14 Hottest Books of Summer

Posted by Jade on July 30, 2015
We've crunched some numbers to come up with this fresh new list of summer's hottest books—and they all have a 4.0+ rating from Goodreads members!

From a powerful family drama to a sexy motorcycle club romance, from a brave exploration of America's racial history to a fairy tale that's been getting nearly universal acclaim, these are the books that everyone will be talking about.

Which ones are going on your to-read list?


FICTION
Inside the O'Briens
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Girl at War
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NONFICTION
Between the World and Me
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Pirate Hunters
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YOUNG ADULT FICTION
Uprooted
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Emma
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MYSTERY & THRILLER
Pretty Girls
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Memory Man
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FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION
The Library at Mount Char
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Nimona
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HISTORICAL FICTION
Circling the Sun
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Letters to the Lost
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ROMANCE
Nowhere But Here
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Until July
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message 2: by Kay (new)

Kay J Well more books that I'm gonna have to find and read (:


message 3: by Lora (new)

Lora King How can Karin Slaughter's new book be a summer's hottest book when it hasn't been published yet? It says publication is September 29, 2015.


message 4: by Helen (new)

Helen McClory Can we have some flash fiction or short story collections on this list!


message 5: by Lindsay (new)

Lindsay Van Lierde Karin Slaughter's new book has been published in other languages already.


message 6: by circumspect4 (new)

circumspect4 OOO, I so want to read Until July! Looks HOT!!!! Until July (Until Her, #1) by Aurora Rose Reynolds


Joann H (Sshh!!! I'm reading) Uprooted was so freaking good!!!! FLAWLESS


message 8: by Joan (new)

Joan A printable list would be nice.


message 9: by Lora (new)

Lora King Yeah I figured that was the case. :-)


message 10: by Natalie (new)

Natalie I find this list suspect as I'm on good reads all the time following a number of my friends and I've never heard of ANY of these! I also follow what's trending at the library, so it seems like I would have heard of at least a few of them.


message 11: by Renee (last edited Jul 30, 2015 11:12AM) (new)

Renee Natalie wrote: "I find this list suspect as I'm on good reads all the time following a number of my friends and I've never heard of ANY of these! I also follow what's trending at the library, so it seems like I w..."

As a librarian, I've heard of at least 6 of the authors (and if I really stopped to think about it I would probably recognize more but I don't pay as much attention to the literary fictiony type authors and that is what quite a few seem to be) and at least 3 will be on a some best seller list. Do I have them - only 1 at the moment but 2 others are possibilities (we have a small budget) Out of thousands upon thousands of books published every year plus a good deal of us out in the world who do not follow friends favorites, much off the best seller lists, or what library patrons read (I read older mysteries mixed with authors no one I know has heard about and the odd In Death title, Krentz and Evanovich).


message 12: by Renee (new)

Renee Lora wrote: "How can Karin Slaughter's new book be a summer's hottest book when it hasn't been published yet? It says publication is September 29, 2015."

Probably ARCs from NetGalley and other places, I don't have the fortitude to attempt to get them but I have noticed a lot of people do.


message 13: by Anupama (new)

Anupama Paturi please provide some more books. it is interesting post thank you.


Zombieslayer/Alienhunter {comatose with common sense} And I've read...
NONE of them.
XD


message 15: by Jeanette (new)

Jeanette Brentnall I am reading Louis de Bernieres book The Dust that Falls from Dreams and am finding it very boring. I am surprised, because I have enjoyed his other books, but even he must have been bored writing this one.
It's the second time I have found this when reading a book in ebook form: maybe I miss the whole reading experience of holding a real paper book in my hands.


Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* I've only heard of one of these and only know it's cover


message 17: by Heather (new)

Heather Circling the Sun by Paula McLain was amazing!


message 18: by Jinny Downes (new)

Jinny Downes Inside the O'Brien's was excellent.


message 19: by Linsey (new)

Linsey Jinny Downes wrote: "Inside the O'Brien's was excellent."

