23 Hottest Books of Summer

Posted by Hayley on May 22, 2017

Summer Reading is sponsored by Audible.

Nothing can ruin a vacation like a lack of books. Wherever you'll be this summer—on the beach, on the road, or cozy at home—we've got your reading recommendations covered.

We crunched the numbers to find the new and upcoming books your fellow Goodreads members love. Paula Hawkins' Into the Water is making waves in mystery, and sequels from Sarah J. Maas and Cassandra Clare have cast their spell on YA readers, but aside from the titles you already know about, we wanted to bring you the big books that combine popularity with high marks. That's why every book on our list has a 4.0+ rating! Which ones pique your interest?


Fiction
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Beartown
by Fredrik Backman

In a small town nestled deep in the forest, a community in crisis looks to junior ice hockey for hope and redemption. [Read our interview with Backman here.]
Release date: May 2


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Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
by Gail Honeyman

Meet Eleanor, a quirky loner who slowly learns she's capable of friendship (and maybe even love) after saving an elderly man's life.
Release date: May 9


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Rich People Problems
by Kevin Kwan

A massive fortune's up for grabs and scandal looms in this hilarious new installment in the Crazy Rich Asians series. [Read Kwan's book recommendations here.]
Release date: May 23


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The Ministry of Utmost Happiness
by Arundhati Roy

In this sweeping saga from the author of The God of Small Things, broken men and women find their lives mended by love. [Read our interview with Roy here.]
Release date: May 2


Young Adult
Always and Forever, Lara Jean
by Jenny Han

Glued to her writing desk, Lara Jean wars with her head and her heart as she chooses a college and contemplates leaving the boy she loves behind. [Read our interview with Han here.]
Release date: May 2


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Flame in the Mist
by Renee Ahdieh

The daughter of a prominent samurai disguises herself as a peasant boy and infiltrates the ranks of a bandit gang in this thrilling series starter.
Release date: May 16


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One of Us is Lying
by Karen M. McManus

In this deadly twist on The Breakfast Club, five strangers walk into detention at Bayview High…and only four walk out alive.
Release date: May 30


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The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue
by Mackenzi Lee

Two friends embark on their Grand Tour of 18th-century Europe, stumbling upon a magical artifact and an unexpected romance along the way.
Release date: June 27


Nonfiction
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Killers of the Flower Moon
by David Grann

The author of The Lost City of Z uncovers the secrets and scandals surrounding the investigation of the Osage Murders in the early 1920s. [Read our interview with Grann here.]
Release date: April 18


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Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Untangle the mysteries of the universe—in the same time it takes your morning coffee to brew—in this engaging and illuminating read. [Read our interview with Tyson here.]
Release date: May 2


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The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir
by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

Blending personal history with true-crime terror, this one-of-a-kind memoir begins with a disturbing and "uncannily familiar" murder case. [Read Marzano-Lesnevich's author-to-author interview with Celeste Ng here.]
Release date: May 16


Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body
by Roxane Gay

The author of Bad Feminist explores the tension between desire and denial, comfort and care, in this candid, illuminating, and inspiring memoir. [Read our interview with Gay here.]
Release date: June 13


Mystery/Thriller
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If We Were Villains
by M.L. Rio

When real violence invades a theater school, seven young Shakespearean actors must choose the real-life roles that will define them.
Release date: April 11


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The Silent Corner
by Dean Koontz

The bestselling suspense novelist kicks off a new series centered on Jane Hawk, recent widow and the most-wanted fugitive in America. [Read our interview with Koontz here.]
Release date: June 20


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Final Girls
by Riley Sager

The sole survivors of three separate horror movie-scale massacres keep to themselves—until Lisa, the first "Final Girl," winds up dead in her bathtub.
Release date: July 11


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The Breakdown
by B.A. Paris

After a woman she abandoned is murdered, guilt and paranoia haunt Cass in this tense page-turner from the author of Behind Closed Doors. [Read Paris' book recommendations here.]
Release date: July 18


Historical Fiction
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Beneath a Scarlet Sky
by Mark T. Sullivan

Based on a true story, this is the harrowing tale of Pino Lella, who spied for the Allies while serving as the personal driver of General Hans Leyers, the Third Reich's commander in Italy.
Release date: May 1


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Saints for All Occasions
by J. Courtney Sullivan

Two sisters leave their small village in Ireland, never expecting the ways the following decades in America will break and bind their relationship.
Release date: May 9


Romance
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Come Sundown
by Nora Roberts

When a dead body is found outside Bo's family ranch, the police suspect the one man Bo thought she could trust…and love.
Release date: May 30


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Silver Silence
by Nalini Singh

Passion and betrayal collide in this seductive tale of a ruthless ice queen and the changeling who vows to protect her.
Release date: June 13


Science Fiction and Fantasy
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Red Sister
by Mark Lawrence

Born for killing, eight-year-old Nona Grey comes to terms with her destiny at the Convent of Sweet Mercy, a school for would-be assassins.
Release date: April 4


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Borne
by Jeff VanderMeer

In a city littered by discarded experiments and at the whim of a giant bear, a plant-like being named Borne discovers his complex destiny.
Release date: April 25


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The Boy on the Bridge
by M.R. Carey

Desperate for any sign of hope, a small expedition of scientists searches the post-apocalyptic wasteland in this prequel to The Girl with All the Gifts.
Release date: May 2




Tell us what books you'll be checking out in the comments! And discover more of our summer reading coverage here.

