Hottest Books of Summer

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If you are a reader, there is a good chance you are keeping your eye out for a Summer reading list about now. Who doesn’t love a good book recommendation, right? Check out this list from GoodReads and sign up for the Adult Summer Reading Program so you can earn some great prizes while you read!

The Hottest Books of Summer

Posted by Hayley on May 14, 2018

Summer Reading 2018
Summer is a dream; summer without books is a nightmare. Prepare yourself for a blissful season of reading with soon-to-be favorites in every genre!

To create our list, we focused on what Goodreads members are anticipating and reactions from early reviewers. We measured anticipation by how many times a book has been added to Want to Read shelves, and then we only included books that have earned at least a four-star rating. (If you’re curious how you can read prepublished books and be among the first to rate them, take a look at our book giveaways.)

Now let’s get to the books. Tell us which ones you can’t wait to read in the comments.


In this unforgettable follow-up to Beartown, the citizens of a small town in Sweden rally around their local hockey team, even as a hostile rivalry threatens to destroy friendships, families, and the fragile peace of a volatile community.

From the author of Fates and Furies comes a piercing collection of short stories exploring the moments that make us feel alive, all anchored by the landscape, climate, history, and state of mind of Florida.

A fractured love story collides with a secret extremist cult in this electrifying debut about a young misfit, the woman he adores, and the obsession that unravels their relationship and leads to a harrowing act of violence.

The first novel from actress Sarah Jessica Parker’s new imprint, SJP for Hogarth, charts the crucial turning points in an Indian American Muslim family’s past, from the bonds that bring them together to the differences that pull them apart.

One photograph, snapped in a drunken moment at a party, overturns Nina’s status among Nashville’s elite, forcing her to choose between her family and her values in this poignant tale from the author of Something Borrowed.

At once merciless and compassionate, this is the story of a young woman who attempts to fill the dark and vacuous hole in her heart by embarking on an extended hibernation with the help, of course, of a truly terrible psychiatrist.

A sheltered young girl and a teenage maid strike an unlikely friendship in this mesmerizing debut set against the backdrop of the devastating violence of 1990s Colombia and inspired by the author’s own life.


From the author of The Woman in Cabin 10 and In a Dark, Dark Wood comes a tale of spellbinding menace that sees a struggling tarot card reader lured into a web of intrigue, danger, and betrayal by the promise of a tantalizing fortune.

An ingenious young man creates an “echo box” to hear his late mother’s voice, but the innocent project takes a nefarious turn when shadowy government agents come to seize the extraordinary machine—and silence its creator.

When the bride-to-be is discovered dead in Nantucket Harbor just hours before the ceremony, everyone in the wedding party is suddenly a suspect, from the best man and the maid of honor to the groom’s famous mystery novelist mother.

It’s just a harmless game, right? The author of Final Girls puts a deadly twist on “two truths and a lie” as successful artist Emma revisits her dark past, the one night at summer camp that still haunts her memories and her paintings.


As warrior Helene, the Blood Shrike, searches for a way to hold back the tide of war, her sister’s life and the lives of all those in the Empire hang in the balance in this epic installment in the Ember Quartet.

Told through the letters wallflower Twinkle writes to her favorite female filmmakers, this charming tale from the author of When Dimple Met Rishi navigates big truths about friendship, family, and the unexpected places love can find you.

After escaping Gotham City’s slums, Selina Kyle reinvents herself as the mysterious Holly Vanderhees in this exhilarating take on DC Comics’ Catwoman from the author of the Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Charlie is desperate for one last perfect weekend, but as all four of her older siblings return for a wedding, chaos reigns supreme in the form of a howling dog, a stubborn band, a missing tuxedo, and a distractingly cute boy.

In this dazzling follow-up to Flame in the Mist, Mariko plays the part of the dutiful bride-to-be in order to infiltrate the emperor’s ranks, rescue her beloved, and uncover the truth behind the betrayal that almost left her dead.


A beach house dubbed Sea Section is the setting for reflections on middle age, mortality, and a tumor joke or two in this deeply personal and darkly hilarious book from the author of Me Talk Pretty One Day and Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim.

The Smithsonian’s star paleontologist explores the cutting edge of whale research, from the fishing decks on Antarctic whaling stations to the desert of Chile where scientists race to document the largest fossil whalebone site on earth.

With effervescent charm and wit, the Parks and Recreation star takes readers along on her not-so-meteoric rise from “roaches to riches” before reflecting on her life of fame (fending off trolls, flirting with Michael Fassbender, etc.).

To celebrate the anniversary of Maus, the groundbreaking graphic novel about a father’s memories of the Holocaust, this companion book, prepared by the author, includes never-before-seen sketches, drafts, photos, and more.


The rarefied world of a resort island in the Long Island Sound comes to life in this enchanting novel of romance, class, power, and dark secrets set in the summer of 1951 and 1969 from the author of A Hundred Summers.

Based on the experiences of real-life kidnapping victim Sally Horner and her captor, whose story shocked the nation and inspired Vladimir Nabokov to write his controversial and iconic Lolita, this heart-pounding story gives a voice to Sally herself.

From the opulent palaces of St. Petersburg to the World War I battlefields, this riveting historical drama focuses on the anarchic fall of an empire and the complex, bold heart of the woman who tried to save it.


Brilliant math whiz Stella decides to practice dating by hiring an escort in this heartwarming and refreshing debut novel that proves one thing: There’s not enough data in the world to predict what will make your heart tick.

The Winston brothers are at it again. From the author of Truth or Beard and Grin and Beard It comes the next installment in the ongoing saga of the burly brothers’ quest for love in the idyllic town of Green Valley, Tennessee.

Yesterday fiercely independent Poppy worried about the lack of decent suitors in London. Today she has other problems, namely the two men who have kidnapped her and deposited her at the feet of notorious pirate Captain Andrew James Rokesby.

From the three-time winner of the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance comes a powerful story about a troubled marriage and the memories, secrets, and old forgotten promises that might be able to save it.


Two years after enchanting readers with her Beauty and the Beast retelling, Novik is back with a dark take on the Rumplestiltskin legend that follows Miryem, a clever young woman with a dangerous talent for turning silver into gold.

What does it mean if the gods can be killed? Persephone, the first woman to lead her tribe, enters the battle between humankind and the cruel godlike beings who once ruled in this next installment in The Legends of the First Empire series.

Kate Daniels wants to put her paranormal problems behind her. But in this next installment in the popular urban fantasy series, her attempt at a normal life, playing house with former Beast Lord Curran and their child, is interrupted by an ancient enemy.

From his first encounter with the man who will one day become Darth Vader to his rise to power, Grand Admiral Thrawn proves his reputation as one of the most cunning warriors in the history of the Galactic Empire in this thrilling Star Wars tale.

After a disaster rocks their community, a mother, an alien academic, and a caretaker for the dead struggle to build a new future in this story of finding hope and purpose among the stars from the author of The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet.

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