What to Read This Summer

AugustImageSummer is here and that means vacations, staycations, or just the sun still shining when you get home from work. Love that. So, what to read when you're 30,000 feet in the air or have your toes in the sand?  We've got some suggestions for great summer reads


Fiction is always a good bet when it's time to take a break from the daily grind and let our minds think about something other than the latest news reports and trash TV.  Or trashy TV news reports.  But I digress.  A few top picks for what's new in fiction this summer:

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Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory
 
Chicago mobsters and a family of gifted individuals--gifts of the psychic variety, that is. Throw in some government spying and Darryl Gregory's Spoonbenders is a funny and wise summer treat.
 

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Camino Island by John Grisham
 
You really can't go wrong with a new Grisham novel, and in Camino Island a stolen artifact, the world of rare books, and a novelist with writer's block come together in this top-notch new thriller.
 

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The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland
 
At 768 pages, it may be the only book you need to bring on a trip and it will add some heft to that beach bag or backpack so it's probably a good candidate for reading on your kindle. Whatever format you choose, Stephenson and Galland's absorbing sci-fi thriller imagines what could happen if magic and time travel were scientifically possible.
 

 

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I don't know about you, but I like to carry at least two books in my bag. I need options, and when the bag is already full of water and sunscreen, lightweight paperbacks are the way to go. Here are a couple of our favorites coming out in paperback for the first time:  

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Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
 
A plane crash with only two survivors--why did the plane go down and who was responsible? This is one of those books that begs to be discussed once you've read the last page. Winner of the 2017 Edgar Award for Best Novel
 

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The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
 
The reviews for The Nightingale cannot be denied--five stars and over 33,000 (no, that is not a typo) of them.  It was one of our Best Books of 2016 and clearly a favorite with readers. If you're a fan of All the Light We Cannot See, this is the World War II love story you'll want to read next.   
 

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Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
 
Quantum mechanics and paths not taken--Crouch's sci-fi thriller keeps the twists coming and the mind bending around time, space, and our own life choices.
 

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If you're in the mood for dishy biographies or want to add some romance and mystery to the upcoming months, we also chose some new summer releases that we think make ideal beach reads. Don't forget the sunscreen.

 
See all of our editors' picks for summer reading, including books to get kids started on a new series, and the top summer reads in young adult here.

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