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message 1: by Keith (last edited May 22, 2017 08:32PM) (new)

Keith The Last Good Man by Linda Nagata
( https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3... )
Released June 20th

Seriously seriously good near future military science fiction/thriller


message 2: by Caroline (new)

Caroline I have just added the 2 Historical Fiction books to my ever increasing to be read list.


message 3: by Jimilyn (new)

Jimilyn I just finished Beartown. I'd like to read Beneath a Scarlet Sky. I don't think any of the others are on my list of possibilities for this summer.


message 4: by Hayli (new)

Hayli Caroline wrote: "I have just added the 2 Historical Fiction books to my ever increasing to be read list."

Amen, Caroline!


message 5: by Constantine (new)

Constantine I am currently reading Beneath a Scarlet Sky


♥☆SℓιM☆♥ Only see two books, I'll add to my TBR List


message 7: by EmilyViolet (new)

EmilyViolet I'll just cry down here in the southern hemisphere as winter looms. Also, why is 'Flame in the Mist' on nearly every YA reading list recently? I haven't even heard that many great things about it.


message 8: by Autumn (new)

Autumn Bell ❤ Caroline wrote: "I have just added the 2 Historical Fiction books to my ever increasing to be read list."

Lol aka my life


message 9: by Darja (new)

Darja Drakšič I'll reread Eversea series :) Eversea
and of course something from Blair Babylon and Max Monroe


message 10: by Steven (new)

Steven "23 Hottest Books of Summer" – err... do you mean "Northern Summer"?


message 11: by Yodamom (new)

Yodamom I ordered Bear Town and will look at a couple more at least for the summer + Great list love the variety


message 12: by Sa (new)

Sa The women in the illustration for this list have no feet. Is there a reason for that?


Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* I'm curious about Beartown

Starting reading The Killers of the Flower Moon

Like the blog post graphics and ideas, Goodreads


Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* Steven wrote: ""23 Hottest Books of Summer" – err... do you mean "Northern Summer"?"

Ha, true.


Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* Sa wrote: "The women in the illustration for this list have no feet. Is there a reason for that?"

That's funny, didn't notice till you said something. That is weird.


message 16: by Mark (new)

Mark Lawrence Excellent to see Red Sister up there! Many thanks.

Also cool to see a book dominated by ice picked as one of the hottest.


message 17: by It's Me - Yvette (new)

It's Me - Yvette Beartown is on my list - hope I can get to it before the fall begins, as my TBR list is outrageous. And, I'm adding Come Sundown as well because, well, Nora Roberts...


message 18: by Janice (new)

Janice Plan to read more of Nalini Singh's Psy/Changeling series this summer.


message 19: by Kathy (new)

Kathy I read all the time, but it seems they are rarely on lists. However, I did just read Beartown and it was excellent. Not a light summer read, but a really good one!


Bookworm’s Mistress Kathy wrote: "I read all the time, but it seems they are rarely on lists. However, I did just read Beartown and it was excellent. Not a light summer read, but a really good one!"

I read more than anything else I do in my life now. I don't know if that is good or bad but I love it. I agree with Kathy, when I read a book it is most likely not on my 'to-read' list. Funny huh? Anyway I just added three to four new books for my list. Hopefully I will read them. :)


message 21: by Eris (last edited May 23, 2017 04:12PM) (new)

Eris I read, "If We Were Villains." It was great! "Final Girls" looks good too! I cannot wait for "The Breakdown" to be released. I loved "Behind Closed Doors."


message 22: by Maureen (new)

Maureen IMO, this is an odd list. Have read two and have two on by TBR list, but American War by Omar El Akkad is stunningly good and original- surprised it is not on this list.


message 23: by Catherine (new)

Catherine Some good books listed here!!


message 24: by Suzanne (new)

Suzanne These all look great. What a shame it is our winter. I can only look at these wistfully and patiently wait for summertime!


message 25: by James (last edited May 23, 2017 08:35PM) (new)

James Joyce Why do the people in the "Summer Reading" images have sandals beside their blankets, when none of them have feet?

description

Shades of Annie Wilkes!


message 26: by Beth (new)

Beth Roberts Eris wrote: "I read, "If We Were Villains." It was great! "Final Girls" looks good too! I cannot wait for "The Breakdown" to be released. I loved "Behind Closed Doors.""

