The 30 best books for summer reading in 2021

Dive into the season’s buzziest books — from seashore reads to thrillers, up to date fiction to memoirs, historic tomes and extra.


that summer

Jennifer Weiner (fiction, Atria Books)
Daisy Shoemaker is a married suburban mother with a rebellious daughter and a husband who offers for them — however by no means lets her neglect it. When she begins receiving messages meant for one other girl with a virtually similar e mail deal with, the 2 start speaking. The girl is every little thing Daisy isn’t: single, unattached, with a thriving company job. As Daisy quickly finds out, the ladies are related in methods she by no means may have imagined, in this web page turner about misplaced alternatives and decades-old secrets and techniques. 

last summer at the golden hotel

Elyssa Friedland (fiction, Berkley)
The Golden Hotel is the final of its form: Owned by the Goldman and Weingold households, the place is a basic Borscht Belt summer resort that has been the host of many joyful recollections. But its heyday is now gone, the payments are piling up, and the visitor register is dwindling. When a improvement agency makes a bid that may contain tearing down the resort and constructing a on line casino, the 2 households collect to debate the supply — amidst quite a few household scandals and loads of drama. 


TJ Newman (fiction, Avid Reader Press)
There are 143 passengers on board a airplane from Los Angeles to New York City. What they don’t know is that the flight will likely be something however routine. Minutes earlier than takeoff, the pilot was contacted by somebody who provides him a chilling directive: The pilot’s spouse and youngsters are being held at gunpoint at residence, and he should crash the airplane or his household will likely be killed.

the husbands

Chandler Baker (fiction, Flatiron Books)
Nora Spangler is a profitable lawyer on the companion observe; however she’s additionally exhausted from overseeing her household’s life at residence. When she and her husband go home buying in Dynasty Ranch, the neighborhood is full of high-powered girls whose husbands do every little thing for them. Are they Stepford spouses — or the reply to all female prayers? 

the summer job

Lizzy Dent (fiction, GP Putnam’s Sons)
Birdy has kicked off her summer job as sommelier at a distant Scottish resort with a little bit of a fib … nicely, a whopper. She’s pretending to be her best buddy Heather, an precise sommelier, whereas she herself is aware of nothing about wine. The newly renovated resort, in the meantime, is determined for good scores from restaurant critics to spice up its backside line. What may presumably go improper? 

where the grass is green and the girls are pretty

Lauren Weisberger (fiction, Random House)
Peyton seemingly has all of it: a job as a well-known TV anchor, a loving husband and a Princeton-bound daughter. But when a school admissions scandal threatens to engulf her household, she flees to her sister’s upscale NY suburb to cover out — and attempt to rebuild her fame. 

malibu rising

Taylor Jenkins Reid (fiction, Ballantine Books)
It’s Malibu in August of 1983, and Nina Riva’s hotly anticipated end-of-summer bash is occurring. Everyone needs to be across the Riva siblings — the kids of well-known singer Mick Riva, they’ve all carved out their very own niches in the world. But the air is full of rigidity, outdated grudges and long-held secrets and techniques, and, by morning, the Riva mansion will go up in flames. 

the turnout

Megan Abbott (fiction, GP Putnam’s Sons)
Sisters Dara and Marie Durant have run the distinguished Durant School of Dance collectively since their mother and father died in a tragic accident over a decade in the past. Marie teaches the youthful youngsters whereas Dara handles the older pupils; her husband Charlie, as soon as a prized pupil on the dance college, handles the enterprise itself. When an odd accident happens proper initially of the college’s annual Nutcracker efficiency, it throws every little thing into chaos. 

hell of a book

Jason Mott (fiction, Dutton)
A black creator embarks on a cross-country e book tour to advertise his new e book, however he’s adopted by a (presumably imaginary) youngster. The creator’s story is intertwined with the narrative of Soot, a younger black boy dwelling in a rural city. Mott has written a intelligent meditation on race and violence in America. 

