I MISS YOU WHEN I BLINK, Philpott examines her work, home, and creative life and the conflicting pressures of adulthood. A charmingly relatable memoir in essays that’ll make see your day-to-day in a new light.
Sadly, we will not be enjoying a new season of Insecure this summer. Thankfully, we have Issa Rae’s hilarious memoir in essays to read and reread. In THE MISADVENTURES OF AWKWARD BLACK GIRL, Rae waxes humorously on what it’s like to be unabashedly awkward in a world that regards introverts as hapless misfits and black as cool. Read the full review of THE MISADVENTURES OF AWKWARD BLACK GIRL.
For fans of “Insecure”
Issa Rae is awkward . . . and black, which is, in the opinion of her peers, a very unfortunate combination. This is made plain in her new TV show “Insecure ” and her New York Times bestseller THE MISADVENTURES OF AWKWARD BLACK GIRL. In this memoir-guide hybrid, Issa humorously illuminates what it’s like to be unabashedly awkward in a world that regards introverts as hapless misfits and black as cool.
When Abi Knight gets a call that her teenaged daughter, Olivia, has fallen off a bridge, she never expects to learn her daughter is brain dead and pregnant. Then she sees the bruises on her daughter’s wrists and is left with even more questions: Was Olivia’s fall an accident? Or is there something more sinister at play?
In the vein of Big Little Lies and Reconstructing Amelia comes an emotionally charged domestic suspense novel about a mother unraveling the truth behind how her daughter became brain dead. And pregnant.
A search for the truth. A lifetime of lies.
In the small hours of the morning, Abi Knight is startled awake by the phone call no mother ever wants to get: her teenage daughter Olivia has fallen off a bridge. Not only is Olivia brain dead, she’s pregnant and must remain on life support to keep her baby alive. And then Abi sees the angry bruises circling Olivia’s wrists.
When the police unexpectedly rule Olivia’s fall an accident, Abi decides to find out what really happened that night. Heartbroken and grieving, she unravels the threads of her daughter’s life. Was Olivia’s fall an accident? Or something far more sinister?
Christina McDonald weaves a suspenseful and heartwrenching tale of hidden relationships, devastating lies, and the power of a mother’s love. With flashbacks of Olivia’s own resolve to uncover family secrets, this taut and emotional novel asks: how well do you know your children? And how well do they know you?
We would never recommend you go through the summer without a Ruth Ware book, which is why we’re so excited about THE TURN OF THE KEY, Ware’s fifth novel. In this Black Mirror–esque novel, Rowan takes a job as a live-in nanny. When she arrives at Heatherbrae House, she’s initially smitten with the technologically advanced house, but soon the surveillance makes her feel uneasy. Things take an unexpected turn for the worst when one of the children in her care dies and she ends up in prison. The problem is Rowan is innocent, which could only mean the culprit—the murderer—is still out there.
As fellow The Office alum and comedian Mindy Kaling says (and we agree): “Ellie is a hilarious and talented writer, although we’ll never know how much of this book the squirrel wrote.” In her collection of essays, Ellie Kemper gives us a behind-the-scenes peek at our favorite shows, like The Office and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and shares hilarious anecdotes, like the time she accidentally fell on Doris Kearns Goodwin. This book that will make you fall over with laughter, so you might not want to read it in the pool.
One of Stephen King’s most propulsive and unsettling stories, THE OUTSIDER follows the investigation of a stranger who becomes another person’s double—and commits horrific acts. If you can’t read through your sunglasses, this audiobook will keep you on the edge of your pool float for hours and hours. Read by Will Patton