Our Top 10 Books To Read This Summer

If you’ve read (and loved!) all of the books on our Winter Watch List, it’s time to update your To Be Read shelves! Below is a Sneak Peak of the ten books to read this summer. Whether you like CanLit, light beach reads, creepy thrillers, experimental fiction or high fantasy, we guarentee there’s (at least) one book on this list that you won’t be able to put down!

Natchez Burning by Greg Iles 

#1 New York Times bestselling author Greg Iles returns with, arguably, his most eagerly anticipated novel yet (and his first in five years!), Natchez Burning. This is the first installment in a trilogy that interweaves crimes, lies, and secrets past and present in a mesmerizing thriller. Fans of Natchez Burning include Stephen King, Dan Brown and John Grisham. Wow!

The Girl Who Was Saturday Night by Heather O’Neill 

If you follow @SavvyReader on Twitter, you probably already know that Heather O’Neill‘s debut novel Lullabies for Little Criminals is my favourite book –or was, that is. Heather’s second book, The Girl Who Was Saturday Night rightfully earned its top spot in my library for a variety of reasons. Firstly, it’s a great example of CanLit, as it is set in Montreal during the 1995 referendum. It’s also a coming of age story about 19-year-old Nouschka as she is engaged “in the greatest battle,” the battle to be herself despite the efforts of her twin brother and her infamous father.

Of course, like Lullabies, the strongest element of this book is Heather’s writing, which will have you dog-earing your pages and underlining quotes, keeping them at the front of your mind and close to your heart.

The Bees by Laline Paull 

I was lucky enough to read an advanced copy of this book in early January, and did so in one sitting (on a very long plane ride, mind you). It is, no exaggeration, captivating. In The BeesLaline Paull invites readers into the hive of a bee colony and we follow a lowly worker bee as she Serves. Obeys. and Protects. her queen. This book has elements of dystopian fiction and is compared to Watership Down. Even Margaret Atwood and Emma Donoghue are raving about it!

Authority by Jeff VanderMeer 

It’s no surprise that we’ve included Authority, Jeff VanderMeer‘s follow up to Annihilation, on our Summer Sneak Peak list. Annihilation was one of our favourite books of the winter (for a variety of reasons) and we think we just might like Authority more. Instead of taking readers into Area X, VanderMeer gives a glimpse into the (equally as erie) headquarters of The Southern Reach.

Don’t forget, you can earn a Southern Reach badge for your #50BookPledge by reading Annihilation and Authority! Details here.

Bird Box by Josh Malerman (available May 13th)

In Josh Malerman‘s creepy, apocalyptic novel Bird Box, there is only one way to survive: Don’t Open Your Eyes, because there is something out there that drives you to madness with one glance. Interweaving past and present, this breathtaking debut is a horrific and gripping snapshot of a world unraveled that will have you racing to the final page. Warning: I spent one Saturday reading this because it is SO suspenseful that I just couldn’t put it down. Save Bird Box for a rainy day or you’ll be the a victim of an unintentional late night.

The Heiresses by Sara Shepard (available May 20th)

The easiest way to describe this book is Gossip Girl meets Pretty Little Liars; but unlike Sara Shepard‘s previous series, this The Heiresses falls into the “adult” category, rather than YA. In it, tragedy strikes the wealthy and elusive Saybrook family  when thirty-four-year-old Poppy, the most exquisite heiress of them all, flings herself from the window of her TriBeCa office. Everyone is shocked that a woman who had it all would end her own life, but shortly after her “suicide,” her cousins receive an ominous threat: one heiress down, four to go.

The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joël Dicker (available May 20th)

There is much that can be said about The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair, the publishing phenomenon by Joël Dicker that has sold over two millions copies in Europe since its release last year. I will say little about this book, except that depsite it’s 600+ page count, you will read it in one weekend (and be talking about it all summer!)

The Summer Without You by Karen Swan (available June 3rd)

Karen Swan is the queen of romantic, escapist fictionspecifically around Christmas, when we can curl up (and ahem, hide from our relatives) with her romantic stories set in wintry London. Now, Karen is changing seasons and offering her readers the perfect summer read: a book set in the Hampton’s about a young woman whose future is turned upside down when her partner of five years asks for a “temporary break” from their relationship.

Want You Dead by Peter James (available June 10th)

Want You Dead is the thrilling new crime novel in Peter James‘s Roy Grace series (which we’re big fans of, if you didn’t already know). It is the case of online dating gone horribly wrong; when thirty-year old Red Cameron met handsome, charming and rich thirty-five year old Bryce Laurent through an online dating agency, there was instant attraction. But as they fall more in love, the truth about his past began to emerge (and with it his dark side.)

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen (available July 8th)

There’s been a lot of buzz about this book already; movie rights have already been sold to the same production company that bought the Harry Potter franchises, a move that we readers have Emma Watson to thank for. She read it, loved it, and is not only starring in the film, but has signed on as an executive producer!

The Queen of the Tearling is one of my favourite Summer books. It’s a high fantasy story about a young princess who must reclaim her dead mother’s throne, learn to be a ruler—and defeat the Red Queen. I am typically not a fantasy reader, but Kelsea is one of the strongest female leads I’ve read in a long time (think Katniss, in a crown) and one of her most admirable qualities? She’s a reader!

Which books are you most excited for? Tell us on Twitter @SavvyReader!

Contest Alert! We’re giving away copies of all of the awesome new books coming out this month on 50BookPledge.ca! That’s right, you can enter to win copies of The Girl Who Was Saturday Night, The Bees, Authority, Bird Box, The Heiresses and The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair! Enter now.

Good luck!


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17 thoughts on “Our Top 10 Books To Read This Summer

  1. I really want to read the Summer without You and the Heieresses. I also think The girl who was saturday night looks really good. I love reading and I love finding top ten books for the summer. Makes me excited to make my next purchases and read the next adventure!

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