Believe it or not, summer is right around the corner. With a few weeks until the sunny season is in session, you've probably been busy booking a tropical getaway or searching for the hottest swimsuits money can buy. But one question remains: What will you be reading?
Summertime is practically synonymous with rest and relaxation, and what better way to unwind than curling up with a good book? From memoir to mystery — and everything in between — the seven page-turners below are required reading.
Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions by Mario Giordano
What was supposed to be a relaxing trip to Sicily turns into a high-stakes whodunnit when a handsome young local mysteriously goes missing — and winds up dead. Enter 60-year-old Auntie Poldi, whose curiosity and amateur detective skills might be enough to crack the case wide open. Murder, She Wrote for the millennial set, Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions is a hilarious story that will keep you on the edge of your beach chair this summer.
Iris Apfel: Accidental Icon by Iris Apfel
Whether you are a self-proclaimed fashionista or barely keep up with the latest trends, you probably know Iris Apfel is one of the biggest — and boldest — tastemakers of our time. At 96 years old, Apfel can still be seen sitting front row during fashion week and scheming up eclectic collaborations with brands like INC and Cloth & Company. In her memoir, Iris Apfel: Accidental Icon, readers get an up-close-and-personal look at the woman behind the round tortoise glasses.
Jackie, Janet & Lee by J. Randy Taraborrelli
Just when you thought you knew everything there was to know about the perpetually fascinating Kennedy family comes J. Randy Taraborrelli's Jackie, Janet & Lee, an electrifying account of Janet Bouvier Auchincloss and her two daughters: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Lee Radziwill. Taraborrelli uses numerous interviews and personal letters to show there's so much more to these historic women than pillbox hats and headlines.
The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer
Meg Wolitzer's The Female Persuasion is a must-read during the #MeToo and Time's Up movements. This book tells the story of Greer Kadetsky, a college student looking to find her voice and become a strong, independent woman. Along the way, she meets Faith Frank, a feminist icon, and fellow classmate Zee, who teach her the real meaning behind girl power.
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
In Little Fires Everywhere, author Celeste Ng transports her readers to a quiet neighborhood in Shaker Heights, Ohio. But everything is not what it seems as a custody battle divides the community, letting family secrets slip through the cracks. Not only is this book a New York Times bestseller, but Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington are adapting it into a limited series. If you liked Big Little Lies and The Handmaid's Tale, you'll want to read this one, stat.
Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal
Law school dropout Nikki is thrown for a loop when a group of Sikh women show up to her creative writing seminar, thinking they're about to learn basic English. This comedy of errors gets a saucy twist when one of the widows unearths a steamy short story, inspiring the group to address their wildest fantasies. Equal parts spicy and stimulating, Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows proves there's life — and sex— after marriage.
Playing with Matches by Hannah Orenstein
Today's dating scene is more complicated than "boy meets girl." Author Hannah Orenstein draws inspiration from her time spent as a professional matchmaker for her debut novel, Playing With Matches. Here, readers meet Sasha Goldberg, a recent college graduate-turned-matchmaker who struggles to balance her quirky clients with her messy love life. Playing with Matches is available for pre-order. It hits stores June 26, 2018.