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The 8 Best New Books from The 2024 Summer Reading Guide

Get ready for your most memorable summer yet with these eight must-read books from the 2024 Summer Reading Guide!

Last Updated on May 20, 2024 by BiblioLifestyle

Ah, summer! It is the season of sunshine, beach trips, and lazy afternoons. And what better way to complement the warm, breezy days than with a new book in hand? Summer reading is more than just a pastime; it’s an opportunity to explore new worlds, meet fascinating characters, and embark on thrilling adventures—all from the comfort of your favorite reading spot. Whether you’re lounging by the pool, relaxing on the beach, or enjoying a cozy evening at home, the right book can make your summer unforgettable. So, I’m excited to share my 2024 summer reading list with the eight best new books to read this summer. From heartwarming tales to gripping thrillers and books in between, there’s something for every reader.

Plus, I want to take this opportunity to invite you to download The 2024 Summer Reading Guide. The guide is the ultimate summer reading list for 2024, and it features forty-five of the best new books, all organized into eight different categories. So, let’s dive in and discover your next favorite read!

The 2024 Summer Reading List: 8 Best New Books

The best new books from The 2024 Summer Reading Guide all come from the Minimalist Reads list. In the guide, we have dedicated one category to the “minimalist reader.”  Our Minimalist Reads list has eight titles that we highly recommend if you only plan to pick up a few books this summer!

The eight best new books are:

  1. The Anthropologists by Aysegül Savas
  2. Nicked by M. T. Anderson
  3. God Bless You, Otis Spunkmeyer by Joseph Earl Thomas
  4. The Widow’s Guide to Dead Bastards by Jessica Waite
  5. The Unwedding by Ally Condie
  6. The Bright Sword by Lev Grossman
  7. Let the Games Begin by Rufaro Faith Mazarura
  8. Nonna Maria and the Case of the Lost Treasure by Lorenzo Carcaterra
The Anthropologists by Aysegül Savas

The Anthropologists by Aysegül Savas

Genre: Literary Fiction

Elevator Pitch: The novel takes an intimate look into a couple’s journey of building a home and navigating modern love in a foreign city amidst the challenges of maintaining connections to their roots and finding one’s place in the world.

I selected “The Anthropologists by Aysegül Savas” as one of the must-read books for your 2024 summer reading list because it’s an incredibly insightful novel. With such intimate detail and nuance, the author conveys the small joys, comforts, and ordinary moments of daily life and how meaningful they can be, especially when living in a foreign land. I also loved how it explored much larger and universal questions that anyone can relate to, and that’s how to live and exist in this world and do so authentically.

You can get a copy of The Anthropologists by Aysegül Savas on Amazon or Bookshop.

Nicked by M. T. Anderson

Nicked by M. T. Anderson

Genre: Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction

Elevator Pitch: Set in 1087, during a pox outbreak in Bari, Italy, the novel follows a monk and a treasure hunter as they embark on a daring heist to steal St. Nicholas’s healing bones to cure a plague.

I selected “Nicked by M. T. Anderson” as one of the must-read books for your 2024 summer reading list because it’s a beautifully written book that I’m pitching as a heist novel meets historical fiction. The novel blends history, adventure, and even a slow-burn romance with characters you won’t soon forget. I also appreciated how the author handled the spiritual aspect of the novel, which made me sometimes introspective.

You can get a copy of Nicked by M. T. Anderson on Amazon or Bookshop.

God Bless You, Otis Spunkmeyer by Joseph Earl Thomas

God Bless You, Otis Spunkmeyer by Joseph Earl Thomas

Genres: Family Life and Friendship, Literary Fiction

Elevator Pitch: A Black army vet and hospital technician navigates a tough shift filled with challenging patients while reflecting on his complex personal life and struggles.

I selected “God Bless You, Otis Spunkmeyer by Joseph Earl Thomas” as one of the must-read books for your 2024 summer reading list because, first and foremost, I’m a sucker for a stream-of-consciousness novel, and this one is brilliantly written. The author also did an amazing job at giving readers an open, raw, and unfiltered peek into the life of an emergency department technician, which, as a healthcare professional myself, I understood and appreciated. On a deeper level, the novel also shares the personal and societal challenges our narrator faces, and we are privy to his profoundly personal reflections as well. This novel is a must-read for its brilliant writing, compelling protagonist, exploration of personal and societal challenges, and the author’s ability to deliver this all with sincerity and humor.

You can get a copy of God Bless You, Otis Spunkmeyer by Joseph Earl Thomas on Amazon or Bookshop.

The Widow's Guide to Dead Bastards by Jessica Waite

The Widow’s Guide to Dead Bastards by Jessica Waite

Genres: Memoir

Elevator Pitch: This memoir shares a widow’s tumultuous journey of grieving her husband’s sudden death, uncovering his secret life and betrayals, and experiencing supernatural encounters.

I selected “The Widow’s Guide to Dead Bastards by Jessica Waite” as one of the must-read books for your 2024 summer reading list because it’s a gripping account of betrayal, grief, and mental illness. On top of all of that, the author openly shares her supernatural encounter and takes us on her journey through a myriad of healing methods. This felt like an incredibly candid memoir of navigating loss and the possibility of finding solace.

