11 New Books To Add To Your Summer Reading List

Celebrate National Book Lovers Day with a list of the best new books for Summer!

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August 9th was National Book Lovers Day, which encourages people to pick up a book and read — for fun! Book lovers from all across the country share the books they've been reading and collect ideas for what to start on next.

With so many talented writers out there and unforgettable novels that make us laugh and cry and break our hearts and put them back together again, it can be hard to choose a book that's better than the last. From short stories to great American novels, there's an enormous variety of genres and writing styles to choose from. 


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Books are a great way to learn about people, culture and other areas of the world. If you haven't made it through your Summer reading list yet, now is a great time to start. We've got you covered for some great books to add to your list in celebration of National Book Lovers Day. The books below are great contenders because they are endorsed by celebrities that enjoy them and they are books that relate to everyday people.


As they say, don't judge these books by their covers, because you will be missing out on what you can learn and the exciting stories these books have to tell.

1. Florida (Lauren Groff)

Endorsed by former first lady Michelle Obama and comedian Kathy Griffin, Florida is a collection of short stories about life. Each story is about different situations, time periods and conflicts. If you like multiple stories instead of just one this is the book for you.


Many people want a story that has a beginning, middle, and end. Instead, this book will give you a peek inside someone else's life and give you an appreciation of your own life. Take a chance and step into someone's shoes, you won't regret it. 

2. Kudos (Rachel Cusk)

Endorsed by Chrissy Teigen (DJ on the popular hit T.V. show, Lip Sync Battle) and Megan Mullally (from Will & Grace), Kudos is part of a trilogy. The first book of the trilogy, Outline, was published in 2014 followed by Transit in 2016.


The trilogy is about a dystopian future where people share their feeling openly without fear. The main protagonist Faye questions the world around her and wonders if anybody around her feels the same way. If you like dystopian novels and you like mystery, this is the book for you. Don't miss out on the adventure of a lifetime.

3. Bad Blood (John Carreyrou)

Endorsed by American columnist Meghan McCain, Bad Blood is about Elizabeth Holmes. Holmes, who started out as a Stanford dropout, started a startup company called Theranos. Theranos allegedly provided blood testing at a discounted rate. Her empire came crashing down when a journalist named John Carreyrou discovered that she swindled millions of dollars from her investors and lied about what her company said it could do.


If you like to see justice being served, this is the book for you.

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4. Baracoon (Zora Neale Hurston)

Endorsed by journalist Paula Rogo, the book is about the collection of documents and accounts of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. If you want to be educated about this unfortunate time in history, there are first-person accounts and papers that give detailed documents of the routes the trade took, and the accounts of people who lived through it. 


5. Motherhood (Shelia Heiti)

Have your goals conflicted with some aspects of your life? In Motherhood, a woman goes back and forth on the decision of motherhood. Already a successful writer, she dosen't know if she wants to settle down with her with boyfriend, Miles, or become a mother and forge ahead with her writing career. This book really relates to the reader because many of us have to make decisions every single day to get what they want. Is it possible have your cake and eat it too? Find out in this true-to-life novel.

6. The Pisces (Melissa Broder)


Are you into Sci-fi romantic thrillers? Then this is the book right up your alley.

A young woman who is depressed by a breakup meets a mysterious man at sea. The chemistry is great, but she wonders why she never sees him on land or around town. If you love romanic novels and believe in the power of love and what it can do for two people than this is the book for you. Love has no boundaries and this book proves it.

7. Sorority (Genevieve Sly Crane)


Take a closer look at sororites with this great read. Sororities are supposed to be supportive — with sugar and spice and everything nice, right?  According to Sorority, not so much. It's about a girl, Margot, who died in the sorority house that she used to live in.

Each chapter is written in the point of view of  Margot's sorority sisters as they reflect on what happened to their friend and how they are picking up the pieces of their lives. Get involved in the mystery of Magot's death and see if you can spot the killer.

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8. The Mars Room (Rachel Kushner)


Have you ever wondered what it is like to be in jail for the rest of your life? This book will give you that perspective with the books main character Roomy Hall. Hall is serving two life sentences in California and soon has to adapt to the life of the federal prison system.

The Mars Room gives you a taste of all the drama, violence and inner workings of the federal prison system through the eyes of a young girl. Will she make or will she succumb to the pressure of living a life behind bars?

9. Welcome to Lagos (Chibundu Onuzo)


If you like adventure and meeting new people, then this novel will have you on the edge of your seat. Based in Nigeria, Welcome to Lagos' main character, Chike Ameobi, goes A wall from the army and starts a journey of self-discovery. On his way to find himself, he meets people along the way that open his mind and his heart. Conflict arises when he and his friends are embroiled in a political scandal.

If you like a good story about a journey to self-discovery and meeting new and strange people, this book is right up your alley.

10. Some Trick (Helen DeWitt)


If you like to explore many different stories instead of one, then Some Trick is exactly what you're looking for. The book is about thirteen different characters from various stories that have some correlation to author Helen Dewitt. The characters are unique and have different missions in life.

Its great to not focus on one character for a whole entire book.

11. The Kiss Quotient (Helen Hoang)


The main character in this book Stella is relatable. She has a job and not enough time to date. On top of that, she has ​Asperger Syndrome ​and finds it difficult to communicate with others. Stella's solution to her problem is to hire escort Micheal Phan.

Phan teaches her how to reform herself to get what she wants and builds her confidence. Stella wonders if she has already found the man of her dreams or if he is right in front of her. Find out and get The Kiss Quotient today.

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