Lazy days in the shade spent with a good book are one of summer’s great luxuries, but in order to indulge, you have to decide what to read first. Whether you’re looking for romance, suspense or to be transported across the globe, these are the books that will do the trick.
We asked Kevin Nguyen, the editorial director at Oyster (known as the “Netflix for books”) what three new releases he’s most excited about. He shares his picks below:
“H is for Hawk” by Helen Macdonald (out now)
“Helen Macdonald grapples with the death of her father by taking on the challenge of training a goshawk in one of the year’s most devastating and cathartic memoirs. This bestselling new release is available on Oyster Unlimited.”
“Palace of Treason” by Jason Matthews (out now)
“There’s nothing better than a star-crossed Russian operative and a CIA agent for keeping you completely engrossed on a flight, beach, or your hot summer subway ride. This follow up to the bestselling 2013 thriller Red Sparrow might even make you wish you had a couple more stops so you could squeeze in a few extra pages.”
“In the Unlikely Event”by Judy Blume (out now)
“For readers who grew up with the classic “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret,” Judy Blume’s new adult novel brings Blume’s signature style together with an intricate multi-generational story about how people deal with love and loss.”
“Go Set A Watchman” by Harper Lee (out July 14)
Harper Lee shocked book lovers everywhere when she announced she just so happened to have an unpublished sequel to “To Kill a Mockingbird.” The book features a now grownup Scout who is returning home to visit her father, Atticus.
“Eight Hundred Grapes” by Laura Dave (out now)
When Georgia’s fiancé reveals a shocking secret just days before their wedding, she flees home to California, where her family owns a winery. There, she learns that her parents are splitting up and selling the estate. Pour yourself a glass of wine and settle in.
“Killing Monica” by Candace Bushnell (out June 23)
“Sex & The City” fans rejoice: The author is back with another juicy novel. This one is about a writer living in New York City (yes, really) whose books about a maneater named Monica have become blockbuster hits. Newly divorced, she’s on a mission to reinvent herself, which includes killing the franchise.
“The Underwriting” by Michelle Miller (out now)
Alternating chapters between several characters, this is an addictive novel about sex, greed and the dueling world of Wall Street versus Silicon Valley. Six 20-somethings are primed to make millions thanks to a crazy popular dating app, but success comes at a price.
“Under Fire” by Tom Clancy (out June 16)
Though Tom Clancy passed away in 2013, his suspenseful franchise lives on, thanks to his co-author Grant Blackwood. This book follows the president’s son, who sets out on a heart-pounding mission after an old friend delivers him a cryptic message.
“The Ultimatum” by Dick Wolf (out June 16)
“Law & Order” creator Dick Wolf’s new novel is about a detective tasked with hunting down a serial sniper who uses drone technology. The mystery novel will keep you guessing until the end.
“Summerlong” by Dean Bakopoulos (out June 16)
“Summerlong” is both smart and satisfying. Don and Claire are college sweethearts living in a sleepy Midwestern town. But three children later, their marriage is in trouble and the young coeds they have both separately met sure aren’t helping things.
“Land Where I Flee” by Prajwal Parajuly (out now)
Prajwal Parajuly takes readers on a journey halfway across the world to India where Chitralekha is celebrating her 84th birthday, a landmark cultural event. Her grandchildren have traveled from their various homes in other countries to come celebrate, and of course you know when family gets together, drama always ensues.
“Alexandrian Summer” by Yitzhak Gormezano Goren (out now)
Originally published in 1978 but now translated in English for the first time is a novel about two feuding Egyptian Jewish families. Set in 1951, it exposes sexual hypocrisies of the upper-middle class while hooking the readers with a dramatic storyline.
“Circling The Sun” by Paula McLain (out July 28)
“The Paris Wife” author Paula McLain returns with “Circling The Sun,” set in 1920s Kenya. Beryl is a young woman, both bohemian and bold, who conquers everything from racehorse training to commercial piloting. The only thing she can’t seem to control is her heart.
“Local Girls” by Caroline Zancan (out June 30)
Caroline Zancan gifts us the friendship novel of the summer with this page-turner about four best friends, all 19 years old and a hot movie star who shows up to their sleepy Florida town.
“The Domino Diaries”by Brin-Jonathan Butler (out now)
Journalist Jonathan Butler spills about his 10 years as a journalist in Cuba, largely covering the boxing scene. Even if you’re not a boxing fan, you’ll be mesmerized with this up-close look at Cuba’s fascinating culture.
“I Like You Just The Way I Am”by Jenny Mollen (out now)
Actress Jenny Mollen wrote this laugh out loud book with R-rated stories from her personal life, including hiring a prostitute for her husband Jason Biggs’s birthday. Expect your fellow commuters to lean over your shoulder to see what you’re cackling at.
“Twisted”by Bert Ashe (out now)
Writer Bert Ashe chronicles his quest to grow dreadlocks while giving a cultural history of the hairstyle, from originating in Jamaica to making its way to the States. His is a welcome fresh voice, starting a conversation about black culture from a quirky, fun angle.