This year's recommendations are mostly titles I've read in the past twelve months. I've added a couple of nonfiction titles for the first time this year, too. The links will take you to my review, where available, or to the goodreads page.
The Vacationers by Emma Straub
Family dysfunction in an idyllic setting
Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler
Can you ever truly come home again? Friendship and love in a small town
An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
Based on an actual murder in New York's Adirondack Mountains
It's long, so be sure to reapply the sunscreen.
Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer
YA fiction, the title is a play on The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
The psychological thriller everyone is reading this year
Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore
Delves into "the gothic underbelly of an idyllic world of privilege and an outsider’s hunger to belong"
Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope
And Doctor Thorne, too! If you love Jane Austen, you'll love Trollope.
Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality by Jacob Tomsky ...Will change the way you think about hotels
Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
A pre-blogging favorite
The Secret Life of Violet Grant by Beatriz Williams
At the top of my summer reading list this year - confident in the recommendation because her earlier novel, A Hundred Summers, is my favorite beach read, ever.
A look back:
My 2014 beach bag list
My 2013 beach bag list
What books are you recommending this summer?