Whenever it comes time to put together my seasonal summer reading lists, I always turn to a few different sources to find good books to share with you. I ask my family and friends, and I constantly keep a running list of good book titles on my phone so that I remember them. I also look back through the comments of previous reading lists because all of you have such great suggestions too! Anyway, today I have 10 great reads to share with you. Every book on this list is great for reading on the beach, while flying somewhere for a summer vacation, or just reading on a lazy summer Sunday afternoon. I hope you like them…
1. P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
I became pretty Jenny Han-obsessed ever since I read her book To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before for my last LaurenConrad.com book club. So we’re reading this one for our current book club that I just announced this week! In this sweet and engaging sequel, Lara Jean comes back and still has feelings for Peter. But when another boy from her past shows up, she wonders whether she can be in love with two boys at the same time. Sounds like a must-read to me!
2. Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
If you’re an Aziz fan, this one will have you laughing the whole way through. Amazon describes it as “A hilarious, thoughtful, and in-depth exploration of the pleasures and perils of modern romance from one of this generation’s sharpest comedic voices.” Sounds like a winner to me.
3. In The Unlikely Event by Judy Blume
Judy Blume was a favorite childhood writer of mine, so you can imagine how excited I was to hear that she was writing a new book this summer… And one that’s for adults! It takes place during the 1950s, when several plane crashes shatter the working class citizens in Elizabeth, New Jersey. The story follows 15-year-old Miri and her family as their lives change profoundly by this unexpected event.
4. Torch by Cheryl Strayed
Team LC and I love Cheryl Strayed’s writing and podcasts, and Torch is a book worth adding to your list (along with Wild and Tiny Beautiful Things, if you haven’t already read those two). The story mirrors challenges Strayed has faced in her own life—after a mother and her two children flee their abusive husband and father, life begins to fall apart when they get news that their mother is diagnosed with cancer. This one is definitely emotional, but touches on important elements like dealing with grief, finding forgiveness and learning how to keep living.
5. Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison by Piper Kerman
If any of you are OITNB fans, you know that season 3 just came out on Netflix. This book isn’t a new title, but it’s a good one to read if you never have before. Follow the author’s autobiographical journey as she transitions from a life involving a boyfriend and a loving family to navigating the harsh world of prison.
6. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
A group of artsy teenagers meets at summer camp in 1974 and remain friends through the trials and tribulations of growing up. This compelling coming of age story about five privileged kids serves as an interesting look back at what’s happened in the last 40 years in America.
7. Rain of Gold by Víctor E. Villaseñor
This book was recommended to me by my mom’s friend, and I had never heard of it until then. But, anytime someone claims a book is “their favorite,” I’m instantly curious. Apparently, the author’s story follows three generations of his own family as they migrate from revolutionary Mexico in the 20th century to California.
8. Peony in Love by Lisa See
I know you’re not supposed to judge book by their covers, but if I had to judge this one by its title, I already love it! This historical period drama set in seventeenth-century China takes on the theme of star-crossed lovers as the main character Peony falls in love with a handsome man who is not the arranged husband her parents have intended for her.
9. Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil by Deborah Rodriguez
This story is about determination, challenge, love and heartache. When Rodriguez traveled to Afghanistan in 2002, she befriended many of the Afghan women and developed a deep bond with them. With the help of these women, she created a beauty school in Kabul, and changed the lives of these women for the better forever.
10. Home Safe by Elizabeth Berg
Amazon describes this novel by bestselling author Berg as follows: “Helen Ames is beginning to depend too much on her twenty-seven-year-old daughter, Tessa, meddling in her life and offering unsolicited advice. Then Helen is shocked to discover that her seemingly loyal husband was apparently leading a double life. When a phone call from a stranger sets Helen on a surprising path of discovery, both mother and daughter reassess what they thought they knew about each other, themselves, and what really makes a home and a family.”
What books do you have on your own reading list this summer?
Share your titles below—I absolutely love finding new books from your suggestions!