BOOKS: STORGY Summer Reads

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With summer just round the corner, it’s time to stack your TBR piles with exciting upcoming books. My picks include diverse and buzzworthy books catering to fans of all the major genres.


Perfect Little World by Kevin Wilson- This much anticipated novel of the author of the acclaimed The Family Fang is about a scientist attempt at creating an ideal parenting utopia. A funny, poignant and whimsical look at dysfunctional families and breaking societal conventions.


Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips – A riveting survival tale about the ferocity of a mother’s love, this story is gripping, intense and provocative. This adrenaline-fueled thriller will have you biting your nails.


The Futures by Anna Pitoniak – The Big Short meetsGirls,this character-driven and insightful story is centered around young and hopeful college grads who find themselves grappling in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. Tackling New York life, millenials and love in your debut novel might seem like a tall order but Anna does it with exuberant finesse.

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A Thousand Paper Birds by Tor Udal – An evocative book about grief, loss and love and a must read for fans of Barbara Kingsolver and Alice Sebold. This moving and delicately written debut is a life-affirming story about the intersection of the lives of five individuals.


The Chalk Artist by Allegra Goodman – This intricately written novel takes the best of diverse genres like romance, literary and contemporary culture and combines them in a soulful story about art and love. The Chalk Artist underscores the implications of virtual reality, art and ambition as experienced by millenials.

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City of Circles by Jess Richards – Fans of Angela Carter and Erin Morgenstern will love this latest book from the Costa-shortlisted author. An enthralling love story about two circus performers, City of Circles is mesmerizing and vividly imagined.

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All the Good Things by Clare Fisher – A moving and vividly realized debut about a young girl in prison. This gritty and shrewdly written book sheds light on mental illness and the people who fall through the cracks of a flawed system.

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The End of the Day by Claire North – Claire North is back with yet another intriguing novel. This one is about Charlie, the Harbinger of Death. This book is more introspective and politically aware than her previous ones but just as engaging.


The Sunshine Sisters by Jane Green – This warm hearted and entertaining family tale is a perfect beach read. The story of three daughters of a former movie star, The Sunshine Sisters is an enjoyable family saga.

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The House by Simon Lelic – This electrifying thriller is about a couple secure their dream house but soon find out that everything is not as perfect as it seems. Spooky and intense, you can’t help but look nervously over your shoulder after reading this.

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Borne by Jeff VanderMeer – The much anticipated new book from the acclaimed writer of the Southern Reach trilogy is an enthralling epic. This wonderfully bizarre book is part whacky post-apocalyptic fiction and part absurdist dark fable.

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Under the Sun by Lottie Moggach – This gripping novel offers a very contemporary take on heartbreak, immigration and identity. Set in Spain, Under the Sun has elements of romance and mystery, making for a compelling read.

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The Boy on the Bridge by M.R.Carey – This is a terrifying prequel to the sensational The Girl With All the Gifts. A powerful, compassionate  book set in the same post-apocalyptic world as its predecessor, it is a gripping story about humanity on the brink of extinction.

List by Rabeea Saleem


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