Good Reads: Summer Reading List

Good Reads: Summer Reading List
There are few things that go together as well as a relaxing beach day and a good read. Every summer, I find myself devouring book after book. I don’t know if it’s my inner child coming out and telling me it’s time to tackle a summer reading list (remember those in middle school?). But the summertime is definitely when I read the most. With this in mind, today I’m sharing my own summer reading list. I’ve had a few of these books on my to-read list for a while now, so I’m hoping to finally get a chance to see what they’re all about.

I’m not promising myself that I will get around to reading all of these books. But regardless, here are 10 beach reads on my list…

the-paris-wife_custom-c5be831f350db7ec810fcf260e01f6adb7229ce1-s6-c101. The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
With The Great Gatsby movie coming out, the 1920s have been interesting me lately. This book is all about Ernest Hemmingway’s wife, Hadley, and their glittering romance in Paris.

103353082. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling
According to reviews, funny girl Mindy Kaling wrote this book to give readers a tour of her life…and a few laughs along the way. If you liked Bossypants, this one is probably for you.

queens3. The Queen’s Lover by Frencine Du Plessix Gray
This historical novel about Marie Antoinette’s life begins at a masquerade ball in 1774 Paris, and goes on to tell about her love story with a Swedish aristocrat. Sounds spellbinding!

Half_broke_horses4. Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls
This book is by the same author who wrote The Glass Castle, a personal favorite of mine. I hear that it strikes literary gold.

100475895. Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close
A story of three friends who feel like everyone they know is getting engaged or married. Sounds like a must-read for girls in their 20s.

lean-in_custom-575cb1cc7e2e0e704abfffbc2a0ce498dafad0f8-s6-c106. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
The author of Lean In is the chief operating officer of Facebook. She wrote this book to empower women and motivate them to seek challenges, take risks and pursue your goals in the workplace.  Everyone seems to be talking about this one!

tumblr_ltboy5Tgo61qjhzvpo1_5007. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
This read sounds a little heavy—its protagonist is Hazel, a girl who faces the final chapter of her life after battling a tumor. However, there’s a twist in the plot when an important character arrives at her Cancer Kid Support Group one day…

1068828. Why French Women Don’t Get Fat by Mireille Guilano
I’ve been told this one is great for a little light reading on the beach… So intrigued!

WhatAlice9. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
One of my Team LC bloggers recently finished this book in a week…she couldn’t put it down. All she told me were two words: forgotten life.

10. Beautiful Ruins: A Novel by Jess Walter
I’ve heard this book tells the story of an almost-love affair on the Italian coast. Sounds like a beach read to me.

Should we read one of these for our next book club?

Let me know which one of these you would like to read below.

XO Lauren

P.S. For more of my book recommendations, check out my Fall Reading List too.

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  • suzanne

    I love reading romantic books during the summer. My favourite writer is Santa Montefiore.
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  • Ambi s

    Great post – I just read a really good novel called ‘Before I go to Sleep’ which I really recommend for summer reading


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  • Fiona Chan

    I’ve already read The Fault in Our Stars, it’s not too heavy, but not light either. Beautiful Ruins sounds good. But I already have a bunch of books in my bookshelf waiting for me D:

  • Katelin Absher

    I am so glad this list was put on here! I have been searching for a great summer read!! Ill be sure to check into a few you have selected!!

  • Amanda Gongleski

    I’ve been looking for some new books… this post came at the perfect time!!
    I’ve read ‘Is Everyone Hanging out…’ and it was hysterical! Relatable (unfortunately), but also makes you feel better about yourself. 😉

    I’m really looking forward to “”Girls in White Dresses”” because I love a book I can relate to. And also “”Lean In””, because who doesn’t love a good read about women empowerment. Also reminds me of Kelly Cutrone’s book “”If You Have to Cry, Go Outside””.. which was a fun, yet helpful read!

    I think Girls in White Dresses or French Women Don’t Get Fat would be fun reads for the book club!!

