The Ultimate Summer Reading List

Long subway rides and even longer flights to beach getaways call for some much-needed reading time. This summer, the newest releases are nothing short of intriguing. We’ve pulled together a list of buzz-worthy books that deserve a spot in your carry-on. Happy reading, Influensters!

The Girls by Emma Cline

The Girls

Price: $16.20 on

The Girls follows the story of a teenage girl, Evie Boyd, in Northern California in the 1960s who becomes drawn into a circle of soon-to-be infamous cult members. She’s intrigued by their freedom and careless charm and feels accepted. While spending more time with these new friends and less time with her family, she soon finds herself swept into extreme violence she can’t break free from.

The thriller is noted for being the most sought-after summer reads!

Modern Lovers by Emma Straub

Modern Lovers

Price: $15.60 on

College best friends, Elizabeth and Zoe, move to Brooklyn post-graduation where they get married, start their own businesses and families. As they make their way through middle age, a producer approaches both women about being a part of a film project that would unveil private moments from their past. The novel is a coming-of-age book that follows the journey of two women entering a completely new part of their lives.

Knitlandia by Clara Parkes



Price: $14 on

Knitlandia takes readers on a journey across the globe from the point of view of notable artisan and knitting-extraordinaire, Clara Parkes. The memoir touches on what it’s like to live a life full of creativity and a thirst for knowledge and travel. The memoir follows moments from 17 of Parkes’s most memorable times across the world in the last 15 years, with stories spanning from adventures in the fjords of Iceland to the city streets of Paris.

Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler


Price: $12.99 on

A 22-year-old girl named Tess moves to Manhattan with high hopes of being young and fearless in a city where she doesn’t know a soul. She begins her adult life as a “back waiter” in a famous downtown restaurant. She opens herself to new experiences filled with friendship, love, and knowledge. Tess finds herself in a dark love triangle that will give her the most interesting lesson of all.

One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

One True Loves

Price: $9.41 on

The novel follows the story of Emma Blair who marries her high school sweetheart Jesse. On their first wedding anniversary, Jesse flies in a helicopter over the Pacific when it goes missing. And, just like that, Jesse is gone forever and Emma finds herself moving home in an effort to put her life back together. Now in her thirties, she runs into an old friend, Sam, and falls in love all over again. Emma and Sam get engaged and everything seems to fall into place again. That is, until Jesse is found alive. Emma finds herself in a twisted love triangle.

Which book looks the most interesting to you? Tell us in the comments below!

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Claire R.
Claire R.
I'm Claire, the Junior Editor here at Influenster! I'm a Texas girl living in NYC and obsessed with all things beauty–hot rollers (so southern, I know!), lipstick, and magnetic eyeshadows are just a few of my favorite things. Follow me @clairehrodgers on Instagram!