Publishers or publicists provided digital review copies of All the Summer Girls, The Best of Us, Market Street, Sandcastle Bay, Wedding Night, A Certain Summer, The Affair and Heart Like Mine. All opinions are my own.
Memorial Day Weekend feels like the beginning of Summer. In hopes that you are going to be sharing a great house in the Hamptons, walking along the beach in Destin or surfing in San Diego, here are the best new books to read this Memorial Day Weekend! Or, if you will be staying home like most of us, here are some great novels for escapism!
How We Chose The Best New Books to Include
Fortunately for we readers, there are a zillion great books by fabulous authors that just came out or are publishing this week. There are another zillion fabulous books publishing on May 28th and June 20th. It is hard to keep up with the volume of great fiction this year!
It is safe to say that this is an unbelievable year for great fiction. Our initial list for this weekend included 71 books. We culled the list based on books we have already read and loved, authors we know and love and recommendations from our favorite publishers. We then divided the list by genre so that there is literally something for everyone.
Best New Books-Thrillers
- Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight- If you liked Gone Girl, you will love Reconstructing Amelia even more! Every parent of a teen/tween girl must read this book. The book will be made into a movie with Nicole Kidman. This book marries a crime drama with family relationships. Rush to read!
- Inferno by Dan Brown- Dan Brown is the author of the bestselling The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, and The Lost Symbol. Needless to say, Inferno has been highly anticipated and covers the mysterious literary masterpiece that is Dante’s Inferno.
- The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell– This book came out last week with unbelievable reviews. One review likened it to Hitchcock combined with Great Gatsby. This is a debut book for Rindell and, based on the reviews, she will be topping best-selling lists quickly.
So you want a lighter read or a quick page-turner while you twirl the little umbrella from your drink? Try these:
- The Surfing Lesson by Elin Hilderbrand- Hilderbrand is the queen (and we mean the queen) of the summer book. This is a short story that published this week. You will read it way too quickly and want more. Great news, this story is a prequel to Beautiful Day which comes out on June 25th! And, this story is only $1.99 right now!
- All the Summer Girls by Meg Donohue- Former best friends reunite in the beach town of their past. One woman was dumped by her fiance the day she learns she is pregnant with his child. Another woman is a beautiful stay-at-home mom obsessively searching the Internet for news of an old flame. And then there is the newly unemployed Dani, the aspiring writer who can’t seem to put down a book–or a cocktail–long enough to open her laptop. This was a great quick read!
- The Best of Us by Sarah Pekkanen- No list of great books would be complete with a Sarah Pekkanen. Her newest book, The Best of Us, is wonderful. Our review is here.
- Between Heaven and Texas by Marie Bostwick– Given our base in Texas, we cannot wait to read this one based on title and author alone! This is the newest installment in the Cobbled Court series though you do not need to read the prior books to enjoy this one.
- Market Street by Anita Hughes- What a perfect beach book! A department store heiress leaves her husband and focuses on work in the family store (modeled after Gump’s in San Francisco). And, she meets a hottie and… read the book! Our review is here.
- Three Sisters by Susan Mallery- Susan Mallery never ceases to entertain- another perfect author. A pediatrician gets left at the alter so she moves to an island, buys a house that needs renovation and… a hunky contractor. This book will make you want to remodel.
- Sand Castle Bay by Sheryl Woods- This is Woods’ first installment in the Ocean Breeze series. Emily comes back to the island to help her grandmother clean up after a hurricane. Emily runs across her former boyfriend, Boone (the perfect name for the handsome guy in a beach book, right?), is getting over the death of his wife. This is a quick and great read!
- Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella– This book has been out for two weeks. You should have already read it but in case you haven’t, rush to read immediately. It is quintessential Kinsella- funny, quirky, poignant, laugh out loud perfection. Our review is here.
- A Certain Summer by Patricia Beard- This is the perfect historical fiction book for summer- it is set just after World War II on Wauregan Island and combines a beach book, historical fiction and a thriller. This is simply a great book! Helen’s husband, Arthur, is missing in action from the war. Helen and her son, as always, go to Wauregan Island for the summer. Arthur’s best friend is pursuing Helen as is a younger war vet next door. Arthur’s fate is revealed in true thriller fashion. Read this book!
- Plum Tree by Ellen Marie Wiseman- This is another World War II story of a young German woman trying to save the love of her life, a Jewish man. “Bloom where you’re planted,” is the advice Christine Bolz receives from her beloved Oma. But seventeen-year-old domestic Christine knows there is a whole world waiting beyond her small German village. It’s a world she’s begun to glimpse through music, books–and through Isaac Bauerman, the cultured son of the wealthy Jewish family she works for.” A wonderful read!
- Villa Triste by Lucretia Grindle- This book looks great based on reviews. It is in our bag for this weekend. “Florence, 1943. Two sisters, Isabella and Caterina Cammaccio, find themselves surrounded by terror and death; and with Italy trapped under the heel of a brutal Nazi occupation, bands of Partisans rise up. In the present day, Alessandro Pallioti, a senior policeman agrees to oversee a murder investigation, after it emerges the victim was once a Partisan hero.”
The Affair by Colette Freedman– We can’t stopped talking about this book. Our review is here. An intimate journal of marital infidelity told from the perspective of the husband, the wife and the mistress. Freedman has written a real gem here which all will enjoy reading.
All You Could Ask For by Mike Greenberg– Who knew this author was an ESPN host? Ok, we didn’t but he is quite a fiction writer! This book was a quick read with a great message at the end. ” Brooke, Samantha, and Katherine don’t know each other, but their stories are about to intertwine in ways no one could have imagined.”
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini– This book comes out TODAY by the author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns. This review in today’s Washington Post only whets our appetite to read it more!
Golden Boy by Abigail Tartellin- This book comes out TODAY as well and is garnering great press attention. Golden Boy is in the June issues of O Magazine, Cosmo and Vanity Fair. If both O and Vanity Fair choose it, it promises to be a great read. And, who can not delve deeper based on this teaser- “The Walker family is good at keeping secrets from the world. They are even better at keeping them from each other.”
Heart Like Mine by Amy Hatvany- Again, no list here is ever complete without a Hatvany novel. Her latest is, like all, perfect. Hatvany can analyze family dynamics and personas so exceedingly well. Our review is here.
The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro– This novel peaks your interest immediately due to the cover. “Newlywed Grace Monroe doesn’t fit anyone’s expectations of a successful 1950s London socialite, least of all her own. When she receives an unexpected inheritance from a complete stranger, Madame Eva d’Orsey, Grace is drawn to uncover the identity of her mysterious benefactor.” This is another fascinating read that you cannot put down.
Finally, once you have read all of these, here is our 2012 list.
What are you reading and where are you going?