We don’t know about you, but we often feel like there are so many great books out there and not enough time to read them all. Luckily, the summer is the one time when we can catch up on our long reading lists and check out some of the titles our friends have been recommending all year. It doesn’t hurt that, with all the TV and movie adaptations hitting the screens recently, we have even more inspiration than usual for our reading lists. Whether you’re racing your way through a paperback at the beach or traveling to a new destination with a stack of reading in your suitcase, we’ve rounded up some of the books we’re most excited to crack open this summer. Keep scrolling to see our picks…
1. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
If you’ve already seen the movie adaptation of Yoon’s first novel, Everything, Everything, check out this heart wrenching story about destiny and first love.
2. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
With the release of the Hulu series based on this classic dystopian novel, we couldn’t help but add it to our must-read list. Margaret Atwood has written so many books we’ve loved so we’re excited to read one that was described by the Washington Post as “satisfying, disturbing and compelling.”
3. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Beautiful descriptions, historical details, and an escape plot—this sounds like the perfect choice for a day by the ocean. Towles’ first novel, The Rules of Civility, is also a great summer read if you haven’t picked it up yet.
4. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
We’ve all been obsessed with the HBO miniseries based on this mystery novel, and we can’t wait to read the original. Set in a small town in Australia (whereas the show is set in Monterey, California), the book follows the very different lives of three moms at a private elementary school, each one with a secret to hide. The ending is definitely shocking, so make sure you avoid spoilers!
5. Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
This book received a ton of praise when it was published, and from what we’ve heard, it lives up to the hype. With vivid descriptions and memorable characters, this novel chronicles two halves of a marriage over the course of a lifetime.
6. The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan
This collection of short stories and essays hits the sweet spot between funny and sad, so you can pick and choose exactly what you’re in the mood for. We can definitely see this one having a spot in our suitcases while we’re traveling this summer.
7. In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
Let’s face it: Sometimes we all need a good beach read, and with the weather heating up, we figured this twisty thriller about a bachelorette weekend gone wrong would be the perfect choice. If you’re in the mood for more scary reads, Ware’s second novel, The Woman in Cabin 10, is equally chilling.
8. The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Ngyugen
If you want a little history with your reading this summer, check out this page-turning story of espionage, love and loyalty after the fall of Saigon. And if you need any more convincing, this book also won a Pulitzer Prize!
9. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
This feel-good story is sure to tug on your heartstrings, so buckle up and get your box of Kleenex! When a cheerful young couple moves in next door to a grumpy old curmudgeon of a man named Ove, the two neighbors begin to learn a thing or two from each other. This book was also adapted into a film, but we recommend reading the original before watching.
10. The Magicians by Lev Grossman
We’ve heard great things about this trilogy, which is said to combine the best parts of Harry Potter and the Chronicles of Narnia. We’re looking forward to going back to our childhoods with this one!
What books are you looking forward to reading this summer?
Let us know in the comments!
XO Team LC