The Silkworm, by Robert Gailbraith
Gailbraith (otherwise known as that woman who’s richer than the Queen) returns to private investigator Cormoran Strike in this sequel to The Cuckoo’s Calling. Currently boasting a 4.2 rating on Goodreads, the book has generated consistently positive buzz. Words like “entertaining” and “fun” appear consistently throughout its reviews, making it a likely fit for a summery Fourth of July weekend.
Shield of Winter, by Nalini Singh
For fans of paranormal romance, Nalini Singh’s Psy/Changelings series is a must. Shield of Winter is the latest addition to this lengthy series, and with a 4.4 rating on Goodreads and generally positive reviews, readers who delight in the paranormal are likely to enjoy it.
The Girl With All The Gifts, by M.R. Carey
We’ve talked about this book before, noting the hugely positive reviews and the intriguing premise (a totally different take on the zombie apocalypse.) Over at io9, Charlie Jane Anders raves about the book, writing that it will “blow your mind.” An easy pick for the Fourth of July beach bag.
Written in My Own Heart’s Blood, by Diana Gabaldon
This is the latest in Gabaldon’s enormously popular Outlander series, and it’s particularly well-timed: Starz is debuting a television series based on the novels this August. What better way to get excited for the TV show?
Born of Deception, by Teri Brown
This paranormal historical, the sequel to Brown’s 2013 Born of Illusion, promises vaudeville, psychics, and lots of fun. RT calls it “magical, addictive, and fast-paced,” which sounds like just the ticket for the upcoming weekend.