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A data-driven guide to the best 2019 summer reading

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  • Amanda Shendruk
By Amanda Shendruk

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Published Last updated This article is more than 2 years old.

I haven’t read any of the 45 books I’m about to recommend to you.

Even so, my confidence in them is high. In search of the season’s most-endorsed reads, Quartz analyzed every 2019 summer book list we could find, from Bill Gates to Bloomberg, Bustle, and Buzzfeed.

Encompassing 67 lists and 1,428 individual recommendations, it’s arguably the most statistically sound summer reading list on the internet.

For the most part, lists varied significantly. Of the 920 books recommended, most appeared on only one list. But we were searching for the stand-out reads that popped up often across different lists. And we found them: here are the 45 titles that appear on five or more lists. Nearly all are fiction, and 89% are written by women.

City of Girls
Elizabeth Gilbert
Historical Fiction
The Nickel Boys*
Colson Whitehead
Historical Fiction
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous
Ocean Vuong
LGBTQ
Three Women*
Lisa Taddeo
Nonfiction
Fleishman Is in Trouble
Taffy Brodesser-Akner
Fiction
Patsy
Nicole Dennis-Benn
LGBTQ
Searching for Sylvie Lee
Jean Kwok
Mystery
Normal People
Sally Rooney
Fiction
Daisy Jones & the Six
Taylor Jenkins Reid
Historical Fiction
Trick Mirror*
Jia Tolentino
Essays
Inland*
Téa Obreht
Historical Fiction
Recursion
Blake Crouch
Science Fiction
Queenie
Candice Carty-Williams
Fiction
The Wedding Party*
Jasmine Guillory
Romance
Mrs. Everything
Jennifer Weiner
Historical Fiction
Bunny
Mona Awad
Horror
Mostly Dead Things
Kristen Arnett
LGBTQ
How Could She
Lauren Mechling
Fiction
The Most Fun We Ever Had
Claire Lombardo
Fiction
The Bride Test
Helen Hoang
Romance
My Lovely Wife
Samantha Downing
Thriller
Magic for Liars
Sarah Gailey
Fantasy
My Sister, the Serial Killer
Oyinkan Braithwaite
Fiction
The Tenth Muse
Catherine Chung
Historical Fiction
The Need*
Helen Phillips
Horror
The Yellow House*
Sarah M. Broom
Memoir
Lady in the Lake*
Laura Lippman
Mystery
Big Sky
Kate Atkinson
Mystery
I’ll Never Tell
Catherine McKenzie
Mystery
Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee
Casey Cep
Nonfiction
Ayesha at Last
Uzma Jalaluddin
Romance
Evvie Drake Starts Over
Linda Holmes
Romance
The Testaments*
Margaret Atwood
Science Fiction
Orange World and Other Stories
Karen Russell
Short Stories
The Paper Wasp
Lauren Acampora
Thriller
Doxology*
Nell Zink
Fiction
American Spy
Lauren Wilkinson
Historical Fiction
The Golden Hour*
Beatriz Williams
Historical Fiction
The Confessions of Frannie Langton
Sara Collins
Historical Fiction
The Turn of the Key*
Ruth Ware
Mystery
The Silent Patient
Alex Michaelides
Mystery
The Five: The Untold Lives of Women Killed by Jack the Ripper
Hallie Rubenhold
Nonfiction
The Flatshare
Beth O’Leary
Romance
The Farm
Joanne Ramos
Science Fiction
Everything Inside: Stories*
Edwidge Danticat
Short Stories

* Books not yet released as of July 8.

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