When it comes to summer reading, I've always preferred more light reads, typically of the love story and chick lit varieties. But I've had a couple of darker mysteries on my reading list for a while now, so I had to include them in my summer reading list. Plus, I think it's good to mix it up a little, that way you have something to open regardless of your mood.
This summer's book list is made up of recently published books that range from Gone Girl-esque dramas to teen romance in the magical New York summer. So whether you're going to the beach (can I go with?) or just taking a few days for a relaxing staycation, these are the books that should be by your side.
1. The Girl on the Train.
Everyone has been talking about The Girl on the Train as a must-read novel for anyone who loved Gone Girl — which I very much did. This story is about Rachel, who watches the same couple eat breakfast at their home while on her morning commute. Before she knows it, she's become involved in a missing persons case. Rumor has it, this read will keep you up into the middle of the night.
2. The Vacationers.
Everyone knows vacationing with family — especially a large family — can be difficult. This proves especially true for one family who goes to an island for a two-week trip of family celebrations that turns into a release of secrets, humiliations and resurfaced rivalries. The Vacationers deals with the real-life dramas of family relationships, both the good and the bad.
3. I Take You.
What would summer be without a sexy story of an engaged party girl who just can't seem to decide how she really feels about her fiancé? Lily is set to marry a handsome and successful man who seems to love her unconditionally, but she just can't help but think that getting married would be a huge mistake. I Take You will take you through the hilarious ups and downs of a relationship that just maybe wasn't meant to be.
4. All the Light We Cannot See.
This one came out a year ago, but it just won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, so it might be worth a look. I've always loved historical fiction, so I think this one will be a great one to read on summer nights. All the Light We Cannot See is the raw, emotional story of a blind French girl and a German boy from different worlds whose lives intertwine as they try to survive World War II. If you appreciate impeccable writing, this one's for you.
5. Luckiest Girl Alive.
Another tale of the destructive powers of secrets, Luckiest Girl Alive is about Ani FaNelli, starting from the time she was publicly humiliated as a teen at her prestigious school. That shocking event left her desperate to reinvent herself — and she did. Now an adult, Ani has a great job, a fabulous wardrobe, the perfect fiancé. But the secret she's hiding still haunts her. Can she let it out and keep the life she's always wanted, or will everything crumble?
6. Saint Anything.
I always look forward to Sarah Dessen's new releases, because each one is somehow better than the last. And her books are perfect summer reads. Saint Anything is a little bit different from Dessen's other books, but it looks no less interesting. When Sydney's brother goes to jail, she finds herself struggling with her place both in the family and in the world. Then she meets the Chatham family, and she becomes especially close to Mac Chatham, who makes Sydney feel as if, for once, she's not invisible.
7. City Love.
When three girls move to New York City in the summer before starting college, they expect it to be the summer of their lives. After all, living in the big city with no parents makes for one interesting adventure. Sadie is seeking love, Darcy is on the hunt for a new adventure and Rosanna wants to reinvent herself. City Love is a classic story of an age when you feel as if the world is open to any and every possibility, and when you're living in NYC, you'll see how true that really is.
What are you reading this summer? Do you have any book recommendations? I'd love to hear!
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