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Books: Summer Reading

Books to Read for Summer 2021

Build your summer book reading list—your seasonal escape is just a page away. No matter what you like to read, stack bedside or pile in your beach bag, new releases from your favourite authors—like James Patterson, Taylor Jenkins Reid, and Elin Hilderbrand—as well as buzz-worthy debuts, such as The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris, are perfect books to read for the summer. Think of your summer reading list as a choose-your-own-adventure: pick some books then head outside to a shady spot and embrace sunny season (with your nose in a book, of course).

What book should I read this summer?

With so many brand-new book releases, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with choice when thinking about your summer reading for 2021. Here are some places to start choosing your summer books, whether your love heart-racing psychological thrillers, romance-filled beach reads, biographical non-fiction, or simply a good story—no matter the genre. Here’s an easy summer reading 2021 guide:

Indigo’s Top 10 Book Lists: Our team of booklovers curates top 10 lists in a variety of genres to help make choosing your next great read simple. Browse the lists for inspiration. And if you find yourself in-store, don’t hesitate to reach out to an Indigo employee for a book recommendation. There’s nothing we love more than talking about books.

Indigo’s Best Books of 2021 So Far: We’re halfway through 2021, and the first six months of the year were stacked with incredible books releases—like Suleika Jaouad’s memoir, Between Two Kingdoms; Canadian Ashley Audrain’s debut thriller, The Push; Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s book on brain health, Keep Sharp, and so many more great titles that round out this top 50 list.

Summer Stories: When it comes to summer reading, many like their books to reflect the season. Our collection of summer stories features books set in the summer months and in beachfront destinations, from Cape Cod to Capri. These are your beach reads, but we prefer to think of them as stories that provide much-needed moments of escapism.

Page Turners: These blockbuster titles will have you at the edge of your seat, just like your favourite movies.

Thrillers: Psychological thrillers, mysteries, and more. Think of these summer books as a replacement for the ghost stories you told around the fire at camp. Pick up the latest from Shari Lapena, Alex Michaelides, or Tarryn Fisher for propulsive reads perfect for the late afternoon summer thunderstorms.

Biographies: Add some non-fiction to your summer 2021 reading list with biographies and memoirs by both celebrities and everyday people with extraordinary stories.

Historical Stories: Head back in time with a historical fiction novel. Don’t miss Alka Joshi’s follow-up to The Henna Artist, the latest from Kate Quinn, or the 1970s musical tale, The Final Revival of Opal & Nev by Dawnie Walton.

Your Summer 2021 Book List

Here’s a top 10 list of new releases to get you started on reading this summer:
1. The President’s Daughter by James Patterson & Bill Clinton
2. Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
3. Freed by E.L. James
4. Golden Girl by Elin Hilderbrand
5. One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston
6. The Secret Keeper of Jaipur by Alka Joshi
7. The Menopause Manifesto by Dr. Jen Gunter
8. The Heartbeat of Trees by Peter Wohlleben
9. Sisters and Spies by Susan Ottaway
10. Welcome Home by Najwa Zebian