The Best Backlist Books for Summer

The Best Backlist Books for Summer With Victoria Wood

This special crossover episode with The Reader’s Couch offers five backlist books for your summer and what it takes to nail a great summer reading guide.

Today’s episode features Victoria Wood from The Reader’s Couch podcast. I asked Victoria to bring her best backlist of book treasures from her past summer reading guides that deserve far more attention. From historical mysteries to a heartwarming culinary memoir to stories of found family- this stack should elevate your summer reading experience and, likely, be available on your library shelves now. 

As we plan to release our 2024 summer reading guides next week, we discuss insights into crafting the ultimate summer reading guide year after year, how a book qualifies to be featured, and the most significant challenges and rewards of executing seasonal guides for readers. 

Victoria Wood- The Reader's Couch

Meet Victoria Wood (The Reader’s Couch Podcast) 

Victoria Wood hosts The Reader’s Couch Podcast. She is a reading enthusiast who has successfully guided self-proclaimed “non-readers” into cultivating and sustaining reading habits and assisted readers in fostering more intentional and fulfilling reading lives. She hosts conversations with authors to learn more about their writing and reading lives. 

The Best Backlist Books for Summer

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Your House Will Pay by Steph Cha

Browse the 2023 MomAdvice Summer Reading Guide

Browse the 2022 MomAdvice Summer Reading Guide

James by Percival Everett

One of Our Kind by Nicola Yoon


The Great Mistake by Jonathan Lee

All the Lonely People by Mike Gayle

The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle by Matt Cain

Matt Cain’s Publishing Journey

The Lost Boys of Montauk by Amanda M. Fairbanks

Morningside Heights by Joshua Henkin

Home Made by Liz Hauck pays a 10% commission on every sale and matches 10% to independent bookstores!

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