The Five Best Summer Reads of 2021

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Instead of binge-watching TV or movies inside on a nice summer day, plan a beach day and bring a novel with you to enjoy on the sandy shores. Reading on the beach is a great calming activity to do, and if you want to read something new this summer, you’ll likely find that you have all kinds of books to choose from. 

Below, learn about the five best summer reads, then bring your favorite one to the beach. Bonus points if you make your drive to the beach better by pairing these summer reads with the best music of the summer.

1. The Ninth Metal by Benjamin Percy

If you’re a fan of superheroes and the supernatural, The Ninth Metal is a great summer read. This novel is the first book in the sci-fi series called The Comet Cycle. The story is about a rogue comet and its fallout. The comet’s debris crashes to Earth, destroying homes and forests in the process. However, it also deposits rich veins of “omnimetal,” a new type of metal that has an important property that could be exploited. 

2. Island Queen by Vanessa Riley

Island Queen is a historical novel inspired by the true story of how Dorothy Kirwan Thomas, a freed biracial woman, became one of the richest and most powerful landowners in the colonial West Indies. Thomas, nicknamed Doll, bought the freedom of her mother, her sister, and herself from her father. This story follows how Doll’s beginnings from Montserrat transformed into her experiences at luxury hotels, her rise to the top, and how she made her mark in history.

3. Something New Under the Sun by Alexandra Kleeman

Something New Under the Sun is a Hollywood noir mixed with dystopian themes. The story is about a writer who travels to Hollywood to create a film adaptation of his book. After he notices some parched landscape, he discovers that the land is being damaged by a corporation that has privatized synthetic water. 

Additionally, in the world of Something New Under the Sun, increasingly more Californians are suffering from random onset acute dementia. Another character of the film adaptation becomes his partner in crime in investigating the corporation’s corruption.

4. Imposter Syndrome by Kathy Wang

If you’re a fan of spies, stories about tech companies, and thrillers, Imposter Syndrome will make your beach time exciting. Julia, a computer science graduate and a spy, is a low-level Silicon Valley worker who discovers interesting information about her company. After she completes one mission, she must embark on another that makes her nervous. Imposter Syndrome is an interesting read that mixes multiple genres.

5. Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

If you want to read an intergalactic story, Project Hail Mary is about a lost man on a spaceship. Not only is he lost, but he also has no idea who he is and why he’s on the spaceship. When he wakes up, he realizes he has a large amount of responsibility on his shoulders.

Have you read any of these books? What novels are on your list of summer reads? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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