Ah, summer. The perfect time of the year to sit by the pool or lie on the beach, soaking up the sun and getting lost in the latest read. While there are plenty of tried-and-true classics to pack along in your bag, why not try something new?
Whether you’re curling up at home in the air conditioning or lounging by the water, here are the top books from 2019 to add to your summer reading list.
Fiction: The Most Fun We Ever Had
Written by Claire Lombardo, The Most Fun We Ever Had is a multigenerational story that follows the Sorenson family—made up of mother and father Marilyn and David and their four daughters—from the 1970s through 2016. As the years go by, secrets are uncovered, tensions grow, and struggles and triumphs abound.
Widely regarded as one of the best books to be released this year, Lombardo’s work is reminiscent of major authors like Jonathan Franzen and Anne Tyler. If you’re looking for a little drama and a lot of emotions, look no further!
Non-Fiction: Hungry: Eating, Road-Tripping, and Risking It All with the Greatest Chef in the World
Some of the best summer reads are the ones that transport us to more exotic locales—which is precisely what Hungry: Eating, Road-Tripping, and Risking It All with the Greatest Chef in the World does. The book follows food critic Jeff Gordinier as he travels the world for four years with renowned chef René Redzepi, from Sydney to the Arctic Circle and everywhere in between.
The novel is a memoir, a travel guide, cooking inspiration, and an engaging narrative all wrapped into one. Not only will you likely feel the bite of the travel bug while reading, but you’ll also be inspired to hit the kitchen and whip up a new creation!
Fiction: City of Girls
One of the most popular reads of the summer and one you might devour in one sitting, City of Girls is a love story from Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat Pray Love. The story, set in New York City during the 1940s, follows a young woman as she deals with her career, her love life, and her coming-of-age moment.
With themes of glamour, romance, and adventure, City of Girls may not be the ideal read for everyone, but it’s a great light read that’ll keep you entertained!
Non-Fiction: Travel Anywhere (And Avoid Being a Tourist)
Summer is the perfect time to travel, and no other book will have you itching to buy a plane ticket like Travel Anywhere (And Avoid Being a Tourist). Penned by the travel editors at Fathom—an online travel resource—the book details stories from well-traveled individuals on all of the top spots to explore. Not only are locations included—along with stunning photos—but also tips for different kinds of travelers, guides to various cultures, and the best foods to try while you’re globe-trotting!
Fiction: The Lost Man
If you fancy yourself to be an amateur Sherlock Holmes, then you won’t be able to resist the suspense and thrills of The Lost Man. Set in the secluded Australian Outback, the book begins with two brothers dealing with the death of their third brother. In such a sparse location, there are few suspects, and as suspicions start to mount, the tension, twists, and turns will have your heart-racing.
Not only is The Lost Man one of the best mystery novels of the year, but it’s also one of the best books of 2019 in general. You’ll find yourself lost in the story, spending hours turning pages until you reach the jaw-dropping conclusion.
Spend Your Summer Outside
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