10 Books We Can't Wait to Read This Summer

From mindless beach reads to haunting thrillers

Whatever, tea and fireplaces. As far as we’re concerned, the best time of year for reading is...summer (when there’s absolutely no pressure to take on anything too heady). Here, ten summer 2016 books we can’t wait to crack open--all by amazing women writers.

The Best Summer Beach Reads in 2017


truly Madly Guilty By Liane Moriarty (july 26)

Liane Moriarty--author of The Husband’s Secret and Big Little Lies--was basically born to write summer fiction. Her upcoming novel, about a years-long friendship torn apart by one terrible barbecue, is sure to inspire the same compulsive readability as her earlier works. 

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the Girls By Emma Cline (june 14)

This first novel is getting quite the pre-publication buzz. And it’s easy to see why--it’s a fictional retelling of the Charles Manson murders, from the perspective of one of the young girls who was brought into his circle.

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i'm Just A Person By Tig Notaro (june 14)

In the span of four months in 2012, comedian Tig Notaro suffered a debilitating intestinal disease, experienced her mother’s sudden death and was diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer. And yet…she somehow turned the whole thing into heart-wrenching comedy. In this upcoming memoir, Notaro details the whirlwind year--and how she emerged even stronger than before. 

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girls On Fire By Robin Wasserman (may 17)

It’s the early 1990s. Combat boots reign supreme, Kurt Cobain is everything and one small Pennsylvania town is torn asunder when a popular athlete turns up dead. (And everyone’s keen to blame the flannel-clad new girl.) This nostalgic romp is already getting pegged as the mystery of the season.

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barkskins By Annie Proulx (june 14)

This is summer’s official heavy-hitter. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Shipping News and Brokeback Mountain is back with a 700-page novel about 17th-century French Canadian woodcutters--and how their ecological actions affect generations to come.

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sarong Party Girls By Cherly Lu-lien Tan

And now for something just a hair lighter. This fast-paced novel is a modern retelling of Jane Austen’s Emma--but set in Singapore and starring the most vibrantly flippant heroine since Cher Horowitz. 

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the Intelligent Conversationalist By Imogen Lloyd Webber (june 7)

Ever feel like you have absolutely nothing to contribute to a conversation? According to Webber, People magazine’s royals correspondent, you can actually speak to just about any point, provided you bone up on a handful of 32 “cheat sheet” topics, which range from “the credit crunch” to “basic grammar” to “religious holidays.” 

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modern Lovers By Emma Straub (may 31)

Astute social chronicler Emma Straub (The Vacationers) is back with a new novel about three college friends who--now in their 50s--are finally forced to address the ways they’ve changed. (Get ready for lots of Brooklyn elite skewering.)

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girls And Sex By Peggy Orenstein (march 29)

If you think navigating adolescence and sexuality was tough when you were growing up, you should try talking to today’s teenagers. In this eye-opening non-fiction work, Orenstein takes on the pressures confronting modern girls, from the nuances of hookup culture to the politics of “yes means yes” on college campuses. 

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the Woman In Cabin 10 By Ruth Ware (july 19)

In need of a good, British psychological thriller? This new novel from the author of In a Dark, Dark Wood follows a young journalist who witnesses a grisly murder while on a press trip for a new luxury cruise line. The only problem? Every passenger on the ship is accounted for.

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sarah stiefvater

Wellness Director

Sarah Stiefvater is PureWow's Wellness Director. She's been at PureWow for ten years, and in that time has written and edited stories across all categories, but currently focuses...