  • Tiffani Stuart

    Girls in White Dresses sounds like a good read for me too- and I’m in my early 30’s! LOL

  • emily g.

    I’m actually reading Beautiful Ruins right now and it’s pretty good! All the other books also look interesting to read and can’t wait to try some out!

  • Tiffani Stuart

    I want to read so many of these! The first 5 books are definitely going on my reading list! Thanks for picking out books for us to read, too! I always love a recommended book or movie!

  • Stefanie Wills

    These are some great ideas! I am in a book club and currently we are reading Delirium by Lauren Oliver. It is part one of a three part trilogy and I couldn’t put it down. They are making a film of this coming out in 2014. If you liked the hunger games, it has some of that aspect, but also a love story.

  • Essie Rae

    Great picks! I love autobiographies so I may start with the Mindy Kaling one.

  • hooleywithaz

    i have wanted to read almost every single one of those books. it’s not pool or river temp up here yet (argh!), but there are some good pool books in that list for sure!

  • Kelby Peachey

    Two of these books are on my list. Lean In and The Paris Wife. I really want to read “”Infero: A novel (Robert Langdon)”” by Dan Brown (same guy who wrote Da Vinci Code) and “”And the Mountains Echoed: A Novel by Khaled Hosseini (same guy who wrote Kite Runner). I’m currently reading “”The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein and it’s a fantastic read!


  • Alyssa Pridgen

    I’m reading the Paris Wife right now! It’s pretty good, but mostly it just makes me want to read Hemingway and Fitzgerald again.

  • Chelsea Maloney

    I just read The Paris Wife a few months ago and it was definitely a page turner! I would definitely recommend it to others :-)

  • Deborah Revenaugh

    “”The Fault in our Stars”” is Amazing!

  • Harmony

    Beautiful Ruins is beautifully written and a great love story. It would be my book club pick. I do not like Jennifer Close(childish writing) or Mindy, I read Half Broke Horses and found it was disjointed and had no theme, it was terribly written. Lean In would be a good choice as its about empowerment although she did not have to work her way up as most of us do. Paris Wife I found the writing to be teen level. I love to be challenged when I read,

  • Rachel

    I love a good book recommendation. My all time fav book is Chasing Harry Winston.

  • AMNiesen

    I just finished reading Girls in White Dresses a few days ago. I would absolutely recommend it! After all can’t us single 20 somethings relate to seeing all of our friends off getting married/engaged/being madly in love?

  • Ashley Laurel

    I finished The Paris Wife last week and highly recommend it!! It’s a very interesting piece of historical fiction (my favorite genre to read) that really delves into the relationship between Ernest Hemingway and his first wife, Hadley. I really loved the author’s take on other literary greats like Gertrude Stein as well!

  • HollieH87

    What Alice Forgot is amazing! I couldn’t put it down either! I heard The Fault in Our Stars is great as well.

  • CassieMcG

    i read mindy kalings book and ive never laughed harder. prepare for strange looks if you read this in public 😉

  • Kelly

    Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers is a great book! I finished it last month and it’s awesome!

    If you like Dan Brown, I am currently reading his new book, Inferno and can’t put it down! It makes you want to stay up all hours to see what happens next!

  • Sarah Davidson

    Mindy’s Book and The Fault in Our Stars are both amazing reads! I loved them both.

  • Jenna

    You should add Inferno by Dan Brown to the list!

  • Daniela Ellero

    The Fault In Our Stars

  • xoprim_properr

    I read “”The Fault In Our Stars,”” it was spell-binding. It had such a great story line. Definitely a summer must-read.

  • Deena Eberly

    You have to read The Liar, the Bitch, and the Wardrobe by Allie Kingsley. Small town girl makes good (and a little bad!) in LA

  • EmilyAlyssa

    I read Girls in White Dresses this winter and it’s a really great book! Some parts of it had me laughing out loud to myself.
    Some of these I already had on my “”to-read”” list but I will definitely be trying to get through most of these books this summer!

