The 11 Best Summer Books Of 2018


Literal page-turners.


If you’re a member of ‘Bachelor Nation’: The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll

If you were obsessed with her debut, Luckiest Girl Alive (who wasn’t?), you need to pick up Knoll’s latest. A group of successful women join a reality series, but one ends up dead. The story jumps backward to follow them during filming, unraveling all the dirty behind-the-scenes deets of reality TV—and exactly what lead to murder.


If you loved ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’: The Completionist by Siobhan Adcock

In this sci-fi fantasy of a near-future dystopian world where infertility is the norm and pregnancies are strictly monitored by the government, a young woman tasks her Army vet brother with finding their missing sister. The mystery of what happened to her, and the secrets uncovered, sucks you in—you won’t be able to put this down.


If you want a literal summer book: The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand

Just as the wedding of the year is set to take place in Nantucket, the maid-of-honor is found dead, leading to a full-on investigation. But this isn’t your average whodunit, though the suspense woven throughout keeps you glued. It’s Hilderbrand’s ability to draw up dynamic characters that truly sucks you in.


If ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ is your fav movie: When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger

Weisberger brings back Emily Charlton from The Devil Wears Prada (a.k.a. Emily Blunt in the movie) in this fun summer book; she’s now a suburbanite image consultant living in ritzy Greenwich, Connecticut in need of a career overhaul. And she’s just landed a big A-list client. Oh, and Miranda Priestly makes a cameo. Yesss.


If you’re not over ‘Little Fires Everywhere’: All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin

A scandal—provoked by a social media post from a privileged teen boy—sends shockwaves through two families, and rips their community as people choose sides. This summer book is certainly of-the-moment and aims high in taking on complex topics of class and race.


If meeting RBG is on your bucket list: The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer

Let’s put it plainly: Feminism is awesome. What it means to different generations (and genders) is at the heart of this book. You’ll get sucked in by collegiate Greer Kadetsky as she meets women’s movement pioneer Faith Frank and charts her own ambitious path toward her dreams.


If you still watch ‘Orange Is The New Black’: The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner

Set in a women’s correctional facility, Kushner outlines the struggles of Romy Hall, who’s serving two consecutive life sentences, and missing her young son Jackson. Readers say that they’re haunted by the nuanced characters inside the prison who Kushner brings to life.


If you want something fun: Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella

This book (just out in paperback!) follows happy couple Sylvie and Dan trying to keep the spark of marriage alive by surprising each other with gifts, trips, and dates. But when one of those surprises reveals a shocker about their past, the experiment makes them question how well they even know each other.


If you love mysteries: The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

This twisted story begins when Hal gets a letter telling her that she’s inherited a massive fortune from a deceased relative. The letter was sent to the wrong person, but Hal decides to try and claim the $$ anyways. But when she shows up to the funeral to collect, she realizes that there’s something suspicious about the death at the center of this inheritance.


If you just want a good love story: When Katie Met Cassidy by Camille Perri

Traditional Kentucky girl Katie has just been dumped by her fiancé when she meets the sexy, confident Cassidy. Their undeniable attraction will make her question her sexuality and what it really means to be in love.


A Place for Us: A Novel

A big wedding brings a Muslim Indian family back together—forcing the first-generation American immigrants to confront their clashing values as well as the reason why the son, Amir, left home several years ago. It’s a beautiful look at the ties that bind families together, for better and for worse.