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The most anticipated summer reads of 2024


May 30, 2024

Ready to fill up your summer reading list? Whether you’ll be lounging by the pool, sitting field side at sports camp, or taking a trip, there are plenty of new releases to keep you busy all season long! Plus with the Libby app, you don’t have to worry about breaking your summer budget. You can borrow these ebooks 100% free through your local library. And with automatic returns, you’ll never have to worry about late fees if your summer adventures take you far from your favorite library.

Make summer 2024 one for the books and check out these highly anticipated new releases hitting your Libby shelf soon:

Lark and LeatherLark & Leather by Brynne Weaver (June 4) is the second book in the Ruinous Love trilogy following the TikTok sensation Butcher & Blackbird.

This hate-to-love dark romantic comedy is packed with danger, chaos, and heat. Contract killer Lachlan Kane wants a quiet life working in his leather studio and forgetting all about his traumatic past. But when he botches a job for his boss's biggest client, Lachlan knows he'll never claw his way out of the underworld. At least, not until songbird Lark Montague offers him a deal: use his skills to hunt down a killer and she'll find a way to secure his freedom. The catch? He has to marry her first. And they can't stand each other.

ShelterwoodShelterwood by Lisa Wingate (June 4) is a sweeping novel inspired by the untold history of women pioneers who fought to protect children caught in the storm of land barons hungry for power and oil wealth. In Oklahoma, 1909, eleven-year-old Olive Augusta Radley knows that her stepfather doesn’t have good intentions toward the two Choctaw girls boarded in their home as wards. When the older girl disappears, Ollie flees to the woods, taking six-year-old Nessa with her.

In Oklahoma, 1990, law enforcement ranger Valerie Boren-Odell arrives at newly minted Horsethief Trail National Park seeking a quiet place to balance a career and single parenthood. But no sooner has Valerie reported for duty than she’s faced with local controversy over the park’s opening, a teenage hiker gone missing from one of the trails, and the long-hidden burial site of three children unearthed in a cave.

The Comfort of GhostsThe Comfort of Ghosts (June 4) concludes Jacqueline Winspear’s ground-breaking and internationally bestselling Maisie Dobbs series.

London, 1945: Four adolescent orphans with a dark wartime history are squatting in a vacant Belgravia mansion — the owners having fled London under heavy Luftwaffe bombing. Psychologist and Investigator Maisie Dobbs visits the mansion on behalf of the owners and discovers that a demobilized soldier, gravely ill and reeling from his experiences overseas, has taken shelter with the group. Maisie’s quest to bring comfort to the youngsters and the ailing soldier brings to light a decades-old mystery concerning her first husband who was killed while piloting an experimental fighter aircraft. This final assignment of her own choosing not only opens a new future for Maisie and her family but serves as a fascinating portrayal of the challenges facing the people of Britain at the close of the Second World War.

Middle of the NightMiddle of the Night by Riley Sager (June 18) is the latest jaw-dropping thriller from the New York Times bestselling author.

One July night, ten-year-old Ethan and his best friend and neighbor, Billy, fell asleep in a tent set up on a manicured lawn in a quiet, quaint New Jersey cul-de-sac. In the morning, Ethan woke up alone. During the night, someone had sliced the tent open with a knife and taken Billy. He was never seen again. Thirty years later, Ethan has reluctantly returned to his childhood home. Plagued by bad dreams and insomnia, he begins to notice strange things happening in the middle of the night. The mysterious occurrences prompt Ethan to investigate what really happened that night, a quest that reunites him with former friends and neighbors and leads him into the woods that surround Hemlock Circle.

Same As It Ever WasSame As It Ever Was by Claire Lombardo (June 18) showcases the consummate style, signature wit, and profound emotional intelligence that made The Most Fun We Ever Had one of the most beloved novels of the past decade.

Featuring a memorably messy family and the multifaceted marriage at its heart, Lombardo’s debut was dubbed “the literary love child of Jonathan Franzen and Anne Tyler” (The Guardian) and hailed as “ambitious and brilliantly written” (Washington Post). Lombardo returns with another brilliantly observed family drama in which the enduring, hard-won affection of a long marriage faces imminent derailment from events both past and present.

FlashbackFlashback by Iris Johansen (June 25) is the latest installment in the Kendra Michaels series.

Chloe and Sloane Morgan were only children when their mother was the second victim of the Bayside Strangler. Now, after spending 15 years trying to discover his identity, the sisters have suddenly vanished. Armed with the box of photos, videos, police reports, and notes gathered by the sisters over the years — plus the extraordinary senses from being blind before recovering her sight via a revolutionary surgical procedure — Kendra follows the sisters’ trail of clues. Little does she realize that her search is about to unleash a long-dormant killer on San Diego.

The Briar ClubThe Briar Club by Kate Quinn (July 9) is a haunting and powerful story of female friendships and secrets in a Washington, DC, boardinghouse during the McCarthy era. When a shocking act of violence tears the house apart, the Briar Club women must decide once and for all: who is the true enemy in their midst?

Capturing the paranoia of the McCarthy era and evoking the changing roles for women in postwar America, The Briar Club is an intimate and thrilling novel of secrets and loyalty put to the test.

The Black Bird OracleThe Black Bird Oracle by Deborah Harkness (July 16) is the highly anticipated fifth novel of the beloved All Souls series. The author first introduced the world to Diana Bishop, an Oxford scholar and witch, and vampire geneticist Matthew de Clermont in A Discovery of Witches. Drawn to each other despite long-standing taboos, these two otherworldly beings found themselves at the center of a battle for a lost, enchanted manuscript. Since then, they have fallen in love, traveled to Elizabethan England, dissolved the Covenant between the three species, and awoken the dark powers within Diana’s family line.

In this stunning new novel, Deborah Harkness deepens the beloved world of All Souls with powerful new magic and long-hidden secrets, and the path Diana finds at Ravenswood leads to the most consequential moments yet in this cherished series.

The Grandest GameThe Grandest Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (July 30) begins a brand-new series in the world of The Inheritance Games, where fan-favorite and new characters collide in a game you’ll never forget.

The Grandest Game is an annual competition run by billionaire Avery Grambs and the four infamous Hawthorne brothers, whose family fortune she inherited. Designed to give anyone a shot at fame and fortune, this year’s game requires one of seven golden tickets to enter. With millions on the line, those seven players will do whatever it takes to win.

By Any Other NameBy Any Other Name by Jodi Picoult (Aug. 20) follows young playwright Melina Green who has just written a new work inspired by the life of her Elizabethan ancestor Emilia Bassano. But seeing it performed is unlikely, in a theater world where the playing field isn’t level for women. As Melina wonders if she dares risk failure again, her best friend takes the decision out of her hands and submits the play to a festival under a male pseudonym. This remarkable novel, rooted in primary historical sources, ensures the name Emilia Bassano will no longer be forgotten.

*Title availability may vary by library & region.

🎧 Prefer to listen? Don’t miss this list of brand-new audiobooks coming out this summer.

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About the Author

Madison Stoneburner Simon is a Marketing & Communications Specialist for OverDrive. When she’s not working, you can find her reading or creating content for her Bookstagram, teaching Pilates, or spending time with her husband and their three perfect pups. She is a proud member of The Junior League of Cleveland and loves volunteering in her community.


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