When the weather starts to warm up and the days get shorter, it’s time for everyone to pull out their summer MyReadingManga list. And what better way to kick things off than by recommending some of our favorite novels? From beach reads to suspenseful thrillers, these five novels are sure to keep you entertained all summer long. So curl up with a good one and enjoy!
The Girls by Emma Cline
1. The Girls by Emma Cline
If you’re looking for a summer read that’s both cerebral and compulsively readable, look no further than Emma Cline’s The Girls. Set in 1967 Hollywood, the novel tells the story of four young women who are entranced by the movie industry and its glamorous players. As they become increasingly enmeshed in their own schemes and relationships, they begin to question what it means to be “the girls.”
The Girls is a captivating read that will leave you wondering what really happened behind the scenes of Hollywood’s golden age. If you’re looking for a book that’ll keep you engaged from start to finish, this is definitely one you need to add to your list.
The Wife by Paula Hawkins
If you’re looking for a gripping, page-turning thriller that will keep you hooked until the very last sentence, be sure to add Paula Hawkins’ debut novel, The Wife, to your summer reading list.
Hawkins’ story follows Alice Kingsland, a young woman who returns home to London after years of travel in order to give her widowed husband a proper send-off before she begins anew in the Americas. But when Alice arrives at her husband’s house only to find him missing and the door locked from the inside, she begins to fear the worst.
As Alice starts investigating her husband’s disappearance, she quickly realizes that there may be more to his mysterious absence than meets the eye. Soon enough, Alice is faced with a choice: stay hidden or take on the dangerous streets of London in search of answers.
The Wife is an incredibly suspenseful read that will leave you on the edge of your seat until its explosive finale. If you’re looking for an edge-of-your-seat summer read that will keep you on your toes all day long, make sure to add Hawkins’ novel to your list!
Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
Bad Feminist is a collection of essays by Roxane Gay, which discusses her concerns with feminism, and how it has evolved over the years. She does not believe that feminism is bad, but rather that there are different types of feminists, and that everyone has their own way of being feminist. Bad Feminist mainly focuses on intersectionality, which is the idea that different forms of discrimination or oppression intersect, and that each person experiences these different oppressions in unique ways.
Some of the topics covered in Bad Feminist include body image, colorism, slut shaming, and transphobia. Gay discusses how all of these issues play into one another, and how we need to be aware of them if we want to be effective feminists. She also argues for a revisionist history of feminism, one that includes more voices and perspectives.
Overall, Bad Feminist is an important read for any feminist who wants to better understand what they are fighting for. It will challenge you to think about feminism in a new way, and to see the issue from multiple angles.
Beartown by Fredrik Backman
With temperatures soaring and the sun shining, it’s time to crack open a good book! Here are some novels that should be on your reading list this summer.
Beartown by Fredrik Backman
This novel follows the town of Beartown over a period of several years. The townsfolk are struggling with economic downturns and changes in their society. Backman’s writing is beautiful, and he creates characters that you’ll want to follow throughout the story.
The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
This novel tells the story of a girl who is kept in a basement by her government because she is exactly like them–able to think and reason–but also because she is developmentally delayed. She becomes friends with other kids kept in cages nearby, and together they plot escape. This book will keep you on your toes; you won’t know what’s going to happen next!
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Starr Carter has always been one of the privileged kids in her neighborhood–she has two parents who love her, great schools, and no challenges. That all changes when she witnesses a police officer shoot an unarmed black kid. As riots break out in her neighborhood, Starr tries to find answers as to what happened and why it matters to her now more than ever. This powerful book will have you angry and inspired at the same time.
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
The Outsiders is a novel by S.E. Hinton that tells the story of Ponyboy, a young boy who grows up in a small town surrounded by delinquents. Ponyboy is different from the other kids in his town – he’s not interested in gangs or drugs and Webtoon XYZ he doesn’t have any friends who share his interests.
One day, Ponyboy meets a group of boys who call themselves the greasers. The greasers are different from the other kids in town because they like to dress in leather jackets and ride motorcycles. Ponyboy quickly becomes friends with them and learns how to party and get along with people who are different from him.
The Outsiders is an exciting novel that will make you feel like you’re right there with Ponyboy as he experiences life in his small town for the first time. If you’re looking for a summer read that will leave you feeling inspired, then pick up a copy of The Outsiders.