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One of the things I enjoy doing in my free time, and sometimes when I’m actively avoiding work, is browsing through the coming soon section of publisher’s websites. I usually always end up with a new list of books to be added to my TBR pile. I thought I’d share some of the books that looked the most interesting to me all being released this summer in case you’re on the hunt for some new books but don’t have the time to read through pages and pages of new releases. Maybe you’ll find one that sparks your interest!
1. Suicide Club by Rachel Heng
PUBLISHER: Henry, Holt & Co
RELEASE DATE: JULY 10, 2018
Once I read the synopsis, I was immediately interested in this book. The concept of this one sounds so interesting and unique. I love anything dystopian, and the synopsis for this one gave me wonderful Black Mirror vibes
“Lea Kirino is a “Lifer,” which means that a roll of the genetic dice has given her the potential to live forever—if she does everything right. But Lea’s perfect life is turned upside down when she spots her estranged father on a crowded sidewalk. His return marks the beginning of her downfall as she is drawn into his mysterious world of the Suicide Club, a network of powerful individuals and rebels who reject society’s pursuit of immortality, and instead chose to live—and die—on their own terms. In this future world, death is not only taboo; it’s also highly illegal. Soon Lea is forced to choose between a sanitized immortal existence and a short, bittersweet time with a man she has never really known, but who is the only family she has left in the world.
2. Dear Mrs. Bird by AJ Pearce
RELEASE DATE: JULY 3, 2018
This one is set in London during World War II. That’s pretty much all I needed to get me interested in this one. I love London and anything WWII related will pique my interest.
“London, 1940. Mrs. Bird is very clear: letters containing any unpleasantness must go straight in the bin. But when Emmy reads poignant notes from women who may have Gone Too Far with the wrong men, or who can’t bear to let their children be evacuated, she is unable to resist responding. As the German planes make their nightly raids, and London picks up the smoldering pieces each morning, Emmy secretly begins to write back to the readers who have poured out their troubles.”
3. Not Her Daughter by Rea Frey
PUBLISHER: St. Martin’s Griffin
RELEASE DATE: AUGUST 21, 2018
The synopsis of this one drew me in because it sounded so terribly sad. I’m a sucker for a good tear jerker, and it sounds like this one bound to deliver.
“Sarah has never seen a girl so precious as the gray-eyed child in a crowded airport terminal—and when a second-chance encounter with Emma presents itself, Sarah takes her, far away from home. But if it’s to rescue a little girl from her damaging mother, is kidnapping wrong?
Amy’s life is a string of disappointments, but her biggest issue is her inability to connect with her daughter. And now she’s gone without a trace.
As Sarah and Emma avoid the nationwide hunt, they form an unshakeable bond. But her real mother is at home, waiting for her to return—and the longer the search for Emma continues, Amy is forced to question if she really wants her back.”
4. Ghosted by Rosie Walsh
PUBLISHER: Pamela Dorman Books
RELEASE DATE: JULY 24, 2018
I’m not usually one for a romance novel. My cold, black heart usually can’t take all the lovey-dovey stuff. This one interested me because, when I read the synopsis, I found myself wondering why in the world he didn’t call? I obviously need to find out!
“When Sarah meets Eddie, they connect instantly and fall in love. To Sarah, it seems as though her life has finally begun. And it’s mutual: It’s as though Eddie has been waiting for her, too. Sarah has never been so certain of anything. So when Eddie leaves for a long-booked vacation and promises to call from the airport, she has no cause to doubt him. But he doesn’t call.
Sarah’s friends tell her to forget about him, but she can’t. She knows something’s happened–there must be an explanation. Minutes, days, weeks go by as Sarah becomes increasingly worried. But then she discovers she’s right. There is a reason for Eddie’s disappearance, and it’s the one thing they didn’t share with each other: the truth.”
5. Jell-O Girls: A Family History by Allie Rowbottom
PUBLISHER: Little, Brown and Company
RELEASE DATE: JULY 24, 2018
I love Jell-O. I also love reading about other people’s lives. This book sounds like a win to me.
“A memoir that braids the evolution of one of America’s most iconic branding campaigns with the stirring tales of the women who lived behind its façade – told by the inheritor of their stories.
In 1899, Allie Rowbottom’s great-great-great-uncle bought the patent to Jell-O from its inventor for $450. The sale would turn out to be one of the most profitable business deals in American history, and the generations that followed enjoyed immense privilege – but they were also haunted by suicides, cancer, alcoholism, and mysterious ailments.
