Every year we round up a handful of great books that are perfect for reading poolside. They are usually new releases and we always give away our picks over on Instagram.
We’ve rounded up 7 amazing books. 3 of them will be featured again on our best books of 2020 so far list coming out next week, and one of them actually came out in 2019 when it was a best pick for the year.
It’s from our favorite author and it just came out in paperback so we had to include it! So without further ado, here is the list of pool reads for Summer 2020.
If you are looking for more vacation reading, head to the Beach Read Hub for lists of beach reads, books set at the beach, and Summer Reading Bingo!
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Pool Reads for Summer 2020
Kirsten and I were so lucky to get an advanced copy of this book. We cannot say enough good things about this amazing book. Bianca Marais’s sophomore novel is a brilliant work of literary fiction that has left me in its wake weeks after I finished. Thank you so much for my copy of this book!!! This story examines difficult topics with such love and sensitivity. From AIDS and poverty to racism and homophobia, this isn’t a book that you can skim over parts. Every word has its place but, it is written so poetically that I found myself trying to remember the words of wisdom within the pages. If I could give more than 5 stars I would. I laughed and cried with the characters in this book whose stories captivated me from the first page. So, while we usually recommend books that are purely light-hearted, we are making an exception for this book. This is a “read it anywhere you can” kind of book.
After hearing a lot about this particular story, I quickly snatched it up, and let me tell you, the hype is real. This story is set in Philly (which I love) and features a Black woman of Caribbean descent who is entering into her senior year of college. Emoni wants to be a world-class chef but struggles with pursuing her passions in the kitchen while balancing the responsibilities of having a toddler. It’s a true coming-of-age story that is as delicious to devour as the many recipes described in the book. We know that this book came out last year but, we did not want to miss the chance to spread the word about this amazing five-star read.
Samiah Brooks becomes an unwilling internet sensation when she discovers her boyfriend is dating two other women. Instead of drama or fighting, Samiah, Taylor, and London form an instant tight bond of strong, smart, independent women and I absolutely loved their relationship with each other. The three women make a pact to spend the next six months bettering themselves and perusing their dreams and supporting each other. Samiah has been thinking about developing a new app for years. Cue: a gorgeous, smart, and thoughtful new co-worker whose chemistry with Samiah is undeniable. I loved so many things about this book especially the candid discussions about the struggles of a black woman in the workplace and the strong, supportive women in the book.
I had not heard of this story until it was recommended to me by a few people. The story sounded great and the cover was so beautiful that I could not resist. I absolutely loved this book. The story has just a touch of magic but somehow seems to relevant. Linus baker works as a caseworker in the Department in Charge of Magical Youth. He is sent on a mission to a secret orphanage where 6 of the world’s most dangerous youth live. This story was so much more than the sum of its parts.
Thank you so much to Sourcebooks for my copy of this book. It is such a feel-good book but a fair warning- reading this book will make you very hungry! Kate’s life is no exactly where she thought it would be months before her 40th birthday. Her job is not secure and she has had to move back in with her mother after yet another break with her boyfriend. What she finds is a grumpy, smart, and very smart 97-year-old lady named Cecily. The two ladies begin an unlikely friendship that will change them both forever. This book is charming and delightful.
I am a huge royal lover, and The Royal We is probably my favorite royal read of all. That’s why The Heir Affair was an immediate pre-order for me. How could I not read the sequel? This book picks up immediately where the first leaves off – dealing with the same scandal and the fall-out over the disastrous royal wedding. As the newlyweds try to recalibrate their image, they also need to make amends to their royal family members. This book dove into some deeper topics, but I found it to be a wonderful follow-up. A true delight of a story and a perfect addition to the pool reads for summer 2020 list!
I thought I was going into a family drama like The Vacationers by Emma Straub, but this story opened with a murder. I literally sat up at that point and thought “well, well, what have we here?” It was a dynamic family drama with secrets, lies, and tension. The whole time I was trying to figure out who had committed the murder and why.