10 New Books to Add to Your Beach Reads List and Devour Before Summer Is Gone for Good

What happened to the summer? August is here (already!), and with it back-to-school sales, last-minute trips to the beach, and end-of-the-season barbecues. While it sadly can’t be summer all year long, there’s still time to squeeze in a little more poolside reading before fall arrives. If you’re looking for a page-turner to add to your to-read list, check out this list of 10 new books hitting bookstore shelves in the next month or so. 

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‘Never Have I Ever’ by Joshline Jackson 

A mysterious new neighbor named Anjelica infiltrates Amy Whey’s quiet suburban book club, and she seems to know all about the dark past that Amy has worked hard to keep hidden. To keep her secret and save the life she’s built, Amy will have to match wits with the clever Anjelica in this twisted tale of deception. 

On sale August 6.  

‘The Pretty One: On Life, Pop Culture, Disability, and Other Reasons to Fall In Love With Me.’ by Keah Brown 

Writer and disability rights advocate Keah Brown explores what it means to be black and disabled in a mostly able-bodied white America in this collection of essays, which tackle topics such as romance, her relationship with her able-bodied twin sister, and her thoughts on the media’s distorted take on disability. 

On sale August 6. 

‘The Mosquito: A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator’ by Timothy C. Winegard 

Take a closer look at everyone’s least-favorite summer pest in this work of narrative non-fiction, which explores the surprising ways that the mosquito has shaped humanity’s fate.  

On sale August 6. 

‘Dottir: My Journey to Becoming a Two-Time CrossFit Games Champion’ by Katrin Davidsdottir with Rory McKernan

Fitness buffs will want to settle in with this memoir from Katrin Davidsdottier, who won the title of “Fittest Woman on Earth” twice, in 2015 and 2016 — something no other woman has accomplished. The Icelandic athletes talks about how she achieved CrossFit dominance despite only taking up the sport in 2011. 

On sale August 6. 

‘The Turn of the Key’ by Ruth Ware 

The author of The Woman in Cabin 10 and In a Dark, Dark Wood returns with another suspenseful tale, this one about a woman named Rowan Caine who accepts a job as a live-in nanny with a picture-perfect family in a luxurious smart home in the Scottish Highlands. But soon, her dream job has turned into a nightmare and she’s in prison awaiting trial for murder.

On sale August 6.

‘Careful What You Wish For’ by Hallie Ephron 

Perfect for people who love both Marie Kondo and edge-of-your-seat thrillers, Hallie Ephron’s latest effort focuses on a professional organizer who takes on a couple of new clients and ends up with a deadly problem on her hands that even she might not be able to clean up.  

On sale August 6.

‘Inland’ by Téa Obreht 

Téa Obreht follows up her best-selling 2011 debut The Tiger’s Wife with Inland, which looks at the lives of two people, a frontierswoman named Nora whose husband and sons have disappeared and a former outlaw named Lurie, in Arizona Territory in 1893. 

On sale August 13.

‘Things You Save in the Fire’ by Katherine Center 

Cassie Hanwell, the woman at the heart Katherine Center’s new novel, is one of the only female firefighters at her Texas firehouse, and over the years she’s become adept at managing crises. But when a family emergency calls her home to Boston, she has to contend with a new job and a potential new romance with a coworker, which could put her job on the line.

On sale August 13. 

‘The Testaments’ by Margaret Atwood 

Margaret Atwood revisits the dystopian world of Gilead for the first time since The Handmaid’s Tale was published in 1985. Her new novel, which picks up 15 years after Offred is taken away to an unknown fate, is narrated by three different women and will reveal much more about the Republic of Gilead and its inner workings.

On sale September 10.

‘The Institute’ by Stephen King

In Stephen King’s latest novel, kids with special powers — think telekinesis and telepathy — are kidnapped and held prisoner in a sinister institution where the staff will stop at nothing to exploit their unique gifts. 

On sale September 10.