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Have you been looking for new titles to add to your summer reading list? New books are arriving all the time! Summer tends to be all about beach reads, but we think any good book is the perfect book for summer. Our selection of compelling books with intriguing characters can be enjoyed at the beach, at the cottage, or in your backyard.

New & Hot Titles

You'll find something for everyone here, so grab a pen and take notes.

The Librarianist by Patrick deWitt

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No surprises here, we're looking forward to reading this novel about a retired librarian who surrounds himself with books. Fun, eclectic characters and slightly offbeat humour make for a fun, entertaining read. And, for the record, the author says that spending time at his local library was instrumental to his journey to becoming a writer! A good choice for fans of John Williams's Stoner and Marilynne Robinson's Gilead.

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The Stolen Hours by Karen Swan

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This historical romance is the second book in the Wild Isle series, but it’s okay if you haven’t read the first book, as it starts with an overview to catch you up. Featuring a forbidden love affair, The Stolen Hours will sweep you away to a small Scottish island in 1929. Lots of reviews are calling this one the “perfect summer read.”

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The Housekeepers by Alex Hay 

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There has already been talk about film or TV rights for this debut novel, described as "Downton Abbey meets Ocean's Eleven." It's a fast-paced historical fiction book about a group of women plotting a revenge-driven heist. This is a fun story with likable characters, but it also explores some darker themes about class and gender. Read it now before it blows up!

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Pageboy by Elliott Page

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An eagerly awaited memoir from actor, director, and producer Elliott Page. It’s powerful and honest, with a non-linear narrative that favours finding the interconnections in his journey. There's an added bonus—the author reads the audiobook!

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Have You Seen Her by Catherine McKenzie 

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With its setting in Yosemite National Park, this atmospheric thriller might help you with that travel bug. It's perfect for fans of twisty mysteries who enjoy fascinating female characters—all with dark secrets, of course. Try it if you like being on the edge of your seat (or hammock) while you read.

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Sunshine Nails by Mai Nguyen

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As suggested by the cover, Sunshine Nails is lighthearted and fun. However, it also raises questions about class, family dynamics, and issues faced by refugees in Canada. The story revolves around a family dealing with a struggling nail salon business. The short chapters, interesting characters, and multiple points of view make it a quick read.

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Spend Your Summer on a Reading Adventure

Summer is the perfect time to escape into a good book, and joining our Summer Reading Club can help you make the most of it. There’s still plenty of time to sign up, set your own summer reading goals, then check in with us every week for your chance to win great prizes all summer long! It runs until Sunday, September 3.

Finally, if none of these new books appeal to you, may we suggest trying out our Handpicked For You service? Tell us what you like to read, and let our expert staff put together a bundle of items for you to pick up or a digital booklist of suggested titles. Try Handpicked For You today!