What's summer without a page-turner? These are some of the most highly-anticipated books to be released this summer, according to Goodreads' most popular book lists.

By Emily VanSchmus
Updated January 27, 2020
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We love to lounge in the sun with a good book. And since most of our summer travel plans have changed due to the current pandemic, we've found ourselves reading more frequently to pass the time. Luckily for us, there are dozens of highly-anticipated releases coming up and we’ve rounded up the ones we’re most excited about—all written by female authors. Whether your ideal beach read includes a sappy romance, inspirational message, or an intense mystery, we’ve picked something for everyone—and we have a feeling these will be some of the best books of 2020. Grab your sunglasses, lay down a beach towel (even if it's just in the backyard!), and get reading.

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Release date: June 1, 2020

Canadian author Suzy Krause is back with her second book, a heartwarming and funny story about friendship. When Mackenzie, Sunna and Maude decide to move in together, they only have one thing in common: They've all been ghosted. Follow along as they try to discover why this is as they forge a strong friendship along the way.

Pre-Order It: Sorry I Missed You, ($15, Target)

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Release date: June 2, 2020

I was able to get my hands on an early release of this, and it's easily my favorite book of 2020 so far. A group of old friends gathers on a remote island off the coast of Ireland for what they expect to be the wedding of the year. What they don't expect? Someone in the wedding party to be murdered before the end of the night. This great read from Lucy Foley will keep you guessing until the very end.

Pre-Order It: The Guest List, ($20, Target)

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Release date: June 2, 2020

New York Times bestselling author of The Mothers, Brit Bennett is back with a new tale of family ties. This novel is told from the perspective of The Vignes twin sisters, who live completely different lives. This influential novel explores issues of love, race, and family history in a heart-wrenching story. 

Pre-Order It: The Vanishing Half, ($24, Barnes & Noble)

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Release date: June 2, 2020

Fresh off the success of her last novel All We Ever Wanted (one of my favorite reads last year!), New York Times bestselling author Emily Giffin is back with a page-turner you won't be able to put down. When 28-year-old aspiring journalist Cecily meets a handsome stranger in a dive bar in New York City, she falls hard. But when he goes missing after the 9/11 attacks, she realizes she's not the only one searching for him. Follow along as Cecily vows to find out the truth about his life.

Pre-Order It: The Lies That Bind, ($24, Target)

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Release date: June 23, 2020

Following the success of The Wedding DateThe Proposal, The Wedding Party, and Royal Holiday, Jasmine Guillory is back with an enchanting story about a hotshot lawyer who unexpectedly meets a junior senator who might just turn out to be the love of her life. Party of Two is the fifth book in this not-entirely-connected series: While you don't necessarily need to read all of them in order, many of the characters overlap, and they're quick reads, so you can easily catch up before this one is released. 

Pre-Order It: Party of Two, ($16, Barnes & Noble)

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Release date: June 23, 2020

When Arden Maynor was a small child, she got lost in a storm and was missing for days. Her town sent out search parties and held vigils until she was miraculously found alive, and media fame followed her. Now she's an adult, and she's changed her name and moved away to escape the spotlight. But when the body of a man she knew in her previous life shows up in her backyard, she becomes the center of attention all over again.

Pre-Order It: The Girl from Widow Hills, ($19, Target)

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Release date: July 7, 2020

Bea Schumacher is a plus-size model who has sworn off dating for good. The only kind of love she's interested in is watching the reality dating show Main Squeeze. That is, until the show calls her and asks her to be a contestant. Fans of The Bachelor will love this summer beach read.

Pre-Order It: One to Watch, ($17, Barnes & Noble)

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Release date: July 14, 2020

Emelia has never been one to fit in, so when a suave and attractive guy asks her to go out, she accepts, even though she's secretly harboring feelings for her nerdy best friend. Six months in to the relationship, she secretly wishes she could have made the other choice. When she finds a way to take it all back, she does. But was it the right choice? This classically sweet coming-of-age story will have you eager to get through the story to the very last page.

Pre-Order It: The Do-Over, ($18, Target)

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Release date: July 23, 2020

New York Times best-selling author Shari Lapena is known for her addicting thrillers like Someone We Know and The Couple Next Door (two of my favorites!). This summer, she's back with a new suspense story about a couple that's perfectly happy with their life until an old flame returns from out of the blue with a secret that could wreck them both.

Pre-Order It: The End of Her, ($19, Target)

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Release date: August 4, 2020

When young actress Grace Turner disappears at the height of her career, all she wants is to get out of the spotlight. When she returns a year later after getting sober, she feels ready to enter the world of Hollywood fame again. But when she's asked to present a lifetime achievement award to a film director who controlled her for much of her career, she realizes she can't stay silent about his behavior for much longer.

Pre-Order It: The Comeback, ($26, Barnes & Noble)

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Release date: August 4, 2020

Single moms Ellen and Unity have one thing in common: They're not totally satisfied with their lives. When the two friends each complete a list of challenges to help push the other out of her comfort zone, they find they've been missing out on more than they realized. This endearing story of friendship will have you laughing and crying until the end.

Pre-Order It: The Friendship List, ($19, Target)

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Release date: August 18, 2020

Eileen is almost 80, and Leena is in her twenties. And neither woman is content with her life. So, Leena proposes a swap: She'll live Eileen's life in rural Yorkshire while Eileen travels to London to search for love in the big city. Pick up a copy to find out if they decide to switch back.

Pre-Order It: The Switch, ($17, Barnes & Noble), ($17, Barnes & Noble)

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Release date: August 18, 2020

When Sylvie Durand returns to her hometown in the south of France during the mid-90s, she has vivid memories of her first daughter Elodie, who mysteriously died several years ago at the age of 14. As she spends more time at home, she realizes that it may not have been an accident at all.

Pre-Order It: The Heat Wave, ($27, Target)

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