30 Summer Books to Have on Your Radar

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NetGalley members are always looking for exciting upcoming releases to add to their TBR piles. Here are 25 summer books that readers won’t want to miss—some are even available to request on NetGalley!

Psst: Consider making a List of Summer Reads on NetGalley to keep track of all of the books you want to check out!

Watch Us Shine by Marisa de los Santos

Alternating between the present and the 1960s, this novel explores the discoveries two sisters make about their mother’s past on their journey to show their mom the Northern Lights.

Don’t Forget the Girl by Rebecca McKanna

When a true crime podcaster comes to town to cover a serial killer’s execution, Bree and Chelsea end their estrangement to come together to ensure their late friend Abby’s memory isn’t lost.

The Art of Scandal by Regina Black

In this sizzling romance, Rachel is waiting for a payout that will mean she can leave her cheating politician husband. But falling in love with artist Nathan threatens to change all her plans.

Translation State by Ann Leckie

Fans of the Imperial Radch universe will want to snatch up the reissued covers of the original series and dive into this new novel set in that world, featuring the hunt for a missing translator.

Everyone Wants to Know by Kelly Loy Gilbert

When a famous reality TV family starts to fracture, all of their personal business becomes tabloid fodder. In between BFF betrayals and a new romance, Honor fights to keep her family together.

The Paris Daughter by Kristin Harmel

Historical fiction readers won’t want to miss Kristin Harmel’s latest about a mother’s search for her daughter after leaving her in the safekeeping of a close friend in occupied Paris in 1939.

Silver Nitrate by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

In this horror novel set in Mexico City’s ’90s film scene, a sound editor and soap opera star become entangled in an unsettling mystery involving a director claiming to possess cursed film.

Knockout by Sarah MacLean

Romance readers will have a blast diving into Sarah MacLean’s latest. This Hell’s Belles installment follows Detective Peck as he’s tasked with guarding explosive-loving vigilante Imogen.

The Water Outlaws by S. L. Huang

When Lin Chong, a former arms instructor for the Emperor’s army, is wrongly branded as a criminal, she goes on the run and joins a band of outlaws who take justice into their own hands.

Some Shall Break by Ellie Marney

In this sequel to the YA thriller None Shall Sleep, junior FBI consultants Travis Bell and Emma Lewis reunite to solve a case that may be connected to the serial killer Emma escaped from.

Holler, Child by LaToya Watkins

LaToya Watkins follows up her acclaimed debut novel with a collection of eleven moving short stories about how the places we come from and the community around us shape who we are.

A Guest in the House by Emily Carroll

Need to cool down from the summer heat? Emily Carroll’s horror graphic novel about a woman who uncovers unsettling revelations about her new husband’s late wife is sure to give you chills.

In Charm’s Way by Lana Harper

Let Lana Harper cast a spell on you with this sapphic romance. When a forbidden spell turns Delilah into a magnet for dangerous supernaturals, monster hunter Catriona steps in to save the day.

The Splinter in the Sky by Kemi Ashing-Giwa

Tea and vengeance lie at the heart of this space opera debut. After her sibling is kidnapped, Enitan sets aside her tea business to infiltrate the empire and gain her homeland’s freedom.

I Feed Her to the Beast and the Beast Is Me by Jamison Shea

This young adult book had us at ‘villain origin story.’ Laure Mesny’s quest to succeed in Paris’ ballet world leads her to making a dangerous bargain deep within the city’s Catacombs.

Fit for the Gods edited by Jenn Northington and S. Zainab Williams

Journey to Mount Olympus this summer with an anthology that puts an inclusive spin on your favorite Greek myths through authors playing with genre, sexuality, gender, and more.

I’m Not Done with You Yet by Jesse Q. Sutanto

This suspenseful tale explores a dangerous obsession between former members of a writing group who had a falling out and reunite when one tracks the other down at a book convention.

It Happened One Fight by Maureen Lenker

In this 1930s romance, a Hollywood starlet and leading man wait out divorce proceedings after a prank leaves them legally married, only to start to develop feelings for each other along the way.

Mortal Follies by Alexis Hall

NetGalley reviewers are raving about this sapphic fantasy romance between a cursed noblewoman and a rumored witch from Alexis Hall. You’ll want this one on your TBR for sure!

