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.
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?
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.
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.
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!
6. Book Lovers
Author: Emily Henry
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!
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.