If you've been looking for the ultimate list of new books to read over Memorial Day weekend, look no further: I've got 55 must-read books from the first five months of 2019, all of which are guaranteed to keep you entertained on whatever planes, trains, or automobiles will be whisking you away on your first big summer adventure.
2019 has been an undeniably great year for books so far, so there is sure to be something below for every kind of reader and each kind of reading mood. Looking for a dreamy rom-com to bring to the beach? Christina Lauren's latest, The Unhoneymooners, or Casey McQuiston's Red, White & Royal Blue offer the sweetness (and steaminess) you crave. Want to dive into some edge-of-your-seat thrillers? Necessary People by Anna Pitoniak and Two Can Keep A Secret by Karen McManus are right up your dark alley.
Literary fiction, brand new memoirs, essay collections, biographies, and young adult reads both contemporary and fantasy — it's all here, it's all new and it's all waiting to be added to your TBR pile. Consider this your ultimate early summer reading list; There's plenty of sunshine, day trips and lazy afternoons with a book in hand ahead, and you're definitely going to need a great book for all of them:
'With The Fire On High' by Elizabeth Acevedo
'Hollywood's Eve' by Lili Anolik
In Hollywood's Eve, Lili Anolik tracks the scandalous life of author Eve Babitz — from L.A. It Girl to recluse to literary legend.
'King Of Scars' by Leigh Bardugo
'Split-Level' by Sande Boritz Berger
'Karamo' by Karamo Brown
'The New Me' by Halle Butler
This biting satire of capitalism and millennial life follows 30-year-old Millie, a morose temp who struggles with the expectations of modern life while also trying to mold herself to them.
'Hope & Other Punchlines' by Julie Buxbaum
'All That You Leave Behind' by Erin Lee Carr
Erin Carr explores her relationship with her late father, the writer David Carr, through personal memories, emails, and other conversations, all while reckoning with her grief and a generational history of addiction.
'Queenie' by Candice Carty-Williams
'Furious Hours' by Casey Cep
'Queen Bey' Edited by Veronica Chambers
'Trust Exercise' by Susan Choi
When David and Sarah, two students at a performing arts high school, fall in love, their passion does not go unnoticed — or untoyed with — by their charismatic acting teacher, Mr. Kingsley.
'When We Left Cuba' by Chanel Cleeton
In 1960's Florida, Cuban exile Beatriz Perez risks her life — and her heart — when she is caught between the clash of Cuban American politics and the perils of a forbidden affair.
'Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors' by Sonali Dev
This modern Pride & Prejudice retelling follows Dr. Trisha Raje and up-and-coming chef DJ Caine as they are thrown together by Trisha's influential immigrant family.
'My Lovely Wife' by Samantha Downing
Millicent and her husband seem like the perfect married couple, but they're hiding dark secrets in order to keep their relationship alive.
'We Hunt The Flame' by Hafsah Faizal
'Sabrina & Corina' by Kali Fajardo-Anstine
'Naturally Tan' by Tan France
Queer Eye's fashion expert reveals stories about growing up gay in a traditional Muslim family and as one of the only people of color in Doncaster, England.
'Optic Nerve' by Maria Gainza
'The Girl He Used To Know' by Tracey Garvis Graves
Annika Rose has never had an easy time in social situations, except with Jonathan. But she hasn't seen him for 10 years — until now.
'Somewhere Only We Know' by Maurene Goo
'Maybe You Should Talk To Someone' by Lori Gottlieb
'The Care And Feeding Of Ravenously Hungry Girls' by Anissa Gray
Anissa Gray's Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls follows three sisters after the eldest is unexpectedly arrested and the other two are dispatched to take care of their sister's teenage daughters.
'Once More We Saw Stars' by Jayson Greene
Jayson Greene's devastating memoir detail the aftermath of his two-year-old daughter Greta's death in a tragic, unpredictable accident on a New York City street.
'The Bride Test' by Helen Hoang
When Esme Tran is brought from Vietnam to the U.S. by Khai Diep's mother for an arranged marriage, she knows this could be the break her family needs. But she doesn't expect to fall for a man who might never return her affections.
'In The Dark' by Cara Hunter
When a woman and child are found locked in a basement, the inhabitants of the quiet street are in shock. But Detective Inspector Adam Fawley knows no one is as innocent as they seem.
'Meet Cute' by Helena Hunting
On her first day of law school, Kailyn and Dax become fast friends until a betrayal break them apart. Now, eight years later, Dax shows up to her office, asking for help.
'Good Talk' by Mira Jacob
Inspired by conversations she had with her son after the 2016 presidential election, Mira Jacobs shares her own formative talks about race, color, sexuality, love and more.
'Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters' by Balli Kaur Jaswal
Arriving in India for a pilgrimage to the Golden Temple in Amristar to carry out their mother's last rites, three sisters will make unexpected discoveries about themselves, their mother, and their lives.
'Daisy Jones & the Six' by Taylor Jenkins Reid
'Miracle Creek' by Angie Kim
This literary courtroom drama follows a Korean immigrant family and a young, single mother accused of murdering her eight-year-old autistic son.
'I Owe You One' by Sophie Kinsella
'The Unhoneymooners' by Christina Lauren
When Olive's sister marries Ethan's brother, the sworn enemies try to avoid each other — until they're the only members of the wedding party to escape from a bout of food poisoning, and the honeymoon suddenly up for grabs.
'The Atlas of Reds and Blues' by Devi S. Laskar
'Lost Children Archive' by Valeria Luiselli
'Long Live The Tribe of Fatherless Girls' by T Kira Madden
T Kira Madden's memoir is a lush exploration of her coming-of-age during the '90s in Boca Raton, Florida.
'Bowlaway' by Elizabeth McCracken
'Two Can Keep A Secret' by Karen M. McManus
'Red, White & Royal Blue' by Casey McQuiston
When photos of a confrontation between First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz and Prince Henry leak to the tabloids, they stage a fake friendship to maintain American/British relations. But it doesn't stay "fake" for long.
'Don't Date Rosa Santos' by Nina Moreno
Rosa Santos is determined to save her small town from a corporate buy-out, but when she collides with Alex Aquino, the mysterious boy whose family owns the marina, she must break an old family curse.
'There's Something About Sweetie' by Sandhya Menon
Ashish Patel and Sweetie Nair were set up by their parents. But they realize with each date that there's something special between them.
'I Miss You When I Blink' by Mary Laura Philpott
'Necessary People' by Anna Pitoniak
After graduation, Violet moves to New York and lands a job in cable news, where she's finally free from her best friend Stella's shadow. But everything is jeopardized when Stella uses her connections to get hired at the same network.
'Save Me The Plums' by Ruth Reichl
Ruth Reichl, the trailblazing food writer and restaurant critic, chronicles her time as editor in chief of Gourmet in this riveting read.
'The Farm' by Joanne Ramos
'Normal People' by Sally Rooney
This coming-of-age story follows Connell and Marianne from high school and beyond, as they grapple with their feeling for each other and the realities of adulthood.
'Dealing In Dreams' by Lilliam Rivera
'The Trial of Lizzie Borden' by Cara Robertson
'Park Avenue Summer' by Renee Rosen
'More Than Words' by Jill Santopolo
After her father's death, Nina begins to question everything she thought she knew about love, and begins to see all the men in her life in a new light.