7 Books You Need to Read This Summer

There’s nothing quite like sitting in the sand with a book in your hand. In this week’s episode of Just the Right Book Podcast, host Roxanne Coady of R.J. Julia Booksellers lists her summer book recommendations. From comedy and mystery to love and war, she covers all the bases.

Here are seven of her 21 book recommendations. To hear the rest, listen to the full podcast episode at the end of the list or subscribe to Just the Right Book for free in your favorite podcast app.

7 Must-Read Books This Summer

1. You Just Don’t Understand: Women and Men in Conversation


This fascinating book by Deborah Tannen explores the ways in which we communicate with one another, especially the key differences between the genders.

2. Anything is Possible


A novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning Elizabeth Strout, this enchanting book is a collection of stories about small-town characters dealing with love and loss. Strout has said on the podcast that she viewed her characters like a constellation when writing all of the stories.

3. Exit West


The novel by Mohsin Hamid tells the story of a couple who, during a time of war and hardship, emigrate through a magical door and gives us an incredible story of love and immigration.

4. A Gentleman in Moscow


Despite having very different tastes in books, both Roxanne and her husband adore this novel by New York Times bestselling author Amor Towles. It tells the story of Count Alexander Rostov, who is sentenced to live in the attic room of a luxurious hotel. In this prison, he discovers intent and purpose for himself and in doing so, affects several lives around him.

5. Victoria: The Queen: An Intimate Biography of the Woman Who Ruled an Empire


This biography of Queen Victoria, born in 1819, received rave reviews across the board. Author Julia Baird writes of this fascinating monarch with many modern struggles.

6. The Arrangement


What happens when a married couple happily in love decide to embark on an open marriage? Sarah Dunn’s tale of this six-month social experiment will have you laughing and also questioning the basis for happiness. She has a good laugh about writing it on our podcast.

7. Where the Light Gets In: Losing My Mother Only to Find Her Again


Kimberly Williams-Paisley writes an emotional story about her mother, who suffered from dementia and eventually couldn’t even recognize her own family. The wife of country music singer Brad Paisley talks about this roller coaster that helped her with love, acceptance, and growth.

To hear the rest of Roxanne’s awesome summer book recommendations, listen to the full podcast episode below. Don’t forget to subscribe on iTunes, Overcast, and Stitcher Radio.


  • Debi Morton Posted August 14, 2017 9:55 pm

    Roxanne, at the beginning of the Summer Reading episode you read a 4-line poem to introduce Deborah Tannen’s book. Would you please either post the poem or send it to me?
    Thank you.

    • Just the Right Book Podcast Posted August 15, 2017 2:49 pm

      Hi Debi! The poem she read is called “Some People” by Rachel Field.

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