Eighth Annual IHGB Summer Book List

Attention avid book readers: It’s time to turn in your selections for the Eighth Annual IHGB Summer Book List. Hooray!

This is a huge deal, people. The contents gathered on this list have introduced me to incredible characters like Katniss Everdeen and Jamie Fraser. And for that, I will never be the same. In a good way.

What I’m saying is, respect the power of this list.

Take a moment to think about books that have impacted you in the last several years. We have various interests here at IHGB, so no genre should be neglected. I say this as a person who has read every popular YA novel in the last decade. If it’s a love story or about pop culture, I will devour it.

Please include your murder mysteries, sci-fi thrillers, or anything else that sticks to your ribs. There are factions of bibliophiles who love that stuff, and I will not exclude them because I can’t take a little bit of blood and gore.

Do you love classics? Send them my way. Was there a faith-based book that changed your life? I’d love to know about it. Is It’s a Love Story your favorite book from 2019? I understand.

The process is simple: I’ll collect the data via this comment section, email, or my social media and compile my findings into a grand list. That list will be FREE! As a bonus, the list includes asterisks by the names of selections that have been nominated MULTIPLE years in a row.

I know. I have my work cut out for me to make the eighth annual IHGB summer book list the best ever.

Are you ready? Let’s do this.

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June 6, 2022 4:11 pm

Paul and Gender: Reclaiming the Apostle’s Vision for Men and Women in Christ – Cynthia Long Westfall

Carved in Ebony – Jasmine Holmes

The Gray Man series – Mark Greaney (the Netflix movie comes out in July and stars Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans)

Christa Selvey
Christa Selvey
June 6, 2022 5:35 pm

“Saving CeeCee Honeycutt” by Beth Hoffman, “The Secret Keeper” by Kate Morton, “Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe” by Heather Webber, “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens…there are so many excellent books!

June 6, 2022 8:59 pm

Code Name, Helene, Dear Mrs. Bird and sequel Yours Cheerfully.

June 6, 2022 10:56 pm

The Maid (Nita Prose)- Fast paced, very unique perspective
American Dirt (Jeanine Cummins)- Sticks with you, a great inside look at this difficult situation
Liane Moriarty- anything she’s written, it doesn’t seem like you can go wrong there (My favorite is The Husband’s Secret)
The Light Between Oceans (M.L. Stedman)- heartbreaking, stays with you long after you’re done
Dark Matter (Blake Crouch)- I never thought I was into sci-fi, but this time travel storyline had me on the edge of my seat

June 7, 2022 11:16 am

Hour of the Witch – Chris Bohjalian, The Silent Patient – Alex Michaelides, The Historian – Elizabeth Kostova, State of Wonder – Ann Patchett, Cutting for Stone – Abraham Verghese, Crossing to Safety – Wallace Stegner, Beach Music – Pat Conroy

June 7, 2022 11:20 am

A Man Called Ove – Frederick Backman

Here for It! – R. Eric Thomas

The House on the Cerulean Sea – TJ Klune

The Storied Life of AJ Fikry – Gabrielle Zevine

Thanks for putting this together!

June 7, 2022 11:21 pm

Yay! Love this list. All of the Harriet Vane and Lord Peter mysteries by Dorothy Sayers: “Strong Poison,” “Have His Carcass,” “Gaudy Night,” and “Busman’s Honeymoon.” But forever and ever “Gaudy Night.”

Laura B.
Laura B.
June 7, 2022 11:32 pm

American Kingpin by Nick Bilton

June 8, 2022 9:51 am

Two of the best books I’ve read this year are:
The Darkest Night by Jennifer Robson
The Good Women of Safe Harbour by Bobbie French

June 12, 2022 1:25 pm

Letter to a Stranger – Colleen Kinder
I Didn’t Come Here to Make Friends – Courtney Robertson
Lies That Bind – Emily Giffin
Untamed – Glennon Doyle
Why I Hate Green Beans – Lincee Ray

June 13, 2022 11:16 pm

The two best books I’ve read this year:
-The House in the Cerulean Sea
-American Dirt

So so good!!

Sarah Winford
Sarah Winford
July 19, 2022 1:08 pm

The Last Flight by Julie Clark

August 2, 2022 2:44 pm

Everything Sad Is Untrue by Daniel Nayeri

And the Mountains Echoed by Khalid Hosseini

The Choice: Embrace the Possible by Edith Eger

(And a fun one) The Countess of Haleigh Mystery Series by Dianne Freeman

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