White Dog Fell From The Sky

Goodreads users — like most passionate readers — are an opinionated bunch, so it’s rare for them to come to a consensus about any book. But there are some summer books that are indisputable slam-dunks for the beach, the plane, or inside next to the air-conditioner. The data-crunchers at Goodreads have named for us the seven summer books that seem to be taking off with their readers, judging from stellar ratings and comments. Click through to get some suggestions!

Red Sparrow

by Jason Matthews

Learn the secrets of “sexpionage” as a trained seductress circles her prey, a young American spy, in this globe-trotting thriller penned by a former CIA officer. Goodreads member, Paul, says, “Excellent, one of the best spy novels I have read in a long, long time…there is not one dull moment in the entire book.”

NEXT: A Hundred Summers

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A Hundred Summers

by Beatriz Williams

Two New York socialites summer in 1930s Rhode Island get romantically entangled with the same handsome boy in this beach read about young love gone wrong. Goodreads member, Amy, says, “Filled with scandal, deception and family secrets, A Hundred Summers is the perfect novel to get lost in on a summer’s day…a captivating and unforgettable read.”

NEXT: Cinnamon and Gunpowder

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Cinnamon and Gunpowder

by Eli Brown

Pirates mixed with fine dining on the high seas? Goodreads reviewers relish this swashbuckling romp about a cunning pirate queen who kidnaps a chef and demands that he prepare gourmet meals onboard her ship – or walk the plank! Goodreads member, Annie, says, “I lost an entire day to this darn book; it was so fun, suspenseful, and even enlightening…battle scenes galore, dastardly bad guys, dastardly good guys, and great food — what more could you possibly want?”

NEXT: The Firebird

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The Firebird

by Susanna Kearsley

Readers love this romantic novel that mixes history and art with a hint of fantasy. It follows a Russian art expert who carefully hides her special talent: When she touches an object, she can see its past. Goodreads member, Katherine, says, “Kearsley writes in lovely, lilting prose…from first page to last, The Firebird is a sensual, richly imagined tale.”

NEXT: Lexicon

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by Max Barry

Nothing is more powerful or dangerous than words in this riveting thriller about poets who train to use language to control people, literally. Jaclyn, says, “Lexicon is thinky, and tricky, and darkly funny. Read it to get a taste of what sci-fi can be and should be more often.”

NEXT: The Universe Versus Alex Woods

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The Universe Versus Alex Woods

by Gavin Extence

This quirky novel follows the coming of age of bookish bully-target Alex Woods, who is a bit of a celebrity since being struck by a meteorite as a child. He goes on an unlikely adventure with a crotchety Vonnegut-reading Vietnam vet. Goodreads member, Marleen, says, “Thought-provoking…and original, this is the best book I’ve read so far this year…it is nothing short of brilliant.”

NEXT: White Dog Fell from the Sky

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White Dog Fell from the Sky

by Eleanor Morse

Literary lovers on Goodreads praise the vivid language in this novel about the story of a medical student who flees apartheid South Africa for Botswana. Goodreads member, Samantha, says, “Beautifully written, and both unflinching and compassionate, White Dog Fell from the Sky very nearly achieves that completeness that so many novels strive for.”

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