the best summer reads fresh picked by Team LC

Summer goes hand in hand with lazy days and long, warm evenings. When we find ourselves with a little extra time on our hands we know exactly where to go: the local bookstore. There’s nothing quite like curling up on the couch or swinging in the hammock with a good book in hand. We look forward to getting lost in a new world and being so engrossed in a story that we don’t want to put it down. Since we just dove into a new book club pick (see what it is here!), we thought we’d keep the momentum going with a list of our top 10 summer books. From page turning thrillers to real-world career advice, there’s a book on this list to meet everyone’s fancy. If you find yourself a quiet minute or two (and have already finished our book club read), we suggest filling the time slot with one of these reads. Keep scrolling to see which books made the list…

Summer Reading List: The Girls by Emma Cline

1. The Girls: A Novel by Emma Cline

This novel takes place during the end of the 1960s. The main character, Evie Boyd, is a lonely teenager and sees a group of girls in the park and is instantly taken by their beauty and reckless abandon. Evie is then drawn into the group of girls, especially one in particular, Suzanne. Little did she know that she was about to join an infamous cult and step closer to unthinkable violence.

Summer Reading List: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

2. When Breath Becomes Air by Kalanithi

When a 36-year-old neurosurgeon is diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer, his role in the medical field shifts from a doctor who saves lives to a patient who needs a life-saving miracle. This story is heavy, but makes for a great read.

Summer Reading List: Modern Lovers by Emma Straub

3. Modern Lovers by Emma Straub

This book is about how three former college bandmates navigate life after college. They all get married, have kids, purchase homes and start businesses. This novel humorously follows how this group of friends navigates adulthood, parenthood and everything in between and primarily focuses on how we never quite lose sight of our passions.

Summer Reading List: The Career Code by Hillary Kerr and Katherine Power

4. The Career Code: Must-Know Rules for a Strategic, Stylish, and Self-Made Career by Hillary Kerr and Katherine Power

If you’re looking for a book that will both inspire and enthrall you, look no further. Girl bosses and co-founders behind the wildly successful website WhoWhatWear, Hillary Kerr and Katherine Power, have written the every girl’s guide to the self-made career. Make your dream job that much more tangible by diving into this amazing career guide.

Summer Reading List: Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

5. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

While this book has been on our radar for quite some time (and is a favorite of one of Team LC’s editors!), we decided to add it to the list just in case some of our readers haven’t cracked it open yet. This book follows the author as he travels to Paris and hilariously attempts to learn French.

Summer Reading List: Rising Strong by Brene Brown

6. Rising Strong by Brené Brown

There’s nothing more frightening than putting yourself out there and risking becoming a failure. Brené Brown sparks conversation in Rising Strong, a book applauding vulnerability and willingness to rise to the occasion, no matter the outcome. From Fortune 500 companies to teachers and parents, the author has done extensive research on how successful individuals have risen from failure and discomfort.

Summer Reading List: After You by Jojo Moyes

7. After You by Jojo Moyes

From the author that brought you Me Before You comes a sequel that we can’t wait to dive into ourselves. (Plus, if you haven’t seen the movie yet, you have to!) This story follows Louisa Clark after she lost the love of her life, Will Traynor. An accident brings Louisa back home to her family and leads her to spark a new relationship. Will Louisa be able to find love again after Will? You’ll have to pick up a copy of this novel to find out!

Summer Reading List: Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan

8. Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan

From Pulitzer Prize winning author William Finnegan, this autobiography tells a tale about how surfing turned into a passionate way of life for one man. Not just a sport, William takes us through a tale of how surfing became a beautiful addiction, a course of study, and an enchanting way of life.

Summer Reading List: Losing It by Emma Rathbone

9. Losing It: A Novel by Emma Rathbone

There’s nothing we love more than a book that can make us laugh out loud. Losing It: A Novel is about 26-year-old Julia Greenfield and how she’s made it into adulthood as a virgin. Julia spends the summer with her aunt Vivienne and soon discovers that her aunt, too, is a virgin. Follow Julia as she tries to escape the same fate as her aunt and all of the hilarity in between.

Summer Reading List: The Lake House by Kate Morton

10. The Lake House: A Novel by Kate Morton

Described as a moody, suspenseful page-turner, The Lake House is a novel about Alice Edevane and how she is on a mission to solve the mysterious disappearance of an 11-month-old child. The disappearance leads to an abandoned family estate and how Alice revisits the residence decades later to uncover shocking truths about the past. If this doesn’t sound riveting, we don’t know what does!

All of these books sound like serious page-turners and we can’t wait to dive into them!

Do you have any books to add to our reading list?

Let us know some of your favorite titles in the comments below.

XO Team LC

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  • Great list. I love the combination of suspense, humor, and inspirational/motivational books you chose. There is definetly something here for everyone. I sure can’t wait to get my hands on, “When Breathe Becomes Air.” It would be interesting to learn about how the neurosurgeon handles switching roles from doctor to patient.