I am glad it was so good. I am going to read it once I finish the best of me by Nicholas sparks.


message 20: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Cole Karin Slaughter's Pretty Girls gets 5/5 from me. Brilliant book as is everything of hers :) totally recommend it if you've not already read it! In fact I recommend you find and read Everything by this author if you like mystery & suspence :)


message 21: by Zaz (new)

Zaz Nimona and Uprooted were great! I didn't read the others.


message 22: by Leonardo (new)

Leonardo Dejen de Yankezar! estamos en invierno!


message 23: by Jeremy (new)

Jeremy Joan wrote: "A printable list would be nice."
Good call. I agree!


message 24: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Looks cool
The Y.A looks awesome
I never heard of them


message 25: by Adrienne (new)

Adrienne I have never heard of these books, although I have heard of some of the authors. I don't tend to read books based on what is hot or has five star ratings, cause it is always skewed in favor of the author and then is usually awful I tend to read authors and books based on my own likes and interests.


message 26: by Darnia (new)

Darnia There are five books from the list that already in my tbr pile, so yeah....it probably gonna be the hottest books, at least for me


message 27: by Lysergius (new)

Lysergius Nothing there I would want to read.


message 28: by Xavier (new)

Xavier {Semi-Hiatus} I loved Nowhere But Here!!


message 29: by Francy (new)

Francy Memory Man was an excellent read! Look forward to the release of Pretty Girls.


message 30: by T. (new)

T. Soto Uprooted keeps popping up in my recommendation lists. I am starting to feel like I should read it.


message 31: by Zoe's Human (new)

Zoe's Human Lora wrote: "How can Karin Slaughter's new book be a summer's hottest book when it hasn't been published yet? It says publication is September 29, 2015."

I think that's an error on that edition or that maybe that date is specific to that William Morrow edition. Looking at other editions, I see publication dates of June 2 and July 2.


message 32: by Alexandra (new)

Alexandra Natalie wrote: "I find this list suspect as I'm on good reads all the time following a number of my friends and I've never heard of ANY of these! I also follow what's trending at the library, so it seems like I w..."

Yup. I only have heard of a couple.


message 33: by Zoe's Human (new)

Zoe's Human Natalie wrote: "I find this list suspect as I'm on good reads all the time following a number of my friends and I've never heard of ANY of these! I also follow what's trending at the library, so it seems like I w..."

You appear to have 14 friends on GR and I assume you mean what's trending at your local library. That's really not going to provide you with that much variety especially if you picked your friends based on having similar reading interests.

I've read one on this list, had two on my TBR already, and am familiar with four others by name though they just aren't my kind of book. I wouldn't be surprised to see a list of fourteen books I've never heard of - especially if it was in genres I don't particularly favor.


message 34: by Maureen (last edited Aug 01, 2015 09:04PM) (new)

Maureen The Library at Mount Char is an astonishingly original book. Way out of my comfort zone,but well worth the trip. Inside the O'Briens is also excellent in a completely different way. Just startingPretty Girls but have heard good things about it. I had read or planned on reading at least one of the books listed in each category here with the exception of the romance category which is generally vomitous in my opinion. I cant remember the post higher up in this thread from the librarian, but all of these books have been in tbe professional literature for months so if i was your patron I would expect you to at least know about them. Just sayin...


message 35: by SℓιM (new)

SℓιM Until July (Until Her, #1) by Aurora Rose Reynolds and Nowhere But Here (Thunder Road, #1) by Katie McGarry i never heard of them but both seems interesting to read.


message 36: by Mirjana (new)

Mirjana Heather wrote: "Circling the Sun by Paula McLain was amazing!"

