@HotDudesReading’s Summer Reading List

What to read when you want to be seen reading.

Summer’s here and that means its time to grab a good book to read by the pool, the ocean or even the AC unit.


We asked the folks behind the insanely popular @HotDudesReading Instagram to give us their picks for the season’s best reads. Of course you should also pick up a copy of Hot Dudes Reading: The Book today, available in bookstores and online now.

Modern Lovers by Emma Straub

This book had me at the title, but the minute I dove in, I couldn’t get out. The themes are almost too relatable and, in my case, aspirational. It follows three women who get married, settle down and build their own families. #NoneDownThreeToGo

Maestra by L.S. Hilton

by L.S. Hilton maestra

Maestra is one of those nail-biting, edge of your seat thrillers that will have your heart pounding and your mind racing. Where did Judith, the protagonist, go wrong? I’m certainly glad my late-night indulgences haven’t lead me down such a precarious path. #YourSeamlessOrderIsOnItsWay

Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler

This page-turner captures the essence of New York City and all it has to offer—the cuisine, the cocktails and, most importantly, the men. The story follows Tess’ journey toward adulthood and the painful lessons she learns along the way.

It’s the perfect book to read as a New Yorker: When you’re living paycheck to paycheck and getting gouged on a converted two bedroom yin Bushwick, it reminds you how adrenaline-pumping the city can be. #BitterSweet

Homegoing: A Novel by Yaa Gyasi

This breathtaking debut from Gyasi chronicles two Ghanaian half-sisters living very different lives: One in the lap of luxury, the other shackled in slavery. Over the course of 300 years, the story explores how their fates have a ripple effect on their descendants. (It covers a lot of ground.) It’s the perfect book-club read, and pairs nicely with wine and deep conversation. #RefillPlease

The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee

the gene
Need a book that makes you look smart? Read The Gene: This book creatively weaves science, history, and the author’s first-hand experience with mental illness and hereditary defects into a fascinating lesson on genetics—and life.

It’s the perfect book to catch the eye of that cute doctor in scrubs on the 6 train. #DoctorDoctorGiveMeTheNews #IveGotABadCaseOfLovinYou

@hotdudesreading has racked up millions of views and has been covered by the New York Times, People, Vogue, and of course, NewNowNext. Pick up a copy of Hot Dudes Reading: The Book today.