  • Ashley

    I like that this is a list of books you have yet to read too! :)

  • Isis Chavez

    I just got “”The Paris Wife”” a few months ago and haven’t had a chance to read it but I’m looking forward to it!!!!!

  • Sophia Figliomeni

    definitely got some book shopping to do !!!

  • Katy Allaire

    I read “”Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me”” by Mindy Kaling earlier this year and loved it! Her humor is so refreshing and her awkward inner thoughts and worried attitude are completely relateable. It’s definitely the perfect summer read – nice and relaxing!

  • Katy Allaire

    I read “”Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me”” by Mindy Kaling earlier this year and loved it! Her humor is so refreshing and her awkward inner thoughts and worried attitude are completely relateable. It’s definitely the perfect summer read – nice and relaxing!

  • Tiffani Stuart

    I’m still trying to work through the Fall Reading list! LOL But I’ve read other books since I started that task, and I’ve made a significant dent in the Fall list, more than 3! So But thanks for the suggestions!

  • Nikki

    These all sound like great reads! Can’t wait to check some of them out at the library. I loved The Glass Castle so I’ll defiantly looking forward to reading Half Broke Horses.

  • hannahiscrazyy

    I’m so glad The Fault in Our Stars is on your list! It’s such a wonderful book and I’m looking forward to the movie that’s filming this summer! John Green is a genius.

  • My Style Diary

    Got some great ideas from his post, thanks!

  • Emma Yoder

    OMG! On Book #10 I was standing exactly on that coast before heading to Milan!!! This is so Deja-vu-y

  • Katherine G

    Girls in White Dresses is a GREAT read! It really shows you what its like to be in your 20s and just thinking you have it all together only to realize that you don’t and that it is OKAY!! It’s also a great insight into relationships in your 20s and let’s be honest no relationship is quite like the teen reads we’re used to reading up until this point of our lives.

    I’m looking forward to reading French Women Don’t Get Fat and Beautiful Ruins. I have a laundry list of books I want to read this summer but these are definitely getting added to that list!

  • Jguzm

    The fault in our stars is amazing, you can easily connect with each character.

  • Vanessa Ralph

    Lets read Girls in White Dresses!
    I was already planning on reading that this summer, heard its really good!

  • Renuka

    This is a great list! I’m definitely going to check them all out!

    And for anyone looking for inspiration and light reading – I just published a book of quotes called “”Make Room For Good””. You won’t be disappointed! It’s currently selling on Amazon :)

  • AnselSf

    I’m going to read “”One hundred years of solitude””. It’s one of the books I’ve been procrastinating since forever, and one of the greatest ever written in Spanish. I am also going to read The Little Prince in French, since I already did in both, English and Spanish, and well, I can. I think it is very important, if you can, to read the book in the author’s language, since it’s more honest to their soul and to what they had in mind when writing it. :)

  • Leanne

    I’ve read the Paris Wife. I really enjoyed it!

    Love from South Africa

  • Leanne

    I’ve read the Paris Wife. I really enjoyed it!

    Love from South Africa

  • stephaniesstyle

    i want to read some of these books :)
    xx Stephanie (

  • Monica_in_Heels

    Nice book ideas!!!

  • Kayla

    The Fault in Our Stars is a very good book! One of my favorites I’ve read this year.

  • Bianca

    The Fault in our Stars is a must read!!!

  • Ashley

    Will be adding a few of these to my summer reading list! Really interested in reading Girls In White Dresses and The Paris Wife.

  • Gwen Midgyett

    FIREFLY LANE by Kirstin Hannah is a summer must read, just finished it and it was soooooo gooooood!

