11 New Amazing Books That Make August Feel Infinite
Read up before summer ends.
There Aren't Enough Hours in the Day to Read All These New August Books
There aren't enough hours in the day.
To commute to work, to see friends, to bring in the mail. Simply put, we need more time. Or we need to carve out more time for the things we want to do. And for me, that's reading.
August is hurrying through my life like a bad date and isn't that just so rude. I have books to read! So many of them. My bedside table is stacked with books, my desk has books piled so high my coworkers can't peer over. I'm happily drowning in thrillers, romance novels, YA stories, and memoirs.
July came and went like a bat out of hell and I fear August will do the same. So before putting your beach chairs away for the year, take a look at some books worth finding time for.
1. The Man in the White Linen Suit
If you're anything like me and obsessed with Murder, She Wrote this might be the perfect next read. Part of the beloved Stewart Hoag mystery series, follow along as ghostwriter, Hoag navigates '90s New York with his basset hound in tow solving bizarre mysteries left and right.
2. Trick Mirror
Trick Mirror has been praised left and right. From Vulture to Man Repeller, Jia Tolentino's collection of essays is getting everyone's attention. Get ready to dive into cultural criticism at it's finest, all the while laughing because the collection is on the nose. Maybe a bit too on the nose...
3. Girl on the Block: A True Story of Coming of Age Behind the Counter
Oh, I love a coming-of-age story set in a kitchen. While maybe I see parallels to my own life, Girl on the Block is a unique tale of a female butcher and the world that eventually helped shape her. A piece of this memoir I found especially eye-opening (and refreshing) was Wraggs' take on the food industry, specifically controversies and standards around meat.
4. The Birthday Girl
August would be nothing without a suspenseful thriller now wouldn't it? The effortlessly glamorous Ellie de Florent-Stinson is about to celebrate her 40th birthday. She suppresses the memory of her 16th, as it's a night she has been trying to forget. Jetting off to Palm Springs was everything Ellie needed, but when secrets arise and skeletons show themselves, life begins to come undone.
5. The Cold Way Home
Bell Elkins knows Acker's Gap, after all she grew up in the sleepy West Virginia town. But when she finds a dead mangled body in the abandoned psychiatric hospital, her job as a private investigator gets a little more complicated. With help from retired sheriff Nick Fogelsong and his former deputy Jake Oakes the history of Wellwood comes to light in Julia Keller's haunting novel.
Ella is rescued. She's been broke for too long and when Lonnie and James (a fancy Upper East Side couple) hire her as their nanny, she feels whole again. Oddly enough, Ella and Lonnie are the same age which draws Ella closer and closer. Her feelings of resentment and infatuation weave together and create a thrilling freshman novel from Madeline Stevens, one we know will be hard to put down this summer.
7. Carnegie Hill
You'll be burnt to a crisp if you read Carnegie Hill outside this summer. It is a charming and delightful story of neighborly love. Against her parents' best wishes, Pepper is set on marrying Rick, a financier who has moved the couple into the Chelmsford Arms, a fancy apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. When she finds text messages from an obsessed client, Pepper might have to do the impossible: listen to her parents. She seeks advice from her older neighbors but soon realizes that all their relationships are in crisis, too.
8. Love at First Like
Eliza Roth co-owns a jewelry shop with her sister which only gets her into trouble in Hannah Orenstein's second novel. When Eliza accidentally posts a picture of a ring on a certain finger and shares it with her very large Instagram following, people start assuming a few things. But with business booming, Eliza soon learns that her life online is lucrative. But having a fake fiancé isn't easy, especially when entrepreneur Blake comes marching in to Eliza's already complicated situation.
9. Conversations With the Fat Girl
Self-acceptance is key in this delightful novel by Liza Palmer. Maggie's life feels stagnant. It doesn't help that her friends are getting married, settling down, and entering new phases in life. But when her best friend Olivia gets engaged and decides to have gastric bypass surgery, it hits Maggie hard. Even worse, Olivia is creating a fake life of perfection, and that doesn't seem to include Maggie. A tale of friendship, self-acceptance, and body positivity, it's a must-read this month.
10. Because You're Mine
Don't let the seemingly calm cover fool you, Because You're Mine has twists and turns you won't see coming. Lee is exhausted. Being a single mother to her son, who is on-the-spectrum is no easy task. But when her friend Grace convinces her to leave Mason with his dotting tutor, Lee gets a trip away. That is until someone ends up dead. Lee must navigate the truth between friends, confidants, and people she thought she trusted.
11. The Retreat
Hold onto your beach towel, The Retreat is about to rock your August. Katie Manning was a beloved child star till her career came to an abrupt end when her then-manager disfigured her face. Now, she's ready to put the past behind her and embark on a weekend of wellness. With her best friends and fiancé in tow, the group joins a wellness retreat but as time marches on and secrets unfold, only one person is left standing.
Let's Keep the Conversation Going...
What new August book will you be reading this month? We want to know!