Is there a better time of year that begs for a new page-turner than summer? Whether you’re on the beach or in the air-conditioned oasis of your home, it’s the perfect time to curl up with a cold drink and a good read. With the best summer books of 2019, don’t be surprised if you look up and find the whole day gone. We all know what the “beach read” genre promises: gripping murders, hot and bothered summer romance, and an uncontrollable need to keep reading. You’ll find all that and more in the options outlined here.
Between Elizabeth Gilbert of Eat, Pray, Love fame’s third novel (a hotly awaited non-fiction book eight years in the making) and three striking debut novels, summer 2019 is an exciting time for literature. Spanning themes of race, class, immigration, love and family, these books are above all a celebration of storytelling and its ability to connect, reveal and revel in all life has to offer. Make 2019 the summer you finally live up to your reading goals — starting with the highly acclaimed list right here.