Having you been loving this warm spring weather? It’s the perfect reminder that warmer days are on their way, and with them comes beaches, ice cream, and lazy summer days. What’s the perfect accompaniment for all of these things? Hot new summer reads, and nothing gets me excited for the summer like thinking about all of the awesome new books that will be waiting for me to read them.
I’m going to walk you through a little sneak peek at what’s coming up this summer, and hopefully you’ll find a few good books to add to your to be read list.
I think that mysteries make for perfect summer reading, and as it gets sunnier outside I go looking for books that will send a chill down my spine. One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus comes out on May 30th and has been described as The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars. Five strangers have detention together, and one of them doesn’t make it out alive. Can you figure out who did it? The classic high-school characters are all here, Bronwyn the brain, Addy the beauty, Nate the criminal, Cooper the athlete, and Simon the outcast. I won’t tell you who bites the dust, but I will tell you that this book is all about secrets and how far people will go to protect them.
Are you a fantasy fan? Looking for monsters and humans who hunt them? Our Dark Duet comes out June 13th and is the sequel and conclusion to Victoria Schwab’s This Savage Song. If you haven’t read This Savage Song get read to meet Kate who is a
ruthless monster hunter, and about to deal with a brand new monster who torments its victims with their own inner demons. I’d recommend this book for fans of The Mortal Instruments or Descendants.
You see lots of movie blockbusters hitting the silver screen in the summer, and I’d describe The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich (out on May 16th) as the blockbuster of my book recommendations. If you like James Bond or Kingsman: The Secret Service you will love this book about Caden and Dylan two teens raised as spies by a secret organization. They’re both pursuing a girl for the organization, and once she falls for one of them the other will die. Of course life can’t be that simple, and as the boys race to complete their mission they start to realize that they might just have feelings for each other.
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon hits the shelves May 30th, and it has all the elements required to become a hilarious rom-com classic. Dimple Shah and
Rishi Patel are two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married. When they attend the same competitive summer program for aspiring web developers they find themselves clashing as love blooms in an unexpected way.
I wanted to highlight this title because I am so excited to see more diverse books popping up in the libraries YA section all the time.
My final summer recommendation is The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee, which comes out June 27th. It’s the tale of two friends on a summer road trip, and how they discover their feelings for each other along the way. Did I mention that it’s set in 18th-century Europe, they discover a magical artifact, end up in a dangerous manhunt and have to fight pirates and highwaymen? Not your typical road trip, and this book would be the perfect choice to liven up any road trips that you might be taking.
If you any of the books on my summer preview list piqued your interest pop over to the Winnipeg Public Library Catalogue and place a hold on the title that you can’t wait to get your hands on, and you’ll be in line for a great summer read.