Remember when you were in high school and they’d assign summer reading? And you’d dread it and wait until August to even pick up the first book? Well this is like that… but way better. I usually just pick my next book based on my mood (or something I’ve selected for my Steele Maiden book club posts), but as I was looking for ways to put a fun twist on what will likely be a somewhat quiet summer – I thought why not make a big list filled with books I can’t wait to read?!
Below – the 15 books I’ve got stacked up for the summer. Many are new release fiction, but there a couple of older titles in there I’ve been meaning to get around to plus a couple of memoirs. I can’t wait to dive in!
And lastly – these pictures are from a recent Talbots feature in which I shared some of their most comfortable styles alongside some of the books I’ve read and loved lately. See their full feature here! The photos also serve as a peek into our apartment and all of the little corners I tend to curl up in to read – including my favorite perch, our fire escape.
- The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner – a group unites over their love of Austen in post-war English countryside.
- Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes – sweet romantic fiction set in small town Maine.
- Stray by Stephanie Danler – a memoir from the author of Sweetbitter
- The Paris Wife by Paula McLain – Hemingway, 1920s, Paris – need I say more?
- All Adults Here by Emma Straub – already on everyone’s summer hits list.
- From Scratch by Tembi Locke – a memoir set in Sicily, for those dreaming of an Italian getaway.
- Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion – one of the last few works by Didion I still haven’t read.
- Euphoria by Lily King – after loving her new book Writers & Lovers I wanted to go back and read her debut novel.
- Born Standing Up by Steve Martin – I’m always fascinated by reading about what makes some of the most brilliant minds in entertainment tick.
- Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt – the story of a young girl who loses her uncle to AIDS and becomes unlikely friends with his partner in the wake of that loss.
- The Last Book Party by Karen Dukess – set in Cape Cod against the backdrop of the glittering publishing world, this feels like it will be a good beach read.
- More Miracle Than Bird by Alice Miller – historical fiction based on the mesmerizing woman who played muse to W.B. Yeats.
- Supper Club by Lara Williams – the story of a secret society where women come to feast at night.
- Murder at Kingscote – a thriller set in Victorian-era Newport, RI.
- The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid – this has long been on my reading wishlist and I loved Daisy Jones & the Six last summer.
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