There have been many summer reading recommendations published already, but if you are still before your holidays, take a look at the books listed below.
You’ll find here the most interesting titles published in 2017. The recommendations are based on bestseller lists and editors’ picks from major online bookstores: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo.
Some of the titles, naming only Karin Slaughter’s The Good Daughter, or Y is for Yesterday by Sue Grafton, will be published in late August.
If you prefer shorter reads, we’ve got for you a list of the 2017 short stories and short story collections.
Want to get even more book recommendations? Check out these ongoing book bestseller lists:
Amazon Top 100 Book Best Sellers – a list of books that are currently top selling. This list is being updated a few times a day. From here you can switch to hot new releases, top rated books, or find books that are this year’s top sellers so far.
Barnes & Noble’s Top 100 Book Bestsellers – a bestseller list on Barnes & Noble’s website comes with handy filter features. You can limit your search to a specific category, or filter the results by price, age group, and format (so that you can find a corresponding Nook edition).
Top 50 Kobo Ebooks – the list of best selling books in the Kobo ebookstore. It’s refreshed every hour. You can browse here for top sellers in six most popular categories.
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Looking for the most popular and most interesting books of the first half of 2017? Make sure to check out two lists from Amazon: the best books, and the bestsellers.
Summer reading list 2017
The Handmaid’s Tale
The Handmaid’s Tale is a novel of such power that the reader will be unable to forget its images and its forecast.
Set in the near future, the novel describes life in what was once the United States and is now called the Republic of Gilead.
The story is told through the eyes of Offred, one of the unfortunate Handmaids under the new social order. In condensed but eloquent prose, by turns cool-eyed, tender, despairing, passionate, and wry, she reveals to us the dark corners behind the establishment’s calm facade, as certain tendencies now in existence are carried to their logical conclusions.
Men Without Women: Stories
A dazzling new collection of short stories from the internationally acclaimed Haruki Murakami since his #1 bestselling Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage.
Across seven tales, Haruki Murakami brings his powers of observation to bear on the lives of men who, in their own ways, find themselves alone. Here are vanishing cats and smoky bars, lonely hearts and mysterious women, baseball and the Beatles, woven together to tell stories that speak to us all.
Marked by the same wry humor that has defined his entire body of work, in this collection Murakami has crafted another contemporary classic.
Bruce Cable owns a popular bookstore on Camino Island in Florida. He makes his real money, though, as a prominent dealer in rare books.
Mercer Mann is a young novelist with a severe case of writer’s block who has recently been laid off from her teaching position. She is approached by an elegant, mysterious woman working for an even more mysterious company. A generous offer of money convinces Mercer to go undercover and infiltrate Bruce Cable’s circle of literary friends, ideally getting close enough to him to learn his secrets.
But eventually Mercer learns far too much, and there’s trouble in paradise as only John Grisham can deliver it.
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness: A novel
A new novel from an internationally acclaimed author Arundhati Roy takes us on a journey of many years – the story spooling outwards from the cramped neighbourhoods of Old Delhi into the burgeoning new metropolis and beyond, to the Valley of Kashmir and the forests of Central India, where war is peace and peace is war, and where, from time to time, ‘normalcy’ is declared.
This ravishing, magnificent book reinvents what a novel can do and can be. And it demonstrates on every page the miracle of Arundhati Roy’s storytelling gifts.
Y is for Yesterday
A new Kinsey Millhone novel by a bestselling author Sue Grafton will be released in August.
The new case is the darkest and most disturbing Kinsey Millhone ever had. It begins in 1979 when four teenagers from an elite private school sexually assault a fourteen-year-old classmate – and film the attack.
Ten years later, one of the perpetrators, Fritz McCabe, has been released from prison. At the same time, a copy of the missing tape arrives with a ransom demand. That’s when the McCabes call Millhone for help.
The Good Daughter
A new psychological thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of Pretty Girls and The Kept Woman.
When Charlotte was a child, a happy small-town family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on her family home.
