Summer Reads 2021


Hello and Good Morning! Summer has officially arrived and it means to buy some books to read for Summer 2021. I picked a few that peeked my interest from Keely Wiess from Harper’s Bazaar and a few other things…

Here is a few books that I picked that will be added to my library. From the article titled 20 Best Summer Books of 2021 from Keely Wiess of Harper’s Bazaar.

Credit source: Harper’s Bazaar

Somebody’s Daughter by Ashley C. Ford $26.00 SHOP NOW

Throughout her childhood in Indiana, Ashley Ford’s life was defined by her father’s absence: He was incarcerated when the writer was only a few months old, and he wouldn’t be released until after she had turned 30. For much of Ford’s life, though, the crime that landed him there was shrouded in mystery—until her grandmother tells her the truth while Ford is still reeling from the aftermath of a sexual assault. A riveting, unforgettable memoir.

Impostor Syndrome: A Novel by Kathy Wang $22.00 SHOP NOW

A fast-paced political thriller? A juicy Big Tech tell-all? A slick spy novel? Kathy Wang’s much-anticipated sophomore novel is all those things in one, following a low-level Silicon Valley worker who discovers that her company’s COO might not be the woman she claims to be.

Seven Days in June by Tia Williams $25.00 SHOP NOW

If you’re looking for a read as sultry as the summer heat, Williams’s novel about reunited high school sweethearts (okay, perhaps that’s a bit of a euphemism) has you covered. Fifteen years after spending a fateful week together, Eva Mercy is a successful romance writer and Shane Hall a literary wunderkind—and they’ve been writing each other into their books ever since. Now, they’ve run into each other for the first time since they were teenagers. What could go wrong?

Animal by Lisa Taddeo $26.00 SHOP NOW

The best way I can think to describe Three Women author Lisa Taddeo’s first novel is “like if Joan Didion got into hard drugs and carried a switchblade everywhere.” Sun-parched, sinewy, and hostile (in a good way), Animal follows Joan, a woman fleeing New York City after a tragic event. She lands in Topanga Canyon on the hunt for something—or someone—who can help her make sense of her traumatic past.

Leda and the Swan by Anna Caritj $26.00 SHOP NOW

If you’re a fan of books about ivory towers with dark secrets, consider Leda and the Swan a must-read new entry in the “sinister happenings on a foreboding collegiate campus” genre. When Leda wakes up in her crush Ian’s dorm room the morning after Halloween, she can’t remember exactly what happened between them—and her confusion turns to dread when she learns that Ian’s ex, Charlotte, disappeared from campus on Halloween night.

Goddess of Filth by V. Castro $15.00 SHOP NOW

In this Chicana riff on The Craft, five high school graduates living in Texas decide to hold a séance. However, a night of lighthearted fun turns into something out of a horror movie when one of the girls, Fernanda, seems to lose control of herself and starts chanting in the Aztec language of Nahuatl. In the coming weeks, it becomes increasingly obvious that Fernanda is possessed by a demon—or something far worse.

Velvet Was the Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia $26.00 PREORDER

In this can’t-miss follow-up to Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Mexican Gothic, Maite, a secretary in 1970s Mexico City, passes her time daydreaming about adventures full of passion and intrigue. When the beautiful art student living next door to her disappears, it’s like one of Maite’s pulp magazines come to life—but when she embarks on a search for the missing student, Maite soon finds herself in over her head.

Out August 17

One or more will be on my nightstand. To read the rest of the list click here.

A few recommendations from these folks…

Now something for the kids…

I hope you enjoyed this post and helped you in finding what to read this summer. Enjoy the rest of your Monday, be safe, healthy, and blessed. Happy Reading!

Featured image: Pexel and Harper’s Bazaar

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