How as your summer reading progressed, friends? Like most things this summer, it feels like it went by in a flash and all the best laid plans didn’t quite happen the way I expected them to. Still, I managed to get a few books checked off my list towards my goal of reading 20 books this year. I’d love to surpass that goal too, if I can, and the routine of having the kids back in school and sports should help me in that challenge.
Of course, having amazing people at Simon & Schuster willing to share some of the hottest new releases and critic’s picks for the summer has certainly helped me as well. At the beginning of August I picked 10 of Simon & Schuster’s top books for the summer to add to my collection and I am SO excited to read them all! Here’s what’s on my reading pile (a pile! yeeeeee!)
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of In a Dark, Dark Wood, The Woman in Cabin 10, The Lying Game, and The Death of Mrs. Westaway comes Ruth Ware’s highly anticipated fifth novel.
When Rowan stumbles across an ad for a live-in nanny, she’s looking for something else completely. But it seems like too good an opportunity to miss—with a staggeringly generous salary. And when she arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten—by the luxurious “smart” house fitted out with all modern conveniences, by the beautiful Scottish Highlands, and by this picture-perfect family.
What Rowan doesn’t know is that she’s stepping into a nightmare—one that will end with a child dead and Rowan in prison awaiting trial for murder.
Named a “Must-Read” by TODAY, Us Weekly, Bustle, BuzzFeed, Goodreads, Entertainment Weekly, Publishers Weekly, Southern Living, Book Riot, Woman’s Day, The Toronto Star, and more!
For two sworn enemies, anything can happen during the Hawaiian trip of a lifetime—maybe even love—in this romantic comedy from the New York Times bestselling authors of Roomies.
In this intriguing novel filled with romance and mystery, a young actress travels to a lakeside villa in northern Italy for the role of a lifetime only to find herself haunted by the ghost of a missing woman—from the New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling author Susanna Kearsley.
For fans of the high-stakes tension of the New York Times bestsellers Luckiest Girl Alive and The Lying Game, a razor-sharp page-turner about female ambition and what happens when fake violence draws real blood…
A moving portrait of love and friendship set against a backdrop of social change.” —The New York Times
“Here is the power of the novel in its simplest, richest for: bearing intimate witness to human beings grappling with their faith and falling in love. That Wall executes it so beautifully? Well, this is exactly why we read literary fiction…The best book about faith in recent memory.” —Entertainment Weekly (A-)
The bestselling author of The Simple Wild and Keep Her Safe and “master of steamy romance” (Kirkus Reviews) delivers a sizzling novel about an ambitious and high-powered executive who reconnects with her first love: the boy who broke her heart.
In this “sharp, scary, gorgeously evocative tale of love, art, and obsession” (Paula Hawkins, bestselling author of The Girl on the Train), a beautiful young woman aspires to be an artist, while a man’s dark obsession may destroy her world forever.
The Doll Factory is a sweeping tale of curiosity, love, and possession set among all the sordidness and soaring ambition of 1850s London.
A Pretty Woman tale turns toxic and deadly in this provocative thriller of sex, obsession, and murder from Robyn Harding, the “master of domestic suspense” (Kathleen Barber) and the USA TODAY bestselling author of The Party and Her Pretty Face.
Gone Girl meets Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls in this mesmerizing debut novel about a toxic friendship that turns deadly.
What if survival means losing yourself?
When an invasion of murderous creatures signals the end of the world, a wayward teenage girl must band together with a dangerous ally if she’s to have a chance at survival in this high-stakes, heart-wrenching story of destruction, hope, and freedom.
I’m willing to bet you’ve seen one or several of these titles online, on the shelves at Chapters Indigo, or at another store (I’m always browsing titles at the drugstore, airports or yes, Costco!) From what you’ve already spotted on your own, or after viewing the quick synopsis here, do you have an immediate MUST READ?
If you follow me on Instagram stories, you’ll note that I shared my fun reading The Best Lies a few weeks ago. It wasn’t until I was nearly done the book that I read on the back that it was more teen fiction than adult suspense, but I think that says a lot about the author and her writing. Even better? I handed it to my 11.5 year old who is just about finished reading it herself. It was nice to read it myself first to ensure there wasn’t anything too controversial or inappropriate in the book. Next up, Ruth Ware’s The Turn of The Key! I’ve read a few of her books now and can’t wait to dive in!
Again, Simon & Schuster have graciously offered my readers an amazing prize package containing all 10 of the books shared in this post! Keep them all to yourself to read and indulge or share them with friends to create your own book exchange and discussion group! To enter to win, just fill in your name and email address in the form below and click BEGIN! Then leave me a comment on this blog post telling me which title you’d read first!