If you’re anything like us, summertime means reading time. With the arrival of warm weather, we can’t wait to head outside, book in hand, and dive into a story. If we’re lucky, maybe we’ll even find ourselves at one of these cozy outdoor reading nooks.

To get you started, we’ve put together a list of 11 new books that we’re excited to read this summer. Find your favorite spot, grab a pair of reading sunglasses, and crack open your book — you have a summer reading list to get through!

summer reading list

1. My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry

  • Author: Fredrik Backman
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Paperback released: April 6th, 2016

A story about a unique 7-year-old, Elsa, and her outspoken 77-year-old grandmother. Elsa’s grandmother passes away leaving her with the task of delivering letters to people whom she has wronged. Funny, fantastical, and heartwarming, we suggest you pick this book up to start your summer.

“Bring tissues when you start My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, but bring your funnybone, too. It’s that kind of book – one that, if you miss it, you’ll never forgive yourself.” —Business Insider, Best Books of 2015

2. Everyone Brave is Forgiven

  • Author: Chris Cleave
  • Genre: Historical / Fiction
  • Hardcover released: May 3rd, 2016

Set in 1939, Everyone Brave is Forgiven takes place during World War II and follows the paths of three individuals brought together by unexpected circumstances. And yes, there is a love triangle.

“With dazzling prose, sharp English wit, and compassion, Cleave paints a powerful portrait of war’s effects on those who fight and those left behind.” People Magazine Book of the Week

3. Everybody’s Fool

  • Author: Richard Russo
  • Genre: Fiction / Comedy
  • Hardcover released: May 3rd, 2016

A sequel to Nobody’s Fool, Russo’s Everybody’s Fool follows the same working-class characters fast-forwarded a decade. Taking place in North Bath, this novel features a variety of idiosyncratic characters and a bit of comedy.

“For fans who’ve missed Sully and the gang, Everybody’s Fool is like hopping on the last empty barstool surrounded by old friends.” —Jeff Labreque, Entertainment Weekly

4. Don’t You Cry

  • Author: Mary Kubica
  • Genre: Mystery / Thriller
  • Hardcover released: May 17th, 2016

Begins with a mysterious disappearance, a letter left, and a deepening crush. If that’s not enough to spark your interest, add in a thrilling conclusion and a journey filled with twists and turns, plus a whole lot of suspense.

“Mary Kubica has a knack for crafting engrossing psychological thrillers, and Don’t You Cry is no exception.” —InStyle

5. Before the Fall

  • Author: Noah Hawley
  • Genre: Mystery / Thriller
  • Hardcover released: May 31st, 2016

A plane filled with 10 privileged passengers and one, down-on-his-luck painter crashes on its way to Martha’s Vineyard. Only three survive. Cue a lot of conspiracy questions.

“[A] terrific thriller…an irresistible mystery.. a tale that’s both an intriguing puzzle and a painful story of human loss.”―Washington Post

6. All Summer Long

  • Author: Dorothea Benton Frank
  • Genre: Women’s Fiction
  • Hardcover released: May 31st, 2016

A southern gentleman returns to South Carolina with his successful New Yorker wife. Needless to say, the slower tempo and southern way of life takes some adjusting. This novel follows their summer of transitions, changes, and learnings.

7. Here’s to Us

  • Author: Elin Hilderbrand
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Hardcover released: June 14th, 2016

Three women, who all married the same man, must stay in the same cottage after his untimely death. Saying goodbye is tough. Saying goodbye to your ex-husband with his other exes who hate you? Nearly impossible.

“The must read that will be in everyone’s beach bag this summer.” ―Brenda Janowitz, Popsugar

8. Vinegar Girl: A Novel (Hogarth Shakespeare)

  • Author: Anne Tyler
  • Genre: Fiction / Retelling
  • Hardcover released: June 21st, 2016

A modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew that isn’t 10 Things I Hate About You. In this version, Kate and Bunny’s scientist father, Dr. Battista, stirs up a plan to keep his right-hand man, lab assistant Pyotr, from being deported by arranging a marriage.

“You are involved before you even notice you were paying attention . . . Her feel for character is so keen that even hardened metafictionalists [who] would happily fry the whole notion of ‘character’ for breakfast are reduced to the role of helpless gossips, swapping avid hunches about the possible fates of the characters.”-Tom Shone, The New Yorker

9. All the Missing Girls

  • Author: Megan Miranda
  • Genre: Mystery / Thriller
  • Hardcover released: June 28th, 2016

One girl goes missing. Ten years later, another girl goes missing. Told in reverse, this mystery thriller connects the two cases in a page-turning frenzy.

“As original as it is addictive, this story puts a knot in your gut from the opening pages. Then, through the wizardry of its unconventional structure, that knot tightens and tightens and will not let go until the final pages—and even then the story continues to haunt you. Vividly rendered, psychologically complex, and narratively acrobatic, All The Missing Girls is, above all, totally gripping.” —Tim Johnston, New York Times bestselling author of Descent

10. Magic: A Novel

  • Author: Danielle Steel
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Hardcover released: July 5th, 2016

Seven individuals mix and mingle at the infamous White Dinner in Paris, with each person leaving the event with new friendships, relationships, and hope for the future. Expect to be wowed by best selling author Danielle Steel.

11. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

  • Author: J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Hardcover released: July 31st, 2016

Even if Harry Potter is not your cup of tea, we couldn’t leave this anticipated sequel off our list. Based on a new story from Jack Thorne and J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne presents Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to the stage. The magical sequel takes place in the future, where Harry and his youngest son, Albus, deal with the past and the weight of their family legacy.