For some reason, people don't tend to think that I'm a huge reader - but I'm actually obsessed with books. When I was younger, it was rare to see me without a book in my had - and now that I'm older, I'm pretty much constantly buying new books to add to my collection.
So, naturally, I'm always scoping out fresh reads to tackle. Summer is probably my favourite season for reading, because tons of new, exciting novels get released around this time. Plus, honestly, is there anything better than grabbing a good book and getting a few chapters read in a gorgeous Montreal park? Nope. Didn't think so.
1. Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
Always wanted to get into Jane Austen, but never had the chance? Well, no worries. Curtis Sittenfeld's Eligile is basically a modern retelling of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Featuring CrossFit workouts, reality TV, and lots of romance, this is the perfect book to read on those lazy summer days.
2. The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
Fans of family drama, this one's for you. The Nest is a super compelling book that reads kind of like a soap opera, in that it's full of drama, money, and family tension. You'll literally never want to put it down; which, of course, makes it awesome for those summer days when you've got nothing planned, for those long bus/metro trips to and from work... Or any time, TBH.
3. Keep Me Posted by Lisa Beazley
If you're looking for a reason to take a small sabbatical from technology - well, look no further. Keep Me Posted is the tale of two sisters in two different countries attempting to reconnect the old fashioned way (AKA, without Facebook or texting). Their journey just might inspire you to delete that Instagram account and never look back, TBH. (Okay, maybe not, but you'll definitely stop refreshing every five minutes!)
4. Not Working by Lisa Owens
Lisa Owens' novel tells the tale of a young adult who quit her job, her routine, and her loved ones, in the pursuit of something that'll make her feel fulfilled. So, you know. She's all of us, basically. Adorable and funny, this book will totally give you something to think about this summer, while managing to be an awesome read for those breezy days.
5. My Mrs. Brown by William Norwich
Fashion lover? Then you're going to absolutely adore My Mrs. Brown, which is about a woman finding empowerment through haute couture. It's a super poignant read with an awesome message, and perfect for those of us who want something meatier to read this summer.
6. Love And Miss Communication by Elyssa Friedland
If you've ever grown tired of your smartphone, then you'll 100% be able to relate to the main character in this fresh novel by Elyssa Friedland. This book is all about the awesome things that happen once you unplug from technology... And, hey, it might just inspire you to switch up your worldview just a little bit.
7. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Down for something romantic this summer? Then look no further. This novel tells the kind of beautiful, kind of heartbreaking tale of two complete opposites coming together - with lots of bumps along the way. Jojo Moyes' Me Before You is also going to be hitting movie theatres soon, but make sure you get yourself a copy of this super popular book before that happens.
8. The More Of Less by Joshua Becker
Minimalism is a huge trend right now, and if you've always wanted to live your best minimalistic life, then you should totally sink your teeth into Joshua Becker's The More Of Less. Sort of like a how-to guide for people who want to be happy with what they've got, and at the same time declutter their lives, this text is a perfect way to embark on a summer adventure to a newer, better you.
9. The Paris Secret by Karen Swan
Oh, man. If you love novels with lots of secrets, then this is right up your alley. Featuring a young woman, the city of Paris, and one family's crumbling facade, Karen Swan's The Paris Secret promises to be full of surprises and excitement. Which is exactly the formula for one awesome summer, by the way.
10. Modern Lovers by Emma Straub
This novel is perfect for those of us who are a little bit afraid of growing up (raising my hand proudly over here, guys). Featuring a trio of adults who are just a little shocked at how quickly time has gone by, and documenting their youthful days, Modern Lovers comes out May 31, making it the most awesome way to start off your summer vacaton.
11. One With You by Sylvia Day
Anyone here a huge fan of Sylvia Day's Crossfire saga? This romance series is hugely popular, and if you've ever read it, then you know why. Compelling and straight-up fun to read, this is an awesome series to get through this summer if you haven't already; and, if you aren't new to the Sylvia Day game, then One With You is the perfect way to cap off you (probably) fave series.
12. The Widow by Fiona Barton
Love yourself a little bit of mystery? Then Fiona Barton's The Widow is for you. Featuring a missing child, a manipulative narrator, and a whole, tangled web of mysteries for you to solve, The Widow will absolutely be your fave summer read.
13. A Night In With Audrey Hepburn by Lucy Holliday
Not exactly the newest book on this list, having come out last year, A Night In With Audrey Hepburn is still a super hilarious and easy read featuring a woman who's visited by the ghost of Audrey Hepburn. It gets a recommendation because it's the start of an awesome series, which includes A Night In With Marilyn Monroe (which has the same sharp, hilarious tone as its precursor), and A Night In With Grace Kelly (which is set to come out in 2017).
14. Raw. Vegan. Not Gross. by Laura Miller
This cookbook, penned by Youtuber Laura Miller, is sure to be just as hilarious and full of life as the Youtube star herself. Coming out on May 17, Raw. Vegan. Not Gross. will totally inspire you to embark on that raw lifestyle you've been planning to; because, TBH, there's no time like summertime to commit to a brand new you.
15. Dead Wake by Erik Larson
Real talk, Erik Larson is one of my favourite authors - so you can imagine how excited I was to get my hands on his latest novel, Dead Wake. It's a historical novel set during the First World War, and tells the tale of the famous Lusitania, complete with intricate characters and storylines. If you're down for a good historical read this summer, stop searching - you've found it.
16. The Wander Society by Keri Smith
Sort of an unconventional read, this book tells the tale of the real-life Wander Society. It's partially a documentation of the society, and partially a guide for people who are down to start freely exploring the world, meaning that it's the perfect thing for those of us who tend to get a bit restless during the summertime.
17. In The Unlikely Event by Judy Blume
You know Judy Blume, right? Author of several children's books, Blume cements her status as an amazing author of adult literature with In The Unlikely Event. This novel tells the sweeping tale of three generations of people living in Elizabeth, New Jersey. It's dramatic, it's interesting, it's compelling, and it's the perfect thing to read this summer.
18. The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
Love fantasy novels? Then you're going to love The Raven King. Although it's the last installation in Maggie Stiefvater's The Raven Cycle series - so, fans of this modern fairytale, rejoice (but also don't, because it's all over!) - you've got plenty of time this summer to get in to the whole series. And, trust, it's totally worth it.
19. The Crown by Kiera Cass
The Crown is the very last novel in Kiera Cass' Selection series, which is about a dystopian society, a competition, and a royal family. If you're into this series, you've absolutely got to read the last installation. If not, then you've got to spend the summer getting into it. No joke.
20. The Fireman by Joe Hill
Honestly, this book sounds amazing AF. Set in a world where a disease called Dragonscale forces people to burst into flames, the novel tells the story of one woman's quest to avoid the inevitable, and the slightly unhinged man who can help her. It comes out on May 17, so if dystopian/thriller novels are your thing, make sure you get your hands on this copy ASAP.
21. Harry Potter And The Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling
This highly anticipated addition to the Harry Potter series will only come out at the end of the summer - but, trust, you're going to want to lock in your copy, ASAP. Especially if, like me, Harry Potter was/is your whole life. You don't want the struggle of scouring the city looking for one last copy on the day that it releases, friends.