Monday, June 20, 2016

Summer Book Recommendations

Summer Book Recommendations:

Happy First Day of Summer!  
I've come up with a list of my top favorite books that I've either read in the summer or like to reread during the summer. These are the books that I think are great to take along with you on a day at the beach. 

Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
Morgan Matson's books just bring to life all of the aspects of summer. Whether that be taking a road trip across the U.S. in Amy and Roger's Epic Detour, spending a summer at a lake house and working in the snack shop on the beach in Second Chance Summer, completing a to-do list your best friend left for you in Since You've Been Gone, or competing in a late night scavenger hunt in The Unexpected Everything. Matson knows how to create that summer feeling in her books which is what makes them the perfect summer read.  

The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
On the Fence by Kasie West
The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West 

Kasie West's contemporary books are great for the summer. Her books are filled with realistic and memorable characters. The storylines have a great balance of serious topics and light cute moments. If you're looking for a contemporary book to read, I highly recommend picking up any of West's books.  

The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick

My Life Next Door and The Boy Most Likely To are both great books set in the summer and focus on a large family. The Garrett family is definitely one of my favorite book families. Both books deal with a variety of serious issues, but they also have really sweet moments too. 
Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

I've grown up reading Sarah Dessen's books every summer. While all of her books are great summer reads, one of my top favorites is Along for the Ride. I love the setting in the beach town and the journey that Auden experiences through the course of the story.

Open Road Summer follows Reagan as she joins her best friend, who just so happens to be a huge country singer, on tour. The book is fun and difficult to put down for long. While When We Collided follows the summer that Vi and Jonah met in a small coastal town. When We Collided takes a serious look at mental illness in a very well done and realistic manner. Both books are great to add to your summer to be read list.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

We Were Liars is the perfect suspenseful and mysterious summer read. You will not want to put this book down until you find out what really happened that summer between these best friends.  

Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday

Deadly Cool is a suspenseful murder mystery that will keep you guessing until the end. It's a quick and enjoyable read. My favorite aspects of this book are definitely the hilarious characters though. 

The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

The Girl From Everywhere is an exciting adventure set on a pirate ship that will take you along on a journey to a different time. This book left me dreaming of Hawaii for weeks.

Breathe Annie Breathe by Miranda Kenneally

Breathe Annie Breathe is a beautifully written story about Annie who is training to run a marathon to honor her late boyfriend. This book will show you how difficult running a marathon can be, but also how rewarding it can be too. 

I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios 

I'll Meet You There is set in the summer and the story of Skylar and Josh who work at the Paradise motel. It's an unforgettable story that will send you through a wide variety of emotions.

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

If you love Peter Pan, I highly recommend picking up Tiger Lily. Tiger Lily is the story of a young Tiger Lily as she meets and falls in love with Peter Pan. This book tells of a whole new adventure in Neverland.

The Distance From A to Z by Natalie Blitt 

The Distance from A to Z is an adorable contemporary story that is packed with great characters. It's the story of Abby who is spending her summer taking French classes at a college to become fluent in the language.

Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard  

Wanderlove is a great summer read that follows Bria as she backpacks around Central America. It's a beautifully written story that will make you want to step out of your comfort zone and go on an exciting adventure.

What do you plan on reading this summer?
What books would you recommend reading this summer?  


  1. Definitely recommend WANDERLOVE by Jen Malone - one of my fave contemp romances of the year and *such* a cute summer story against a great European tour backdrop!

  2. Great recommendations. One can never go wrong with Sarah Dessen and Morgan Matson over the summer. I'm hoping to re-read some of their novels in the next couple months!

    - Lefty @ The Left-Handed Book Lover

  3. OHHh We Were Liars is really high on my list - plus it's super short so I can fly through it. Ahhh Morgan Matson is seriously one of the best contemporary writers. I get sucked into her summery writing, and I will be picking up more of her books!

    Alex @ The Book's Buzz


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