This year has been, well, STRANGE to say the least, and sadly, it doesn’t look like summer is going to be filled with awesome vacations and getaways for many of us.
But that doesn’t mean we can’t escape with a great book.
Here’s my 2020 summer reading list of new releases (along with a few from last year not to be missed.)
Click on book title to be taken to Amazon, or grab your library card and check them out.
Either way, happy summer reading!
Meet romance novelist January Andrews who is suffering from writer’s block. Let’s just say she ends up living on the beach next door to an old friend, who is also a writer. Sparks end up flying in this witty chick lit read that is perfect for lazy summer reading.
This is the smart romance you’ve been waiting for. Read it. You’re welcome.
Waxman is one of my favorites authors lately, and her latest hit me right in the feels. It follows a mother and daughter as they tour colleges together, and explores all those deep and unavoidable feelings we have when our kids start leaving the nest. If you have teens, read this.
If you’re a fan of Reese Witherspoon’s book club pics, don’t miss this wonderful coming of age story set on a remote island. This enchanting read will definitely take you away from your summer doldrums.
I’m a sucker for a great Grisham tale, and his latest that brings us back to the familiar Camino Island (and a hurricane and a murder!) It’s the perfect legal/whodunit summer romp.
A great delicious thriller you’ll devour, with twists and turns you won’t see coming. Another Reese’s Book Club pic, you won’t soon forget this heroine from Widow Hills.
This one will give you all the feels, and at its core is a love story followed by unrelenting grief, and then another love story.
All of our routines are in flux right now, and so is the protagonist’s life in Tyler’s latest novel. Dry humor meets heartfelt in this lovely story about life’s regrets and what could have been, and still can begin.
Described as Steel Magnolia meets Dracula, this is vampire horror/chick lit at its best. It’s funny and creepy and would make a great out of the box book club pick.
Brilliantly told revenge tale, and an Amazon Best Book of April, meet two women from wildly different backgrounds who are on a collision course to each other in the most twisted of ways.
This is a one sitting read, because you won’t be able to stop reading this chilling domestic thriller that all starts with a harmless drinking game among women.
Set in the Upper East Side of NYC, this is Sex and the City Meets The Nanny Diaries. This is dark, fun, and feels very reality TV-ish.
Historical fiction fans will love this tale set in 1950s India, as it follows a young Indian girl’s quest for independence and freedom.
This a dark thriller set in the Ozarks is about a grief filled mother on the search for her daughter’s killer. It is a Booklist and Publisher’s Weekly Starred Review.
This is Jenna’s Book Club pick (Jenna Bush from Today Show) and is a charming tale many of us in midlife can relate to. Family drama, aging parents, growing kids- it’s all here in this funny yet serious novel.
Another page turner to toss in your beach bag, and a Library Journal starred review, this thriller set at a wedding part off the coast of Ireland will keep you guessing til the very end.
Part mystery, part historical fiction, with an art themed plot twist, this emotional whodunit with strong female characters will keep you guessing.
Our favorite chick lit author is back again this summer with, well, BIG SUMMER. It’s the story of ex- best friends who reunite for a summer wedding, and it explores the deep complexities of female relationships, as well as living and dealing with relationships under the backdrop of social media.
A Today Show “Read with Jenna” book club pick, Dear Edward is the story of a 12 year old boy who is the sole survivor of a plane crash. This one is an emotional roller coaster but with an ending you don’t want to miss.
Gardner fans will enjoy seeing old characters of her other books in this one, including Flora and D.D. Warren from Find Her. This creepy thriller is set in the mountains of North Georgia, and keeps readers guessing until the very end.
Dark, twisted, and haunting are just a few of the words used to describe Jewell’s latest psychological thriller. If you’ve never read any of her books before and you love nail biting suspense, start here.
All of Grisham’s books as of late have let me down, but that changed with this one. This felt like old Grisham, with a winding story set in a sleepy Florida town about a wrongly accused man on death row, this one never lets off the gas from page one. Read it.
Quirky and heartwarming, meet this jet setting crew of four estranged adult siblings- all reunited on a cruise by their mother. Witty, surprising, and laugh out loud funny, this is perfect for poolside reading.
Giffin is back with a deeply intricate story centered around the disappearance of a man on 9/11, and the woman whom he met just a few nights before, who keeps up the search for him.
This is a charming little romp that is perfect for hopeless romantics, and for those who are big fans of perfectly light-yet a little bit hot- kind of romance novels
This talented pair of suspense authors is back again with one of the most anticipated thrillers of 2020. It is a Booklist Starred review, and tells the story of a shy girl wanting more- and a different kind of life- than she bargained for.
Another fast paced plot makes this title, named Amazon’s Best Book of January, perfect for vacation reading. Meet a woman names Thursday and her husband’s two other wives, and the secrets holding them all together.
Think you’ve found the perfect young woman to care for you children? You haven’t. This one takes a very unexpected turn at the end, and will keep you guessing who the bad guy, errr, nanny really is.
This bestseller has been out for a few years, but it’s now on HULU as a miniseries starring Reese Witherspoon, so it’s time to read it if you haven’t yet.
One of my favorite books last year, Waxman does it again with this adorably lovely story of a shy bookworm, and the wonderful cast of friends around her that bring her out of her shell, and help her embrace her life and love.
This is the heaviest title of the bunch, and is part historical fiction but all sweeping drama. It is intricate, deep, and deliciously written with paragraphs you’ll find yourself reading over and over again.
A stunning debut novel about a young Nigerian girl working in servitude, who finally finds her voice. Bold, heartbreaking yet inspirational, this is the “woman power” pick of the list.
The highly anticipated continuing story of Strout’s beloved Olive does not disappoint. These 13 interconnected stories of our favorite Mainer are full of magic and not to be missed.