96. Must-read books of the summer paired with beach-worthy backlist titles

It’s that time of year, readers! Pull out your favorite book tote and get thee to pre-ordering (or library requesting) because we’ve got an episode full of our most anticipated reads for summer 2022. Since we can’t help ourselves, we’ve paired each buzzy new title with a backlist pick. We’re also talking about summer reading hopes (not goals), our favorite summertime genres, and what’s happening in Classics Club this season. 

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Books mentioned (thanks for supporting us by shopping our Bookshop affiliate links!):


5/3 The Murder of Mr. Wickham by Claudia Gray

5/3 When Women Were Dragons by Kelly Barnhill

5/17 We Were Dreamers: An Immigrant Superhero Origin Story by Simu Liu

5/17 Son of Elsewhere: A Memoir in Pieces by Elamin Abdelmahmoud

5/24 Nightcrawling by Leila Mottley

5/31 Half-Blown Rose by Leesa Cross-Smith


6/7 Woman of Light by Kali Farjado-Anstine

6/7 Fibbed by Elizabeth Agyemang

6/14 Horse by Geraldine Brooks

6/28 American Royalty by Tracey Livesay


7/5 Life Ceremony by Sayaka Murata

7/5 Night of the Living Rez by Morgan Talty

7/12 The Crane Wife by C.J. Hauser

7/12 Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevinn

7/19 Just Like Home by Sarah Gailey

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