Today I am going to recommend some amazing and wonderful summery books!
But Steph, you might be wondering, It’s still May, which means it’s still Spring! Why not do a Spring book recommendation?
Well dear smol summer child, because in the MidWest (where I live) we only get spring for exactly 2 days here, and then the temperature jumps to the 90’s and we swelter and die for 6 months. So no, spring has actually already passed us by, and considering this past week was up over 95 degrees every single day, it’s now summer.
Now for these recommendations, not all of them take place during summer. And I know a lot of people tend to go more toward contemporaries during the hot months, which I sometimes do as well. Of course, I also tend to go towards murder mystery books, fantasy and also anything lighthearted and fun during the summer…so there’s that (and also the fall, winter, and spring but you know…)
So, on to the books!
1- The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord.
Friends to lovers, cute sweet geeky boy and cute sweet shy girl, what’s not to like? Not to mention that even though this book is set in high school, there is no mean jocks or horrid cheerleaders? Like, seriously, everyone is so nice in this book and it makes me just so happy because I love seeing people break tropes and this is just such a cute read!
2-Love Fortunes and other disasters by Kim Karailus
A town where magic actually exists and true love is waiting for you in the form of a love fortune, well except for the slender few who get a fortune stating that they will never have love. This book has humor, fun, love (obviously) and a group of rebels that you would never guess. I adore this book and the companion novel, and if you aren’t craving some sweet chocolate pretzels at the end of this, well, maybe you should try again.
3-Girl against the Universe by Paula Stokes
I recommend this book pretty much all the time to people who are looking for a good read. Maguire is convinced that she is cursed. Mainly because it feels like every time something good happens, life spirals out of control and causes people she knows to be hurt and even die. She is going to therapy and meets Jordy who is also seeing the same therapist. But here’s the thing, there is good representation here, as well as the boy who meets the girl does not cure her- and that is such a good thing that I love it whole-heartedly.
4-My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows
This is a hilarious retelling of Jane Grey, the girl who was queen for 9 days during the Tudor period of history. However, instead of them making her lose her head (literally she got beheaded in actual history) they made this period of history a time where there was shape-shifters and magic. There are some of the best lines in this book and with the next novel they are writing coming out in June, now is the best time to fall in love with the Lady Janeites as they call themselves
5-The careful undressing of love by Corey Ann Haydu
The girls of Devonairre Street are cursed. For decades, the old women of the block have told the younger generations that any boy they love will die too soon. To fight the curse the girls wear their hair long and always wear a key around their neck, even though the curse has just become more of an accessory then an actual thing, except when Jack suddenly dies, Jack the boy that everyone loves, even without trying. And Lorna needs to decide if she is going to live with a curse like that, or try to break it. Absolutely creepy and fantastic.
6-The weight of feathers by Anne-Marie Mcelmore
Maybe you don’t want something funny? Maybe instead you would like something a bit darker and mysterious and while lyrical also dealing with prejudices and problems? Have I got the story for you: this is centered around two competing families, the Palomas who take to the water like they were born there, and the Corbeaus who flit among the trees like they have wings. Both sides hate each other, but when Lace and Cluck fall somehow in love, they must learn what is really important, and what is worth giving up.
7-I believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo
Desi Lee believes anything is possible if you have a plan. Student body president, varsity soccer star, and how she plans to get into Stanford. However the one thing that doesn’t seem to be a part of the plan is her getting a boyfriend, even though she decides that maybe the Korean dramas her dad is always watching will help guide her to be able to land Luka, the boy she’s liked for ages. However, love seems to have a thing or two up its’ sleeve and it doesn’t seem like Desi will ever find a boyfriend or true love.
8- Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
Strangers to friends, cross country road trip, and maybe a hint of something more? What was supposed to be a pretty straight shot from California to Connecticut, turns into a road trip for the ages, giving Amy and Roger a chance to look where they might be going and what detours they need to have in order to not be staying the same.
9-The Colour Project by Sierra Abrams
Bee has a secret that she doesn’t want anyone to know, her name. That is, until she meets Levi who has started the Colour Project which is a charity organization. When an unexpected illness swarms her family and drains her summer of everything bright and possible, she is pushed to the breaking point and has to choose between keeping it together or letting someone in to see the mess her life has become.
10-Jackaby by William Ritter
You only thought that you would get through a list without some mention of Jackaby didn’t you reader? *insert maniacal laughter* Nope! Jackaby is one of my favorite books of all time, and I will never stop talking about it. Jackaby is like a mix between Supernatural and Sherlock, with a dash of Buffy set in an alternate 1900’s. I freaking love this book and series, and easily could read it any time, and well, I need to reread it this year I’m thinking.
Ok it was so hard for me to limit myself to only 10 books, but I realized that I had this whole list planned out and somehow I forgot Pride and Prejudice? Like, my all time favorite book of ever, I just forgot to mention? Nope. Sorry, I’m adding it on as a bonus feature. I could have said any of Jane Austen’s because I think for the most part all of them have some sort of summer scene but in reality my heart will always stop at the scene of Elizabeth visiting Pemberley and seeing Darcy….le sigh.
So there you have it, a list of 10 (ahem 11) books that I feel everyone should at least put on their radar for the summer. Or for fall. Or actually for the next week. Ok in reality, these are ones you should read as soon as you can.
What about you fellow booknerds? What are some books you love to read during the summer? Did I mention any of your favorites? Have you read any of these? Let me know below!
Have a great day and happy reading! And remember, life is too short for mediocre books!