I gravitate toward commercially-appealing but still lyrically written reads. Here's what I consumed this summer, in case you're looking for the same.
  1. Boys in the Boat
    Cannot believe it took me so long to read. My favorite in a while.
  2. All the Light We Cannot See
    Uh. Pretty much made me want to throw in the towel as a writer because I will never be as brilliant as he is.
  3. Outliers
    Everyone has already read this, so I don't need to tell you about it.
  4. Yes, Please
  5. The Royal We
    A fun fictionalized spin on Kate and William. I find the Royal Family completely boring but this book was really charming.
  6. Everybody Rise
    Out in a few weeks - a pointed examination of a social climber 20-something in NYC in the early 2000s. If you like the show Odd Mom Out, I bet you would dig this book.
  7. Home is Burning
    Out in Oct. A memoir about a self-described train wreck of a guy dealing with his dad's ALS diagnosis. I predict this book will be huge.
  8. The New Neighbor
    A thriller/mystery about...well...a new neighbor. Leah Stewart is a great, tight writer.
  9. Eight Hundred Grapes
    Written by one of my best friends, so I am admittedly biased, but a perfect beach read and wine-drinking book. Also, I invited her to join The List, but she lost the email, so she may never see this.
  10. Into the Woods
    My first Tana French book. A riveting thriller. Already bought the sequel.
  11. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
    I listened to this as an audiobook, and it was so utterly charming. About an autistic boy who tries to solve the crime of a murdered dog. Truly touching and also laugh-out-loud (honestly) funny.
  12. Night Circus
    Really ethereal and whimsical, while still being completely absorbing. About a magical traveling circus (and a lot more).
  13. A Window Opens
    Reading this now. Out in a few weeks. I adore the author as a person, and it is getting great buzz. Hurrah!