A gripping examination of the dark side of an iconic American product and a moving portrait of the women who lived in the shadow of its fractured fortune, JELL-O GIRLS is a family history, a feminist history, and a story of motherhood, love and loss.”
6. The Drama Teacher by Koren Zailckas
RELEASE DATE: AUGUST 7, 2018
A seemingly put together wife and mother with a secret, illegal past life she’s hiding from her family? I’m interested. What did she do? Who is involved? Why is it all a secret? I must know.
“Gracie Mueller is a proud mother of two and devoted wife, living with her husband Randy in upstate New York, her life complicated by the usual stressors and tedium—young children, marriage, money—and she’s settled down comfortably enough. But Gracie, underneath all that’s marked her life as average, has a lot to hide about where she’s from, who she is, and who she’s been. And when Randy’s failing career as a real estate agent makes finances tight, their home goes into foreclosure, and Gracie feels she has no choice but to return to the creatively illegal and high-stakes lifestyle of her past in order to keep all that she’s worked so hard to have.”
7. The Book of M by Peng Shepard
PUBLISHER: William Morrow
RELEASE DATE: JUNE 5, 2018
A science fiction novel set in a new dystopian world? Yes, sign me up.
“One afternoon at an outdoor market in India, a man’s shadow disappears—an occurrence science cannot explain. He is only the first. The phenomenon spreads like a plague, and while those afflicted gain a strange new power, it comes at a horrible price: the loss of all their memories.
Ory and his wife Max have escaped the Forgetting so far by hiding in an abandoned hotel deep in the woods. Their new life feels almost normal, until one day Max’s shadow disappears too.
Knowing that the more she forgets, the more dangerous she will become to Ory, Max runs away. But Ory refuses to give up the time they have left together. Desperate to find Max before her memory disappears completely, he follows her trail across a perilous, unrecognizable world, braving the threat of roaming bandits, the call to a new war being waged on the ruins of the capital, and the rise of a sinister cult that worships the shadowless.”
8. Your Second Life Begins When You Realize You Only Have One by Raphaelle Giordano
PUBLISHER: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
RELEASE DATE: JULY 24, 2018
This one was first published in France and became a best seller. It’s finally making it way across the pond, and I’m excited to read it.
“At thirty-eight and a quarter years old, Paris native Camille has everything she needs to be happy, or so it seems: a good job, a loving husband, a wonderful son. Why then does she feel as if happiness has slipped through her fingers? All she wants is to find the path to joy.
When Claude, a French Sean Connery look-alike and routinologist, offers his unique advice to help get her there, she seizes the opportunity with both hands. Camille’s journey is full of surprising escapades, creative capers, and deep meaning, as she sets out to transform her life and realize her dreams one step at a time . . .”
9. All The Ever Afters by Danielle Teller
PUBLISHER: William Morrow
RELEASE DATE: MAY 22, 2018
I love the cover of this one. Growing up, Cinderella was one of my favorite fairytales, and the animated Disney version was always in the VCR on repeat. I love a twist on a classic fairytale. Once Upon A Time on ABC was one of my favorite TV shows so obviously when I read the synopsis for this book I knew I was going to have to check it out.
“We all know the story of Cinderella. Or do we? As rumors about the cruel upbringing of beautiful newlywed Princess Cinderella roil the kingdom, her stepmother, Agnes, who knows all too well about hardship, privately records the true story. . . .”
10. Mary B: A Novel by Katherine J. Chen
PUBLISHER: Random House
RELEASE DATE: JUNE 24, 2018
I’m a Pride and Prejudice fan. Obviously. I love Elizabeth’s spunk, Jane is beautiful, and Mr. Darcy makes me swoon. All that. I love the idea of this book though. Mary, the overlooked sister, the one in the background who doesn’t get much attention, she has a life and a story too. We aren’t all the chosen ones who save the day or the ones who take center stage, but the background characters in fiction and in real life have stories too. I’m glad this book exists, and I can’t wait to read Mary B’s story.
“The overlooked middle sister in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice casts off her prim exterior and takes center stage in this fresh retelling of the classic novel. Set before, during, and after the events of Pride and Prejudice, Katherine J. Chen’s vividly original debut novel pays homage to a beloved classic while envisioning a life that is difficult to achieve in any era: that of a truly independent woman.”
What do you think? I’m so pumped for a long summer of reading, and can’t wait to get my hands on these books. What books are on your summer reading list?
*Book synopses courtesy of respective publishers.