With summer here, it’s the perfect time to lay on the beach and soak up the sun while reading a book. The Phoenix has come up with a list of best-selling books by fierce female authors to entertain readers this summer and diversify bookshelves.
“Men Explain Things to Me” by Rebecca Sonlit
This essay compilation describes writer and historian Rebecca Sonlit’s experiences with mansplaining — when men explain topics to women in a condescending manner. If readers don’t know what the concept is, they will definitely learn about it by the end of the book. While reading Sonlit’s essays, readers will likely laugh, be frustrated and reflect on their own experiences within their gender.
“The Japanese Lover” by Isabel Allende
Best-selling author Isabel Allende has written more than 15 books in the historical fiction, fantasy and romance genres. “The Japanese Lover” takes its place as one of her most romantic novels due to its passion and heartbreak. Set in San Francisco during World War II, “The Japanese Lover” tells the story of two women from different generations looking for their place in their war-torn and strictly normative society. This novel is beautifully written, with a narrative that will make readers feel like they are standing by the Pacific Ocean instead of Lake Michigan.
“I’ll Give You the Sun” by Jandy Nelson
Those looking for the perfect young adult read for this summer, need to look no further than Jandy Nelson’s best-selling novel, “I’ll Give You the Sun.” Told from the perspective of two twins in the span of four years, it’ll make readers feel the loss, heartbreak and joy of relationships, and want to sit in the sand for hours soaking in the poetic writing and exciting overlapping stories. Surrounded by art and strengthened by their family bonds, the life of these twins changes unexpectedly and a barrier forms between them, but through love, they try to find their ways back to each other.
“Big Little Lies” by Liane Moriarty
This mystery novel is the perfect beach read — it’ll entertain readers keeping them hooked with the multiple-perspective narrative. Switching between the perspectives of three women, “Big Little Lies” tells the story of a community of mothers trying to deal with the struggles of marriage, lies, abuse and loneliness. Readers will likely want to talk about it with their friends while playing frisbee and return home to watch the Golden Globe and Emmy award-winning HBO show based on the book.
“The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas
If readers want to go beyond just hearing about racially-motivated shootings on TV, read this best-selling novel. Told from the perspective from a young black woman living in a community called Garden Heights, “The Hate U Give” will open readers’ eyes to the struggle and suffering of black communities affected by police shootings. The main character, Starr, will seem like a friend while reading her story due to her guarded, yet loving, personality and her passion for doing the right thing.
“The Glass Castle” by Jeannette Walls
This best-selling novel by Jeannette Walls is a story readers will carry with them their whole lives — for a good reason. “The Glass Castle” is a memoir of Walls’ childhood and coming of age in the hot American South; her novel depicts the struggles of embarking on road trips with her parents and sister with heartfelt and realistic writing.