Books We’re Excited to Read This Summer

With summer days ahead, we can’t wait to lay out on our cozy beach towels by the ocean or pool while sinking into a good book. Here is a list of upcoming book releases we look forward to reading this summer.

The Wind Knows My Name by Isabel Allende

Available June 6, Chilean author Isabel Allende’s upcoming release The Wind Knows My Name ($13.99, preorder here) intertwines the stories of an immigrant child, Samuel Adler, in 1938 Europe and Anita Diaz, a child in the United States, in 2019. Thanks to his mother, Samuel escaped Nazi-occupied Austria alone to the United Kingdom soon after his father’s disappearance. Meanwhile, in 2019, Anita, who was separated from her mother after fleeing El Salvador, has a family member in the U.S. and now works for Samuel.

The Only One Left by Riley Sager

Riley Sager (author of Final Girls, winner of the ITW Thriller Award for Best Hardcover Novel) has a new book out on June 20 that we are excited to read this summer. The Only One Left ($23.80, preorder here) takes us to Maine’s coast, where we find Hope’s End, a mansion known for the 1929 Hope family murders. Lenora, who was 17 at the time, is the suspected murderer. Now an elderly woman, she is unable to speak but is ready to convey everything to Kit, her at-home home health aide.

The Rachel Incident by Caroline O’Donoghue

Caroline O’Donoghue, a New York Times bestseller and host of the Sentimental Garbage podcast, is releasing her latest novel, The Rachel Incident ($23.80, preorder here), on June 22. The book introduces us to Rachel Murray, a 21-year-old living a bohemian lifestyle who finds herself involved in a convoluted relationship with her roommate, James; her professor (whom she is obsessed with); and his distinguished wife.

Immortal Longings by Chloe Gong

Immortal Longings ($25.22, preorder here), the first book in the Flesh & False Gods trilogy, is set to be released on July 18. Author Chloe Gong is known for her critically acclaimed Secret Shanghai novels. We are excited to meet her newest characters, Princess Calla Tuoleimi and Anton Makusa. Princess Calla is looking to bring down the monarchy during the San-Er games in the kingdom of Talin. Anton, an aristocrat, enters the competition to save his childhood love, who is in a coma.

Family Lore by Elizabeth Acevedo

Winner of multiple literary awards, Elizabeth Acevedo has a new book out on August 1. Family Lore ($27, preorder here) is her highly anticipated novel about Flor, whose gift entails knowing the exact day someone will die. She surprises her sisters when she requests a living wake, making them wonder if she expects to die soon. We learn the story of Flor; her sisters Matilde, Pastora, and Camila; and her cousins Ona and Yadi, over the three days leading up to the wake.

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