It’s still summer, right? I know it’s winding down, but you’ve got time to pack in a little bit more summer reading over the long weekend. I promise.
I’ve been reading a ton of books this summer, and I realized that I hadn’t shared my thoughts here, even though I did a preview at the beginning of the summer. In this round up, I’ve included more genre fiction, and really think there’s a book here for everyone.
That’s not by accident. I’ve been really making an effort to broaden and deepen my own reading habits, and push myself out of my comfort zone. Not only do I want to ensure I’m familiar with all genres, but I want to be certain I’m actively seeking out diverse voices. I’m a bit behind on my goals for the year in that regard, so I plan to step it up in the future.
For now, here are seven new releases I’ve enjoyed.
If you love cynical teenagers…
How to Set a Fire and Why: A Novel by Jesse Ball
I loved, loved, loved Catcher in the Rye when a teacher gave it to me in high school, and have always longed for a female character that is as endearing and irritating as Holden. This might just be it. I loved the voice of the main character, and the premise felt modern and fresh.
If you love twisty mysteries and are missing gymnastics from the Olympics…
You Will Know Me: A Novel by Megan Abbott
Megan Abbott writes the books in the mystery or suspense category I’ve ever really enjoyed (though I’m looking to branch out). If you like psychologically driven domestic noir, she’s not to be missed. Her latest follows a family through the world of competitive gymnastics.
If you love Edith Wharton + retellings…
A Wife of Noble Character: A Novel by Yvonne Georgina Puig
Debut novelist Puig transplants the story of the New York elite during the Gilded Age to modern day life among Texas oil barons, and it mostly works. The interiority of the characters (which I love) is great, and very reminiscent of Wharton. Maybe I’m a purist, but my only complaint was the upbeat twist. Still, an engrossing read. If you want more modern updates to Wharton, check out The Innocents, which transports The Age of Innocence to Jewish North London.
If you love nostalgic, bittersweet coming of age stories…
Another Brooklyn: A Novel by Jacqueline Woodson
Jacqueline Woodson is a must read. She writes seemingly effortlessly for all ages, from picture books to YA to adult fiction. All her work has a poetic rhythm, even when it is prose, as this novel is. This is a beautiful, coming of age story that I highly recommend.
If you love thoughtful survivalist fiction…
The Sunlight Pilgrims: A Novel by Jenni Fagan
I loved Fagan’s debut, Panopticon, and this climate disaster plot is just a backdrop for complex characters navigating the world and their own grief. Really a dazzling voice in fiction, and the perfect kind of sci-fi to hand to readers of literary fiction who are hesitant to dip their toes in the genre.
If you love Orphan Black…
False Hearts by Laura Lam
Okay, this is a bit of a cheat, because it’s still on my TBR list – but the premise is so cool! I liked Laura Lam’s YA series and am excited to read this adult sci-fi novel all about former conjoined twins and the mob and a terrifying dream-inducing drug. Bonus because it’s set in San Francisco, and I have really enjoyed stories set there.
If you love creepy but introspective psychological thrillers…
We Could Be Beautiful: A Novel by Swan Huntley
This was my “borrow” from my turn at doing buy, borrow, bypass at Book Riot. While it won’t be a hit with every reader, the atmospheric novel about the lives of the New York elite is a quick, captivating story.
Have you been reading anything great this summer? I’m always interested to hear what readers think!