Riot Headline 10 Exciting Books to Read this Summer

The Difference Between “You” and “We”

This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

Jess and Trisha discuss some excellent and important RWA speeches by Suzanne Brockmann and Sonali Dev; note the anti-climactic end of a certain trademark battle; and talk more about the romance (books) still to come in 2018.

This episode is sponsored by Book Riot’s own Recommended Podcast and Ignite by Angel Payne.

Also! Book Riot is giving away $500 worth of the year’s best YA fiction and nonfiction so far! Go to to enter before July 31.

Subscribe on Apple Podcasts and Google Play.


Sarah Nicolas did a RITA rundown for Book Riot

The excellent RWA Lifetime Achievement speech by Suzanne Brockmann – plus an incredibly moving introduction by her son – starts at about 46:46 on this video and the transcript is here.

The other exceptional speech – that left us speechless – was one by Sonali Dev, doing the keynote address for Librarians Day, and it’s also online.

#Cockygate ends not with a bang but a whimper. (But it’s over so that’s good.)

Books Discussed:

Hot Target by Suzanne Brockmann

A Distant Heart and A Bollywood Bride by Sonali Dev

Take the Lead by Alexis Daria

Now That You Mention It by Kristan Higgins

A Duke By Default by Alyssa Cole

Counterpoint by Anna Zabo

A Duke in Disguise by Cat Sebastian

Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory

The Coyote’s Bride by Holley Trent

Dr. Strange Beard by Penny Reid

Oh, and Trisha mentioned Intercepted by Alexa Martin once or twice. You know. In passing.

Send us your reactions to the RWA speeches (any and all!) and let us know what book you’re most excited to read in the second half of 2018. Find us on email (trisha@riotnewmedia.comand, Twitter (@jessisreading and @trisha_reads), or Instagram (@jess_is_reading and @trishahaleybrown).