  • Gwen Midgyett

    FIREFLY LANE by Kirstin Hannah is a summer must read, just finished it and it was soooooo gooooood!


    the fault in our stars by john green is the best book for this summer you can

  • NidLid

    The Fault in our Stars is beautiful!

    and I would love it if you guys took a look at my fashion/beauty blog! :)

  • Chrissa Reed

    Thanks for the reading list! Lean In sounds inspiring.

    I’ve read French Women Don’t Get Fat and it’s great!

  • Christina:)

    I really want to read ‘Beautiful Ruins’ by Jess Walter this summer :) It seems really interesting.

  • Christina:)

    I really want to read Beautiful Ruins and The Paris Wife this summer :)

  • Robyn Hadden

    LOVED the Paris Wife! You feel like you’re back in the 20’a! It’s a must read!

  • gwigi

    The fault in our stars in an amazing and inspiring book, and would be great for a book club read!

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  • Liss

    Girls in White Dresses and Beautiful Ruins are on my list to read!

  • Kels

    So many of these sound great, especially Girls in White Dresses!

  • Mallory

    The Paris Wife is great, I loved it

    I made a summer reading list too!

  • Tiffany

    I just finished reading The Paris Wife last month. I loved it; great book! A few of these are already on my to read list and the others look interesting. I’ll have to add them to the list.

    I have a year long reading list/goal! Lots of good books to read!

  • Amy loves you

    Omigoodness, I pre-ordered The Fault in our Stars and read it in literally two days. John Green is one of the best authors of this generation, I highly recommend it!! I’m excited to read all of the other books on here :)

  • WhitneyB

    You’ll love Half Broke Horses! Literary magic is an understatement.

  • Sharena

    The Fault in Our Stars is amazing. I highly recommend it.

  • Deanna

    What Alice Forgot seems interesting to the library

  • Mikayla

    girls in white dresses!! please!

  • Sofia Alleyne

    Great Combination reads book in Summer!!

  • Lauren

    “”the fault in our stars”” is my favorite book of all-time! a must read- not as heavy as it seems, in typical john green fashion.

  • JenMillerWrites

    I have to recommend my debut book. It is called Pretty Little Lies and is a romantic comedy with love/fashion/friendship and suspense. I would love for you to read it. Each chapter begins with a fashion tip!!

    Happy Reading!!

  • Hannah Martinson

    I lOVED Girls in White Dresses. So entertaining.

  • melissa delatapia

    The Paris Wife is an incredible book. The dialogue is so smart and witty. The story flows and is never dull. I’m glad you recommended this – it’s a must read!

  • Tessa

    I picked up Beautiful Ruins a few weeks ago, still need to find time to sit down and really get into it! Will definitely be picking up a few of these others! Thanks, Lauren!

  • Robyn

    Lived the Paris wife and the fault of our stars, fab books.

  • Amy

    I just finished reading Girls in White Dresses it was really good I included it on my summer reading list!

  • Katy Allaire

    I just finished Girls In White Dresses and loved it! It’s definitely a realistic depiction of what it is like to be a struggling 20-something lady.

  • Kat H

    Great list. I was looking on Amazon to download some of these on my kindle fire and came across the first book ever sold on amazon! It was some incredibly boring sounding computer book. Hilarious. You can see it here. The first book ever for sale on Amazon:

  • He Calls Me Grace

    I am looking for a new book! I just finished reading Gone Girl: A Novel by Gillian Flynn and need something uplifting now!

    These are great suggestions and I am going to check them out on Amazon right now.


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  • alo0089

    I vote “”The Queen’s Lover”” or “”Beautiful Ruins”” for the next book club, which will be my first one! Yay :)

  • jihenb

    Girls in white dresses ..

  • Sanshine

    I would like to read “”Girls in white dresses””

  • Heather Kindred

    I am currently reading “”Beautiful Ruins”” by Jess Walter… It is such a good book, definitely a must read for the Summer! A friend of mine recommended it to me, and she said it’s one of the best books she has ever read… I’m looking forward to finishing it!

