Favorite Fiction Authors Share Their Summer Books

Posted by Cybil on May 22, 2017

Summer Reading is sponsored by Audible.

Have you ever wanted to know what your favorite authors read in the summer? Well, my fellow readers, wonder no more!

We tracked down five of your favorite authors across different genres to share their summer reading picks. We asked fantasy and YA novelist V.E. Schwab (AKA Victoria Schwab), bookclub favorite (and author of The Nightingale) Kristin Hannah, debut phenom Brit Bennett, science fiction writer Ken Liu, and romance queen Sylvia Day to each recommend three books that 'to them, would be perfect summer reading.'

Their answers are as varied as the books they write. Which of their recommendations are you adding to your Want to Read list?

V.E. Schwab/Victoria Schwab


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Schwab is not one, but two bestselling authors. As the fantasy writer V.E. Schwab, she penned the beloved Shades of Magic series about multiple, magical Londons. The first two books of the trilogy earned Goodreads Choice nominations in the fantasy category two years in a row. The series concluded with the February publication of A Conjuring of Light. In addition, she's also Victoria Schwab, author of young adult books including The Archived series, the Monsters of Verity series, and The Near Witch series.

Her summer reading selections include the first book in a GLBT romance fantasy series, a nonfiction favorite about a serial killer at the Chicago world's fair, and a book of feminist essays.

Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat
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"The first book in a gorgeous, complex, and lush series about two princes who should be enemies and become much, much more, I read the entire trilogy in a weekend. A perfect lose-yourself read."


The Devil in White City by Erik Larson
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"A captivating look at Chicago, a world's fair, and a serial killer on the loose. This is the best kind of non-fiction, with all the richness and atmosphere of an invented tale."


Shrill by Lindy West
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"A brilliant and hilarious examination of what happens when women use their voice and platform. Loved every chapter."


Kristin Hannah


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Kristin Hannah has written more than 20 novels, but the one that's become a beloved bestseller the world over is The Nightingale—it has an average 4.54 rating on Goodreads with more than 296,485 reviews and nabbed the 2015 Goodreads Choice Award for historical fiction. Since its publication, the book about heroic women during WWII has been translated into more than 39 languages. Hannah's other books include Winter Garden and Firefly Lane.

For her summer reading suggestions, Hannah picks the newest book from mystery & thriller writer Dennis Lehane, a sweeping historical fiction novel set in the aftermath of the American Civil War, and a world of magic and intrigue set at the dawn of the 19th century.

Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane
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"Lehane is a master of suspense and atmosphere, but it's his characterizations that keep me riveted from beginning to end. This book rocks."


News of the World by Paulette Jiles
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"Paulette Jiles' exquisite voice and powerful storytelling gifts are on beautiful display in this jewel of a novel."


Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
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"Granted, this is a big book for summer reading, but I read it on the beach and loved it so much I forgot about sunscreen and didn't care. A big, beautiful, sprawling novel that sucks you in."


Brit Bennett


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Brit Bennett's first book The Mothers was one of last fall's biggest literary debuts and immediately made this young author a star. It also earned Bennett a Goodreads Choice Awards nomination for best debut author. She was named among the National Book Foundation's '5 under 35' list of promising young novelists. Hollywood has also come calling, with Warner Brothers optioning the book and actress Kerry Washington attached as producer.

Her summer reading selections include a historical romance, a psychological thriller, and a look at a blended family dealing with tragedy.
The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
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"A historical romance meets crime drama, this story propels forward as the main characters fall in love and stumble into big trouble. Couldn't put it down."


Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka
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" I was fortunate to read an early copy of this debut about an unsolved murder in a voyeuristic suburban community. An impressive psychological thriller set in a town where everyone is always watching and being watched."


Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
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"I loved this exploration of a blended family, brought together through infidelity and scattered by time. A witty but moving novel about the complexity of families that we may or may not chose to join."


Ken Liu


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Ken Liu's debut novel The Grace of Kings launched the epic fantasy series The Dandelion Dynasty where shapeshifting gods drift among silk-draped airships. The second second volume in the series, The Wall of Storms, was published last year along with a collection of short stories The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories—a 2016 Goodreads Choice Award fantasy nominee. The fantasy and science fiction author has also worked as a programmer, a lawyer, and a translator of Chinese fiction (notably The Three-Body Problem, the recipient of the 2015 Hugo Award for Best Novel).

So, what does one of the hottest names in science fiction and fantasy recommend for summer reading? His selections are a novel from Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell, along with a witty fantasy, and a story of a boy's life in Thatcher's England.

Black Swan Green by David Mitchell
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"My favorite book by Mitchell. By turns funny, sweet, and moving, this is an exquisite portrait of a boy's life in Thatcher's England."


Trading Up by Candace Bushnell
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"A sardonic, biting take on the Great American Novel for the early twenty-first century."


Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho
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"Witty and effervescent, this magical regency tale is contemporary period fantasy at its best."


Sylvia Day


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If you're a romance fan, you probably already know about Sylvia Day. If not, well, time for your meet cute! Day wrote the Crossfire series that began with Bared to You and concluded with last year's One with You, which was both a highly Anticipated Book of 2016 and a Goodreads Choice Award nominee in romance.

While she's best known for her Crossfire series, her Renegade Angels and Jax & Gia books are also readily devoured by romance fans. She publishes more fantastical fiction under the pseudonyms S.J. Day (urban fantasy series Marked) and Livia Dare (futuristic thriller In the Flesh). And still this busy writer found time to recommend a summer barbecue whodunit, a stalker story, and a book about beautiful and deadly people.

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
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"This whodunit/whathappened takes place during a barbeque (a summer staple) and the deep characterization will keep you engrossed even with a poolside or seaside view."


You by Caroline Kepnes
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"Another master study in characterization, this tale of a stalker and his prey is best read in the warmth of sunlight, to keep the chills at bay."


Bloodline by Sidney Sheldon
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"This classic will take readers to exotic locales with a myriad of beautiful, deadly people. When you can't get away, this book will serve as its own little vacation. "


Which recommendations intrigued you? And be sure to check out more of our summer reading coverage here.

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message 1: by Mridula (new)

Mridula Gupta The wall of storms i want to read that. Another fantasy added to my TBR


message 2: by Maria (new)

Maria Really interesting titles. I always did wonder what authors read.


Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* Have several of these on the wishlist. Great recs.


message 4: by Tone (new)

Tone "Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell"
simply one of my favourites ever.....read it for the first time when I was 14 and it's been almost ten years...still love it!!
(the audiobook is great and the BBC TV adaptation quite nice as well)


message 5: by Hari (new)

Hari Brandl Interesting, but these are nowhere near my favorite writers.


message 6: by Angela (new)

Angela Longobardi YEEEEESSSSS CAPTIVE PRINCE!


message 7: by Amber (new)

Amber I got The Nightingale ready to read from the library. It looks awesome!


message 8: by Libby (new)

Libby Gordon Amber wrote: "I got The Nightingale ready to read from the library. It looks awesome!"

It is! One of my very favorite WWII historical fiction novels.


message 9: by Julia (new)

Julia It's always fun to see what authors enjoy reading. I've added quite a few of these to my to-read list - and I wholeheartedly second the recommendation on Black Swan Green!


message 10: by John (new)

John Pellow Interesting and good but there is not written by my fav writter.


message 11: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Barnes Sylvia Day has some great recommendations. I can see myself getting into all three!


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