Hi friends and fellow book lovers, I hope all is well! Today I’m going to be talking about some summery book recommendations. When I think of books I want to read in the summer, I want things that are either fast-paced and entertaining, or romances. It also helps if the books take place in the summer. So today, I thought I’d talk about some books that I think fit that vibe!
Beach Read by Emily Henry: this follows two rival artists, one who writes romance and one who writes literary fiction, as they try to write a book in each other’s genre over the course of a summer. It’s so sweet and fun, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I think it would be a perfect beach read
Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin: this has been pitched as a Muslim Pride and Prejudice, and while it’s not exactly that, that is a pretty good description. It was so funny and I loved the characters and their rivalry. Jalaluddin also has a new novel, which I’m really excited for.
Ties That Tether by Jane Igharo: this book follows a Nigerian woman who promised her dying father that she would marry a Nigerian man, who then hooks up with a white man and gets pregnant. It was a lot of fun while still discussing important topics. I think this would be a great summer read if you want a romance with a little more substance.
The One by John Marrs: in this dystopian thriller, there is a genetic test that can tell you your perfect genetic match. The book follows five people who have had the test, and their supposed soulmates. It is super fast-paced and entertaining, and you will not want to put it down.
I Killed Zoe Spanos by Kit Frick: this follows a young woman working as a nanny in the Hamptons who bears a weird resemblance to a recently disappeared (and supposedly murdered) local. I don’t tend to enjoy YA thrillers, but I really loved this one. It was super interesting and summery and fun. Highly recommend.
Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton: the original disaster woman book, this follows a young poor woman as her best friend, a rich wealthy young woman, becomes increasingly jealous and manipulative. It’s one of the best books I’ve read in the last couple of years, not because it’s important or new, but just because it is so fun to read. I cannot recommend this enough if you need a quick, fun book.
Unwind by Neal Shusterman: in this YA dystopian, parents can elect to have their children “unwound”. It follows several teens destined to be unwound and their journey to avoid this fate. It was so fast-paced and intense, and a really fun read. It also has a couple cool settings.
The Subtweet by Vivek Shraya: I will just be forever recommending this book until everyone I know reads it. It follows two musicians who become friends, until one subtweets the other. I loved it so much, and think it would be a great book to bring on vacation.
Postcards from the Edge by Carrie Fisher: this is just a fun, funny yet poignant book about a young woman struggling with her mental illnesses. Carrie Fisher of course manages to make such a heavy topic fun to read about, and this book flies by.
Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney: this may seem like an odd recommendation, but I promise it’s a good summer read. This book follows Frances, an insufferable young woman who has a relationship with the husband of her new friend. I flew through this book, and was really invested in the characters by the time it was over. Plus, it has some great summer vibes.
So there are some of my summery recommendations! Have you read any of these? What were your thoughts? What are your summer recommendations? Callum, I know you’re thrilled to see Carrie Fisher here.
Thanks for reading! xx