This time of year, everyone’s talking about summer reading. I’m sure most of you already have a full TBR list that’s only getting fuller, but if you’re looking for some light reading to take to the beach or on your road trip (if you’re one of those weird people who can actually read in the car), then these quick reads are easy additions to your summer reading list.
1. The Summer Book by Tove Jansson
A lovely book composed of short vignettes that capture the many beautiful variations of summer scenery.
2. Summer Sisters by Judy Blume
Judy Blume may be best known for her charming young adult books, but she’s also written a trove of books for adults. Summer Sisters is about Vix and Caitlin, who met in the summer of 1977. The novel explores their friendship’s complicated past.
3. Peaches by Jodi Lynn Anderson
If you’re a fan of The Ya Ya Sisterhood, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, or The Breakfast Club, then this book will be perfect for your summertime reading list. Romance, drama, and a Southern peach orchard combine to tell a tale of drama, romance, and friendship.
4. You Are Here by Steve Horsfall
Horsfall delivers a twist to the typical summer beach read. Instead of women looking for romance, he tells the story of four bachelors embarking on a holiday they call “The Campaign.”
5. The Island by Elin Hilderbrand
When Chess announces that she is ending her engagement and cancelling her lavishly planned wedding, her mother, Birdie, invites her youngest daughter and her sister India on a no-distraction, peaceful vacation with Chess to cheer her up. But the vacation turns out to be anything but peaceful.
6. Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
Philippe Petit performed eight tightrope walks between the Twin Towers. This true event inspired McCann’s multiple perspective narrative, which is strung together by Petit’s accomplishment.
7. We Were Liars by e. lockhart
If you like books with twist endings, then this book is right up your alley. When you finish, though, don’t spoil the ending for anybody else.
8. Becoming Strangers by Louise Dean
Two married couples try to mend their romantic grievances with a Caribbean vacation, but the vacation turns out to be more hectic than real life. When the couples cross paths, however, they’re finally confronted with their issues.
9. Sea Change by Aimee Friedman
Miranda Merchant is 16 and trying to figure out the mystery of boys. When she goes to spend the summer on Selkie Island and meets Leo, the concept of falling in love becomes even more intriguing.
10. Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
If you’re not looking for the typical cheer summer read, then Anderson has got you covered. In the late summer of 1793, fever takes over the city of Philadelphia. While Mattie has dreams of making her family’s small business a huge success, the fever strikes nearly everyone in the city, threatening to destroy everything and everyone.
Where do you plan to relax with your light summer reading?
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