As we (hopefully) think about packing our bags for a summer vaycay, a solid summer reading list is an absolute must. From forthcoming paperbacks to the new novels to pre-order now, here are the best books to read this summer 2021.

Where the Grass Is Green and the Girls Are Pretty: A Novel by Lauren Weisberger

If you’ve read any of Lauren Weisberger’s books, you’ll know just how exciting it is to have a new one! Lauren’s books are easy reads, fast-paced and above all fun. Peyton and her sister are living life and have it all—from the best degrees to the best jobs, their life is picture-perfect. Until it’s not. A huge college admissions scandal threatens everything they’ve ever known and shatters the illusion of their perfect, little lives.

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People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry

Travel with Poppy and Alex as they head on a week-long vacation together. The two best friends maintained this ritual for years until a huge fight tore them apart for two whole years… Now, Poppy is determined to set things right as she convinces Alex to join her on a vacation once again. Enjoy the romance, adventure and travel as you live vicariously through the duo as they figure things out.

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The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris

As the only black employee at Wagner Books, Nella Rogers was overjoyed to hear of another black woman, Hazel, joining the team. Assuming she will now have an ally and a friend, it turns out things aren’t always as they seem. After having only just shared their natural hair care regimens, Hazel goes from friend to… faux? She soon becomes the office favourite and Nella begins to receive the dreaded secret notes on her desk: Leave Wagner now. Could Hazel be behind the notes? Could she trust her? What did this mean?

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That Summer by Jennifer Weiner

We’ve all heard about cases of mistaken identities, and Daisy Shoemaker’s experience with it is profoundly unique, coincidental and intriguing to read of. Daisy seems to be receiving emails meant for someone else, Diana Starling. As the two ladies connect and begin to get to know each other, they find out how striking similar yet alarming different they are. With a budding friendship on the rise, they’re starting to realize their introduction to one another was no accident at all…

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The Turnout by Megan Abbott

Orphaned sisters Dara and Marie Durant run the prestigious Durant School of Dance together after their parents passed in a tragic accident a decade ago. Dara’s husband Charlie, once a prized pupil at the dance school and her mother’s favourite, is responsible for managing the business. But when an accident occurs at the beginning of a performance, all hell breaks loose.

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