Books to Read This Summer

books to read this summer

Hi, fellow readers!  Summer is finally here, and that means summer vacations, fun times with friends, and lots of free time!  Whether you’re spending it at the beach or at home, one of the best things about summer is the freedom to read as much as you want.  So, in celebration of that, I thought I would share with you four books that I think are perfect for this time of year!

Quick disclaimer before I start the post: all of these books are contemporaries.  Apparently that’s what feels the most summery to me.  I just wanted to let you know that so you aren’t expecting things like fantasy.  Anyway, let’s get on with the post!

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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Live life in a bubble… Or risk everything for love?  My disease is as rare as it is famous.  Basically, I’m allergic to the world.  I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years.  The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door.  I look out my window, and I see him.  He’s tall, lean, and wearing all black – black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely.  He catches me looking and stares at me.  I stare right back.  His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things.  For example, I, Maddy, am certainly going to fall in love with Olly.  It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

Everything, Everything is such a cute book, and, in my opinion, perfect for this time of year.  I won’t say too much about it, because I feel like it’s the kind of book that’s easily spoiled.  But, I will say that, while I’m pretty sure it doesn’t actually take place in summer, a large part of it feels very summery.  It also has such an adorable romance.  This book is basically everything you want in a contemporary.  If you haven’t read it yet, you definitely should!

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

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It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting.  But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just… disappears.  All she leaves behind is a to-do list.

On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try.  But what if they could bring her best friend back?  Apple picking at night?  Okay, easy enough.  Dance until dawn?  Sure. Why not?  Kiss a stranger?  Um…

Emily now has this unexpected summer, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected), to check things off Sloane’s list.  Who knows what she’ll find?

Go skinny-dipping?  Wait…what?

I read this book last summer, and I loved it!  It was the perfect read for the warm weather, and it’s the kind of fun book that makes you feel all happy inside.  I loved the characters (Frank is literally perfect).  I really identified with Emily, and loved reading from her point of view.  It’s kind of long for this kind of contemporary (my copy is 450 pages), but it flies by like it’s super short.

Geekerella by Ashley Poston

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Anything can happen once upon a con…  When geek girl Elle Wittimer sees a cosplay contest sponsored by the producers of Starfield, she has to enter.  First prize is an invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot.  Elle’s been scraping together tips from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck behind her step-mother’s back, and winning this contest could be her ticket out once and for all – not to mention a fangirl’s dream come true.

Teen actor Darien Freeman is less than thrilled about this year’s ExcelsiCon.  He used to live for conventions, but now they’re nothing but jaw-aching photo sessions and awkward meet-and-greets.  Playing Federation Prince Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the diehard Starfield fandom has already dismissed him as just another heartthrob.  As ExcelsiCon draws near, closet nerd Darien feels more and more like a fake – until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.

Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom.

I read this book recently, and I loved it!  It’s one of my new favorite books.  The story is so cute, and it’s the perfect modern-day Cinderella retelling.  It’s set during the summer, so this time of year is the best time to read it.  It also takes place in Charleston and Atlanta, which makes it even better to me.  I live in Atlanta and have been to Charleston many times, so it’s fun to read about places I know.  If you haven’t read this book, what are you doing go read it right now!  You won’t regret it.

Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

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“I made the wrong choice.”  Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape.  She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father.  But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen years?  All Lina wants to do is go back home.

But then she is given a journal that her mom had kept when she was in Italy.  Suddenly Lina’s uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries.  A world that inspires her, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret that has been kept for far too long.  It’s a secret that will change everything Lina knew about her mother, her father – and even herself. 

People come to Italy for love and gelato, someone tells her, but sometimes they discover so much more.

This was actually the last book I read.  I thought it was so cute and such a good book to start my summer on.  It’s the perfect fluffy contemporary.  While it does have some deeper stuff about Lina learning about her father and grieving her mother’s death, it’s nothing that will subtract from the warm, happy feeling it gives you.  I loved reading about Italy, especially since I’ve read very few books set there.  The characters are funny (I LOVE Ren), and the plot is sweet.  I sped through this book, and I’m so happy I decided to pick it up.

There are the books I think you should read this summer!  Let me know in the comments what books you’re planning on reading this summer!  Also, have you read any of the books I mentioned?  Make sure to tell me what you thought of them!

Thanks for reading!

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