In addition to LWDs, sandals, strong sunblock and shades, good books to read are essential for summer. After all, you need something to bide the time while you’re chilling poolside or lounging on the beach. But unless your friends have been bombarding you with recommendations (that’s what Facebook is for, right?) how do you know which books are worth your time?
With that in mind, we searched high and low for the best books released within the past eight months or so. And it wasn’t easy. (It was almost as time-consuming as trudging through a James Joyce novel.) We had to check out reviews on sites like Amazon and Goodreads, compare those with what’s trending on The New York Times Best Sellers list and, for due diligence, read book reviews and author profiles on sites like Vogue and Nylon.
But all that research paid off because we now have a mini library comprised of 16 really great books to read. Think of it like our very own book club, just without the meetings to dissect every theme and plot twist. Whether you’re into fantasy, feminism, nonfiction or a little romance, these top books have you covered (sorry, had to). Check out the slideshow above for 16 of the best books to add to your literary list now.