This year’s recommendations for the best summer reading from book editors and independent bookstore owners.

Barbara Hoffert
Editor, Library Journal Book Review

  • The Blood of Flowers: A Novel

    By Anita Amirrezvani

    Little, Brown and Company

    Buy


  • The Yiddish Policemen's Union

    By Michael Chabon

    Harper/Collins

    Buy

  • Finn: A Novel

    By Jon Clinch

    Random House

    Buy


  • The Tenderness of Wolves: A Novel

    By Stef Penney

    Simon & Schuster

    Buy

  • Afterwards: A Novel

    By Rachel Seiffert

    Pantheon

    Buy


  • The Post-Birthday World

    By Lionel Shriver

    Harper

    Buy


  • Luncheon of the Boating Party

    By Susan Vreeland

    Viking Adult

    Buy


  • The Sonnet Lover: A Novel

    By Carol Goodman

    Ballantine Books

    Buy


  • Interred with Their Bones

    By Jennifer Lee Carrell

    Dutton Adult

    Buy

  • Candida Mannozzi
    Owner, Candida’s World of Books

    Travel Writing

  • 100 Places Every Woman Should Go

    By Stephanie Elizondo Griest

    Travelers' Tales

    Buy



  • How to Eat Around the World: Tips and Wisdom

    By Richard Sterling

    Travelers' Tales

    Buy


  • No Vulgar Hotel: The Desire and Pursuit of Venice

    By Judith Martin

    W. W. Norton & Company

    Buy




  • Sky Burial: An Epic Love Story of Tibet

    By Xinran Xinran

    Nan A. Talese

    Buy

  • Fiction


  • Voices of Time

    By Eduardo Galeano

    Picador

    Buy


  • Aya

    By Marguerite Abouet

    Drawn and Quarterly

    Buy

  • Kid’s Books

  • This is London

    By Miroslav Sasek

    Universe

    Buy


  • We All Went on Safari (Travel the World)

    By Laurie Krebs

    Barefoot Books

    Buy

  • Dinah Paul
    Owner, A Likely Story Children’s Bookstore

    Baby


  • Beach Babies Wear Shades (An Urban Babies Wear Black Book)

    By Michelle Sinclair Colman

    Tricycle Press

    Buy


  • Can You? Bark Like a Dog (Copy Me Board Books)

    By Price Stern Sloan

    Price Stern Sloan

    Buy


  • My First Taggies Book: Hey Diddle Diddle

    By Geo Ham and Will Grace

    Cartwheel Books

    Buy

  • Ages 3-6

  • Stick

    By Steve Breen

    Dial

    Buy




  • Fancy Nancy and the Posh Puppy

    By Jane O'Connor

    HarperCollins

    Buy

  • Hooray for Fish!

    By Lucy Cousins

    Candlewick

    Buy

  • Ages 8-10

  • The Talented Clementine (A Clementine Book)

    By Sara Pennypacker

    Hyperion Books for Children

    Buy


  • Game 1: Three Kids, a Mystery, and a Magic Baseball (Barnstormers)

    By Loren Long and Phil Bildner

    Simon & Schuster Audio

    Buy


  • Carnival at Candlelight (Magic Tree House #33)

    By Mary Pope Osborne and Sal Murdocca

    Random House Books for Young Readers

    Buy



  • Main Street #1: Welcome to Camden Falls

    By Ann M Martin and Ann M. Martin

    Scholastic Paperbacks

    Buy


  • Mercy Watson Fights Crime

    By Kate DiCamillo

    Candlewick

    Buy

  • Ages 10 and up





  • The Runaway Princess

    By Kate Coombs

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

    Buy


  • Listener Recommendations

  • Sacred Games

    By Vikram Chandra

    Harper Collins

    Buy


  • The Alchemist - Gift Edition

    By Paulo Coelho

    HarperOne

    Buy



  • Heart-Shaped Box

    By Joe Hill

    William Morrow

    Buy


  • The Leopard

    By Guiseppe di Lampedusa

    Harvill Press

    Buy


  • Supreme Discomfort: The Divided Soul of Clarence Thomas

    By Kevin Merida and Michael Fletcher

    Doubleday

    Buy


  • Man Gone Down

    By Michael Thomas

    Black Cat

    Buy


  • The Dangerous Book for Boys

    By Conn Iggulden and Hal Iggulden

    HarperCollins

    Buy


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