  • I’ve just started reading Doubt by C.E. Tobisman and finding it hard to put down! x

  • Brittney Murray

    I need to get back on my reading game! I been wanting to get into more lifestyle books this year though. Last year, I was basically reading fictional books lol

    Thanks so much for sharing this post. I know that i will be reading Losing it.

  • Lizzie

    Two that I need to pick up from this list: The Career Code and The Girls, thanks for the tips! 🙂

  • I’ve been wanting to dive into a good new book, these all sound like they’ll be great!

    Jasmine /

  • Indigo and Mouse

    I’m looking for a new summer read, so pleased to pick up number 10

  • kate_winford

    Ahh I am dying to read The Girls! Also, I had no idea that Jojo Moyes came out with a sequel! Definitely making a trip to Barnes and Noble today!


  • Helen Harm

    Thanks for all of the recommendations!

    XO Helen @

  • Joules

    Me Talk Pretty One Day has been on my list for a while now. My list is just too long!

    Lifestyle by Joules

  • Kendall

    Yes!! Love all the new book recs – so needed! xx

  • manuela

    Hi Lauren I love read not only in the summer but all the year!
    These books seem interesting,so I add to my wish list “the modern lovers” by Emma Straub.
    Xoxo M.

  • There are so many on this list I want to read! Good thing I’m heading to the beach in a month! I need to load some of these on my iPad!

    Brittany |

  • Joanne

    Jonathan Tropper – This is Where I leave you (which was a movie) or One more thing before I go – good reads – style is similar to Nick Hornby if you like him. Also – a great summer read – Tigers in Red Weather – Lisa Klaussman. And David Sedaris’s other stuff is also hilarious!! He makes me laugh out loud! – When you are Engulfed in Flames is a hilarious read.

  • Me Talk Pretty is one of my all time favorite books. I read it in high school. David Sedaris has a remarkable way of making you feel less awkward.

    Morning Lux

  • Written all these books down in list of books to read journal! I’m currently reading all the bright places and I love it!
    Aleeha xXx

  • Anna

    Great suggestions! I can add to your reading list my favorite books at the moment:
    Elena Ferrante – My Brilliant Friend
    Tiffany Reisz – The Bourbon Thief
    Britt Holewinski – Schism
    Anna From Italy

  • I just finished reading The Girls! It’s creepy, but CRAZY GOOD!

  • I would love to read Rising Strong! I have heard good things about the book. But the rest of the suggestions sounds great too!

  • These all sound like awesome books! Me Talk Pretty was recommended to me by a teacher last year and I’ve been meaning to read it. Hopefully I can finish with Outlander soon to get started on some of these suggestions!

    Jessica | Nearby Wanderer

  • I want to read Brene Brown’s new book this summer! The Lake House is such a great ready, enjoy 🙂 Another one I would add would be Why Not Me?…love Mindy Kaling 🙂

  • Thank you so much for these great book recommendations <3 🙂 I always love reading even more in the summer because there's just something about reading late into the night that makes it even more enjoyable!

    XO, Elizabeth

  • Jessica

    So I must say there are 4 books that I have my eyes set on from this list and that is saying a lot coming from me. I’ve been doing a lot of personal reading with school being out to really better myself and grow! If anyone is interested in a book on financial advice I just finished reading Living Well, Spending Less by Ruth Soukup which was really great! Next up for me is Girl Boss, but I am so excited to start with one of these books you shared afterwards, I love keeping the momentum rolling also!

  • donna w.

    Awesome list, Lauren! I read When Breath Becomes Air when it first came out. I finished it over a weekend. So well-written and moving.

    I’m flying through my summer reading list (I’m aiming for 20 books) and I’m currently on my 7th summer read.

    Favourites so far:

    I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh. If you love a good thriller, then this one is for you. It grabbed me from the first page and I had to keep reminding myself to breathe. Finished it in two days and I’m currently re-reading it. A flawless read.

    The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan. I thoroughly enjoyed this one! It made me laugh, cry, and laugh some more.

    Here’s to Us by Elin Hilderbrand. Hilderbrand is the queen of the summer novel for a reason. Her latest combines a bad boy chef, the 3 women he was married to, family drama, incredible recipes, and of course, a memorable Nantucket summer.

    Currently reading and loving: No One Knows by J.T. Ellison. A gripping, unputdownable
    thriller! Every time I think I know what’s going
    on, I realize I really don’t. Keeps you guessing. It’s packed with twists and surprises!

    Happy reading and thanks for the recommendations!


  • Great list! My summer reading list is going up tomorrow, on

  • Allie

    The girl on the train is a GREAT suspense story. A drunk, depressed and divorced woman fantasizes this relationship she sees while on the train every morning, until the woman of the relationship goes missing. There’s a lot more to it, you’ll have to check it out