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These are the best books of summer 2016

These are the best books of summer 2016

What should you be reading this summer? 

If you haven't answered that question for yourself yet, don't worry. Summer kind of snuck up on me, too.

With so many great new books hitting the shelves all the time, it's hard to know what to pick. Heck, they're even starting to look alike because so many publishers are turning to yellow covers to catch our attention.

I combed some of the top recommended reading lists to see which summer books are getting the most buzz. With this list, I hope you'll spend less time searching and much more time reading (ideally with lemonade in hand).

There are three leaders among the most-recommended books of the summer, but Emma Cline's The Girls (out June 14) is the clear winner. Critics all over are praising this debut novel, a late 1960s portrait of Northern California girls seduced by a cult.

Yaa Gyasi's Homegoing (out June 7) is also a target of commendation by many critics and reviewers. "Gyasi’s amazing debut offers an unforgettable, page-turning look at the histories of Ghana and America, as the author traces a single bloodline across seven generations," says Publisher's Weekly.

Then there's Barkskins (out June 14), a 736-page, century- and continent-crossing mammoth by Annie Proulx. "This book is complex and dramatic, not to mention huge," Book Riot says, "it is perfect to sink into for an intense summer reading experience." 

Looking for more options? Here are some other highly-recommended novels to add to your summer TBR list.

Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
Grunt by Mary Roach (out June 7)
Rich and Pretty by Rumaan Alam (out June 7)
Hot Dog Taste Test by Lisa Hanawalt (out June 14)
Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty by Ramona Ausubel (out June 14)
We Are Not Such Things by Justine van der Leun (out June 28)
- How to Set a Fire and Why by Jesse Ball (out July 5)
Listen to Me by Hannah Pittard (out July 5)
The Heavenly Table by Donald Ray Pollock (out July 12) 
Monterey Bay by Lindsay Hatton (out July 19)


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