You can get a copy of The Widow’s Guide to Dead Bastards by Jessica Waite on Amazon or Bookshop.

The Unwedding by Ally Condie

The Unwedding by Ally Condie

Genre: Mystery, Thrillers

Elevator Pitch: After her divorce, a woman becomes involved in a murder mystery at a luxury resort where guests are found dead, and a storm leaves them stranded, escalating the danger.

I selected “The Unwedding by Ally Condie” as one of the must-read books for your 2024 summer reading list because, first and foremost, the novel is set at a luxury resort in the scenic setting of Big Sur, which is perfect for armchair travelers. Plus, the “mystery plot” is intensified by a storm that isolates the guests, creating a clever locked-room mystery and gripping suspense. This novel is a must-read because it features compelling characters, emotional depth, and, of course, we get a page-turning mystery.

You can get a copy of The Unwedding by Ally Condie on Amazon or Bookshop.

The Bright Sword by Lev Grossman

The Bright Sword by Lev Grossman

Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fantasy

Elevator Pitch: A young knight and a group of unlikely allies embark on a quest to rebuild Camelot and restore balance to a Britain fractured by King Arthur’s death and the ensuing chaos and dark magic.

I selected “The Bright Sword by Lev Grossman” as one of the must-read books for your 2024 summer reading list because this is a brilliant reimagining of the legend of King Arthur with new and more inclusive perspectives and diverse and complex characters. The novel’s premise is simple: King Arthur is dead, and now they’re on a quest for a successor. What the novel does brilliantly is focus and delve deep into the backstories of the lesser-known characters of the Arthurian saga. This novel is a must-read for its imaginative blend of Arthurian legend, richly developed minor characters, and the exploration of post-Arthurian Britain. It offers a new, inclusive, and psychologically complex take on the legendary tales of King Arthur and his knights.

You can get a copy of The Bright Sword by Lev Grossman on Amazon or Bookshop.

Let the Games Begin by Rufaro Faith Mazarura

Let the Games Begin by Rufaro Faith Mazarura

Genre: Romance, Contemporary Romance

Elevator Pitch: An aspiring Olympic worker and a medal-winning sprinter meet at the Olympic Village, and we see them navigate personal and professional challenges while sparks fly between them.

I selected “Let the Games Begin by Rufaro Faith Mazarura” as one of the must-read books for your 2024 summer reading list because of its unique setting at the Olympics. We’re in an Olympic Games year, and while this novel is set in Greece and the real 2024 Olympic Games is set in Paris, we can still feel the excitement of the games, get a heartfelt romance story, and do some armchair traveling at the same time. This is a standout romance novel because the story expertly navigates deeper themes like familial aspirations and unresolved grief, all while delivering lighthearted and humorous moments through its charming characters.

You can get a copy of Let the Games Begin by Rufaro Faith Mazarura on Amazon or Bookshop.

Nonna Maria and the Case of the Lost Treasure by Lorenzo Carcaterra

Nonna Maria and the Case of the Lost Treasure by Lorenzo Carcaterra

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Elevator Pitch: Nonna Maria embarks on a daring adventure to thwart a revenge plot and uncover hidden treasure in one of Ischia’s secret caverns with help from her network of friends.

I selected “Nonna Maria and the Case of the Lost Treasure by Lorenzo Carcaterra” as one of the must-read books for your 2024 summer reading list because of the wonderful storytelling and mix of mystery, history, and Italian culture. Set on the picturesque island of Ischia, this novel screams armchair traveling. Our protagonist, Nonna Maria, is a compelling character known for her unwavering loyalty and culinary prowess: she is someone you would want to be your own Nonna. This novel intertwines dual plots; one is a revenge story, and the other is treasure hunting, and the author manages both beautifully. The historical backdrop adds a unique and compelling layer, making it a must-read for anyone interested in a unique combination of mystery, history, and vibrant local culture.

You can get a copy of Nonna Maria and the Case of the Lost Treasure by Lorenzo Carcaterra on Amazon or Bookshop.

P.S. I interviewed the author about the previous two books in the series, and you can tune in to the episode here: Nonna Maria and the Case of the Stolen Necklace by Lorenzo Carcaterra

Get The 2024 Summer Reading Guide by Victoria from BiblioLifestyle

The BiblioLifestyle 2024 Summer Reading Guide

If you’re looking for even more books to add to your 2024 summer reading list, I highly recommend downloading The BiblioLifestyle 2024 Summer Reading Guide.

About The Guide

The 2024 Summer Reading Guide has been carefully curated, with some of the best titles coming out this summer.  The guide has forty-five new books organized into eight categories, making it easy to find something based on your genre preference or current reading mood. Because we’re all about lifestyle here, you’ll also find fun things to do this season, tips to help you be more present this summer, and some summer-themed recipes.  You’ll also find tips to help you incorporate reading into your life and read more books.

The 2024 Summer Reading is available now! You can sign up to download your free copy of the guide here: https://bibliolifestyle.com/summer-reading-guide

What do you think about the books on this list?

Are you looking forward to any books from the 2024 summer reading list?  What books are you looking forward to reading this summer?  What books would you add to the list? Let’s talk all about your summer reading plans in the comments below.

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