count the ways

Joyce Maynard (fiction, William Morrow)
Eleanor and Cam meet in Vermont in the early Seventies. Neither has a lot cash, however they’ve a farmhouse and a household in a number of brief years. For some time, love is sufficient to hold them going. But when an accident adjustments their household dynamic ceaselessly, the couple do their best to muddle via a divorce. 

the guncle

Steven Rowley (fiction, GP Putnam’s Sons)
Patrick — “Gay Uncle Patrick,” or “GUP” for brief — has all the time been a loving and enjoyable uncle. But when his niece and nephew lose their mom and their father goes into rehab for the summer, he’s all of the sudden in cost. Patrick may not know a lot about parenting, however he’s decided to be the best uncle he might be, inflatable pool toys, home events and all. 

bath haus

PJ Vernon (fiction, Doubleday)
Oliver Park is a recovering addict who’s constructed the proper life along with his companion Nathan, an older surgeon, in their beautiful Georgetown residence. But one weekend when Nathan is away, Oliver finds himself visiting Haus, a homosexual bathhouse, the place he has a terrifying encounter that nearly will get him killed. Traumatized, he tries to shake off the encounter and transfer on with out telling Nathan. That’s when he begins seeing his attacker across the neighborhood, and it’s clear the man’s acquired Oliver in his sights. Terrifying. 

all together now

Matthew Norman (fiction, Ballantine Books)
Reclusive billionaire Robbie Malcolm has every little thing he needs — every little thing, that’s, besides time. When a physician provides him a terminal analysis, Robbie invitations his core group of highschool buddies for one closing seashore weekend they’ll always remember. 

palace of the drowned

Christine Mangan (fiction, Flatiron Books)
It’s 1966 and Frankie Croy has retreated to her buddy’s palazzo in Venice, trying to bounce again from a breakdown triggered by a scathing overview of her debut novel. While there, she meets a younger girl named Gilly, who describes herself as an enormous fan. Something about Gilly appears off, however Frankie can’t fairly put her finger on it. Then a flood ravages town, and the 2 girls won’t ever be the identical. 

summer of the bluffs

Sunny Hostin (fiction, William Morrow)
In the unique black neighborhood of Oak Bluffs, summer is an opportunity to loosen up and benefit from the seashore. Seventy-year-old Amelia Vaux Tanner is about to host her final summer in her beloved trip residence earlier than shifting to France. She has invited her three goddaughters to spend the season along with her; when it ends, one in all them would be the proprietor of Amelia’s home.

mary jane

Jessica Anya Blau (fiction, Custom House)
In Seventies Baltimore, 14-year-old Mary Jane has conservative mother and father and sings in the church choir. When a bohemian household in the neighborhood enlists her as a mom’s helper, Mary Jane is launched to a wild new world not like something she’s ever recognized. 

the plot

Jean Hanff Korelitz (fiction, Celadon) 
Back in the day, Jacob Finch Bonner was a hotshot younger novelist with a promising first e book. But all that promise amounted to nothing a lot. Now he’s educating in a D-list MFA program and hasn’t written a phrase in years. When an obnoxious pupil comes in with a tremendous thought, Jacob doesn’t suppose twice about it. But when the coed mysteriously dies, the professor begins to suppose that a good suggestion shouldn’t go to waste. 

a double life

Charlotte Philby (fiction, Harper Collins)
From the granddaughter of Britain’s most well-known double agent, Kim Philby, comes this page-turning thriller about Gabriela, a senior negotiator coming off of a seven-month stint in Moscow. When the girl returns residence to her household, nonetheless, one thing isn’t fairly proper. 

the other black girl

Zakiya Dalila Harris (fiction, Atria Books)
Editorial assistant Nella Rogers is the one black worker at Wagner Books. When one other black girl, Hazel, begins working in the cubicle subsequent to hers, she thinks she has discovered an ally. But because the weeks go by, Nella notices Hazel has change into the workplace favourite — and he or she herself is getting omitted of essential initiatives. Then the notes begin showing on her desk: Leave Wagner now.


