Summer Plans Canceled? Here Are 8 Books To Take Your Mind On Vacation

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Summer Plans Canceled? Here Are 8 Books To Take Your Mind On Vacation

If you love to read, you know never to underestimate the power of a good book. Although quarantine might have ruined your summer plans, that doesn't mean you can't do some exploring. Discover the world by checking out one of these brand new summer releases.

Whether you're craving a remarkable mystery or a passionate love story, this list encompasses just about everything. Even if you have no idea what you're looking for, something here is bound to catch your eye.

Barnes & Noble has you covered with summer reading. Have your next adventure delivered right to your doorstep and you'll never look back. Check out each of these exciting new novels to see what memories await you!

1. Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner

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When her old friend Drue Cavanaugh comes back into her life after six years, Daphne Berg is quite surprised. To make matters even more shocking, Drue asks Daphne to be her maid-of-honor at the society wedding of the summer. This witty and moving story explores the complexities of friendship while providing a fun summer read.

2. All Adults Here by Emma Straub

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All Adults Here is an intriguing story about adult siblings, aging parents, high school boyfriends, middle school mean girls, the lifelong effects of birth order, along with every other thing that follows us into adulthood. Centered around the life of Astrid Strick, the plot unfolds when a traumatic event brings up a repressed memory from her young parenting days. Warm, funny, and eye-opening, Straub has crafted the ideal read for the summer.

3. Recursion by Blake Crouch

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Recursion is a mysterious novel in which reality is broken by what first appears to be a disease. The epidemic drives its victims mad with memories of a life they never lived, marking only the first shock wave of the event. A New York City detective, Barry Sutton takes it upon himself to discover the truth in a remote laboratory run by Helena Smith. The unlikely pair set out to confront their common enemy before it's too late.

4. Hello, Summer by Mary Kay Andrews

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Conley Hawkins is the star reporter for a big newspaper and seems to have it all. However, things take a turn when she loses her job and is forced to relocate to her hometown and run the gossip column for her family's paper. Scandal unfolds as she witnesses a deadly accident and gets involved with a troublesome old flame. Hello, Summer promises to add the perfect amount of mystery to your summer reading list.

5. City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

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Author of Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert tells a one-of-a-kind love story set during the New York City theater world in the 1940s. Told from the perspective of an older woman named Vivian Morris reflecting on her youth, City of Girls hones in on themes of sexuality, promiscuity, and true love. This touching fiction novel is a breath of fresh air to start your summer off right!

6. Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane

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A lifelong friendship and love between Kate Gleeson and Peter Stanhope is threatened one shocking night. As loyalties are divided, their bond is tested over and over again for the next 30 years. This brand new release explores the daily intimacies of marriage and the power of forgiveness.

7. The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

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A group of old friends come together in The Hunting Party to ring in the New Year at an isolated estate in the Scottish Highlands. It's not long before the friends get caught up in feelings of nostalgia and secret resentments. The real kicker is when someone winds up dead. With a house full of suspects, plenty of questions and blame begin to arise.

8. Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips

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In this emotionally engaging novel, the disappearance of two young girls is revealed through a cast of richly drawn characters who are all connected by the crime. Located at the northeastern edge of Russia, the tight-knit community is shaken with fear and loss at the incident. Social and ethnic tensions arise as the reader is transported through a variety of complex landscapes and regions.

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