  • Theresa Frabotta

    What Alice Forgot is such a great book! I was shocked and surprised! MUST READ!

  • B_elyse

    “”Girls in White Dresses”” seems like a good easy read! I think I will start that one :) Thanks

  • DCarey12

    I read this book a couple months ago and it was definitely entertaining!

  • Clare

    I’m reading The Fault in Our Stars now! Enjoying it so far:)

  • Kate Noto

    I’m reading a series about Quilts. The series is called Elm Creek Quilts. The author is Jennifer Chiaverini.

  • Jennifer Calise

    the Paris Wife is a must read! its a great book and you will never be able to put it down. im reading The Queens Lover now and so far i am not enjoying it as much as the Paris Wife.

  • Christine Marie

    I read Beautiful Ruins and it was AMAZING! Definitely a great summer read. I finished it in a week while on vacation. I couldn’t put it down. Now I am reading The Fault in Our Stars and so far I am really enjoying it. I can’t wait to finish!

  • Melissa mould

    i love summer as it’s the time when i finally get to read lots of books :)

    I’m actually going to be hosting a book giveaway soon on my UK style blog, a little holiday package with the new Devil Wears Prada book :)

    Mel x

  • Sarah Nice

    The Paris Wife was such a good book, but left me desperately wanting to punch Ernest Hemingway in the face. Great writer, maybe. But horrible husband.

  • Crystal

    I’m currently reading Girls In White Dresses and I love it! Up next will be What Alice Forgot :) . Thanks for the great reads!

  • lelia

    I read Beautiful Ruins and all i have to say is…AMAZING STORY!!!!definately a must read book for the summer.Now i’ve decided to order Gone Girl by G.Flynn.I hope it’s good(story sounds interesting!!) 😉

  • Jenna Yarbrough

    A good book I am reading is Safe Haven. If you have seen the movie the book is a must read! :) xx


    The Paris Wife left me with a book “”hangover””. I was unable to start a new book right away because I was left thinking about this one for so long! Finally, I decided to read Beautiful Ruins next; I was unimpressed. If you are looking for a really good read, check out Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Her other books- Dark Places and Sharp Objects- are also very good, but a little dark and twisted.

    I have always wanted to join a book club so I’m going to start reading Girls in White Dresses tonight and hopefully catch up! Xo

    • Sarah

      I agree with you about Paris Wife. So well written. Hated Beautiful Ruins.

  • grace buckley

    Every single book by John Green (Fault in Our Stars) is absolutely beautiful. These books grab you, you’ll find yourself crying, laughing and falling in love. Absolutely recommend it. x

  • toniegirl

    I loved The Paris Wife and added a few of these to my ‘Must Read’ list. Gone Girl and Revenge Wears Prada were two of my fave summer reads.

  • Stefie

    during the summer I always find myself gravitating towards the classics, especially some Jane Austen novels :)

  • Sharon Palac

    How can you recommend novels when you haven’t read them all? Just curious on that one…

  • Erin Hughes

    I recently posted about my favorite fashion reads on my site, they’ve all inspired me in some way, and anyone looking to get into the fashion business should check them out!
    x erin

  • Anna Lee

    I read half broke horses and it is the best book I have read all summer, it is the story of an incredible woman who passes along a lot of wisdom along the way it is completely fantastic I have recommend it to my sisters, friends, boyfriend and when I have children I want them to read this too.

  • Nina seine

    These all sound great, especially “”French Women Don’t Get Fat”” and “”What Alice Forgot.””

  • Courtney

    I’m not sure why but I can’t see the list

    • Florence

      me too i can’t..

  • Tali

    I can’t see the list.. I know it’s from last summer, but any chance to still view it anyhow? Thanks!

  • Andi14

    Could someone please let me know what books are on this list please???

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  • Lola22

    I can’t see the list! Can someone post what the books were??

  • Diana Cano

    Lauren can you please post the book, I can no longer see the list and would like to check it out for this summer. Thanks!

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