Twenty-eight years later, violence comes to town again – and she is the first witness on the scene. A shocking new tragedy unleashes the terrible memories she’s spent so much time trying to suppress.
“Packed with twists and turns, brimming with emotion and heart, The Good Daughter is fiction at its most thrilling.”
Dead Certain: A Novel
By day, Ella works as a buttoned-up attorney on some of the city’s most grueling cases. By night, she pursues her passion for singing in the darkest clubs of Manhattan.
No one knows her secret, not even Charlotte, the younger sister she practically raised. But it seems she’s not the only one in the family with something to hide.
When Charlotte announces she’s sold her first novel, Ella couldn’t be more thrilled… until she gets a call that her sister’s gone missing.
The Silent Corner
The Silent Corner starts a new mystery series by Dean Koontz, introducing Jane Hawk, a remarkable heroine “certain to become an icon of suspense.”
People of talent and accomplishment have been committing suicide in surprising numbers. When Jane seeks to learn why, she becomes the most-wanted fugitive in America. Her powerful enemies are protecting a secret so important—so terrifying—that they will exterminate anyone in their way.
But all their power and viciousness may not be enough to stop a woman as clever as they are cold-blooded, as relentless as they are ruthless.
From James Patterson and Howard Roughan comes the crime novel about the serial killer who is loose on the streets of Manhattan. Known as The Dealer, he is baiting cops into a deadly guessing game that has the city increasingly on edge.
Elizabeth Needham, the tenacious cop in charge of the case, turns to an unlikely ally – Dylan Reinhart, a brilliant professor whose book turned up in connection with the murders.
As the public frenzy over The Dealer reaches a fever pitch, Dylan and Elizabeth must connect the clues to discover what the victims have in common.
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
From New Yorker staff writer David Grann, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Lost City of Z, comes a haunting true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history.
In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe.
Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off.
No Is Not Enough: Defeating the New Shock Politics
Award-winning journalist and the bestselling author of No Logo, Naomi Klein, in her new book gives us the toolkit for shock resistance, showing all of us how we can break Trump’s spell and win the world we need.
No Is Not Enough reveals, among other things, how Trump’s election was not a peaceful transition, but a corporate takeover, one using deliberate shock tactics to generate wave after wave of crises and force through radical policies that will destroy people, the environment, the economy and national security.
This timely, urgent book from one of our most influential thinkers offers a bracing positive shock of its own, helping us understand just how we got here, and how we can, collectively, come together and heal.
No Middle Name: The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Short Stories
A great read for Jack Reacher fans! No Middle Name is the ultimate collection of eleven previously published short stories and a thrilling new novella from the #1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child.
This pulse-pounding collection marks the first time that all of Lee Child’s short fiction starring Reacher has been available in the same place at the same time.
The new novella, Too Much Time, finds Reacher in a hollowed-out town in Maine, where he witnesses a random bag-snatching but sees much more than a simple crime.
Beartown: A Novel
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove returns with a dazzling, profound novel about a small town with a big dream—and the price required to make it come true.
Beartown explores the hopes that bring a small community together, the secrets that tear it apart, and the courage it takes for an individual to go against the grain.
In this story of a small forest town, Fredrik Backman has found the entire world.
Exit West: A Novel
In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet—sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair, and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city.
As the violence escalates, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through.
Exit West follows these remarkable characters as they emerge into an alien and uncertain future, struggling to hold on to each other, to their past, to the very sense of who they are.
Michael Crichton, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Jurassic Park, returns to the world of paleontology in a thrilling adventure set in the Wild West during the golden age of fossil hunting.
The year is 1876. Warring Indian tribes still populate America’s western territories. In much of the country, it is still illegal to espouse evolution.
Against this backdrop two monomaniacal paleontologists pillage the Wild West, hunting for dinosaur fossils, while surveilling, deceiving and sabotaging each other in a rivalry that will come to be known as the Bone Wars.
The new page-turner from Michael Crichton is based on the rivalry between real-life paleontologists Cope and Marsh.
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