Announces the Best Summer Books of 2013

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Independent Bookseller of the Future Unveils its List of Must-Reads for the Beach or Hammock

This year’s summer reading list represents a perfect example of what we do best at ... carefully select books to showcase to our members

Ready for summer? Need to take a break and discover something new? Whether heading to the beach, or a nearby hammock, the best way to escape this summer is with a great read. So, along with your bathing suit and sunscreen, below are the best picks for summer from is the leading independent online portal to find, buy, and discuss great books, and our members have come to rely on our trusted recommendations. “Best Summer Books of 2013” is our carefully curated list of 12 newly released and soon-to-be-released titles, and it spans a variety of genres, including literary fiction, mysteries and young adult fiction.

“This year’s summer reading list represents a perfect example of what we do best at Indeed, discoverability, browsability and curation are key to our offering to members,” explained Kim Anderson, CEO of “Just as the curator of an art gallery curates its collection, so, too, does our site carefully select books to showcase to our members, ensuring that our readers can discover new authors and hidden gems, in much the way traditional bookstore windows and counter displays worked in the past.”

Included in the list of 12 are:

-- Life After Life by Kate Atkinson – An utterly brilliant novel that examines the question: What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right?

-- The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud – We strongly recommend this story of betrayal that reads like a psychological thriller.

-- The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton Disclafani – An evocative debut novel of secrets and girls-school rituals.

-- The Curiosity by Stephen P Kiernan – A mystery story that’s generating a lot of buzz, including kudos from Justin Cronin, author of The Passage.

-- The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon – A sprawling, complex and futuristic young adult novel, the first in a series of seven.

-- The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman – The much-loved author returns with a magical new novel that crosses genres and will appeal to all ages of readers.

Our community of dedicated readers and reviewers will no doubt have plenty to say about our choices – at, robust conversations about books are always welcome.

For the full list of our Best Books of Summer – and our short reviews of each of these wonderful titles – please visit our blog.

About is the leading independent online portal for avid readers to discover new books and – in the process – each other. By combining the power of social networking with carefully curated content, recommendations and featured selections, as well as the ability to buy eBooks and print titles in the U.S. (followed later by other parts of the world), readers can now discover books via in much the same way they have in the past: from people they know and trust.

With more than seven million book records, simplifies and personalizes the book selection process by providing readers with both social networking tools, private and public Book Clubs and curatorial expertise to help discover new titles through tailored suggestions. The site also provides reviews and expert critical analysis from the New York Times and The Guardian (London) as well as reviews from members and respected book bloggers.

Membership is free! So join us now at

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