You’re sitting by the pool, attempting to get the last bit of summer sun, and all you want is a book that you simply can’t put down. A lot of things can make a book compulsively readable—a shocking true story, hilarious jokes, a compelling mystery—but the one requirement is that you don’t want to do anything else until you’ve reached the end. We feel the same way about our summer reading, so we’ve compiled a list of books you’re sure to finish in one sitting.
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
This story will be heading to a theater near you very soon, so there’s no better time to pick up this “wickedly delectable” (The New York Times) read than right now. The novel follows New Yorker Rachel Chu as she agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, who turns out to be the country’s most eligible wealthy bachelor. As you can imagine, Rachel’s in for a wild ride, and we promise that you’ll love every minute of it.
You saw Gal Gadot totally slay in Wonder Woman, but how much do you really know about this iconic superhero? Harvard historian and New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore has uncovered an astonishing trove of documents about everyone’s favorite invisible jet owner, including the never-before-seen private papers of William Moulton Marston, Wonder Woman’s creator. The result of Lepore’s reseach is a riveting work of historical detection revealing that the origin of Wonder Woman hides within it a fascinating family story—and a crucial history of twentieth-century feminism.
You might not think of a book with “winter” in the title as an ideal beach read, but trust us: you will not put this book down until you read the final page. It’s a story of the unbreakable bond between two mother-daughter pairs living in the same farmhouse one hundred years apart. At turns haunting and intriguing, Jennifer McMahon’s trademark spookiness—with a twist of paranormal activity—is sure to satisfy.
So you loved binge watching The Handmaid’s Tale and are ready to dive into the wonderful world of Margaret Atwood. Might we suggest Oryx and Crake, the first book in her MaddAddam trilogy? Set in the not-too-distant future, Atwood once again imagines an unrecognizable (but eerily possible) world. The story is parceled out piece by piece, and we promise you’ll want to dive right into the second book in the trilogy, The Year of the Flood, as soon as you finish.
One of our favorite novel topics is the complex friendships women form with other women, and the relationship in Rufi Thorpe’s The Girls from Corona Del Mar is among the best. When they meet, best friends Mia and Lorrie Ann are sure their lives are going to go a certain way. But as years pass, entirely different paths appear for the two friends, leading Mia to wonder how much she really ever knew Lorrie Ann. It’s a heartbreaking and heartwarming read—one you’ll want to discuss with your bestie right away.