For more than four decades, Stephen King has been terrifying readers around the world. With international bestsellers like Carrie and The Shining, King’s early success led to the writing of more than 60 other novels. His most recent work, The Institute, combines elements of Firestarter and IT – two of King’s most popular novels – to offer readers a chilling, memorable experience sure to keep them flipping pages well into the night.
I enjoyed Matthew Dicks’ Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend because it was different from anything I’d read before. Dicks manages to surprise and delight once again with his newest release, Twenty-one Truths About Love, a novel in list form penned by anxious dad-to-be Daniel Mayrock.
I seem to be in the vast minority here, but I didn’t love this book. Alice Hoffman, author of magical realism gems like Practical Magic and The Museum of Extraordinary Things, excels at weaving fantastical, enchanting tales. While The World That We Knew retains the elements Hoffman is known for, it fell flat for me and I found the narrative tedious in many respects.
From its witty cover, sure-to-terrify content, and horror royalty author, NOS4A2 has been on my to-be-read pile since its publication. Due to its length, however, I only recently committed to this baby. You’ll need to be ready to stick with it for awhile (think It or A Game of Thrones), but NOS4A2‘s memorable characters make it a worthy read I’ll recommend to hardcore horror fans.
Ruth Ware is one of those rare authors whose entire collection of works I’ve read. I started out in 2016 with The Woman in Cabin 10 (my favorite to date), and I’ve been hooked ever since. Ware’s newest release, The Turn of the Key, is a close second to TWiC10, and once I started reading I just couldn’t stop.
Crouch’s Dark Matter was the first science fiction thriller I’d ever read, and it blew me away. Life-changing science is being researched all the time, but rarely do I consider how it could affect my life. But Blake Crouch captivates and pulls readers into a world where obscure scientific advancement becomes reality. His newest release, Recursion, is just as fun and lasting as Dark Matter.
The author who penned the #1 New York Times bestseller Eat, Pray, Love returns to the literary spotlight this summer with the release of City of Girls, a sweeping historical fiction tale set around World War II. Despite the time period in which it’s set, Gilbert manages to make this story sparkle without skimming over the difficulties of death, war, and loss. City of Girls is up there with Daisy Jones & The Six as the best historical fiction I’ve read this year.
This book was different from any romance I’ve read so far this year in a really refreshing way. We get the beautiful divorcée mother hoping for a second chance at love; we get the swoon-worthy pop star à la Harry Styles; but we also get the harsh realities of love and motherhood and fame and a relationship with a significant age gap. While this isn’t the fun beach read with the guaranteed HEA, it will make you laugh, cry, and think.