Just in case you missed them this summer, here is a list of 20 popular, debut novels from that hit the shelves this summer.
by Cybil, first appearing in Goodreads Blog on August, 22
Over the last few months, a new class of bright voices has arrived in bookstores. And now’s the perfect time to catch up on these rising literary stars.
Below you’ll find 20 debut novels—both adult fiction and YA—that hit bookshelves from May to August, capturing the attention of our readers. From a young girl who tries to escape an abusive survivalist father (My Absolute Darling), to a riveting tale of Lizzie Borden (See What I Have Done), to the aftermath of a teen’s murder (Girl in Snow), these books will take you from summer to fall.
Debut Adult Fiction
Debut Young Adult Fiction
Books, as a whole, have the ability to shape our childhoods and help establish our literary preferences but sometimes a book scene becomes so ingrained in our minds that it becomes part of who we are.
Here are some other of Team OverDrive’s favorite book scenes (Warning: some potential spoilers for older books ahead).
“If you know what I mean, great. If you don’t, doesn’t matter. But you should probably read more.”
– Steve Coogan as Tony Wilson in the film 24 Hour Party People
This one is pretty straight forward. If you have a book you’ve been meaning to read, today is the day. If you don’t have a book, I know where you can get one.
*Because not everyone is down with the make-believe. For those of you that are though, here’s your list.
- THE GLASS CASTLE by Jeannette Walls
When sober, Jeannette’s brilliant and charismatic father captured his children’s imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and how to embrace life fearlessly. But when he drank, he was dishonest and destructive. Her mother was a free spirit who abhorred the idea of domesticity and didn’t want the responsibility of raising a family. So, the Walls children learned to take care of themselves.
- HILLBILLY ELEGY by J.D. Vance
- ASTROPHYSICS FOR PEOPLE IN A HURRY by Neil deGrasse Tyson
- AL FRANKEN, GIANT OF THE SENATE by Al Franken
- WHY BUDDHISM IS TRUE by Robert Wright
- KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON by David Grann
- TEAM OF RIVALS by Doris Kearns Goodwin
- HELGA’S DIARY by Helga Weiss (NEW)
- DEVIL’S BARGAIN by Joshua Green
- THE BIG LIE by Dinesh D’Souza
We all remember our high school literary staples. Who could forget reading The Great Gatsby or Scarlet Letter at a tiny desk in a 10th grade English class? These books are important and unforgettable; however, in their flurry to finish 50 pages of Animal Farm in one night, high school students tend to gloss over the modern pieces and even classics that do not often find a spot in their high school syllabi or the usually repetitive lists of “10 Books to Read Before College.” OverDrive is here to both remind you of and introduce you to these brilliant books that are not only integral to a high school student’s literary repertoire, but also, and perhaps more importantly, fun to read.
Sasha Zborovsky, OverDrive Marketing Intern
And even if, like me, college is an increasingly distant memory for you, or if college was never a stop on your particular path, a good book recommendation is always an exciting thing. I may even be more exciting now – let the high schoolers worry about expanding their ‘literary repertoire.’ We can read for fun!
For those of you feeling space action-adventure/super hero-y.