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53 Hottest Summer Reads of 2022

  • FICTION

    COUNTERFEIT

    JUNE 7, 2022

FICTION

COUNTERFEIT

by Kirstin Chen

A delightfully different caper novel with a "Gone Girl"–style plot twist. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    FELLOWSHIP POINT

    JULY 5, 2022

FICTION

FELLOWSHIP POINT

by Alice Elliott Dark

Elegantly structured, beautifully written, and altogether diverting, with a powerful message about land ownership in America. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    TRUST

    MAY 3, 2022

FICTION

TRUST

by Hernan Diaz

A clever and affecting high-concept novel of high finance. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    THIS TIME TOMORROW

    MAY 17, 2022

FICTION

THIS TIME TOMORROW

by Emma Straub

Combine Straub's usual warmth and insight with the fun of time travel and you have a winner. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    THE HOTEL NANTUCKET

    JUNE 14, 2022

FICTION

THE HOTEL NANTUCKET

by Elin Hilderbrand

Honestly, who needs Nantucket. It could hardly be more fun than this book. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    TOMORROW, AND TOMORROW, AND TOMORROW

    JULY 5, 2022

ROMANCE

TOMORROW, AND TOMORROW, AND TOMORROW

by Gabrielle Zevin

Sure to enchant even those who have never played a video game in their lives, with instant cult status for those who have. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    WINTER WORK

    JULY 12, 2022

  • FICTION

    THE LAST WHITE MAN

    AUG. 2, 2022

FICTION

THE LAST WHITE MAN

by Mohsin Hamid

A provocative tale that raises questions of racial and social justice at every turn. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    BOOK LOVERS

    MAY 3, 2022

FICTION

BOOK LOVERS

by Emily Henry

A heartfelt and hilarious read about books, sisters, and writing your own love story. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    PIG YEARS

    JUNE 14, 2022

NONFICTION

PIG YEARS

by Ellyn Gaydos

Lyrical and cleareyed insight into farming from a writer devoted to both crafts. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    FIRE ISLAND

    JUNE 14, 2022

NONFICTION

FIRE ISLAND

by Jack Parlett

An illuminating, well-written history of a unique place. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    EXPLORER

    JUNE 28, 2022

NONFICTION

EXPLORER

by Benedict Allen

A compelling story about the need to satisfy one’s yearnings at all costs. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    ROGUES

    JUNE 28, 2022

NONFICTION

ROGUES

by Patrick Radden Keefe

Thought-provoking examinations of human motivation, choices, follies, and morality. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    THE LAST RESORT

    JUNE 28, 2022

NONFICTION

THE LAST RESORT

by Sarah Stodola

A thorough and appropriately alarming analysis of how we made paradise and how it might be saved. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    THE CHURCH OF BASEBALL

    JULY 5, 2022

NONFICTION

THE CHURCH OF BASEBALL

by Ron Shelton

Fans of the film will have new reasons to appreciate it—and the team that made it. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    ILLUMINATED BY WATER

    JULY 5, 2022

NONFICTION

ILLUMINATED BY WATER

by Malachy Tallack

An engaging book that will make many readers head for the nearest stream to toss in a line. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    IMAGINE A CITY

    JULY 5, 2022

  • NONFICTION

    NORMAL FAMILY

    JULY 12, 2022

NONFICTION

NORMAL FAMILY

by Chrysta Bilton

A wholly absorbing page-turner that everyone will want to read. You should probably buy two. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    SPLIT DECISION

    JULY 19, 2022

NONFICTION

SPLIT DECISION

by Ice-T & Spike with Douglas Century

This well-crafted memoir is a bracing reminder of how a few choices can separate success from a troubled life. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    GENERATION WONDER

    JUNE 14, 2022

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

GENERATION WONDER

edited by Barry Lyga ; illustrated by Colleen Doran

Thirteen solid stories from an all-star lineup. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    THE LOOPHOLE

    JUNE 21, 2022

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

THE LOOPHOLE

by Naz Kutub

An intense read that’s packed with adventure, humor, and lots of soul. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    BAD THINGS HAPPEN HERE

    JUNE 28, 2022

  • TEEN

    WAKE THE BONES

    JULY 12, 2022

  • TEEN

    WIND DAUGHTER

    JULY 12, 2022

  • TEEN

    NOTHING MORE TO TELL

    AUG. 30, 2022

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

NOTHING MORE TO TELL

by Karen M. McManus

An edge-of-your-seat page-turner; the strongest yet from a master of the genre. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    LORD OF THE FLY FEST

