There is nothing better during the summer time than to sit back with a new book. But with so many books to read where do you even get started? We’ve got you covered with this list of 10 books we think you should put on your summer reading list. From thrillers to memoirs, we think you’ll find at least one new book to read. You can find some more books to read on Goodreads, a way you can keep the books you have read and want to read organized.
Check out this list for 10 interesting books to add to your Summer 2018 reading list.
1. The Girls by Emma Cline
The Girls by Emma Cline takes place in Northern California during the violent end of the 1960s. At the beginning of her summer, lonely teenager Evie Boyd sees a group of careless free girls in a park nearby her house. Turns out, this group of girls in the park are part of a cult–and Evie gets dragged into it. She doesn’t realize how close she is coming to danger. This novel is bound to hold your interest on every page.
2.The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros is an acclaimed novel, beloved by readers old and young alike. It tells the remarkable story of Esperanza Cordero in a series of vignettes that are sometimes heart-wrenching and other times joyous. It is the story of a young Latina girl who is growing up in Chicago and she is learning about who she is and who she wants to become. A House on Mango Street is a novel that will make you rethink your own identity. And what better time to reinvent yourself than in the summer?
3. Heart Berries: A Memoir by Terese Marie Mailhot
Heart Berries: A Memoir by Terese Marie Mailhot tells the story of a woman’s coming of age in the Seabird Island Indian Reservation in the Pacific Northwest. Mailhot survived a dysfunctional upbringing and found herself hospitalized for post-traumatic stress disorder and bipolar II. She was given a notebook and she began to write her way out of her trauma–the result is this memoir. It is about her mother and her father and the difficulties of love. By the end of the memoir Mailhot discovers her true voice and seizes control of her story–reestablishing a connection to her family, to her people, and to her place in the world.
4. Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple is a remarkably touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter’s role in an absurd world. Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she is a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow-private school mothers she’s a disgrace; to designers she’s a revolutionary architect and to her 15-year-old daughter Bee she is a best friend–and just Mom. Bernadette falls off the face of the earth when her daughter Bee claims a promised reward for an aced report card: a trip to Antarctica. Bee tries to find her mother by placing together her emails, documents, and secret correspondence trying to make sense of it all.
5. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls is a moving tale of unconditional love in a family that despite its extreme flaws, gave Walls fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms. Walls’ parents ideals and nonconformity were both a curse and salvation. Her parents Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children, and lived as nomads while the children were young–Rex was an alcoholic and Rose Mary was a painter. Wells had the strength to get out of her family and still tells their story with compassion despite all the odds. Walls hid her roots from people for two decades but releases her story for the world to see in her memoir.
6. Body Positive Power by Megan Jayne Crabbe
Body Positive Power by Megan Jayne Crabbe is by social media activist @Bodyposipanda. She is an anorexia survivor, anti-diet enthusiast, and believer in intersection body positivity. Crabbe writes that people should take power back in their bodies, not believing the norms that happiness only comes once we reach our goal weight and change everything about ourselves. Crabbe’s body issues began when she was five years old at fourteen she found herself spiraling. In spite of it all, she recovered and after her recovery she found body positivity and quit dieting. Her mission is to let as many people as she can know that we are all good enough as we already are. Crabbe does this through inspiring stories and her wit.
7. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
You may have heard about Crazy Rich Asians because of the movie version coming out August 15, 2018. It is a funny novel about three rich, pedigreed Chinese families and their gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his American-born Chinese girlfriend to the wedding of the season. This girl is named Rachel Chu and she has no idea what she is getting herself into when she agree to spend her summer in Singapore with her boyfriend Nicholas Young. She envisions a humble family home, but arrives at a palace and she rides in many private planes. The novels funny language keeps your grip on every last page, making you laugh to yourself (out loud).
8. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Wild by Cheryl Strayed tells the story of Strayed and how her life fell apart in wake of her mother’s death–her family scattered and her marriage fell apart. Four years later she made the impulsive decision to hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State–alone. Wild captures the terrors and pleasures of one woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and healed her.
9. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins tells the story of Rachel, a woman who catches the same commuter train every morning. She started to feel like she began to know the people whose houses she passed by on the train–she even named them “Jess and Jason” to herself. To her, they lived a perfect life and Rachel wishes that she could be as happy as them. Suddenly, everything changes and Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she’s only watched from afar. And to them they will now see that she is more than just the girl on a train. This novel is sure to entice you, right from its premise to the last page. The novel also became a movie in 2016.
10. Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao
Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao is a novel set in India and America and is about a once-in-a-lifetime friendship between two girls who are driven apart but never stop trying to find each other again. When Poornima meets Savitha she finds hope. Poornima’s father hires Savitha to work in one of their sari looms and the two girls are drawn to each other instantly. A devastating act of cruelty drives Savitha away and Poornima leaves behind everything she has ever known to find her friend. She is taken into the darkest corners of India’s underworld, and eventually ends up in an apartment complex in Seattle. The novel alternates between the girl’s perspectives as they face numerous obstacles.
No matter what you choose to read this summer, we hope that this list has served as inspiration for your summer reading list!