Summer and books go hand in hand, along with pools, beaches, and barbeques.
I’ve compiled a list of 44 books from A to Z, most of them published within the last five years, and more importantly, with an average of 4 to 5 stars on Amazon and GoodReads.
Like I’ve said before, I love to research and I do it, so you don’t have to.
Whether you are looking for a summer or vacation read, something new for your book club, or want to compete in an A to Z reading challenge, this list is for you!
Your Reading List: Books from A to Z
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Book Titles Beginning with the Letter “A”
Author: Kate Quinn, Pages: 503, Date of Publication: 2017
The true story of two women brought together, one a spy and the other an American socialite, to find the latter’s cousin in the aftermath of World War II.
Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Pages: 610, Date of Publication: 2013
A young couple departs Nigeria. One of them heads off to London and the other to America. Fifteen years later they reunite in their home country.
Book Titles Beginning with the Letter “B”
Author: Frederik Backman, Pages: 432, Date of Publication: 2016
Author: Mark Sullivan, Pages: 513, Date of Publication: 2017
Based upon the incredible true story of a World War II hero. The film is set to be released in 2019.
Book Titles Beginning with the Letter “C”
This newest book by David Sedaris is a collection of personal essays and is being called his funniest yet. It deals with aging, mortality, and family bonds.
This is the story of Circe, a Greek goddess from The Odyssey. This strong female character must decide if she belongs to the world of gods or mortals. Even if Greek mythology isn’t normally your cup of tea, you may find yourself mesmerized by the epic and beautiful storytelling of this book.
Book Titles Beginning with the Letter “D”
Author: Leah Carroll, Pages: 240. Date of Publication: 2017
This memoir is the story of a girl who grows up in Rhode Island to an alcoholic father and a mother killed for her connections to the Mafia. The author tries to piece together the mysteries of her family.
Author: Jane Harper, Pages: 352, Date of Publication: 2017
In her debut novel, Harper introduces us to Federal Agent Aaron Falk who returns to his hometown in Australia to investigate a murder and suicide, committed by his friend.
Check out her second book in this mystery series, Force of Nature.
Book Titles Beginning with the Letter “E”
Author: Tara Westover, Pages: 352, Date of Publication: 2018
The author retells leads us through her childhood in Idaho (where she is raised by fundamentalist Mormon parents who believe in neither schooling nor modern medicine) to her life at Cambridge as a Ph.D. candidate.
This book was part of our online, Virtual Book Club and I recently got to meet the author at a local book signing. To join our book club, click below.
Author: Balli Kaur Jaswal, Pages: 304 Date of Publication: 2017
Nikki, an Indian woman who distances herself from her Indian community, preferring the Western ways, takes a job teaching a creative writing class to Sikh widows.
Book Titles Beginning with the Letter “F”
Author: Lydia Millet, Pages: 224 Date of Publication: 2018
This collection of short stories features families and individuals, all connected by Nina, a real-estate broker.
This is the follow-up to Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, about the author’s life as a taxidermist’s daughter. In that book, she talks about her struggles with anxiety and depression. In a funny way, of course.
Book Titles Beginning with the Letter “G”
Author: Clemantine Wamariya, Pages: 288, Date of Publication: 2018
The memoir of the author’s life as a young girl, who fled Rwanda and wanders through several African countries, until being granted asylum in the United States.
Author: Kristin Hannah, Pages: 448, Date of Publication: 2018
The author of The Nightingale brings us the story of a Vietnam veteran, suffering from its aftermath and the resulting damage he inflicts on his family. It takes place in the Alaskan wilderness in the 1970’s.
This is also our Virtual Book Club selection for August. To find out more about this book and our book club, click here.
Book Titles Beginning with the Letter “H”
This memoir begins with a pregnant Harpham and a breakup. As a newly single mother, she then faces heartbreak when her child is diagnosed with a serious disease. This book, through humor and emotion, examines what makes a family.
Author: Yaa Gyasi, Pages: 320, Date of Publication: 2016
Told over the course of 250 years, each chapter tells the story of descendants of the same family, through colonialism and the slave trade of Ghana.
Book Titles Beginning with the letter “I”
Author: Michelle McNamara, Pages: 352, Date of Publication: 2018
This is a true crime story, published posthumously after the author ‘s death. Her husband, actor Patton Oswalt, helped to complete it. She investigates and attempts to solve the mysterious identity of The Golden State Killer who terrorized Northern California from the mid-1970’s to mid-1980’s.
Author: Michele Campbell, Pages: 352, Date of Publication: 2018
This whodunit mystery novel centers on two college roommates. Twenty years later, one of them is dead.
Book Titles Beginning with the Letter “J”
Author: Bryan Stevenson, Pages: 336, Date of Publication: 2014
Lawyer and author Stevenson writes about his work and clients, many of them on death row, as he examines the criminal justice system.
Book Titles Beginning with the Letter “K”
Author: Ruth Hogan, Pages: 288, Date of Publication: 2017
This book centers around an aging man who collects lost things and the woman he asks to find the rightful owners.
As members of the Osage tribe were mysteriously dying, the newly formed FBI investigates the murders.
Book Titles Beginning with the Letter “L”
Author: Martha Hall Kelly, Pages: 512, Date of Publication: 2017
Based upon a true story about Ravensbrück, a concentration camp for women during the Holocaust and the American humanitarian who helped.
Author: Celeste Ng, Pages: 352, Date of Publication: 2017
This book starts with a fire and takes a look at race, motherhood, and families.
