Depending on where you are in the world, we’re getting one day closer to summer! Finally. It’s been a rough semester of online university and I’m happy to finally have a chance to relax a little and enjoy some good weather 🥰
If you’re anything like me, you’re in the mood for different types of books depending on the season. For example, in the winter you might prefer fantasy/sci-fi whereas in summer it’s more of a contemporary/romance vibe. Hopefully that is not just a ‘me thing’ and some of you can relate lol.
Here are some recommendations for books to read over the summer that perfectly fit the vibes! Loooots of YA contemporary on this list because that genre is literally MADE for sunny days 🌞 But I will also add more diverse genres in case that’s more to your liking.
THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL by MAURENE GOO
So this is a book I am actually reading at the moment! It’s a feel good YA novel about our main character, Clara Shin, who loves to pulls pranks. However, after a big prank gone wrong, her father makes her work at his food truck over the summer with her biggest rival. Clara is resistant at first, but maybe, just maybe, she’ll find love and friendship over this unforgettable summer. I’m only 40% done with this book so far, but it’s so fun!
THE UNHONEYMOONERS by CHRISTINA LAUREN
This is an adult romance that is a low-key enemies to lovers. Overall it’s fun because we have our two main characters who don’t get along but are forced to go on a romantic vacation together, so of course there’ll be some ~interesting~ antics. Also, it takes place in Hawaii, so this is PERFECT if you’re reading over the summer and want to be transported to a beach/ocean view.
AMY AND ROGER’S EPIC DETOUR by MORGAN MATSON
This is definitely considered a “classic” in the book community. Morgan Matson has definitely set the tone for all YA contemporaries so you just have to read one of her books and this is a great one to start with! Based on the cover and title you’ll probably be able to guess that this is a road trip story and of course…a lot of sparks fly 💫
THE TRUTH ABOUT FOREVER by SARAH DESSEN
Okay, similar to the last one this is more of an author recommendation because Sarah Dessen is, like, the queen of writing cute romances. I’ve read a lot of her works and while they’re far from being great works of literature, they’re just fun to read and you could probably finish them all in one sitting.
CLAP WHEN YOU LAND by ELIZABETH ACEVEDO
This is a novel told in verse about two sisters who don’t know about the others existence. After their father passes away in a plane accident while on the way from being with one of his daughters to the other, the two girls discover family secrets and the truth about the other’s existence. This was a really moving story and is about the meaning of family and trust.
THE HUSBAND’S SECRET by LIANE MORIARTY
This is a fast past mystery and is perfect if you want to be totally enthralled by a story. It’s different from the other ones on this list because it’s not really a romance or very light hearted, but definitely feels like a beach read. Filled with plot twists and shocking moments, this is a book you won’t want to miss!
SUMMER OF ’69 by ELIN HILDERBRAND
This book follows the lives of four siblings during the summer of 1969. They all have different things going on so we follow alternate POV’s and I thought it was interesting to see different aspects of this time period. Summer of ’69 is a lot more slow paced compared to other books on this list but the author really fleshes out each character.
FAR FROM THE TREE by ROBIN BENWAY
Grace, our main character, has grown up as an only child her whole life. Then, one day she finds out she has siblings from before she was adopted. This book follows her getting to know them and how her life changes with this revelation. This was a really touching novel and had the perfect balance of humorous and emotional moments.
BEAUTY QUEENS by LIBBA BRAY
Beauty Queens practically screams summer and is about a group of contestants who are stranded on an island after their plane to the Miss Teen Dream Pageant crashes. Very much Lord of the Flies vibes. These girls have to learn to survive in the wild and defend themselves against dangerous creatures. I thought this was an interesting book that also tackled important topics such as transphobia and sexism.
THE SCORPIO RACES by MAGGIE STIEFVATER
I decided to end on a different note. The Scorpio Races is a fantasy (shocker) and is about our main character Puck who is the first girl to enter into “The Scorpio Races” which is where racers have to ride on a horse and make it long enough to cross the finish line. Honestly, it has been years since I’ve read this soooo my memory isn’t totally fresh but I do recall totally loving it. I’d recommend reading this towards the end of summer when we start to transition into fall.
And that’s it for today; I hope you were able to find some new books to read over the summer!
I also wanted to let you guys know that this is my last week of classes and then I’ll have summer vacay 🎉 Which basically means I’ll be able to read and post more regularly.
What’s a book you want to read this summer? Have you read anything I mentioned on this list?