Hello beautiful! I was cleaning my room the other day when it hit me like a truck that summer is halfway over. So, in an effort to fill the last half with as much fun as possible, I’m going to recommend some of my favorite summer reads that will fill you up with sunshine and summer smiles.
These are in no particular order; I highly recommend all of them. If I’ve reviewed any of these, I’ll link to the post.
Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
If you’ve heard me talk about romance books at all, you’ve heard me mention this one. In my opinion, it’s pretty much the end-all be-all of cute, summer-y contemporary romance. The setting is Florence, Italy (which is reason enough to read the book), and our main character Lina is looking to find out more about her mom. This story had a sweeter-than-gelato romance and a wonderful plot of found family. It’s amazing and I can’t recommend it highly enough. I also loved the sequel, Love and Luck, even though it had a completely different vibe. You should read this if you are looking for a simple, innocent romance with adventure and family at the heart of it all.
Geekerella by Ashley Poston
Some of you may have seen my recent review of this book. I loved it for so many reasons, but first I’ve got to talk about two quick little things that bugged me: 1) that awful title; it’s atrocious, really, and 2) the occasional grammar mistake. Besides that, I can’t think of anything much that’s bad about this lovely story. It’s set close to my hometown (!!!!) and shows an excellent view of fandom, the Cinderella story, and the emotional effects of anxiety and abuse. The romance is fun and develops at a fairly accurate pace, and the overall vibe of the story is very summer-y and fun (even though it made me cry at least once). If you love fairytale retellings, fandom, and summer in South Carolina, then this one’s for you.
The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
This one isn’t romance; it’s about sisterly love instead. We follow four sisters in their charming misadventures while on vacation. They captured my heart even faster than Alcott’s March girls, and this book defines the idyllic childhood summer to me. The characters are well developed and the plot is entertaining. I also loved the next three books in the series (the last was kinda eh) and recommend all of them if you’re looking for a lighthearted, quick read that warms your heart and reminds you of childhood innocence and growing up.
Warcross by Marie Lu
This one’s kinda different than the others on this list. It’s action/adventure/sci-fi, and I can’t quite explain it, but it’s somehow summer-y in my mind. The plot is exciting and explores the neon light and dark skies of summer nights. It’s about a virtual reality world and has complex, layered characters. Lu’s writing is easy to follow but still immerses you in her characters’ world, so it’s nice for a lazy afternoon on the beach or in a hammock when you want to read something but don’t want to intensely focus just to understand what’s going on.
The Dragon’s Tooth by N.D. Wilson
I may associate this book with summer because I have spent many a summer afternoon reading and re-reading it and its sequels. It follows two siblings as they leave their normal life to fight immortals and ward of villains who want to wield the power of life and death for themselves. Most of the book takes place outdoors, and one of the opening scenes is in a summer rainstorm, so I’ve always thought of it as a summer read. I recommend it when you want something fun, full of action, intriguing, and romance-free as you read this summer.
Have you read any of these books? What are your favorite summer reads? Let me know in the comments!
Have an adventurous day 🙂