Last Call for Summer Reading: 9 Books You'll Kick Yourself for Not Picking Up

Last call for summer reading - Amazon Book Review - image copyright Piotr MarcinskiSee for yourself what all the hype is about for these nine new books that we think are the absolute perfect way to spend the final month of summer reading.

Plus, in case you missed them the first time around, check out three crazy-good books now available in paperback.

 

9 SUMMER READS YOU SHOULDN'T MISS:

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 The Girls by Emma Cline - What better crucible is there for growing up than being enticed into a Manson-like cult? The pull of peer pressure and the acting out of teenage rage adds barbed edges to this mesmerizing debut novel.
 

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 The Fireman by Joe Hill - Set in sometime in the very near future, people infected with the extremely contagious Dragonscale spontaneously combust--except for a small group in the New Hampshire woods who has found the secret to mastering the fiery disease. Hill weaves questions about the power of leadership, group-think, love, catastrophe, and family into his unputdownable novel. And who can resist a mentally tough heroine who loves Julie Andrews lyrics?
 

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The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis - Imagine a postapocalyptic Western told from the perspective of a female Huckleberry Finn on the run from a serial killer. Now realize that this book is unlike any you've read before. A remarkable, ominous story starring a heroine that will grab at your guts and your heart. Plus, you'll never think of jerky the same way again.
 

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 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Official Script by J.K. Rowling - This is not a novel but a script, so don't get huffy when you open the first page. Just deal. I for one will take a new Harry Potter in whatever format I can find it, and unfortunately tickets to the play in London are not in my future. Thousands of Harry Potter fans will have opinions on this story set 19 years after Voldemort's defeat. What's yours?
 

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 Monstress by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda - Best known for her groundbreaking writing on Amazing X-Men and Dark Wolverine comics series, Liu takes readers into a fantasy world of humans, Arcanic, and Ancients in a dark, hypnotic graphic novel in which the right thing to do isn't always clear. Heroism can be a murky ideal indeed, but it's easier when you have a cute fox-girl and a two-tailed cat to lean on. Takeda's artwork is lush and violent at the same time, and I dare you not to be sucked in by the first dramatic page.
 

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 Dark Matter by Blake Crouch - One of the best I-didn't-see-that-coming thriller writers of the decade does it again with this shocking story of a professor who is kidnapped and wakes up in a reality that may or may not be his own. A good read for those who sometimes still wonder if this life is reality or just a dream...
 

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 Lab Girl by Hope Jahren - Amazon.com's pick for the best book of 2016 so far is a bright, entrancing memoir of a straight-shooting geobiologist and how she engages with dirt, office politics, and her sometimes bonkers lab partners. Jahren's writing pulls you effortlessly into the world of science, failure, and discovery--and will make you laugh too.
 

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Before the Fall by Noah Hawley - A small jet crash kills everyone but a painter and a small boy who will now inherit a fortune. What happened to cause the plane to go down? This serpentine mystery delivers an ending that will make you grin with satisfaction or throw the book against the wall, and then encourage your friends to read it too so you can all dissect it together.
 

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 The Summer Dragon by Todd Lockwood - If you're a fan of girls and dragons, this is the perfect (and perfectly engrossing) fantasy read for those looking for a Game of Thrones-like story during the dark days between seasons 6 and 7. Become an early adopter of this debut author.
 

 

3 CRAZY-GOOD BOOKS NOW IN PAPERBACK:

 

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 Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari - Comedian Ansari's hilarious but thoughtful investigation of how to build and break romantic relationships in the modern age. [See our video interview with Ansari here.]
 

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 Seveneves by Neal Stephenson - What would happen if the moon blew up? Lots of bad stuff, including a meteor shower that will bombard Earth for thousands of years. This science-fueled saga spans millennia, but make no mistake: The heart of this story is its all-too-human heroes and how their choices, good and ill, forge the future of our species. You might want to lift some weights in preparation for toting around this 880-page epic.  [See our video interview with Stephenson here.]
 

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 The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins - Last year's blockbuster bestseller is finally in paperback. Discover for yourself why everyone couldn't put down this psychologically twisted whodunit in which nothing is what it seems. And then avoid public transportation.
 

 

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