The Breakdown is really good. I got an ARC through Netgalley. I have her first book but haven't read it yet.


message 27: by Beth (new)

Beth Roberts Sa wrote: "The women in the illustration for this list have no feet. Is there a reason for that?"

You made me laugh.


message 28: by Elyse (last edited May 24, 2017 06:53AM) (new)

Elyse Jimilyn wrote: "I just finished Beartown. I'd like to read Beneath a Scarlet Sky. I don't think any of the others are on my list of possibilities for this summer."

Also just finished Beartown. Not what I was expecting! Very different from his other books. And it's going to be a trilogy!


message 29: by Elyse (new)

Elyse Kathy wrote: "I read all the time, but it seems they are rarely on lists. However, I did just read Beartown and it was excellent. Not a light summer read, but a really good one!"

It's going to be a trilogy!!


message 30: by Izzy (new)

Izzy Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh sounds really interesting


message 32: by Jennifer Mae (new)

Jennifer Mae If We were Villians already added to my TBR List and I'm actually reading The Breakdown.


message 33: by Nic (new)

Nic Jordan Just finished One Of us Is Lying, absolutely awesome book!! Not just for YA readers, it's the first 'whodunnit' that has surprised me in a long time.


message 34: by Amy (last edited May 24, 2017 11:00AM) (new)

Amy Robinson I am halfway through with "Saints for All Occasions". Saints for All Occasions I'm also in the midst of a 6 month reading struggle. Actually, thanks to this book, I'm HOPEFULLY coming out of it. Love, Love, LOVE this one. I tend to love books that transcend times and generations; I honestly cannot put it down.


message 35: by Courtney (new)

Courtney Autumn wrote: "Caroline wrote: "I have just added the 2 Historical Fiction books to my ever increasing to be read list."

Lol aka my life"


I'll third that!


message 36: by Patricia (new)

Patricia Can't wait to read The Library of Light and Shadow by MJ Rose. Release date July 18.


message 37: by Denise (new)

Denise Griffin Beneath A Scarlet Sky!


message 38: by Caroline (new)

Caroline Hayli, Autumn, Courtney.
We all need more hours in the day to catch up on all our books!!


message 39: by Denise (new)

Denise Griffin Amy wrote: "I am halfway through with "Saints for All Occasions". Saints for All Occasions I'm also in the midst of a 6 month reading struggle. Actually, thanks to this book, I'm HOPEFULLY comi..."


I've been in a 4 year booking reading struggle. I hate it!


message 40: by Jen (new)

Jen I can NOT wait for Roy's new book, "The Ministry of Utmost Happiness"!!


message 41: by Amber (new)

Amber I'm looking forward to checking out Deadmen Walking in the future.


message 42: by Jocelyn (new)

Jocelyn EmilyViolet wrote: "I'll just cry down here in the southern hemisphere as winter looms. Also, why is 'Flame in the Mist' on nearly every YA reading list recently? I haven't even heard that many great things about it."


Me too, but perfect weather for curling up with good books.


message 43: by Amy (new)

Amy Robinson Denise wrote: "Amy wrote: "I am halfway through with "Saints for All Occasions". Saints for All Occasions I'm also in the midst of a 6 month reading struggle. Actually, thanks to this book, I'm HO..."

HANG IN THERE!! I know, it's brutal when I can't focus on my books. 'American Events' the past 6-8 months have really zapped me; I'm in front of the TV too much. In all seriousness, really loving this book; close to finishing but don't want it to end. ;-(


message 44: by Hari (new)

Hari Brandl I'm already reading 7 or 8 books left over from spring, and I'm not much interested in books that are new and/or best sellers, but I may begin "The Fact of a Body" and"Killers of the Flower Moon" before fall sets in.


message 45: by Keri (new)

Keri Can't wait for Nalini's book!! Bears will rule this summer and Starlight doesn't stand a chance!


message 47: by Igna (new)

Igna I urge you to get to know Eleanor Oliphant. A fabulous read. If you enjoyed "The Rosie Project", this one is for you - similar but different.


message 48: by ScrappyMags (new)

ScrappyMags Sa wrote: "The women in the illustration for this list have no feet. Is there a reason for that?"

Shark attack.


message 49: by Caroline (new)

Caroline Maggie wrote: "Sa wrote: "The women in the illustration for this list have no feet. Is there a reason for that?"

Shark attack."


Ha Ha !!


message 50: by Glenna (new)

Glenna Hemant wrote: "Sa wrote: "The women in the illustration for this list have no feet. Is there a reason for that?"

Lol...Noticed that now, Why?? 🕵️‍"


the artist couldn't draw feet? ran out of time? has a foot phobia?


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