6 Hot Summer Reads to Pick Up

We rounded up six hot recent releases, catering to different tastes



What’s better than hitting the beach, slipping off your flip-flops, and settling under an umbrella with a cool drink and a captivating new book? We rounded up six hot recent releases, catering to different tastes, starting with our pick for the ultimate light summer page turner: The Five-Star Weekend by Elin Hilderbrand. Dubbed “The Queen of Beach Reads” by The New York Times, Hilderbrand is most known for writing romance novels set on Nantucket Island. But her latest book is more about friendship. The plot: When Hollis Shaw invites four friends from different stages of her life for a stay on Nantucket, she expects a weekend something like a Hallmark movie. Instead, the imperfections of four vastly different lives are revealed, leading to self-discovery and the ultimate power of friendship and love (Little, Brown and Company; June 12, 2023). 

For Music Lovers

Good Day Sunshine State: How The Beatles Rocked Florida by Bob Kealing

It’s 1964, and Beatlemania is sweeping the nation. Set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War, Kennedy’s assassination, and the Cuban Missile Crisis, Kealing follows The Beatles throughout their time in Florida and explores the impact the Fab Four had on the people and culture of the Sunshine State. (University Press of Florida; March 7, 2023)

For Romantics

Mrs. Nash’s Ashes by Sarah Adler

When Millicent Watts-Cohen makes a promise to reunite her elderly best friend with the woman she fell in love with 80 years ago, she never envisioned it would turn into a cross-country road trip with three tablespoons of Mrs. Nash’s remains in her backpack—and a personal journey. Forced to catch a ride with a cynical acquaintance of her ex, Millie begins to realize the trip isn’t just about Mrs. Nash’s love story—maybe it’s also about her own. A charming, funny tale about just how unpredictable love stories can be. (Berkley Books; May 23, 2023)

For Cinephiles

The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece by Tom Hanks

This innovative novel by actor Tom Hanks skips across the decades and chronicles how stories evolve in myriad ways. The tales of a 1947 soldier, a 1970s comic book artist, and a present- day movie director combine and lead to the making of a multimillion-dollar superhero action film inspired by comic books. Bonus material includes three comic books created by Hanks himself. (Knopf; May 9, 2023)

For Fiction Fans

The Late Americans by Brandon Taylor

One of the most highly anticipated novels of the year by the author of Booker Prize finalist Real Life (2020), this complex novel explores the lives of a circle of four young friends and lovers as they challenge and provoke one another during a year of self-discovery. Exploring the nuances of love, sex, ambition, and insecurity, The Late Americans is a contemporary picture of young people striving to find themselves. (Riverhead Books; May 23, 2023)

For Zen Keepers

The Good Morning Journal by Marc and Angel Chernoff

Husband-and-wife Jupiter residents, life coaches, and bloggers Marc and Angel Chernoff bring us their latest book, an inspirational journal that provides a road map for creating healthy habits of gratitude, acceptance, and focus. Daily prompts for journaling and helpful insights on navigating life’s challenges aim to help readers channel happiness and peace. (TarcherPerigee; April 18, 2023)

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