Although I’m an avid reader year round, there’s something special about summer reading. The books, like everything else, seem lighter, more fun. I also seem to have more time to read in the summer, and since the TV options usually aren’t great, I’m not distracted by my DVR. In addition, it seems that spring and summer are big seasons in the publishing world. There are a lot of great books that started coming out in May, and I’m not-so-patiently waiting for some that will be coming out throughout the summer.
About 2-3 weeks ago my inbox and social media accounts started getting flooded with lists of “Must Read Books” for the summer. There’s my favorite, and the one many people wait anxiously for, the Modern Mrs. Darcy Summer Reading Guide. Anne Bogel curates this, and has read each of the 30 books she recommends in the guide. (In case you didn’t know, that’s unusual. Most people publishing these lists have not yet read the books). In addition, there’s the BookPage Summer Reading Preview, PopSugar’s Best New Beach Reads, BuzzFeed’s 22 Exciting New Books You Need To Read This Summer, and even this list of thrillers from the Dallas Morning News. As much as I enjoy perusing these lists of “must reads”, it can be overwhelming. I read A LOT, and even I won’t get to half of the great books out there. Time to prioritize.
When I’m looking for a good summer book, it has to have certain qualities. It might be a lighter read than what I normally go for, but I don’t like fluff. There have to be well developed characters that I can root for, and a fast paced plot is usually preferred. I took a look at all the books on my TBR, as well as the ones on the lists above, and whittled my own summer reading list down to 15 titles. That isn’t to say that I’ll get to them all; I know there will be other books that pop up over the summer that I just have to read, but this is a good starting point for me.
Some of the titles I’ve listed are not out yet; if that’s the case, I’ve included their pub date. Clicking on the book’s image will take you to the Amazon page for that book. I haven’t read any of these yet, so no guarantees, but these are the titles that look most interesting to me:
Fun Beach Reads
Believe it or not, I’ve never read this one, and everyone tells me I should. It’s the story of an eccentric mother who disappears and the daughter piecing together clues to find her.
Pub. Date: June 6th
The main character in this story has her whole life fall apart in a very public way. I’m interested to see how she puts it all back together.
Pub Date: July 11th
I loved The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, also by Zevin, so I’m excited to give this one a try.
Pub. Date: August 22nd
All the readers I follow who have read this say, “Don’t read the book jacket.” Apparently you should go into this one without knowing what it’s about. If you can’t stand that idea, click on the link below for the publisher’s description.
This is a story about a young girl trying to figure out her life in the wake of her mother’s death. I’ve heard good things about this one, that it’s funny and heartbreaking at the same time. That’s all I need to hear.
Even if you don’t have a father who’s really into vitamins and supplements like mine is, I think you’ll be able to get behind this one.
Pub. Date: July 11th
Pub. Date: July 11th
Run, do not walk, to the library, book store, etc., to get your copy of Louise Penny’s new mystery. (Of course, you may want to start with her first one, Still Life) When this comes out on August 29th, you can expect a dirty house, pizza for dinner, and kids watching too much TV, while I devour it as quickly as possible.
Pub. Date: June 13th
I first heard about this from Annie Jones on the From the Front Porch podcast, and have been patiently waiting for it.
Pub. date: July 11th
Pub. Date: May 30th
That’s all for today. What books are on your summer reading list? Comment below and give me some new titles!