My Most Anticipated Reads of Summer 2016


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SUMMER READING HAS FINALLY BEGUN! I get so excited around this time of the year because I get most of my reading done in the summer. I also get so excited for all the new books that come out…and this year there are so many GREAT books that I NEED to read. It was hard for me to decide which books I was most excited for, but after about four hours of reading reviews and researching authors…I have finally put together a list of my top 10 most anticipated reads of summer 2016. Hope you enjoy! Let me know what your most anticipated summer book is in the comments!


The Girls by Emma Cline ,  June 14th, 2016

This is the book that I am most excited to read! I have it on pre-order from Amazon and as soon as it arrives i’m going to drop everything and read it!

“Northern California, during the violent end of the 1960s. At the start of summer, a lonely and thoughtful teenager, Evie Boyd, sees a group of girls in the park, and is immediately caught by their freedom, their careless dress, their dangerous aura of abandon. Soon, Evie is in thrall to Suzanne, a mesmerizing older girl, and is drawn into the circle of a soon-to-be infamous cult and the man who is its charismatic leader.” (Goodreads)

Under The Harrow by Flynn Berry,  June 14th, 2016

You know I love a good mystery! When I read about this book I was just like-boom! sold!

“When Nora takes the train from London to visit her sister in the countryside, she expects to find her waiting at the station, or at home cooking dinner. But when she walks into Rachel’s familiar house, what she finds is entirely different: her sister has been the victim of a brutal murder. ” (Goodreads)

The Whale: A Love Story by Mark Beauregard , June 14th, 2016

It’s so strange, but I love a good fiction that is based on real people or events. This book is based on Herman Melville’s relationship with Nathaniel Hawthorne. It definitely sounds like a must read!

“In the summer of 1850, Herman Melville finds himself hounded by creditors and afraid his writing career might be coming to an end—his last three novels have been commercial failures and the critics have turned against him. In despair, Melville takes his family for a vacation to his cousin’s farm in the Berkshires, where he meets Nathaniel Hawthorne at a picnic—and his life turns upside down.” (Goodreads)

Barkskins by Annie Proulx, June 14th, 2016

I told myself I would start reading more historical fiction and this book sounded like a great start! I’m really excited to see if this is a genre I really enjoy!

“In the late seventeenth century two penniless young Frenchmen, René Sel and Charles Duquet, arrive in New France. Bound to a feudal lord, a “seigneur,” for three years in exchange for land, they become wood-cutters—barkskins.” (Goodreads)

Rich and Pretty by Rumaan Alam, June 7th, 2016

I love a good “chick lit” as a palate cleanser! This book sounds like it has the perfect amount of drama. I love a good sassy tale between friends.

“As close as sisters for twenty years, Sarah and Lauren have been together through high school and college, first jobs and first loves, the uncertainties of their twenties and the realities of their thirties. Once, Sarah and Lauren were inseparable; for a long a time now, they’ve been apart. Can two women who rarely see one other, selectively share secrets, and lead different lives still call themselves best friends? Is it their abiding connection—or just force of habit—that keeps them together?” (Goodreads)

We Could Be Beautiful by Swan Huntley, June 28th, 2016

This is Huntley’s debut thriller. I’m not going to lie, the cover is what drew me to this book…but i’m glad it did! I can’t wait to read it!

“Catherine West has spent her entire life surrounded by beautiful things. She owns an immaculate Manhattan apartment, she collects fine art, she buys exquisite handbags and clothing, and she constantly redecorates her home. And yet, despite all this, she still feels empty. One night, at an art opening, Catherine meets William Stockton, a handsome man who shares her impeccable taste and love of beauty. He is educated, elegant, and even has a personal connection—his parents and Catherine’s parents were friends years ago. But as he and Catherine grow closer, she begins to encounter strange signs.” (Amazon)


Listen to Me by Hannah Pittard, July 5th, 2016

This sounds like a psychological thriller, which I live for! There’s nothing better than a good “page turner” in the summer!

“Mark and Maggie’s annual drive east to visit family has gotten off to a rocky start. By the time they’re on the road, it’s late, a storm is brewing, and they are no longer speaking to one another. Adding to the stress, Maggie — recently mugged at gunpoint — is lately not herself, and Mark is at a loss about what to make of the stranger he calls his wife. When they are forced to stop for the night at a remote inn, completely without power, Maggie’s paranoia reaches an all-time and terrifying high. But when Mark finds himself threatened in a dark parking lot, it’s Maggie who takes control.” (Amazon)

The Heavenly Table by Donald Ray Pollock, July 12, 2016

This books is literally everything I feel like I need to read this summer! Thrilling, historical, and dramatic! I’ve also heard great things about Pollock and can’t wait to read his writing!

“It is 1917, in that sliver of border land that divides Georgia from Alabama. Dispossessed farmer Pearl Jewett ekes out a hardscrabble existence with his three young sons: Cane (the eldest; handsome; intelligent); Cob (short; heavy set; a bit slow); and Chimney (the youngest; thin; ill-tempered). Several hundred miles away in southern Ohio, a farmer by the name of Ellsworth Fiddler lives with his son, Eddie, and his wife, Eula. After Ellsworth is swindled out of his family’s entire fortune, his life is put on a surprising, unforgettable, and violent trajectory that will directly lead him to cross paths with the Jewetts. No good can come of it. Or can it?” (Amazon)


Bright, Precious Days by Jay McInerey, August 2nd, 2016

For some reason I’ve been reading a lot of dramatic books set in New York City. I figured why not add another to the list! It sounds phenomenal!

“Even decades after their arrival, Corrine and Russell Calloway still feel as if they’re living the dream that drew them to New York City in the first place: book parties or art openings one night and high-society events the next; jobs they care about (and in fact love); twin children whose birth was truly miraculous; a loft in TriBeCa and summers in the Hamptons. But all of this comes at a fiendish cost.” (Amazon)

Harmony by Carolyn Parkhurst, August 2nd, 2016

I’ve never read anything by Carolyn Parkhurst, although I feel like it’s crazy that I haven’t because her writing seems to be right up my alley. This is an emotionally gripping story that follows one family as they struggle with losing everything. I’m excited for a good cry.

“How far will a mother go to save her family? The Hammond family is living in DC, where everything seems to be going just fine, until it becomes clear that the oldest daughter, Tilly, is developing abnormally–a mix of off-the-charts genius and social incompetence. Once Tilly–whose condition is deemed undiagnosable–is kicked out of the last school in the area, her mother Alexandra is out of ideas.” (Amazon)

I hope you enjoyed my top 10 most anticipated reads for the summer! I’ll be posting a fun surprise tomorrow so follow Revitalized Reading to stay updated!



Author: Revitalized Reading by Danica

Working in a public library for three years has introduced me to some of the most interesting books and book related ideas! I am a creator, dreamer, and lover of all literature and i'm here to share my bookish ways with you!

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