WSIRN Ep 132: The books we can’t wait to read this summer

It’s time to get your library holds all set up for a long summer of reading! No matter what you’re in the mood for—a contemporary page-turner, a globe-trotting mystery, a chunky classic, a dose of reality, or if you’re suspending expectations in hope of some bookish serendipity—bookseller Annie Jones and I have got you covered today. 


And be sure to check out the 2018 Summer Reading Guide after you listen to this episode.

Grab your pencil or your Goodreads TBR, and let’s dive in!

What Should I Read Next #132: The books we can’t wait to read this summer with Annie Jones

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• Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• Tangerine, by Christine Mangan (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• The Rosie Project, by Graeme Simsion (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• Where’d You Go Bernadette, by Maria Semple (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• Hamilton, by Ron Chernow (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• Stargirl, by Jerry Spinelli (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• Killers of the Flower Moon, by David Grann (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• Educated, by Tara Westover (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• That Kind of Mother, by Rumaan Alam (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• Forty Rooms, by Olga Grushin (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• Small Great Things, by Jodi Picoult (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
 The Sound of Gravel, by Ruth Wariner (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
 The Royal We, by Heather Cocks (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
At Home in Mitford, by Jan Karon (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
 The Ensemble, by Aja Gabel (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
 A Place For Us, by Fatima Farheen Mirza (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• Social Creature, by Tara Isabella Burton (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• The Hazel Wood, by Melissa Albert (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
 The Thirteenth Tale, by Diane Setterfield (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
The Book of Essie, by Meghan MacLean Weir (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
 The Incendiaries, by R. O. Kwon (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• The Widows of Malabar Hill, by Sujata Massey (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• Little Disasters, by Randall Klein (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• There There, by Tommy Orange (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• Where The Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
Unsheltered, by Barbara Kingsolver (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• author Karen Russell (try Swamplandia!Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
 The Masterpiece, by Fiona Davis (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• The Dollhouse, by Fiona Davis (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• The Air You Breathe, by Frances de Pontes Peebles (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)

Readers, we’re starting to add events to the calendar for summer and fall 2018, and when we’re ready to go public our newsletter subscribers will be the first ones to know Make sure you’re on the list so YOU stay in the know:

What books are you looking forward to enjoying this Summer? And what’s your favorite reading destination this time of year? Tell us all about it in comments. 


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    • Jackie Davis says:

      Me too! I was kind of a captive audience as I was coloring my hair. I had my phone out pulling up every book that was mentioned on my library’s website so I could put them on hold!

  1. Coreline says:

    Annie mentioned the name of a middle school book that has been on lists for a while .. I couldn’t catch the name .. would you mind listing it?? Thank you!!

  2. Leigh Kramer says:

    This was such a fun episode to listen to! Annie, you made me extra excited to read The Incendiaries and it was already one of my most anticipated reads of the summer.

  3. Leslie Price says:

    Love this week’s podcast! Immediately downloaded the sample of “A Place for Us”, and don’t know how I’m going to wait until the June release date!

    Thank you for your outstanding podcast, a true treat!

    Leslie Price

  4. tleonard says:

    Wondering if either of you have read The Coincidence Makers by Yoav Blum (published in March). Would love to hear what you thought.

  5. Susan says:

    What a wonderful episode! I listened in my car while traveling on Interstate 40! So excited about summer reading and I love Anne and Annie!

  6. Great episode. I read Tangerine last month but had to rush through the ending. I don’t really know what happened the last ten pages. Can someone give me a spoiler alert. The same thing happened with Chris Bohjalian’s The Flight Attendant.

    I read all these great books and then somehow miss the finale.

  7. Angie Kantner says:

    I hate that I’m behind on listening to podcasts and behind on life in general. I just listened to this today and by the time I heard you were coming to my town, yay Thomasville, tickets were sold out 🙁 I need to visit the Bookshelf more often so I don’t miss these events (my plan for the summer). Guess I’ll go to the beach that day instead and catch up on missed podcasts. This was one of my favorite episodes. Just put Ensemble on the top of my TBR.

  8. Marla says:

    I’m so excited about this summer reading list. I’ve already read Queen of Hearts (loved it) and just finished I’ll be your blue sky (really loved it – have read Love Walked In years ago and liked blue sky better). I’m usually a slow reader and love that you’ve chosen books that help me read fast because they quickly capture my interest. I’m about to start the Widows of Malabar Hill!! I found your podcast in Mar 2017 and I used to read maybe 10 books a year… but since finding your podcast I’m reading 2-3 books a month!!! I expect that’s much less than some readers who follow this podcast but it’s such a big leap for me!! Thank you so much Anne and followers (I enjoy your suggestions/comments as well).

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