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Weather is slowly changing… summer is just around the corner. Many of us find ourselves reading more during these uncertain times. Here’s a list COURTESY: BOOK BUB  http://www.bookbub.com  of books that’ll will keep you in the loop of what’s new and great to read out there.

It’s hard to believe, but summer is just around the corner. If you’re looking for some new reads as you usher in the warmer days of the year, or are curious about what books will be getting all the buzz, we’ve rounded up the best books summer 2020 has on tap! From fast-paced thrillers to heartwarming family sagas, these are the books we’ll be reading — and recommending — in the weeks ahead. Take a look at our recommendations for the best books of summer 2020!

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Rural Pennsylvania houses elite university Catherine House, known for shaping the world’s most successful people — names you would know anywhere. But when Ines Murillo trades her old party life for the promise of a brighter future at Catherine House, she’ll discover that the university’s confidential nature might hold dark secrets. This Gothic tale of suspense is laced with an elite glamour that will have you glued to the pages.

Release date: Out now

Fans of Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games Trilogy will be thrilled to hear there’s a prequel on its way. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes offers the backstory to one of our favorite villains — Coriolanus Snow. The story opens on the morning of the 10th annual Hunger Games with 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow preparing to be a mentor in the Games and restore honor to his family.

Release date: May 19

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When film showrunner Jo and her assistant Emma become tabloid fodder, the scandal threatens their careers and their future. But as the paparazzi pursues them and the two have to work even more closely on Jo’s film project, they start to realize that their friendship could lead to something more. Publishers Weekly calls this debut romantic comedy “a gem.”

Release date: May 26

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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Mothers comes a powerful multi-generational story about family relationships and the events that change our lives. The Vignes twin sisters chose different paths when they ran away from their southern black community at 16. As adults, their lives couldn’t be more different — but the sisters are about to cross paths again. This compelling story spans four decades, deftly exploring the history of race in America as it weaves an intimate portrait of two sisters and the ripple effects of their choices.

Release date: June 2

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Emily Giffin is back with a heartwarming tale of love and truth. Sitting alone in a New York City bar in the spring of 2001, Cecily Gardner forged a bond with a seemingly perfect stranger who disappeared the next morning. Months later, when she spots his photo on a a missing-person poster in the aftermath of September 11, Cecily sets out to discover who he really was — and whether the love they shared was real.

Release date: June 2

At the center of this story are two sisters — Thea, who marries the captain of the Nova Scotian merchant ship Morning Light, and her younger half-sister Kay. Mourning a pregnancy loss, Thea takes in a young boy from Micronesia, setting in motion a moral dilemma for Kay. This richly detailed story was inspired by true events and gives readers a vivid glimpse into a world of beauty and hardship, where prejudice and grace are often at odds. Readers who love complex historical fiction will want to put The Voyage of the Morning Light at the top of their list.

Release date: June 2

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Summer wouldn’t be complete without a new novel from Elin Hilderbrand! When Mallory Blessing learns she’s dying, she asks her son to reach out to her long-time lover, Jake McCloud, who she’s been meeting in secret since the summer of 1993. This poignant tale of forbidden love will leave readers thinking about the choices and memories that have defined their lives.

Release date: June 16

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The latest in Jasmine Guillory’s Wedding Date series, Party of Two tells the story of Alexa’s (from The Wedding Date) sister, Olivia Monroe. Sparks fly when ambitious attorney Olivia moves to LA and meets equally ambitious junior senator Max Powell. Keeping their dating life under wraps makes for some sexy — and silly — interludes, but can Olivia and Max’s relationship survive once they go public? With lovable characters and a romantic comedy setup, this novel promises all the things we love about Guillory’s books.

Release date: June 23

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When the heat of summer has us longing for winter, we’ll be ready to sink into the last book in the Hidden Iceland series. Ragnar Jonasson’s dark and twisted Scandinavian thriller centers on the events that happened during a brutal snowstorm in 1987. Detective Hulda will be driven to the brink of madness to solve a mystery that will always haunt him.

Release date: June 23

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We can’t resist a pulse-pounding woman-on-the-run thriller and Julie Clark’s The Last Flight fits the bill. Claire and Eva are two women desperate for a new life. A random encounter in an airport leads to an impulsive decision — they’ll switch places and give each other a head start on starting over. But when Claire’s plane to Puerto Rico goes down with Eva on it, Claire finds herself assuming Eva’s identity and dealing with secrets that aren’t hers to keep.

Release date: June 23

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We were utterly charmed by Talia Hibbert’s 2019 romantic comedy Get a Life, Chloe Brown, so we can’t wait to get our hands on the second book in her Brown Sisters series. PhD student Danika Brown is too busy with her career to worry about romance, but when a misunderstanding leads to a viral video, she finds herself playing girlfriend to handsome rugby player turned security guard, Zafir Ansari. Will their fake romance lead to real love?

Release date: June 23

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Even if our travel plans don’t pan out this summer, we can always count on Beatriz Williams to sweep us away to another place — and another time. This time, the setting is the Hawaiian island of Kauai in 1947, where photographer and war correspondent Janey Everett goes to research the biography of a celebrate aviator. Along the way, she finds herself pursuing the truth about an unsolved aviation mystery.

Release date: June 30

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The author of Crazy Rich Asians returns with a frothy, effervescent treat. Kwan’s newest romp centers on Lucie Churchill, a Chinese-American woman torn between the man her family loves and George Zao, a man she doesn’t want to fall in love with. From the vacation spots of the ultra-wealthy to the Upper East side of Manhattan, Sex and Vanity is a delightful tale of a woman caught between two cultures.

Release date: June 30

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Since the release of A Head Full of Ghostshorror fans have known Paul Tremblay is a name to watch. In his newest novel, a rabies-like virus is claiming victims at an incredible rate — and Natalie, an eight-months pregnant friend of pediatrician Ramola “Rams” Sherman, has been bitten. Natalie’s only hope for saving her life and that of her unborn baby’s is to get to a hospital as quickly as possible. This is one promises a terrifying tale we’ll plan to read in the light of day.

Release date: July 7

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The latest from the author of RoomThe Pull of the Stars centers on three women whose lives become intertwined during a deadly pandemic. It’s 1918 in Dublin and nurse Julia Power, doctor Kathleen Lynn, and volunteer Bridie Sweeney are doing their best to help their patients — expectant mothers quarantined with the new flu. This historical fiction novel is sure to pack an emotional punch.

Release date: July 21

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Semi-retired librarian Eva Traube Abrams happens upon a photo of a book she recognizes, an 18th-century religious text she knows as The Book of Lost Names. The book holds a code only Eva knows — a code that could reunite families separated during World War II. Based on true events, this moving novel will resonate with readers who love World War II stories about courage, survival and resilience.

Release date: July 21

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My Brilliant Friend author Elena Ferrante’s characters stay with us long after we finish one of her exquisite novels and The Lying Life of Adults promises to do the same. In this evocative and moving novel, Giovanna is a young woman in Naples, caught between the cultured refinement and excesses of a divided city. Ferrante’s richly detailed tale of self-discovery reflects the heights and depths of a city — and a woman — in flux.

Release date: September 1

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From the author of the profound and brilliant Homegoing comes a powerful immigrant tale about science, religion, and love. Centering on a Ghanaian family living in Alabama, Transcendent Kingdom is the story of Gifty, a PhD candidate in neuroscience at Stanford, whose life is steeped in science and reason even while she longs for her childhood faith in salvation. Gyasi weaves a portrait of a family in turmoil, struggling to overcome the pain and suffering of addiction, depression, and profound loss.

Release date: September 8

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