    AUG. 30, 2022

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

LORD OF THE FLY FEST

by Goldy Moldavsky

A hilarious, page-turning take on influencers and true-crime fandom. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    LOVE RADIO

    MAY 31, 2022

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

LOVE RADIO

by Ebony LaDelle

A sweet, charming story with both heartwarming and heart-rending moments. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    THE SECRET FOREST FRIENDS

    JUNE 1, 2022

  • CHILDREN'S

    ONYEKA AND THE ACADEMY OF THE SUN

    JUNE 14, 2022

  • CHILDREN'S

    MANATEE SUMMER

    JUNE 28, 2022

CHILDREN'S

MANATEE SUMMER

by Evan Griffith

A lush backdrop and sweet characters facing complicated problems will keep readers hooked. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    TÂPWÊ AND THE MAGIC HAT

    JUNE 7, 2022

CHILDREN'S

TÂPWÊ AND THE MAGIC HAT

by Buffy Sainte-Marie ; illustrated by Buffy Sainte-Marie & Michelle Alynn Clement

These connected tales bring characters and their rich cultural inheritance to satisfying life. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    ORDER OF THE NIGHT JAY

    AUG. 16, 2022

GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMICS

ORDER OF THE NIGHT JAY

by Jonathan Schnapp ; illustrated by Jonathan Schnapp

Something wicked this way comes...hopefully, a sequel in the making. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    ALLIANA, GIRL OF DRAGONS

    AUG. 2, 2022

CHILDREN'S

ALLIANA, GIRL OF DRAGONS

by Julie Abe ; illustrated by Shan Jiang

A thrilling take on “Cinderella” with magic and dragons. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    LEMON BIRD

    AUG. 23, 2022

  • CHILDREN'S

    FIRE ON HEADLESS MOUNTAIN

    AUG. 23, 2022

  • CHILDREN'S

    BUNNICULA

    AUG. 30, 2022

GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMICS

BUNNICULA

developed by James Howe & Deborah Howe adapted by James Howe & Andrew Donkin ; illustrated by Stephen Gilpin

This pets’-eye-view farce bares fangs but draws laughs instead of blood. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    BARB AND THE GHOST BLADE

    MAY 31, 2022

CHILDREN'S

BARB AND THE GHOST BLADE

by Dan Abdo & Jason Patterson ; illustrated by Dan Abdo & Jason Patterson

More punches and punchlines in pursuit of truth, justice, and the Berzerker way. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    FRANCES IN THE COUNTRY

    JUNE 7, 2022

CHILDREN'S

FRANCES IN THE COUNTRY

by Liz Garton Scanlon ; illustrated by Sean Qualls

A familiar narrative about urban versus rural childhoods that’s made fresh by distinct artwork. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    I WANT TO BE A VASE

    JUNE 7, 2022

CHILDREN'S

I WANT TO BE A VASE

by Julio Torres ; illustrated by Julian Glander

Great for stimulating creative thinking and art activities: What else can ordinary objects be? Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    ARAB ARAB ALL YEAR LONG!

    JUNE 14, 2022

CHILDREN'S

ARAB ARAB ALL YEAR LONG!

by Cathy Camper ; illustrated by Sawsan Chalabi

A fun, informative window into the experiences of Arabs in the diaspora. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    THE ADVENTURES OF ROBO-KID

    JUNE 28, 2022

CHILDREN'S

THE ADVENTURES OF ROBO-KID

by Diane deGroat ; illustrated by Diane deGroat

A super blend of everyday courage, the inner lives of readers, and rising to the challenge of doing something difficult. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    TWO DOGS

    JUNE 28, 2022

CHILDREN'S

TWO DOGS

by Ian Falconer ; illustrated by Ian Falconer

A snug, funny round of hijinks by low dogs. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    JIGSAW

    JULY 5, 2022

CHILDREN'S

JIGSAW

by Bob Graham ; illustrated by Bob Graham

A celebration of small miracles and the hope that makes them happen. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    A DAY BY THE SEA

    JULY 19, 2022

CHILDREN'S

A DAY BY THE SEA

by Barbara Nascimbeni ; illustrated by Barbara Nascimbeni

Unique illustrations create an enticing day at the beach for a mischievous mutt. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    PIP AND ZIP

    AUG. 23, 2022

  • CHILDREN'S

    GIANT ISLAND

    AUG. 1, 2022

CHILDREN'S

GIANT ISLAND

by Jane Yolen ; illustrated by Doug Keith

Childhood magic shared with a new generation. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >

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