10 Summer Reads Chosen by the Experts at Ragged-Cover Bookstores

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The warmer months are a time to relax and catch up on anything we haven’t read, so we consulted the world-renowned experts at Tattered Cover for recommendations for your summer reading list. . Whether you’re headed for the high country or a secluded beach, these books are all worth a place in your suitcase.

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By Carter Wilson
Release date: April 12, 2022
“Winning the lottery offers enough challenges, but Aidan Marlowe has a lot more to deal with as he is recently widowed and has moved into a house with a complicated history that forces him to come to terms with his own troubled past. The new neighborWilson once again excelled in delivering dark and disturbing tales that were highly entertaining. —Josh Clark, Tattered Cover Book Store Buyer

By Eleanor Brown
Release date: July 12, 2022
“The Denver-based author of weird sisters, Eleanor Brown is back with a family drama that will be a book club favorite. A unique family made up of three sets of adoptive parents of four biological siblings set off on their first family vacation when a phone call changes their world. —Kathy Baum, Tattered Cover Book Store Buyer

By Jenny Tingui Zhang
Release date: April 5, 2022
“Zhang, who earned an MFA from the University of Wyoming, has produced one of the most moving and informative historical novels of the year about the American West. Spanning from China in San Francisco, the book enlightens readers about the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. With unforgettable characters and rich, scenic descriptions, this novel will transport readers to a time in history often not taught in schools. —Adam Vitcavage, Tattered Cover Book Store Events Director

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By Kali Fajardo-Anstine
Release date: June 7, 2022
“Located in Denver and the American West, Woman of Light covers five generations of Native Chicanos, many of whom are based on some of the author’s actual ancestors. It’s a wonderful story about love, family, fate and betrayal. —Kathy Baum, Tattered Cover Book Store Buyer

By Blake Crouch
Release date: July 12, 2022
“Sci-fi and thriller mash-ups are one of my favorite things to read, and Crouch is one of the best at crafting such action-packed, mind-bending stories. Upgrade immerses us in an accessible, high-octane adventure, while offering plenty to chew on in this realistic potential future shaped by believable advances in genetic engineering. —Josh Clark, Tattered Cover Book Store Buyer

Edited by Carina Bissett, Hillary Dodge and Joshua Viola
Release date: November 30, 2021
“The Dark Tales and Poetry of Atlas of Shadows are strong enough on their own, but this project provides several additional layers of storytelling in what is a well-designed experience from Hex Publishers. Stories and poems from across the Americas integrate with things like artwork, email, and case files to create a layered narrative you’ll want to take your time to immerse yourself in. —Josh Clark, Tattered Cover Book Store Buyer

By Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson
Release date: June 28, 2022
“If sand is a prerequisite for a beach read, Sands of Dune has a lot as it takes you to Arrakis and other unknown corners of the vast Dune universe. Fans who can’t get enough of this rich world have even more to explore in this collection of Dune novels by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson. —Josh Clark, Tattered Cover Book Store Buyer

Edited by Cynthia Swanson
Release date: May 3, 2022
Take a tour of Denver neighborhoods with this collection of 14 local authors, including a comedic story by R. Alan Brooks. Swanson’s Pieces of everyone, everywhere and David Heska Wanbli Weiden Colfax and Havana are two of my favorites in this solid assortment of tales exploring the dark side of Mile High City.
—Josh Clark, Tattered Cover Book Store Buyer

By Paul Trous
Release date: April 26, 2022
“If you’ve read Michelle McNamara’s book I’ll be gone in the darkthe name Paul Holes [an investigator known for his contributions to the Golden State killer case] may sound familiar. True crime fans won’t want to miss Holes’ book about his life, career and business. —Jennifer Martin, Tattered Cover Book Store Buyer

By Amelie Howard
Release date: July 12, 2022
“Feel free to judge this book by its cover, which perfectly encapsulates this historic Victorian romantic comedy inspired by A pretty woman. Always be my duchess is a breezy beach read or a heartbreaking rainy day read or a daily getaway read. It’s the kind of book that fits right into any summer plan. —Jennifer Martin, Tattered Cover Book Store Buyer

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