This Summer’s Must-Reads, According to Bookstagrammers

Even if you have the best of intentions to plough through this season’s #TBR lists (that’s ‘to be read,’ for the uninitiated), trying to find your perfect book out of a list of 50 can be intimidating. Never fear: With the help of Instagram’s most reliable Bookstagrammers, we’ve done the grunt work for you with seven new reads to dive into this summer. Whether you’re lounging by the pool or sweating it out on the subway, these are the summer must-reads you never knew you (or your Amazon wishlist) needed.

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“I think from a very young age, I’ve been drawn to people who were dangerous. I was drawn to the bad girl who had seen all the R-rated movies at age twelve and could tell me about them. I’ve always been interested in people who don’t seem to think about rules or have no concept of boundaries. My sense of boundaries and rules are very clear, to the point where I have a desire to test them because I feel so bound by them.” — Chelsea Hodson in an interview with @believermag • That quote from the interview perfectly reflects this collection of essays, which is why I was fascinated by this book at first. I’m still relatively at that “reckless youth” age so I was able to relate to a big chunk of this book. There were snippets where I would be wowed and would say out loud, “dang, I felt that.” However, as I kept on reading that’s all there was...just snippets, clever one-liners of profound emotion but I wanted more than that. I wanted to go farther deep into that hurt and longing and explore it and dissect it. Yet by no means did I not like this book, I was still able to connect to it, and it did make me eager to read whatever Hodson writes next. Also I recommend you watch the book trailer for this on YouTube, it includes an original song by Chelsea Hodson and also accurately represents the atmosphere of this book. So good and emo...def my kind of thing🤘🏻 A huge thank you to @henryholtbooks for sending this my way!💕

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Tonight I’m Someone Else, by Chelsea Hodson From graffiti gangs and Grand Theft Auto to sugar daddies, Schopenhauer, and a deadly game of Russian roulette, in these essays, Chelsea Hodson probes her own desires to examine where the physical and the proprietary collide. Both tender and jarring, this collection is relevant to anyone who’s ever searched for what the self is worth.”

Florida, by Lauren Groff The stories in this collection span characters, towns, decades, even centuries, but Florida—its landscape, climate, history, and state of mind—becomes its gravitational center: an energy, a mood, as much as a place of residence.”

Skylarks, by Karen Gregory “‘Keep your head down and don’t borrow trouble’ is the motto Joni lives by, and so far it’s seen her family through some tough times. So when Annabel breezes into her life, Joni’s sure they’re destined to clash. Pretty, poised, privileged – the daughter of the richest family in town must have it easy. But sometimes you find a matching spirit where you least expect it.”

In the Garden of the Fugitives, by Ceridwen Dovey “Almost twenty years after forbidding him to contact her, Vita receives an email from her old benefactor, Royce. Once, she was one of his brightest protégées; now her career has stalled and Royce is ailing, and each has a need to settle accounts.

All These Beautiful Strangers, by Elizabeth Klehfoth “A young woman haunted by a family tragedy is caught up in a dangerous web of lies and deception involving a secret society in this highly charged, addictive psychological thriller that combines the dishy gamesmanship of Gossip Girl with the murky atmosphere of The Secret History.”

Bad Blood, by John Carreyrou “The full inside story of the breath-taking rise and shocking collapse of Theranos, the multibillion-dollar biotech start-up, by the prize-winning journalist who first broke the story and pursued it to the end, despite pressure from its charismatic CEO and threats by her lawyers.”

Our Kind of Cruelty, by Araminta Hall A spellbinding, darkly twisted novel about desire and obsession, and the complicated lines between truth and perception, Our Kind of Cruelty introduces Araminta Hall, a chilling new voice in psychological suspense.”


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