Michael Punke (fiction, Henry Holt)
In the aftermath of the Civil War, a brand new battle between native tribes and a brash new nation breaks out on the Western frontier. Colonel Henry Carrington has arrived in Wyoming to open a brand new street for gold miners and settlers, whereas Red Cloud, a revered Lakota chief, understands precisely what it will imply for his individuals. From the bestselling creator of “The Revenant.” 

golden girl

Elin Hilderbrand (fiction, Henry Holt)
Vivian Howe, a married mom of three grown kids, is killed in a hit-and-run accident whereas jogging close to her Nantucket residence. As she’s ushered into the good past, she’s given the chance to observe one final summer play out on earth — and allowed three “nudges” to alter the end result of issues for her kids. 


Jamie Brenner (fiction, GP Putnam’s Sons)
The family-run Hollander Estates vineyard is floundering, and matriarch Vivian fears this summer might be their final season. When her granddaughter uncovers journals from Vivian’s outdated “trashy novel” e book membership, they begin to notice that the important thing to saving the winery — and to happiness in love and life — simply may lie in the over-the-top novels. 

survive the night

Riley Sager (fiction, Dutton)
Charlie met Josh Baxter via the faculty journey board: He’s a complete stranger but additionally her ticket residence from a faculty terrorized by a campus killer who has murdered three individuals to this point. As the hours in the automobile go, Charlie begins to note inconsistencies in Josh’s story — and wonders if perhaps she didn’t go away the hazard behind on campus. 


golden boy

John Glatt, nonfiction, (St. Martin’s Press)
Thomas Gilbert Jr. grew up with each doable benefit: non-public faculties, a loving household, homes in the Hamptons. Despite all this, OCD and growing paranoia, mixed with an inexplicable hatred of his father, led him to homicide the rich financier. An in-depth take a look at an act that shocked town’s elite. 

the ground breaking

Scott Ellsworth (nonfiction, Dutton) 
Memorial Day 2021 marked the one centesimal anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre, an occasion as surprising in its violence as for the cover-up that lasted for a long time. With thorough reporting, Ellsworth researches the occasion, the individuals who stored the story alive and the continued search for victims’ unmarked graves. A must-read. 

kennedy's avenger

Dan Abrams, David Fisher (nonfiction, Hanover Square Press)
It was the killing seen on reside tv: Two days after the homicide of President John F Kennedy, a nightclub proprietor named Jack Ruby slipped into the Dallas police station and shot useless alleged murderer Lee Harvey Oswald. The ensuing felony trial of Ruby, forgotten by most, was in truth a weird and interesting circus: How do you defend a person who pulled the set off on reside tv? And how did he die an harmless man? 

the house wives

Brian Moylan (nonfiction, Flatiron Books)
When it involves seashore reads, what’s higher than some good old school dishing? Moylan, who writes the “Real Housewives” recaps for, takes the reader on a behind-the-scenes tour of this most unbelievable franchise. 


punch me up to the gods

Brian Broome (memoir, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
A strong debut memoir — generally heartbreaking, generally hysterically humorous — about rising up black, poor and homosexual in Ohio, feeling like an outsider and utilizing medicine to hunt consolation in a world the place Broome felt unmoored. Poignant and uncooked. 

the great peace

Mena Suvari (memoir, Hachette)
Suvari pulls completely no punches in this uncooked exploration of a Hollywood childhood filled with sexual abuse, emotional abandonment and drug habit — and divulges how she constructed a brand new life on her personal phrases. 

reborn in the usa

Roger Bennett (memoir, Dey Street Books) 
Known as lovable “Rodge” to followers, Roger Bennett is one half of the favored “Men in Blazers” TV sequence, commenting on soccer and tradition. His e book is a love letter to the United States, and particulars his journey from Liverpool to NYC. 

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