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

By Emily VanSchmus
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Nothing says summer like lounging by the pool with a good book. Luckily for us, there are dozens of highly-anticipated releases coming up—and we’ve rounded up the ones we’re most excited about. 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 2019. Grab your sunglasses, lay down a beach towel, and get reading!

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City of Girls, by Elizabeth Gilbert

Release date: June 4

Elizabeth Gilbert, the # 1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love, is back with a new story. This novel is told from the perspective of 89-year-old Vivian , who looks back on her young adult years in 1940s New York City, when she was involved in a scandal that affected the course of her life. This story is all about female-empowerment, life lessons, and personal growth.

Buy It: City of Girls, $16.80, Amazon

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On Being Human: A Memoir of Waking Up, Living Real, and Listening Hard, by Jennifer Pastiloff

Release date: June 4

This memoir details the author's life journey with refreshing honesty, outlining the path she took to (finally) start a fulfilling career and build a family after struggling with hearing loss and the death of her father. This is definitely worth reading if you’re in need of a bit of inspiration this summer.

Buy It: On Being Human, $16.20, Amazon

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Patsy, by Nicole Dennis-Benn

Release date: June 4

When Jamaican-born Patsy finally gets the chance to pursue her dream in America, she leaves behind a daughter. As five-year-old Tru struggles to understand why her mother left, Patsy finds that the life she thought she wanted might not be the one she was meant to live. Pick up this book for a heartwarming story about family, independence, and forgiveness.

Buy It: Patsy, $17.67, Amazon

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Searching for Sylvie Lee, by Jean Kwok

Release date: June 4

Jean Kwok, New York Times bestselling author of Girl In Translation, is back with the ultimate summer page-turner. When Sylvie, the eldest daughter of an immigrant family goes missing, her younger sister sets out to solve the mystery—and finds that Sylvie has been keeping secrets about their family. This story will have you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

Buy It: Searching for Sylvie Lee, $17.38, Amazon

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Mrs. Everything, by Jennifer Weiner

Release date: June 11

Sisters Jo and Bethie grew up in the 1950s dreaming of their picture-perfect future. In present day, however, neither sister is living the life they imagined for themselves. This empowering story outlines the events that led the sisters to the present and follows them as they overcome what they were told a woman should be in the world.

Buy It: Mrs. Everything, $16.80, Amazon

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The Most Fun We Ever Had, by Claire Lombardo

Release date: June 25

Marilyn and David have the ultimate love story, with four grown daughters to show for it. When the arrival of Jonah—the child given up by one of the unwed daughters 15 years ago—rocks the family and exposes past secrets, they must learn to embrace life as it comes. The story is told over the course of nearly 50 years and explores the intense joys and hardest struggles of family life.

Buy It: The Most Fun We Ever Had, $18.87, Amazon

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The Need, by Helen Phillips

Release date: July 9

Molly is alone with her children when she realizes an intruder is in their home—one who knows more about her and children than she could have ever expected. This suspenseful thriller will keep you on your toes and may even teach you about the power of motherhood.

Buy It: The Need, $17.10, Amazon

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The Wedding Party, by Jasmine Guillory

Release date: July 16

Following the success of The Wedding Date and The Proposal, Jasmine Guillory is back with her third book. Maddie and Theo can’t stand each other—but after an accidental one-night stand, they’re forced to keep seeing each other as they prepare for the wedding of their friends. We suspect being around so much romance might change the way they feel about each other, but we’ll have to wait until mid-July to find out.

Buy It: The Wedding Party, $10.40, Amazon

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Lady in the Lake, by Laura Lippman

Release date: July 23

Maddie Schwartz was the ultimate 1960s housewife—until she leaves her husband to make a difference in the world. She begins a career at the local newspaper and finds herself involved in the story of a missing woman whose body is discovered in her town. Maddie seems to be the only person who cares about the motive behind the crime, but her investigation doesn’t go smoothly. This psychological page-turner is full of mystery, suspense, and self-discovery.

Buy It: Lady in the Lake, $17.70, Amazon

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Hello Girls, by Brittany Cavallaro and Emily Henry

Release date: Aug. 6

This modern-day remake of Thelma and Louise features two young women fed up with men telling them what to do. After they find themselves standing together in front of a police station, the girls decide they need to get out of town with a couple grand—and a stolen convertible.

Buy It: Hello Girls, $17.99, Amazon

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Say You Still Love Me, by K.A. Tucker

Release date: Aug. 6

Piper is a VP at a multibillion-dollar real estate firm—along with her ex-fiance she’s forced to see every day. And while Piper has decided the single life is definitely for her, everything she thought she knew about herself is challenged when her first love unexpectedly reappears in her life.

Buy It: Say You Still Love Me, $17, Amazon

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Keeping Lucy, by T. Greenwood

Release date: Aug. 6

This incredible story, based on true events, will give you all the feels about the power of motherhood. In 1969, Ginny gave birth to a baby girl with Down Syndrome—and her husband decides the baby should be sent away, Two years later, Ginny still can’t come to terms with her husband’s decision, and embarks on a journey to save her daughter that ultimately turns her into a fugitive.

Buy It: Keeping Lucy, $27.65, Amazon

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The Turn of the Key, by Ruth Ware

Release date: Aug. 6

After the success of In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10, we’ve been waiting patiently for Ruth Ware’s next thriller. This story revolves around a woman named Rowan, who takes a well-paying nannying gig for a wealthy family in Scotland. The story is told through Rowan’s letters to her lawyer, after a child winds up dead and she sits in prison, awaiting trial for a murder she didn’t commit.

Buy It: The Turn of the Key, $25.19, Amazon

We’ve added all of these books to our “must read” list, so you can bet we’ll be scheduling a lot of pool-side reading time this summer. While you wait for your favorites to be released, catch up on our editors’ favorite books or re-read an old favorite.



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