Couldn't agree more. Not only was it gripping but it educated me on the lives and the work of some people I had previously only vaguely heard of. Not to mention the beautiful yet harsh backdrop of Africa. Amazing read.


message 37: by Ananya (new)

Ananya Joan wrote: "A printable list would be nice."
YES


message 38: by JennE (new)

JennE Joan wrote: "A printable list would be nice."
You could copy them and paste into a WORD or Google Doc and then print. :)


message 39: by Ellie (new)

Ellie M xMinnahx wrote: "Heather wrote: "Circling the Sun by Paula McLain was amazing!"

Couldn't agree more. Not only was it gripping but it educated me on the lives and the work of some people I had previously only vague..."


I really liked it as well :)


message 40: by Crystal-ann (new)

Crystal-ann Kay wrote: "Well more books that I'm gonna have to find and read (:"

Hahaha, I was thinking the same thing...my To-Read list is getting ridiculous...


message 41: by Ian (new)

Ian Not really a fan of lists that boldly (perhaps presumptuously) say 'these are the hottest books', but at the very least this list seems more balanced than the last one.
I've even read one of these...Uprooted. And yes it was pretty amazing, and there are one or two books in the list I think I might have a look at.


message 42: by Annabel (new)

Annabel Yes! I loved Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen. Only if I weren't limited to 5 stars...
:)
-Annabel


message 43: by Melissa (last edited Aug 02, 2015 10:33PM) (new)

Melissa I Pirate Hunters Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship by Robert Kurson by Robert Kurson and Uprooted by Naomi Novik by Naomi Novik just totally made my eyes well up with tears seeing those! Call me a sentimental dork, but I wish for these so much and can't afford them. Before anyone says the library, I'm agoraphobic with no car and nobody. Too much info, but it hurts when people comment with that. Sorry about the TMI.

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter by Karin Slaughter read, loved and many thanks to Harper Collins/William Morrow for the ARC! A 'must read'!!

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates by Ta-Nehisi Coates incredible book and another must read!! Many thanks to Random House for the ARC!

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins by Scott Hawkins cannot wait to get to! Have been wanting to read this forever! Many thanks to Crown Publishing and Net Galley for the opportunity to read it!!

All below have been on my forever it seems, ultimate wishlist.......

Circling the Sun by Paula McLain by Paula McLain

Letters to the Lost by Iona Grey by Iona Grey

Nowhere But Here (Thunder Road, #1) by Katie McGarry by Katie McGarry

Girl at War by Sara Nović by Sara Nović

Inside the O'Briens by Lisa Genova by Lisa Genova

And......the books on my absolutely cannot wait or i'll edplode ultimate wish list....I would die to have copies of (what? I'll still be reading when I'm six feet under, lol) are hands down.......and legit teary eyed over. #BookNerd #BookLover sentimental moment.....are

Among the Ten Thousand Things by Julia Pierpont by Julia Pierpont

Wicked Charms (Lizzy & Diesel, #3) by Janet Evanovich by Janet Evanovich

Pirate Hunters Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship by Robert Kurson

And.....

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Not necessarily in that order.

What an awesome list!! I've been MIA due to life and having been blacking out this past week so I'm really happy to have popped in and to have seen this post. As always another fantastic list!! Thank you, Jade for sharing with us!!

Final note: just finished Let Me Tell You New Stories, Essays, and Other Writings by Shirley Jackson by Shirley Jackson and if you love Shirley Jackson, "Twilight Zone" and "Hitchcock", books that make you think and sometimes even leave you puzzled til it clicks than this is a 'must read'!! Many thanks to #Goodreads and the First Reads Program as well as to #RandomHouse for this ARC #BookLove gift. Loved it!!


message 44: by Sam (new)

Sam Lora wrote: "How can Karin Slaughter's new book be a summer's hottest book when it hasn't been published yet? It says publication is September 29, 2015."

It has different release dates depending on what country you live in. I thought it was brill, definitely worth a read!


message 45: by Dee (new)

Dee I wish the romances would actually be adult romances (with people in their 30's or older) rather than this whole "new adult" trend - or break them out into two different categories...romance is such a huge category that you could devote a single blog just to it and still not hit all the books


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