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Top Ten Summery Reads

Happy summer! I'm still getting used to the fact that I'm on break - last year, I wouldn't have been on break for almost another month! But I plan to take full advantage of having more time off, especially since I don't have to do any summer work for my classes next semester.

One of my favorite things about summer is that it means more time for reading! As a general rule, it's not a good summer day unless I've spent a chunk of time curled up with a book. So here are some books I've liked that make me think of summer!
THE UNEXPECTED EVERYTHING by Morgan Matson: I read this last summer and absolutely adored it! It's everything I could ever want in a summery contemporary - romance, family, friends, dogs. It's definitely longer than your average summery book, but I flew through it so quickly that I barely noticed.

ALONG FOR THE RIDE by Sarah Dessen: There's no way I could make this list without including a Sarah Dessen book! And this is my favorite of hers that actually takes place during summer. I especially love Auden and her friends.

WHAT I THOUGHT WAS TRUE by Huntley Fitzpatrick: I loved this book so much more than I was expecting to! This book's island setting is perfectly summery, and the romance is pretty great, too.

HEIST SOCIETY by Ally Carter: For those who like contemporaries that are a little different from the rest of this list, I think Heist Society is a good summery choice. It has the fast-paced plot to pull you in, with just the right amount of lightheartedness that I associate with summer books.

EVERYTHING LEADS TO YOU by Nina LaCour: From what I've seen, lists of cute, summery romances are usually made up of books where the main characters are straight. I've talked about the lack of happy queer books before, but this is a really good one!

THE EVOLUTION OF CALPURNIA TATE by Jacqueline Kelly: The only book on this list that's not a contemporary of one sort or another. This is historical fiction, set in 1899 Texas. It's set over a longer span of time than just summer, but the summer part is a perfect fit for a hot day.

ON THE FENCE by Kasie West: I love Kasie West's contemporaries, and this is the one that seems the most summery to me. Charlie's a great main character, and this is a book you can absolutely fly through!

THE SACRED LIES OF MINNOW BLY by Stephanie Oakes: Summer usually makes me go for light contemporaries, but sometimes, I want something totally different, and I pick up a dark, creepy book.

WHEN WE COLLIDED by Emery Lord: A little less light than most of the other contemporaries on this list, but still generally falling into that category. Jonah and Vivi are both wonderful characters and the whole story focuses on one incredibly important summer.

LOVE & GELATO by Jenna Evans Welch: The setting makes this one stand out from the rest - Italy! If you like your summer reads to have a bit more adventure, I'd recommend this one. It has all the best parts of a contemporary, plus a unique setting.

What are some of your favorite summer reads? Do you usually go for contemporaries? Have you read any of the ones on this list? Tell me in the comments!


  1. How did we not have a SINGLE overlap on this list?

    1. I know there are a bunch of these you haven't read! Which is obviously a problem.

  2. I just finished reading The Unexpected Everything and it was amazing; I really enjoyed it. Also, I've been getting into a lot of Kasie West books but haven't read On the Fence yet, I must read that one next! Love and Gelato is also on my top ten summer list. I read it last summer and absolutely loved it! I hope you get to read some awesome books this summer!

    1. The Unexpected Everything was one of my top books of last year! And if you like Kasie West's other contemporaries, I think you'll really like On the Fence. Love and Gelato is such a summery book - I read it last summer, too!

  3. Great list!I've been meaning to pick up The Unexpected Everything since it came out but haven't gotten around to it yet! And I really want to finally read a Kasie West book this summer because all of her books look like such quick, easy and fun reads! I'm pretty sure they'll be very enjoyable and perfect for a day at the beach! Hope you have a wonderful week!

    Elena @ Book Lady's Reviews

    1. I HIGHLY recommend getting to The Unexpected Everything soon - it was one of my favorite books of last year! And all of Kasie West's books that I've read are really good!

  4. Yes to like half your list! I loved Along for the Ride and THe Unexpected Everything. What I thought Was True was a great summer read some goes for Everything Leads to You. So Many good books so I feel like I should definitely check out the ones I haven't read, like Love & Gelato.

    1. They're all such great books! I'd definitely recommend Love & Gelato - I picked it up pretty much on a whim because I liked the idea of a book set in Italy and I devoured it in about a day.


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