Can you make out that hazy image, slowly becoming clear before you? That's the picture of you, soaking up the last full month of summer the right way: Reading on a chaise lounge. From Tea Obreht's highly anticipated second novel set in the American West to Jia Tolentino's new essay collection, August has no shortage of books to read while you work on a tan.
Oddly, this list is also full of books with that end-of-summer feel. Elizabeth Ames' The Other's Gold tracks the friendship of four college roommates, and will give you those back-to-school jitters. The scalding hot romance in Alisha Rai's new rom-com, The Right Swipe, begins with a one night stand on a summer night. And the heat in Obreht's new book is palpable — it's set in the Arizona Territory during a drought.
There's a book for you on this list. Go and find it.