It goes without saying that fantasy and science fiction are two of the most popular book genres; each allows readers to escape into an entirely different universe full of magic, mythical creatures and futuristic scenarios. People often read to transport their minds into a different setting and really immerse themselves in the story. And although there is an undeniable appeal in this, the massive success of fantasy and sci-fi leads to an entire genre getting overlooked: realistic fiction. There are so many amazing realistic fiction books that get cast aside just because they are not set in a fantasy world or lack futuristic elements. Unfortunately, realistic fiction books — no matter how many copies are sold in bookstores — tend to be extremely underrated in popular culture.
Shelley Noble, New York Times bestselling author of “Whisper Beach,” returns with yet another summer read. “Imagine Summer” follows Skylar Mackenzie, who owns a toy and bookstore in a coastal Rhode Island town. Skylar’s world is turned upside down when her estranged sister shows up on her doorstep along with the man who broke Skylar’s heart years ago. Her sister returns to set things right, but Skylar wonders if she can really trust her.
Emily Henry, another New York Times bestselling author, recently released a new novel titled “Beach Read.” Two people with nothing in common manage to become friends after a shared car ride home from college one semester. Poppy and Alex live their separate lives for most of the year, but during the summer they take a week-long vacation together. That is, until they have a falling out. Eventually, Poppy convinces her friend to take one more vacation together in an attempt to make things right again.
Set in 1983, this book follows four famous siblings who attend a party that changes their lives within the course of 24 hours. Supermodel Nina Riva throws her annual end-of-summer party, and everyone wants to attend just to be around Nina’s brothers Hud (a renowned photographer) and Jay (a championship surfer). The only person not looking forward to the party is Nina, who never wanted to be the center of attention. By the end of the night, the festivities spin out of control and lots of family secrets are revealed, forever changing the lives of everyone involved.
With these extraordinary underrated books in mind, consider diversifying your bookshelf and checking out some of these fun and realistic reads!