There are so many reasons to love summer, but there’s no doubt that road trips and extra reading time surely top every bookworm’s list. We rounded up seven of this summer’s most addictive reads that will not only captivate your heart and imagination, but will make every adventure even more spectacular and memorable.
1. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid ($26): Are you obsessed with Taylor Jenkins Reid yet? Is California in your road trip plans? If the answer to either of those questions is yes (and we know it definitely is to the first one), The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo should be your go-to road trip read this summer and beyond. This sweeping tale is about an aging Hollywood starlet and the rookie magazine reporter she hires to pen her breathtaking (and scandalous) life story. Trust us: You’ll be swooning over the twist for months.
2. The Leavers by Lisa Ko ($26): In the spirit of journeys, this one will hit a soft spot. An undocumented Chinese immigrant goes missing on the way to a job, and her young son is left to grapple with the rippling pains of growing up without his mother. Meanwhile, she’s on the other side of the world fighting to get back to him. A breathtaking and poignant read that transcends powerful, The Leavers is absolutely one of 2017’s must-reads.
3. The People We Hate at the Wedding by Grant Ginder ($26): If you’re on a family road trip, you need to pack this read, since this feat of extraordinary storytelling is best enjoyed while in the presence of your own dysfunctional family. A breathtaking tapestry of a less-than-perfect family whose relationships explode in light of a lavish London wedding, Ginder’s newest book is the hilarious summer read you’ll be passing down to everyone in your social circle.
4. The Captain’s Daughter by Meg Mitchell Moore ($15): Alert: This book is perfect for road trips along the coast, especially of the New England variety. Eliza Barnes returns (reluctantly) to her small town of Little Harbor, Maine, and finds herself confronting one of life’s most bittersweet questions: What could have been? A gorgeous exploration of finding yourself in your roots and riding the emotional waves of choices never made, this read will warm your heart.
5. The Great Passage by Shion Miura ($15): Not all journeys involve traditional means of transportation; just ask dictionary-creator Kohei Araki and linguistic enthusiast Mitsuya Majime, the unforgettable characters in The Great Passage who venture to discover the meanings of life through the Japanese language. A stunning story of hope and the power of friendship, getting lost in these pages will make any long road trip speed by faster.
6. American Family by Catherine Marshall-Smith ($17): Sober and eager to start a new life with his boyfriend, Richard has everything his heart needs — that is, except for the 10-year-old daughter he longs to reunite with. When Richard confronts his daughter’s fundamentalist Christian grandparents for a second chance at fatherhood, the most emotionally harrowing and heavy family drama of 2017 unfolds. Be sure you pack tissues in the glove compartment.
7. Theft by Finding by David Sedaris ($28): Okay, so if you’re a David Sedaris fan, there isn’t a chance you’ll be able to put this down. One of the beloved author’s most entertaining literary feats to date, this book took him a lifetime to make. A scrumptious collection of handpicked thoughts from the author’s personal diary, Theft by Finding is the equivalent to being a fly on the wall in Sedaris’s life (AKA a dream come true).
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