I got a head start on my personal summer reading list since there have been so many great books coming out this month — and school’s only just ending. If you’re heading to the beach in the coming weeks, here are some MUST-READS for summer.
The Stars Are Fire
By Anita Shreve
Get ready to be sucked into this page turner, written by the prolific and always engaging Anita Shreve (The Pilot’s Wife). Based on real wildfires that savaged the coast of Maine in the 1950s, a young mother saves her small children by hiding in the ocean with wet blankets on their backs. When she loses her husband, her home and her sense of self, she’s forced to reinvent herself — until a surprise twist changes her life forever. I’ve had several friends read this book, and everyone loves it.
Do Not Become Alarmed
By Maile Meloy
This novel is like a great drink — you don’t want to put it down. It’s a psychological thriller about two families from southern California that go on a cruise to South America. When the mothers take the kids on an off-ship excursion while the fathers golf, they accidentally lose the children — all six of them. Seriously. (Get ready to judge.) With suspense in every page, you’ll follow the kids to a drug kingpin’s house and sit with the parents as they scramble and panic and lose their minds trying to find them. AMAZING journey.
By Elin Hilderbrand
Hilderbrand, the so-called “queen of the summer novel” for her books set in Nantucket, is out with a new one that’s been called “another beach hit” by USA Today. The Identicals is about twin sisters — one who lives on Martha’s Vineyard, the other on Nantucket — and what happens when they swap islands for the summer.
Anything is Possible
By Elizabeth Strout
I’m a huge fan of Pulitzer Prize winner Strout’s delightful recent story collection, My Name is Lucy Barton, and now she’s out with another that my friend, Molly, also a prolific reader, says is amazing. In Anything is Possible, Strout introduces readers to “an unforgettable cast of small-town characters coping with love and loss.” The characters are great, but her writing is always unforgettable. Don’t miss it.
By Mandy Berman
I’ve seen this book mentioned as a must-read everywhere from People to Elle Magazine. Is it because many of the writers of online posts are in their early twenties? Even still, this nostalgic summer camp book has my attention. “A seductive blast of summers past, a striking portrait of adolescent longing, and a tribute to both the complicated nature and the enduring power of female friendship, Perennials will speak to everyone who still remembers that bittersweet moment when innocence is lost forever.” I’m a sucker for these kinds of books, and the writer looks super young, which makes me even more curious.