New Adult Titles for Summer Reading

When you hear the words “summer reads”, what do you think of? Most people think of light, fluffy fare that they can breeze through without much thought. I’m sure that you can find plenty of beach reads lists. This is not one of those lists.

My summer reads are not much different than my regular reads. I read whatever book or ARC laying around that strikes my fancy. I’ve read most of the books in the lists below—and yes, some were read in the summer—and I would recommend that any of them be read at any time!  Most of these can also be offered to older high school students.

I still have plenty of books on my TBR list, but I’m always eager to add more. What grown-up books have you read recently?

(You can also check out my MackinVIA blog post for adult titles that were published in or before 2016.)



American Eclipse : A Nation’s Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World by David Baron. 9781631490163. 2017. Gr 11-Adult.
American Wolf : A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West by Nate Blakeslee. 9781101902783. 2017. Gr 11-Adult.
And Then You’re Dead : What Really Happens If You Get Swallowed by a Whale, Are Shot from a Cannon, or Go Barreling Over Niagara by Cody Cassidy & Paul Doherty. 9780143108443. 2017. Gr 9-Adult.
Dear Fahrenheit 451 : Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks : A Librarian’s Love Letters and Break-Up Notes to the Books in Her Life by Annie Spence. 9781250106490. 2017. Gr 11-Adult.
Educated : A Memoir by Tara Westover. 9780399590504. 2017. Gr 11-Adult.
From Here to Eternity : Traveling the World to Find the Good Death by Caitlin Doughty. 9780393249897. 2017. Gr 10-Adult.

In Praise of Difficult Women : Life Lessons from 29 Heroines Who Dared to Break the Rules by Karen Karbo. 9781426217746. 2017. Gr 10-Adult.
Soonish : Ten Emerging Technologies That’ll Improve and/or Ruin Everything by Kelly and Zach Weinersmith. 9780399563829. 2017. Gr 10-Adult.




Dear Mrs. Bird by A.J. Pearce. 9781501170065. July 2018. Gr 11-Adult.
The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff. 9780778330639. 2017. Gr 11-Adult.
Setting Free the Kites by Alex George. 9780399162107. 2017. Gr 10-Adult.
The Soul of a Thief by Steven Hartov. 9781335144577. 2018. Gr 11-Adult.
Stars Over Clear Lake by Loretta Ellsworth. 9781250097033. 2017. Gr 11-Adult.
They Come in All Colors by Malcolm Hansen. 9781501172328. 2018. Gr 11-Adult.




Bearskin by James A. McLaughlin. 9780062742797. 2018. Gr 11-Adult.
The Color of Bee Larkham’s Murder by Sarah J. Harris. 9781501187896. June 2018. Gr 11-Adult.
Find You in the Dark by Nathan Ripley. 9781501178207. June 2018. Gr 11-Adult.
Force of Nature by Jane Harper. 9781250105639. 2018. Gr 11-Adult.
How It Happened by Michael Koryta. 9780316293938. 2018. Gr 11-Adult.
The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hanna Tinti. 9780812989885. 2017. Gr 10-Adult.




Beartown by Fredrik Backman. 9781501160769. 2017. Gr 11-Adult.
Beside the Syrian Sea by James Wolff. 9781912242139. 2018. Gr 10-Adult.
The Book of Essie by Meghan MacLean Weir. 9780525520313. June 2018. Gr 10-Adult.
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. 9780735220683. 2017. Gr 11-Adult.
The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer. 9781594488405. 2018. Gr 11-Adult.
Ghosted by Rosie Walsh. 9780525522775. June 2018. Gr 11-Adult.

Lawn Boy by Jonathan Evison. 9781616202620. 2018. Gr 11-Adult.
The Map of Salt and Stars by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar. 9781501169038. 2018. Gr 10-Adult.
Radio Free Vermont : A Fable of Resistance by Bill McKibben. 9780735219861. 2017. Gr 11-Adult.
Summer Hours at the Robbers Library by Sue Halpern. 9780062834065. 2018. Gr 11-Adult.
There There by Tommy Orange. 9780525520375. June 2018. Gr 10-Adult.




All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai. 9781101985137. 2017. Gr 11-Adult.
Ararat by Christopher Golden. 9781250117052. 2017. Gr 11-Adult.
The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight Trilogy, Book 1) by Katherine Arden. 9781101885932. 2017. Gr 10-Adult.
The Broken Girls by Simone St. James. 9780451476203. 2018. Gr 11-Adult.
The Hunger by Alma Katsu. 9780735212510. 2018. Gr 11-Adult.
Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero. 9780385541992. 2017. Gr 11-Adult.

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik. 9780399180989. July 2018. Gr 10-Adult.
The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter (Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club, Book 1) by Theodora Goss. 9781481466509. 2017. Gr 10-Adult.
Tomorrow by Damian Dibben. 9781335580290. 2018. Gr 11-Adult.