Unplugging and reading a great book in the sun is one of the great pleasures in life, whether you’re by the pool, on the beach, or just lounging in your backyard. It’s an incredibly satisfying way to pass a few hours, especially if you have a glass of rosé to keep you company. Below, a few of our favorite books in a summer reading edit.
Maggie Shipstead has quickly become one of my favorite writers, and her newest novel might just be her best book yet. Great Circle follows the life of a female pilot who tries to circumvent the globe, and the woman that plays her in a big Hollywood movie a century later. It is a big, beautiful, and ambitious book that clears the bar. Seating Arrangements, her debut novel about a WASPy wedding weekend in Maine, is about as sharp and satirical as summer reading gets.
One of the more recent great writers of pop culture and romance, Taylor Reid Jenkins, has a new book out! Her newest is Malibu Rising, and it’s set over the course of one long summer day in Malibu. Four famous siblings throw a party at their oldest sister’s house (who also happens to be a supermodel), and secrets threaten the fabric of their super-tight family bond. I tore through it in two days. If you haven’t read her other books – Daisy Jones & The Six, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – now is the perfect time.
If you’re looking for something a little more mysterious, then you’ll love The Maidens. Alex Michaelides follw-up to his hit debut novel The Silent Patient has some of the same themes like a gruesome murder, and a psychiatrist. It also weaves together Greek mythology, all on the beautiful but sinister campus of Cambridge University. If you loved The Secret History, you’ll love this.
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