I don’t know about you, but I’ve been seriously slacking on my summer reading so far. But, summer is far from over so I’m not giving up just yet! And I am determined to do a little more reading than I have for the past several months.

With that in mind, here are some of the books I want to read this summer.

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1. The Hotel Nantucket

Author: Elin Hilderbrand

Category: Domestic Fiction

I’ve read almost every single book by Elin Hilderbrand for the past 5 years or so, and I’m never disappointed.

I’m not really a big fan of the Beach Read, but for Elin, I make an exception. Her books are summery, of course, but they also have depth and interesting characters and I never feel like it’s all just fluff.

Get it HERE

2. Family of Liars

Author: E. Lockhart

Category: Domestic Suspense

OK, this one isn’t really a typical summer reading book, I know. But I read (and loved!) We Were Liars, so I feel pretty justified in wanting to read the prequel.

And, since technically the novel takes place during the summer, I think that should qualify it as a beach book. Right?

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3. The Vacationers

Author: Emma Straub

Category: Domestic Fiction

Based on the title and cover alone, you’d assume this was a rom-com novel or light beachy read. You wouldn’t necessarily be wrong, but you wouldn’t be right either.

While this is definitely a book made for the summertime, it’s really about a dysfunctional New York family forced to spend several weeks on vacation together.

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4. City of Likes

Author: Jenny Mollen

Category: Women’s Fiction/Satire

I’m kind of a sucker for a good novel about celebrities, socialites, or social media influencers. Especially when that novel is labeled satirical.

At least to me, “satire” seems like code for: “Rich people behaving badly with witty writing and laugh-out-loud scenarios.”

And I am ALL for that.

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5. Counterfeit

Author: Kirstin Chen

Category: Thriller; Crime Fiction

Yes, yes, I know, another domestic thriller!

It’s definitely my go-to genre. But this particular book has been everywhere—from Reese’s book club to the New York Times to Bookstagram.

The novel, about a glamorous con-artist, is billed as Hustlers meets Big Little Lies. Yes please!

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6. Book Lovers

Author: Emily Henry

Category: Romance

Finally, I have a more traditional beach read to add to my list!

I’ve heard about Emily Henry for the last few years, but I haven’t read her just yet. I do know that she wrote Beach Read and The People We Meet on Vacation and that people raved about both of those. So maybe I’ll finally have a chance to see what the fuss is about!

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7. Meant to Be

Author: Emily Giffin

Category: Contemporary Fiction

Years ago I read Emily Giffin’s Something Borrowed (which was also a movie!) and Something Blue. And I remember that I really liked both of those.

Again, I’m not typically one for romantic books, but I can get past the cheesiness if I like the way an author writes. Plus, as far as rom-com’s go, this one looks pretty good.

Get it HERE

What’s on your Summer Reading list this year? Let me know in the comments below!

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  1. avatar

    I loved this ode to books! City of Likes sounds like my kind of read too, thank you for sharing these xx

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      That one sounds so intriguing to me too!

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    What great selections! Emily Giffin, Emily Henry and Elin Hilderbrand are three of my favourite authors and I loved each of these books. Happy reading!

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      Elin Hilderbrand is one of my favorites, especially for summer reading.

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    Such a great list! Book Lovers is a total must and highly recommend, as well as People we meet on vacation and beach read! I find The Vacationers very interesting so adding it to my list! x

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      I just finished that one, I thought it was pretty good.

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    As if I didn’t have enough books on my list already. A lot of people have been talking about Book Lovers recently – I need to add it to my list!

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      I know! I always feel that way when I see book lists – my pile just keeps growing! lol

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    Soffy says:

    Family of Liars is on my TBR and I read Book Lovers last month and definitely recommend it. It took me time to get into but once it geared up I couldn’t put it down!

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      It’s not my typical book genre, but I’ve heard such good things about it.

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    Simplyalexjean says:

    I love this list and definitely see a couple here that I should add to my reading list for when I’m by the lake again (in a couple weeks). Thanks for these incredible suggestions Katie.

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      These would all be great vacation books!

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    mindbeautysimplicity says:

    i’ve heard elin hinderbrand writes the best summer reads so hope you enjoy that one! i want to check out her book – the perfect couple.
    this is a great list of reads. hope you get to them this summer.

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      I’ve read The Perfect Couple before, it’s excellent!

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    According to Chren says:

    Book Lovers is on our TBR too!

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      I haven’t read any of her books yet, but I know people love them

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