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My 12 Most Anticipated Books This Summer

Maybe this post is a little late as SEVERAL amazing books (that could’ve been on this list) have already come out… The Cruel Prince by Holly Black (my current read), The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin, Children of Blood and Bone by Toni Adeyemi, to name a few. But we still have a few 3/4 of the year to go, so it’s better late than never, right?

So here is a short[ish] compilation of books that I am looking forward to this summer. I have terrible luck with series (I mean I always start ones and have to wait forever for the next books to be published), so I apologize if a bunch of these books are sequels to series you haven’t started yet. Either way, Enjoy!!


  • May 15 – War Storm (Red Queen #4) by Victoria Aveyard. [YA, fantasy] This is the concluding book in the Red Queen series which has been full of action, calculated plot turns, and a little bit of romance. In this book, Mare works against the boy who broke her heart to finally tear down the walls that have kept Reds, like her, oppressed for so long.
  • May 29 – Legendary (Caraval #2) by Stephanie Garber. [YA, fantasy] #BookConfession I bought Caraval almost two months ago and still haven’t touched it (I think I’m worried that it won’t be as good as everyone says it is). Since I haven’t read the first book, I’m going to let you click the link to read about these books 🙂
  • May 29 – The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware. [fiction, thriller, mystery] I loved The Woman in Cabin 10 and have high hopes for this one. Hal receives a letter, giving her a substantial inheritance that doesn’t belong to her. This little piece of paper brings Hal into a strange situation.
  • June 5 – Smoke in the Sun (Flame in the Mist #2) by Renee Ahdieh. [YA, fantasy] AHH! I read Flame in the Mist in February (I know, I am SUPER behind on reviews!), and I cannot wait for this book to pick up where the last one left off. (Even better, Goodreads claims this is the finale so we won’t get stuck waiting for another book!) After being “rescued” by her twin brother, Mariko uses her position at the palace to try to free Okami.
  • June 5 – Us Against You (Beartown #2) by Fredrik Backman. [contemporary, fiction] Beartown was amazing, and if you haven’t read it, I highly suggest that you do. So much changed in Beartown after the events that caused the start player to miss the most important game of the season. The game has been changed forever. Now, the town is trying to rebuild something they once thought was lost.
  • June 5 – The Book of M by Peng Shepherd. [fiction, sci-fi, fantasy] In a future world, people start getting a new power, but this power comes at the cost of their memories. One couple fights against the forgetting, staying together as long as possible.
  • June 12 – A Reaper at the Gates (Ember #3) by Sabaa Tahir. [YA, fantasy, historical] I’m not even sure how to sum this up. Read the first two books, but not too fast because you have to wait until June for the third book. (Fun fact: the second book, A Torch Against the Night, was the first book I ever pre-ordered)
  • June 19 – The Myth of Perpetual Summer by Susan Crandall. [contemporary, novel, fiction, historical] This book is a powerful contemporary novel about a girl who tries to care for her younger siblings to protect her family’s reputation. SERIOUSLY, looks like a crier.
  • June 19 – Bring Me Back by B. A. Paris. [mystery, novel, fiction] From the same author of Behind Closed Doors, this mystery starts with the disappearance of a man’s wife on a road trip. 10 years later, someone is playing games with him.
  • July 3 – The Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams. [historical fiction, mystery, romance] Have I told you yet how much I loved A Hundred Summers? (Oh, I have? My bad.) I love the way Williams weaves characters together, tying their past into the present (or whatever time the books is set). Set on the scene of summer homes in the 50s and 60s, a young woman hunts for the answers to questions she was too young to ask.
  • July 3 – Zen and Gone by Emily France. [YA, contemporary] 17-year-old Essence takes care of her younger sister, Puck, because their mom is too high to care for them. Puck stows away when Essence goes on a survival trip to the Rocky Mountains and then goes missing.
  • August 14 – See All The Stars by Kit Frick. [YA, contemporary, fiction] From Goodreads: “The path forward isn’t a straight line. And moving on will mean sorting the truth from the lies—the lies Ellory has been telling herself.” This looks like a beautiful coming-of-age story to look forward to towards the end of the summer.


Let’s talk!! What books are you looking forward to this summer? Did you add these books to your TBR list yet? Did I miss any books you think should be on the list?



7 thoughts on “My 12 Most Anticipated Books This Summer

  1. Another marvelous list! You reminded me of so many books I am PSYCHED for! One of which is certainly Smoke in the Sun. Don’t fret about not being timely about reviews. I have books I still haven’t written reviews for which I read YEARS ago. I totally have intentions of writing them still, too. O_o

    I love that you have a diverse collection of genres, as well as both series books and stand alones on this list. Do you prefer certain genres? Series vs. stand alones?


    1. Hi Jackie! Thanks, I had a ton of fun making this one :). I’m glad I could be farther behind.

      I really LOVE most genres. Which sounds crazy, but I go through stages. The first half of this year (so far) had been YA fantasy novels, but now I’m onto non-fiction. I’ll probably rotate through contemporary fiction and romance (like one book) and mystery before I come back around to fantasy. Part of being a mood reader, I guess. I could read series or stand alones and not care, it really depends on the story and whether or not I want it to keep going 🙂

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      1. Haha. You *certainly* could be further behind. If you ever feel like you’re lagging, reach out to me and I’ll reassure you that everything is a-okay and under control as I’m 3 years behind on some reviews. XD

        I am completely with you on this. I’m certainly a mood reader. But it’s hard for me to break away from certain genres. I wonder why that is?


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