Picture this: you’re lying in a hammock poolside, the sun soaking into your skin, hair wrapped in a turban with a good book in hand as the waiter brings you a refreshing Piña Colada. Sounds divine, right? Below are six hot books to read to make this fantasy your summer reality.
1. The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter
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A thrilling mystery novel always pairs well with summertime. In The Good Daughter, author Karin Slaughter makes sure to keep you guessing until the very last page. One night, an attack on Charlie and Samantha Quinn’s family home leaves them devastated. Twenty-eight years later, danger returns to their small town. Charlie (now a skilled lawyer) is soon plunged into a harrowing mystery to solve the crime committed thirty years before.
2. Well, That Escalated Quickly: Memoirs and Mistakes of an Accidental Activist by Franchesca Ramsey
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Franchesca Ramsey was thrust into the spotlight when her YouTube video “What White Girls Say… to Black Girls” went viral. Since then, she has become a well-known voice on issues of racial bias and other forms of discrimination through MTV:Decoded and other platforms. In her debut novel, Ramsey covers how to deal with internet trolls and low-key racists plus her own personal hits and misses as an activist. Her characteristic combination of humor and honesty make this book a standout summer read.
3. Save the Date by Morgan Matson
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Morgan Matson’s chick-lit novels are the ideal summer books to read with their mixture of emotion and lightheartedness. So, make sure to pack Save the Date in your beach tote. Charlie Grant’s siblings are finally all under the same roof for her older sister’s wedding. Desperate to make the weekend perfect, Charlie faces one challenge after the next over the course of three chaotic days, learning more about her family along the way.
4. Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor
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Just in case you’re not travelling this summer, a fantasy novel is the best way to be taken to a whole new world without having to move an inch. Set in a futuristic, post-holocaust Africa, Nnedi Okorafor’s Who Fears Death tells the tale of genocide plaguing the Okeke people. One woman manages to escape the slaughter and gives birth to a daughter named Onyesonwu, who faces a magical destiny to save her people.
5. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
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Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko follows a Korean family through the generations, starting in the early 1900s with a pregnant girl named Sunja. A young tubercular minister spares her from bringing shame to her family with his offer of marriage and a move to Japan. With its emphasis on familial ties, this historical fiction is one of the most touching books to read this summer.
6. The Mother of Black Hollywood: A Memoir by Jenifer Lewis
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Black-ish star Jenifer Lewis pens a memoir that will have you laughing, crying, and laughing again. But make no mistake: this emotional roller-coaster will be the highlight of your summer reads. Lewis tells her story of starting from poverty to becoming a Hollywood star and the struggles she faced along the way, including an undiagnosed sex addiction. Pro tip: her infamous voice makes the story even livelier in the audiobook, with Lewis adding her unique brand of tonal humor.