It’s here, it’s here! Lime Ricki’s Summer 2018 Reading Guide has hit the press, and there are some good ones on this year’s list! We can’t wait to breeze through some of these at the beach over the next few months – which ones are on your list?
1. The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker
Best friends and artistic partners, Mel and Sharon spent their twenties working on a huge project: their first full-length feature animation all about Mel’s difficult childhood. Now, on the cusp of fame, their relationship begins to face doubt, destruction, and is in danger of unraveling.
2. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
Nadia and Saeed are residents of a country on the verge of a civil war, but even so, they begin to fall in love and cling to each other as things in their city turn for the worse. Then they hear rumors of doors that can be entered to start a new life, and as things continue to become more dangerous, they decide to take the leap.
3. The Idiot by Elif Batuman
Follow the journey of Selin, the daughter of Turkish immigrants who is starting her freshman year at Harvard. Throughout the year, she makes new friends, possibly falls in love with a pen pal from Hungary, and works on finding and creating herself and her future.
4. And We’re Off by Dana Schwartz
Nora dreams of being an artist, and while her mother, Alice, worries that her daughter is a little too idealistic, her grandfather cheers Nora on and offers her the ultimate gift: an all-expenses-paid trip to Europe to study her passion. Alice is skeptical about the idea and the two grow apart as Nora plans to leave. At the last minute, though, Alice decides to join her daughter on the trip.
5. All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg
Andrea feels alone in the world of “grown-ups” and isn’t sure how to keep up with her friends and brother. She looks forward to the birth of her niece, but when she makes her arrival, things aren’t as expected. What will this mean for her circle of family and connections?
6. The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
In his little floating bookshop on the Seine, Monsieur Perdu mends all his customers’ broken hearts, but can’t seem to mend his own. At a low point, he decides to take his shop on the road, and departs on a trip through France’s rivers, selling his books along the way and hoping to find answers.
7. Circe by Madeline Miller
If you love Greek mythology (or even if you don’t), this novel based on the daughter of the god of the sun is for you. Circe has strange powers that threaten the gods, and she is banished to an island where she becomes more powerful and meets – and comes to appreciate – many mortals. Will she rejoin the gods, or stay on Earth with those she has come to love?
8. The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll
The ultimate summer read, this one centers around a new reality TV show called Goal Diggers – but no one expected the season would end with a murder. Five successful women document their rise to the top, but all is not well when the cameras are off.
9. The Color of Bee Larkham’s Murder by Sarah J Harris
For those who can never get enough murder mysteries, this one is a little different. Jasper has synesthesia and can see colors that no one else can, which is fine until he sees one he’s never seen before: the color of murder. Follow him on his journey to find out why he’s seeing this color, and whether he has anything to do with it.
10. You Me Everything by Catherine Isaac
Jess takes her ten-year-old, William, to France for the summer to visit her ex-boyfriend (and William’s father) on a mission to make Adam fall in love with their son. He doesn’t seem interested in this plan, however, but Jess refuses to back down – she has a secret to protect at all costs.
So tell us: which one will you be reading first? Leave a comment and let us know, and if you need even more recommendations, make sure to check out our past summers’ guides: 2017, 2016, and 2015.