10 Books to Get Excited About This Summer: A Book Dumpling Reading List

May 23, 2017

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For the Page-Turning, Politically Conscious Readers: 

The Hate U Give_Book Cover

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

This YA novel is excellent for both teens and adults looking for a deft storyline about the horrors that produced the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag.


For the Psychological Thriller Seekers:

The Breakdown by B A Paris

Don’t read about it. Just read it.


For the Book Club Discussion Seekers:

This is How it Always Is by Laurie Frankel

An incredible story about secrets a family keeps, gender identity, and how far you are willing to go for your children. Don’t read more than that!


For the Historical Fiction / WWII Readers:

Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan

The wonderful story of an Italian teenager who enlists in the German army as a form of protection, and his role as the driver (and infiltrator) of The Third Reich. Throw in a romance with an older woman, and this page-turner will keep you riveted.

For the Science Fiction Lovers:

A second American Civil War breaks out in the year 2074….


For the ‘In-Case-You-Missed-It’ Literary Lovers: 

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

A mesmerizing piece of experimental fiction about the night Lincoln’s son, Willie, died, and the in-between world he finds himself in. Definitely not your typical read.

For the non-fiction / true crime lovers: 


Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann

A horrifying work of impressive journalism, Grann delves into the birth of the FBI, the abuse of Native Americans, and the darkest consequences of turning a blind eye.


For the Laugh-out-Loud Comic Memoir Lovers / Reluctant Readers:

You’ll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein

I NEVER laugh out loud while reading. Jessi Klein, one of Amy Schumer’s head writers, changed all of that. Perfect for a plane-ride or on the beach. Or to get yourself back into reading.


For Those Keeping Tabs on Pop Culture: 

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Enjoy exploring the commonalities and differences between Bravo’s excellent TV series and the Canadian classic. A horrifying, timely and devastating dystopian look into women’s reproductive rights and human rights in general. Even if you’re not the dystopian ‘type,’ give it a shot. I promise you won’t be disappointed.


For the Divergent fans: 

Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist #1) by Renee Ahdieh

A kick-ass heroine searching for revenge in Imperial Japan: need I say more?




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