The official theme this week is “Top Ten Beach Reads.” I’m really not a beach person, so I’m going with a general summer theme. As with many people, summer is the time of contemporary reads for me. I’ve chosen five books that I recommend as summer reads, and five books that I plan to read myself this summer. Let’s get to it!
Five Books I Recommend For Summer Reading:
1. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell “A coming-of-age tale of fanfiction, family and first love”
I read this for this first time in January and fell in love with it. It’s the perfect summer read: fluffy, funny, and a sweet romance.
2. Arranged by Catherine McKenzie Anne has terrible luck with men. One day she happens upon a business card in the street for an arranged marriage service. I read this one last week, and flew through it, so it’ll make a great beach or summery read.
3. On the Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves Anna is hired to tutor rich boy T.J. While flying to the Maldives to join T.J.’s family at their summer home, their chartered plane crashes on an uninhabited island. I read this entire book in one sitting. I was hooked from the first page!
4. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz Aristotle and Dante meet at the local pool one summer, and although they have nothing in common, they develop an unlikely friendship. This book is so so good, friends. If you pick up one book on this list, make it this one.
5. Size 12 is Not Fat by Meg Cabot As a teenager, Heather Wells was a teen-pop sensation. Years later, she’s just taken a new job as an assistant dorm director at one of New York’s top colleges. The body of one of her residents is found at the bottom of an elevator shaft, and Heather takes it upon herself to solve the mystery of the student’s death. This is the first book in my favorite series by my favorite author. It’s hilarious and fast-paced, so it’s perfect for summer.
Five Books I Plan To Read This Summer:
1. Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry This will be my first Katie McGarry book, and the summary on Goodreads sounded so interesting to me that I pre-ordered it. Emily reluctantly visits her father over the summer and meets Oz, a member of her father’s motorcycle club who’s been assigned to protect her while she’s in town.
2. Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson I can’t believe I haven’t read a Morgan Matson book yet! I own them all and plan to read them this summer, starting with this one. Amy and Roger, an old family friend, travel across the country to bring Amy’s family car to their new home.
3. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera “A novel about a 16-year-old boy that wants to undergo a memory alteration procedure to forget he’s gay.” I won an ARC from the author and I can’t wait to read it.
4. The Summer I Turned Pretty Trilogy by Jenny Han “Belly has always lived for the summertime because it means all her favorite things: swimming, the beach and the Fisher boys, Conrad and Jeremiah.” I picked up a bind-up of this trilogy last fall and I’ve been saving it for the summer.
5. Perfect Escape by Jennifer Brown I read Hate List earlier this year and LOVED IT. I’ve been meaning to pick up another Jennifer Brown book to read. Kendra has always felt overshadowed by her older brother Grayson’s OCD. She’s always tried to be perfect, until a cheating scandal threatens her flawless reputation. With her brother asleep in the seat beside her, she decided to drive away from it all.
What’s on your summer TBR? What kind of books do you typically read during the summer months? Where do you like to do your summer reading?
I’ll be visiting my family from June-August and plan to bring a whole box of books with me to read. I may make another post sharing the books I’ve chosen to bring. I typically read 2-3 books every week, but I’m hoping to aim for 4 books/week over the summer so I can plow through my huge TBR pile, which has reached almost 200 books now! It’s hard to believe that this time last year, my summer goal was to read one book every week!