Summer Reading Recommendations From a Book Blogger

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Summer Reading Recommendations From a Book BloggerAh, summer. Days full of sunshine, the ground warm under your feet, fireflies dancing at night and the time of year when list after list of the best books to read during these beautiful days comes out.

I love these lists. My Want to Read list grows with each one I read. But often the books are given out of context, or they’re all so new that I know the library list will be a mile long and I may well be reading this year’s top beach read in December against a backdrop of snow.

This conundrum has led me to create a new kind of summer reading recommendation list, one that includes older books, newer books, and context so you’ll know if searching out the title and reading descriptions and reviews is worth it. These are all titles I’ve personally read and recommend.

Happy reading!

Summer Reading Recommendations

If you liked Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty:

Summer Reading Recommendations

If you liked Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens:

Summer Reading Recommendations

If you liked The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger:

Summer Reading Recommendations

If you liked The Hunger Games:

If you liked To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before:

Book Recommendations by Genre

Twisty suspense:

Light mystery:

Light and fun:

Beach reads:

Historical fiction:

Young adult:

Books to make you cry:

  • The People We Keep by Allison Larkin
  • You Were There Too by Colleen Oakley
  • Searching for Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok
  • And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrik Backman
  • The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
  • My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman

Laugh out loud funny:

  • The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman
  • Sophie Kinsella’s Shopaholic series
  • How the Penguins Saved Veronica by Hazel Prior
  • The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez

Non-fiction fun:

  • The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae
  • Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

Middle grade books to read with your kids:

  • The Last Bear by Hannah Gold
  • The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart
  • The Elephant’s Girl by Celesta Remington
  • Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

Reliable authors: I’ve read all or most of these author’s backlists, and they consistently put out wonderful books.

  • Jenny Colgan
  • Mary Kay Andrews
  • Nicola Yoon
  • Sophie Kinsella
  • Colleen Oakley
  • Abbi Waxman
  • Joshilyn Jackson
  • Barbara O’Neal
  • Jean Kwok
  • Sarah Addison Allen
  • Cecelia Ahern
  • Liane Moriarty
  • Celeste Ng
  • Kristin Hannah
  • Karen White
  • Jodi Picoult
  • Kelly Harms

What’s your favorite summer read?

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