6 Great Reads for Spectacular Summer Days

We can officially say it—summer is here! Even if you don’t have any plans beyond ditching socks and sipping iced beverages, we can help you make the most of every moment you get to enjoy of these beautiful sunny days with fantastic new book picks that will only make the days brighter.

Flip through gorgeous new cookbooks, dive into thought-provoking non-fiction or escape with some of the most buzzed-about novels coming out this season: whatever your preference, each of these titles will make your summer reading breaks seem even brighter.

Magnolia Table: A Collection of Recipes for Gathering by Joanna Gaines

Now that Fixer Upper is off the air, Joanna Gaines can begin her takeover of the entire lifestyle category—and why not? The girl has style, and one flip through this gorgeous (obviously) cookbook shows that she knows kitchens aren’t just showpieces in a home. The recipes are classic American fare (some with Asian or Middle Eastern flare as a nod to Gaines’ background), inspired by dishes also featured in the Gaines’ new Waco, Texas restaurant of the same name.

Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin

A diverse voices retelling of Pride and Prejudice set in a wonderfully boisterous Muslim-Canadian community? Yes, please. Jalaluddin has hit the mark with this energetic, honest look at how modern and traditional immigrant values clash and merge while giving a playful nod to an Austen classic.

Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering

Coming of age means experimentation, romance, regrets and evolution, right? This he said/she said debut has it all, including a biting look at the lies we tell ourselves and each to make it seem like something is working, even when deep down, we know it’s not.

The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

Ok, it might not be classified as “bright,” but this suspense-filled book will pull you right in. Don’t read it on your work break, the subway or anywhere else that you need to pay attention to the time, the station or the world around you because you will ignore those things as long as this thrilling book is open in front of you. You’ve been warned.

The Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams

Beatriz Williams is back with another enthralling historic romance. This time, we are transported to the Long Island Sound in the post-war years where the summer homes of the wealthy play host to frivolity, ambition and a Downton Abbey-esque intrigue between the classes.

Calypso by David Sedaris

Everybody’s favorite misanthrope is back with another hilarious collection of absurd, affirming essays that could only come from the life and brain of David Sedaris. This time around, the bite-sized morsels of genius works look at ageing, mortality, family and as always, the love and joy that can be found in unexpected places.

Are you ready for summer reading? Let us know what’s on your TBR list!

    Karen Green

    Karen Green is a freelance writer and big city ex-pat now living in rural Ontario. She writes for numerous print and online publications, and considers her library card to be one of her most valuable possessions.

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