Blockbuster Summer Reads

While you might not be able to go see the latest blockbuster movie this summer, you can still READ (or LISTEN) to the latest blockbuster summer reads.

NCRL staff suggests the following books — some light, some not so much— that are available for free with your library card through our online resources. We hope you enjoy them all!!

Deacon King Kong by James McBride

In September 1969, a fumbling, cranky old church deacon shuffles into the courtyard of a housing project in south Brooklyn, pulls a .38 from his pocket, and in front of everybody shoots the project's drug dealer at point-blank range. McBride brings to life the people affected by the shooting and shows us that the best way to grow is to face change without fear.

Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan

The author of the bestselling phenomenon Crazy Rich Asians returns with the glittering tale of a young woman who finds herself torn between two men: the WASPY fiancé of her family's dreams and George Zao, the man she is desperately trying to avoid falling in love with.

Party of Two by Jasmine Guillory

A chance meeting with a handsome stranger turns into a whirlwind affair that gets everyone talking. A strong, introverted black woman and an easy-going, white, extroverted politician make an unlikely couple in this sweet romance.

A Burning by Megha Majumbar

A debut novel about three unforgettable characters who seek to rise—to the middle class, to political power, to fame in the movies—and find their lives entangled in the wake of a catastrophe in contemporary India.

Afterlife by Julia Alvarez,

Set in this political moment of tribalism and distrust, Alvarez's first adult novel is nearly 15 years asks: What do we owe those in crisis in our families?How do we live in a broken world without losing faith in one another or ourselves?

The Last Emperox by John Scalzi (book 3 in a trilogy)

In the conclusion to the award-winng, bestselling Interdependency series — an epic space opera adventure, Emperox Grayland has finally wrested control of her empire from those who oppose her, but control is a slippery thing, and even as she strives to save her people from impoverished isolation, the forces opposing her rule will make a final push to topple her from power.

Beach Read by Emma Straub

A romance writer who no longer believes in love and a literary writer stuck in a rut engage in a summer-long challenge that may just upend everything they believe about happily ever afters.


The Lying Room by Nicci French

A married woman's affair with her boss spirals into a dangerous game of chess with the police when she discovers he's been murdered and she clears the crime scene of all evidence.

House on Fripp Island  by Rebecca Kaufmann

When two families—one rich, one not—vacation together off the coast of South Carolina, little do they know that someone won't be returning home.

Real Men Knit by Kwana Jackson

When their foster-turned-adoptive mother suddenly dies, four brothers struggle to keep open the doors of her beloved Harlem knitting shop.

Devolution by Max Brooks

Part survival narrative, part bloody horror tale, part scientific journey into the boundaries between truth and fiction, this is a Bigfoot story as only Max Brooks could chronicle it—and like none you’ve ever read before.

Fair Warning by Michael Connelly

Jack McEvoy, the journalist who never backs down, tracks a serial killer who has been operating completely under the radar—until now.


The Last Train to Key West by Chanel Cleeton

In 1935 three women are forever changed when one of the most powerful hurricanes in history barrels toward the Florida Keys.


Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-Joo


Jiyoung’s painfully common life is juxtaposed against a backdrop of an advancing Korea, as it abandons “family planning” birth control policies and passes new legislation against gender discrimination.



Revisioners by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

This tale of racial tensions across generations explores the depths of women's relationships—powerful women and marginalized women, healers and survivors.

  Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

A brave socialite is drawn to expose the treacherous secrets at an isolated mansion in this chilling store set in glamorous 1950s Mexico.


Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid


A page-turning and big-hearted story about race and privilege, set around a young black babysitter, her well-intentioned employer, and a surprising connection that threatens to undo them both.



Trouble is What I Do by Walter Mosley


A return to the beloved Leonid McGill detective series featuring a morally ambiguous private investigator who solves crimes and whose victims are society's most downtrodden.