Elin Hilderbrand is the queen of a good beach read mystery. She is known for her dreamlike Nantucket settings with various thrilling plots. She always ties the ends of her novels into a perfect bow, unlike many other mysteries that don’t end the way readers want them to. Hilderbrand announced that "Swan Song" will be her last novel that takes place in a Nantucket setting, but let’s hope this doesn’t mean she’s done with writing completely, as the BookTok community would never recover from that. Preorder here!
2. “The Women” | Kristin Hannah
Kristin Hannah writes historical fiction novels that are always being buzzed about by BookTok creators, so it’s no surprise that her February 6 release titled “The Women” is getting all the hype. This read takes place in the 1960s during the height of the Vietnam War, and follows a young nursing student’s decision to serve as a nurse after her brother was drafted to fight for his country. If you love a good female empowerment story, be sure to pick up “The Women” on your next bookstore trip this week! Preorder here.
3. “Just For The Summer” | Abby Jimenez
Abby Jimenez’s “Yours Truly” made waves on social media in 2023, and is known for her lighthearted yet tender writing style. This book will focus on Emma and Justin, both of whom have curses on them where after a breakup, their ex immediately goes on to find their soulmate. When they devise a plan to have a fake fling for the summer to cancel out each other’s curses, readers will see whether or not fate has brought Justin and Emma together for the perfect happy ending. Preorder here!
4. “Summer Romance” | Annabel Monoghan
Staying on the topic of lighthearted summer romances, Annabel Monoghan’s “Summer Romance” comes out on June 4, the perfect way to kick off your summer. This read focuses on Ali, a newly single mom with three children whose husband recently left her. In the height of Ali’s messy life, she meets Ethan, who looks at her in a way that makes her feel like herself again. Despite the chaos ensuing in Ali’s life, she decides a summer romance can’t hurt, right? Annabel Monoghan is the bestselling author of “Same Time Next Summer,” so you can trust that you’ll be in good hands with her new book. Preorder here!
5. “Middle of The Night” | Riley Sager
If the BookTok community loves one thing, it’s a thriller that takes place in a seemingly picture-perfect town. This June release will focus on a man named Ethan having to finally face the long-ago disappearance of his best friend, who had been taken from their tent during an outdoor sleepover thirty years prior. As he explores the disappearance of his best friend, Ethan’s quest reunites him with old friends and neighbors, as well as the woods surrounding the seemingly perfect Hemlock Circle. As strange things start to happen in the middle of the night while Ethan is staying in his childhood home, Ethan starts to wonder how safe his suburban street can really be. Preorder here!
6. “Funny Story” | Emily Henry
If you’re in search of witty, authentic and relatable characters, look no further than Emily Henry. If you haven't read “People We Meet on Vacation” or “Happy Place” yet, you can get your fix of Emily Henry before the April release of “Funny Story.” This read will focus on Daphne, a children’s librarian, whose husband decides that he’s actually in love with her childhood best friend. Daphne has no choice but to ask to live with her best friend’s ex, Miles, until she gets her feet on the ground again. After mainly avoiding one another, Daphne and Miles eventually come together to form a plan to make their ex-spouses jealous of their faux summer adventures together. Despite the plan being all for show, feelings between the two may come into play, making for the best romantic trope we can ask for. Preorder here!
7. “The Teacher” | Freida McFadden
Last but certainly not least, Freida McFadden received all of the praise from the BookTok community last year for her psychological, easy-to-read thrillers. It can be difficult to find thrillers that are both entertaining and have an easy plot to follow, and McFadden's “The Housemaid” did exactly that, leading to her hype on BookTok. The teacher will focus on a high school math teacher’s quest to find out the truth about an alleged student-teacher affair, as it seems the student has more secrets than she’s letting on. This book is also coming out this week, so you won’t have to wait long to dive in!