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It's time to unwind and relax in the sun — and what better way to do that than with a captivating book?
Goodreads shared their list of the most anticipated books for summer 2018. Packed with riveting choices from different genres — fiction, nonfiction, thriller, romance and fantasy — all of the books boast at least a four-star rating among Goodreads members.
Whether you're looking for a whimsical beach read, or a psychological thriller you can't put down, these 13 books will keep you enthralled all summer long.
1. "A Place for Us" by Fatima Farheen Mirza, $16, Amazon
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In this debut novel from SJP for Hogarth, Sarah Jessica Parker's new curated line of fiction books, Fatima Farheen Mirza follows the major turning points in an Indian American Muslim family's past.
2. "Us Against You" by Fredrik Backman, $18, Amazon
In this follow-up to "Beartown," the citizens of a small Swedish town rally around their local hockey team despite a rivalry that threatens to destroy friendships and families within the community.
3. "All We Ever Wanted" by Emily Griffin, $17, Amazon
Nina's place in the Nashville elite is turned upside down by a photograph snapped drunkenly at a party. She is forced to choose between her family and her values. From the same author as "Something Borrowed," "All We Ever Wanted" will be released on June 26. Pre-order now.
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4. "The Map of Salt and Stars" by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar, $19, Amazon
Two girls, a modern-day Syrian refugee and a medieval apprentice mapmaker travel identical paths, despite living eight hundred years apart.
5. "The Speed of Sound" by Eric Bernt, $11, Amazon
In a desperate effort to hear his late mother's voice, a young man creates an "echo box." However, his innocent passion project quickly takes a shadowy turn when government agents come to seize his creation.
6. "The Outsider" by Stephen King, $18, Amazon
This new psychological thriller from legendary author Stephen King follows the story of detective Ralph Anderson as he races to uncover the perpetrator of a series of violent murders that all point to men with airtight alibis.
7. "The Death of Mrs. Westaway" by Ruth Ware, $16, Amazon
8. "Calypso" by David Sedaris, $17, Amazon
This darkly hilarious book from the author of "Me Talk Pretty One Day" and "Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim" centers around a beach house named the Sea Section, which is the setting for reflections on middle age, mortality and a tumor joke or two.
9. "So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y'all Don't Even Know" by Retta, $16, Amazon
Out since May 29, the "Parks and Recreation" star takes readers along her journey from "roaches to riches" as she reflects on her famous life. "So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y'all Don't Even Know" is available now.
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10. "A Reaper at the Gates" by Sabaa Tahir, $14, Amazon
In another installment of the Ember Quartet, warrior Helene, the Blood Shrike, searches for a way to prevent a war that could jeopardize her sister's life and the lives of everyone in the Empire.
11. "My Plain Jane" by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows and Brodi Ashton, $14, Amazon
Penniless Jane Eyre and brooding Mr. Rochester may seem familiar, but the classic story gets a weird twist that includes a murder mystery and a ghost hunt. Although the book isn't available until June 26, pre-order it now and be the first to read it.
12. "The Kiss Quotient" by Helen Hoang, $9, Amazon
Genius math whiz Stella decides to practice dating by hiring an escort. This heartwarming debut novel proves there's not enough data in the world to predict love.
13. "The Mermaid" by Christina Henry, $14, Amazon
Amelia, a young mermaid, leaves the ocean behind in search of adventure. Instead, she finds love in the arms of a lonely fisherman — and then greed at the hands of an opportunistic American showman named P.T. Barnum. "The Mermaid" will be available on June 19.
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