Goodreads' Top Reviewers Pick the 'It' Book of Summer
The Goodreads community is, of course, exceptional when it comes to finding great books. So, this summer we turned to some of the top book reviewers on the site to ask them to pick the book that will become the season's "It" read: that breakout hit everyone will soon be discussing.
Check out their bold predictions! You can also click on each of their names to follow them for more of their reviews. Be sure to add the books that pique your interest to your Want to Read shelf!
"As an avid reader of mysteries, thrillers, and suspense novels, I've read just about every type of story in the genre. Rarely does an author come onto the scene and change the game so thoroughly while grabbing the attention of the majority, but that's precisely what Riley Sager did in 2017 with Final Girls. Now, with his fourth book, I'm putting my money on Home Before Dark being the must-read story of summer. With the author's three previous novels all being bestsellers, it's the most confident bet I'll make all year," says Chelsea Humphrey.
"If you think that My Dark Vanessa constitutes a 21st-century Lolita; if you think that My Dark Vanessa is an engaging, challenging look at a subject that affects large numbers of women; if you think that My Dark Vanessa is a moving story written by an exciting new novelist, one with the literary skill of a veteran; if you think that My Dark Vanessa has already earned a place on the list of best books of 2020; and if you think that My Dark Vanessa, pending the release of other outstanding 2020 fiction, of course, might just possibly be the best novel of 2020, well you are not alone because, ya know, me, too," says Will Byrnes.
"My prediction for the biggest book of the summer is The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins. This is a hugely anticipated book that will act as a prequel to The Hunger Games trilogy. The book will be the first time readers get to revisit Panem since the series ended ten years ago, so I'm expecting a lot of buzz and discourse over the summer, especially with how the themes of this prequel may relate to our world today," says Cindy Pham.
"So much is packed into these 336 pages! A haunting contemporary-but-feels-dystopian story reminiscent of The Handmaid's Tale, a gritty character drama that explores the relationship between mothers and daughters, and a thoughtful coming-of-age tale about what it is to grow up and reevaluate everything you've been taught to believe in. Godshot made me feel so many emotions that I just had to talk about it immediately," says Emily May.
"Silvia Moreno-Garcia blends fantasy with horror and suspense in 1950s Mexico in her highly anticipated novel, Mexican Gothic. No one will be able to resist the story of Noemi, a brave socialite, drawn to the treacherous secrets of the isolated mansion her newly married cousin finds herself living in. Upon arrival, the house soon invades Noemi's dreams with visions of blood and doom. Readers will soon be seduced by the horrifying world of High Place, and enchanted by Noemi's unlikely quest to save her cousin," says Kristin Hackett (SuperSpaceChick).
"This is the summer thriller that we have all been waiting for. I cannot remember the last time I felt my heart actually race as I read a book. The way Harrison layered all those spooky elements and the way she depicted the characters so vividly. It was amazing. I couldn't sleep because I NEEDED to know what happened...and then I couldn't sleep because I KNEW what happened.... In short, I don't think I will ever sleep again. On the plus side, that will give me lots of time to read more books!" says Miranda Reads.
"While it's hard to figure out what book will be the buzz of the book world this summer, one that I would love to see more people reading is Don't Read the Comments. This story has everything I love in a book! It has incredibly layered characters with strong backstories and personalities. It has a focus on the world of video games, which makes my nerdy heart happy. On top of everything, it's an incredibly well-written and well-paced story! I highly recommend giving it a go," says Jesse (JesseTheReader).
"I think the book we’re all going to be eating up this summer is The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins! It’s been a long time since we’ve read something new from Collins, and we need it now more than ever. I’m currently rereading the Hunger Games trilogy, and it is somehow better than I remember: thrilling, compassionate, and full of heart. In these trying times, it will be wonderful to escape on an adventure in the world of Panem that reminds us to be brave and strong in the face of difficulty," says Ariel.
"This much anticipated concluding volume to Hilary Mantel's Thomas Cromwell trilogy is finally here. I love the way that Mantel has resurrected and reimagined this self-made man of history into a living, breathing person. Though Cromwell has accomplished miracles in the past for his king, it will only take one misstep for him to find himself in jeopardy with a king known for his 'off with his head' pronouncements. Ripe with intrigue, changing alliances, and compelling conspiracies, this is a titillating and riveting saga that will be the sizzling read of the summer," says Jeffrey Keeten.
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