What Happens After Midnight by K. L. Walther

An anonymous note from the senior class Jester leads Lily Hopper to shake her prim reputation and team up with the ex she’s still in love with to pull an end-of-year prank before graduation.

Scent of a Garden by Namrata Patel

After forging a career as a Paris perfumer, Poppy Patel returns home to California when her sense of smell suddenly disappears, leaving her unsure of what her future might hold.

Thicker Than Water by Megan Collins

Sisters-in-law Julia and Sienna find their bond tested when Jason, Julia’s husband and Sienna’s brother, is named the top suspect in his boss’ violent murder in Megan Collins’ latest thriller.

Role Playing by Cathy Yardley

In this nerdy contemporary romance, Maggie and Aiden are surprised to hit it off in real life after meeting as their alter egos (Bogwitch and Otter) in an online gaming guild that Aiden runs.

Forged by Blood by Ehigbor Okosun

Ehigbor Okosun’s debut fantasy novel draws inspiration from Nigerian mythology and follows Dèmi as she kidnaps the son of a genocidal king on her mission to avenge her mother’s death.

A Song of Salvation by Alechia Dow

One of our must-read YA books of 2023, this summer release is a space opera featuring a god reborn without powers and a smuggler who become unlikely allies in an intergalactic war.

The Summer of Songbirds by Kristy Woodson Harvey

Three friends in their 30s come together to save Camp Holly Springs, the girls’ summer camp where they forged their friendship, in this tale of unbreakable bonds and self-discovery.

All the Sinners Bleed by S. A. Cosby

Beloved crime fictional author S. A. Cosby returns with the story of an FBI agent moving back to his hometown to shape up the racist sheriff’s department, only to discover a serial killer.

Kiss the Girl by Zoraida Córdova

The Meant to Be series continues with a new romance inspired by a Disney classic. This time Ariel is a popular singer searching for something more when she meets up-and-comer Eric.

Devil’s Gun by Cat Rambo

In this sequel to You Sexy Thing, Niko and her crew open a pop-up restaurant while waiting on a suspicious archaeologist to fix a broken intergalactic gate they’ll use to escape from the pirate hunting them.

House of Roots and Ruin by Erin A. Craig

In this second installment of the Sisters of the Salt YA fantasy series, Verity Thaumas grapples with her inability to differentiate between ghosts and the living as she escapes from her home.

Which of these books is at the top of your summer TBR?

Stuff Your Shelves

Kelly Gallucci

Kelly Gallucci is the Executive Editor of We Are Bookish, where she oversees the editorial content, offers book recommendations, and interviews authors and NetGalley members. When she's not working, Kelly can be found color coordinating her bookshelves, eating Chipotle, and watching way too many baking shows.

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  1. On this list, most looking forward to Ann Leckie’s Translation State, SL Huang’s The Water Outlaws, Kemi Ashing-Giwa’s The Splinter in the Sky, Ehigbor Okosun’s Forged by Blood, SA Cosby’s All the Sinners Bleed, and Cat Rambo’s Devil’s Gun.

    A few more at the top of my list through the summer are: Karen Lord’s The Blue, Beautiful World (8/29), Shelley Parker-Chan’s He Who Drowned the World (8/22), T. Kingfisher’s Thornhedge (8/15), DJ Molles’ A Harvest of Ash and Blood, Lauren J.A. Bear’s Medusa’s Sisters, Daniel Kraus’ Whalefall, and Lauren Beukes’ Bridge (8/8), Howard Andrew Jones’ Lord of a Shattered Land, Jonathan Strahan’s The Book of Witches, Wilton Barnhart’s Western Alliances, and Weis and Hickman’s Dragons of Fate (8/1), Genevieve Gornichec’s The Weaver and the Witch Queen (7/25), Chuck Tingle’s Camp Damascus, Yume Kitasei’s The Deep Sky, and Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Silver Nitrate (7/18), Djuna’s Counterweight and Paul Tremblay’s The Beast You Are (7/11), Emma Mieko Candon’s The Archive Undying (6/27), Ruth Ware’s Zero Days, Hannah Fergesen’s The Infinite Miles, and C.M. Alongi’s Citadel (6/20), J.R. Dawson’s The First Bright Thing (6/13), Charles Soule’s The Endless Vessel (6/6), and Melissa Scott’s Master of Samar (6/5).

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