It’s yet another one of our picks in our Virtual Book Club. Reese Witherspoon is adapting it to the big screen and plans to star in it, along with Kerry Washington.
Book Titles Beginning with the Letter “M”
A music shop brings two characters, each with their own baggage, into one another’s lives.
Book Titles Beginning with the Letter “N”
Author: Kristan Higgins Pages: 384, Date of Publication: 2017
After winding up in the ER and then ending her relationship, Nora returns home after 15 years and tries to mend herself and her family.
Book Titles Beginning with the Letter “O”
Author: Neil Gaiman Pages: 181, Date of Publication: 2013
In this short novel, a man returns to his childhood home and revisits his past. Described as magical, this is a book that stays with you.
Book Titles Beginning with the Letter “P”
Author: Min Jin Lee, Pages: 512, Date of Publication: 2107
Told over the course of 80 years, this is about Koreans living in Japan and their struggle to fit into society.
Author: Fatima Fahreen Mirza, Pages: 400, Date of Publication: 2018
The first novel published from Sarah Jessica Parker’s imprint, this tells the story of an Indian-American Muslim family and what it means to be an American today.
Book with the Author’s Name Beginning with the Letter “Q”
Q is a toughie so I decided to go with an author whose last name begins with the letter, rather than a title.
Author: Matthew Quick, Pages: 240, Date of Publication: 2018
From the author of The Silver Linings Playbook, comes a book about a 68-year old Vietnam veteran, still haunted by the war, who tries to right a wrong from his past.
Book Titles Beginning with the Letter “R”
Author: Kate Moore, Pages: 496, Date of Publication: 2017
During World War I, newly discovered radium gets touted as the miracle element, used in beauty products, medicines, and painted on clock faces. Until girls working in these factories fall gravely and mysteriously ill.
Author: Graeme Simsion, Pages: 295, Date of Publication: 2013
A genetics professor begins an experiment to find out if he is capable of true love. Check out its sequel, The Rosie Effect.
Book Titles Beginning with the Letter “S”
Author: Jesmyn Ward, Pages: 320 Date of Publication: 2017
A 13-year-old boy and his sister live with their grandparents. When their white father gets released from prison, their often-absent mother takes them on a road trip to bring him home.
This book will likely be an upcoming choice for our Virtual Book Club. Join us and stay tuned.
Author: Ayobami Adebayo, Pages: 272, Date of Publication: 2018
Set in Nigeria, this story spans over three decades. It’s about love, the secrets we keep from one another and societal expectations.
Book Titles Beginning with the Letter “T”
Author: Tommy Orange, Pages: 304, Date of Publication: 2018
This debut novel takes place in Oakland, California, the hometown of Tommy Orange, a Native American. It’s the story of 12 characters, all headed to the same event, the Big Oakland Powwow.
The author, the mother of a transgender child herself, tells the story of a little boy, the youngest of five, who wants to be a girl and the family that tries to keep this secret.
Book Titles Beginning with the Letter “U”
Author: Colson Whitehead Pages: 336, Date of Publication: 2016
What if the Underground Railroad was an operating railroad with actual train cars? This is the premise in this Pulitzer Prize-winning book.
Author: Rivers Solomon, Pages: 340, Date of Publication: 2017
This science fiction/fantasy novel focuses on a girl named Aster, who lives aboard a space vessel, albeit in the lower deck due to her skin color. As this ship heads towards a mystical promised land, Aster plans her escape. It deals with race, sexuality, autism, gender and more.
Book Titles Beginning with “V”
Author: Laura Barnett, Pages: 416, Date of Publication: 2015
In a similar vein to One Day, this UK bestseller book explores all the what-ifs in love.
Book Titles Beginning with the Letter “W”
Author: Georgia Hunter, Pages: 416, Date of Publication: 2017
From first-time author Hunter, comes this story of her family, and how they fled their home country to try to survive the Holocaust. As the family members disperse throughout several countries, they each have their own story to tell.
This was a selection for my local book club and we were fortunate enough to meet the author.
Author: A.J. Finn, Pages: 448, Date of Publication: 2018
In this book, a New York recluse sees something she shouldn’t through her window. This soon-to-be motion picture will be released in 2019.
Book Titles Beginning with the Letter “X”
Note, with the limited number of recent books beginning with the letter X, I’ve selected this book instead:
Author: Stephen McCauley, Pages: 336, Date of Publication: 2018
David and his ex-wife reconnect after decades. He’s gay and she’s not. In this humorous story, David, a college admissions counselor, agrees to help her daughter and flies out east to reconnect.
Book Titles Beginning with the Letter “Y”
Author: Sherman Alexie, Pages: 464, Date of Publication: 2017
In this memoir, consisting of poems, essays, and photographs, the author deals with the loss of his mother and reflects on growing up on an Indian reservation.
Author: Curtis Sittenfeld, Pages: 240, Date of Publication: 2018
This collection of short stories about middle-aged moms who judge one another. What happens when these assumptions aren’t correct?
Book with the Author’s Name Beginning with the Letter “Z”
Again, not wanting to pick a book just for the sake of its first letter, instead, I chose this book by an amazing author whose name begins with Z.
Published 87 years after it was written, comes this book from the author of one of the most unforgettable books I’ve ever read, Their Eyes Were Watching God.
This book is based upon the author’s interviews with Cudjo Lewis, 98 years old at the time and the last known survivor of the slave trade.
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