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Summer Reads Are Coming! (The Sequel…)

If anyone knows where this paradise is…


Recently I featured a few great summer reads I’m looking forward to in the coming months, along with a fantasy of quiet time and tropical drinks on an isolated beach.  I haven’t found that beautiful beach yet, but I have found more great books coming out this summer for your enjoyment!

I stumbled across this Good Housekeeping article by Jamie Ballard:

The 25 Best New Books for Summer 2018

Wow… a treasure trove!  Now, not every book on this list is my cup of tea and probably won’t be yours either, but there’s really something for everyone no matter what you love to read.  I’m going to highlight a few of them that everyone will be talking about, and some that I’m adding to my TBR list for the summer.

(Ever feel like you spend more time adding to your TBR list than actually reading?  What’s that?  Um, no… me neither.  Just asking for a friend.)




The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer:  This title by the author of The Wife and The Ten Year Nap has already been getting a ton of buzz.  In fact, Barnes & Noble just launched a new quarterly in-store book club, and this was it’s first ever selection!  In this novel, college student Greer is trying to find her way in the world when she meets feminist icon Faith.  Through its characters and relationships, the book explores themes of power, womanhood, friendship, and women mentoring one another through a world that’s not always kind.

This one seems like a very timely read, and I’ve really enjoyed the author’s prior books.  It released in April, so if you’ve already read it, I’d love to hear your thoughts!




Meghan (A Hollywood Princess) by Andrew Morton:  Speaking of timely, this latest release from a powerhouse biographer covers a subject on everyone’s mind this month:  The Royal Wedding and the newest Royal-to-be, Meghan Markle.  With the wedding approaching this weekend, learn about Meghan, from her childhood, to how she met Prince Harry, to her Hollywood career, and more.

Whether you’re a fan of the British Royal family, or just want to be in-the-know for this big event, this book also released in April so you can pick it up now.




By Invitation Only by Dorothea Benton Frank:  Honestly, any good summer reading list is incomplete without a novel set in South Carolina’s Lowcountry, delivered as only Frank can.

In this read, we meet two families coming together at an engagement party.  The novel shows us two very different worlds:  a family of hard working Southern peach farmers and an elite metropolitan family.  When their children fall in love, how do they come together?  What have their choices meant for their lives?  What kinds of secrets are they hiding?  And can they co-exist for the sake of young love?

By Invitation Only releases May 15th (*this week*), so I look forward to sitting down with this coastal tale very soon.




The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware:  If you love a good thriller while you’re at the beach or the pool, order this read by the author of The Woman in Cabin 10!  In this novel, a woman receives a letter leaving her a substantial, and very unexpected, inheritance.  She realizes quickly that she wasn’t the intended recipient of the letter, but decides to attend the funeral of the deceased anyway, hoping she may be able to claim the money regardless.  But it’s quickly apparent that something is very, very wrong about the entire situation and the inheritance in question.

This one sounds intriguing, and I can’t wait to solve the mystery behind the inheritance.  The Death of Mrs. Westaway releases May 29th!


Go give the original article by Ms. Ballard a read.  She’s included a great mix of fiction and non-fiction, fun reads and intense ones… I wanted to highlight more but we’ll stop here!   (Elin Hilderbrand’s The Perfect Couple, which I mentioned in my previous post, is also on her list.)  Happy summer reading… have a mai tai or two for me!


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Midwest writer. Avid reader, coffee addict, wife, mother to a human and a canine. Blogging about books, the writing process, life's journey, and whatever else catches my attention like a shiny object.

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