10 Books Perfect for Summer

July 21, 2022

Summer Reading Recommendations I wit & whimsy

I’ve been majorly on a reading kick this summer and it has felt so good! It’s meant less screen time and more prioritizing some good ol’ self care time. I’ve been reading in bed before going to bed, reading on trains to and from Upstate, reading on beaches – you name it – I am looking forward to reading a lot this summer.

Summer also happens to be the time I don’t dig into thrillers, more serious fiction or self help. I want straight up romantic comedy beach reads that are light, often predicable and easy to devour. Today I am sharing 10 books that are perfect for those romcom summertime reads we all love to enjoy.

10 Books Perfect for Summer

Love & Other Words by Christina Lauren

My friend Kate works in publishing and knows exactly the type of books I’ll enjoy so whenever she makes a rec, I pretty much instantly download it on my Kindle. I kept hearing about the Christina Lauren books but hadn’t yet read one. Now that I read this book in just two days – I can’t wait to read their others!

Macy Sorensen is settling into an ambitious if emotionally tepid routine: work hard as a new pediatrics resident, plan her wedding to an older, financially secure man, keep her head down and heart tucked away.

But when she runs into Elliot Petropoulos—the first and only love of her life—the careful bubble she’s constructed begins to dissolve. Once upon a time, Elliot was Macy’s entire world—growing from her gangly bookish friend into the man who coaxed her heart open again after the loss of her mother…only to break it on the very night he declared his love for her.

Although their memories are obscured by the agony of what happened that night so many years ago, Elliot will come to understand the truth behind Macy’s decade-long silence, and will have to overcome the past and himself to revive her faith in the possibility of an all-consuming love.

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The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

When I watched this mediocre movie on a plane earlier this summer, I had no idea it was adapted from a novel until two friends told me they thought the book was far better than the movie. I promptly downloaded it on my Kindle and read it in a few short days. It is the perfect cat and mouse romance my summer self wants.

Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude.

Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job…But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.

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Book Lovers by Emily Henry

I’ll read anything by Emily Henry at this point. I loved People We Meet on Vacation and the aptly named Beach Read so I downloaded her latest the moment it was out and finished it in under three nights.

Nora Stephens’ life is books—she’s read them all—and she is not that type of heroine. Not the plucky one, not the laidback dream girl, and especially not the sweetheart. In fact, the only people Nora is a heroine for are her clients, for whom she lands enormous deals as a cutthroat literary agent, and her beloved little sister Libby.

Which is why she agrees to go to Sunshine Falls, North Carolina for the month of August when Libby begs her for a sisters’ trip away—with visions of a small town transformation for Nora, who she’s convinced needs to become the heroine in her own story. But instead of picnics in meadows, or run-ins with a handsome country doctor or bulging-forearmed bartender, Nora keeps bumping into Charlie Lastra, a bookish brooding editor from back in the city. It would be a meet-cute if not for the fact that they’ve met many times and it’s never been cute.

If Nora knows she’s not an ideal heroine, Charlie knows he’s nobody’s hero, but as they are thrown together again and again—in a series of coincidences no editor worth their salt would allow—what they discover might just unravel the carefully crafted stories they’ve written about themselves.

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One Night on the Island by Josie Silver

Frankly, if you’ve never traveled solo – this book may just inspire you to! A great read about what can happen when you lean into your own company.

Spending her thirtieth birthday alone is not what dating columnist Cleo Wilder wanted, but she plans a solo retreat?at the insistence of her boss?in the name of re-energizing herself and adding a new perspective to her column. The remote Irish island she’s booked is a far cry from London, but at least it’s a chance to hunker down in a luxury cabin and indulge in some self-care while she figures out the next steps in her love life and her career.

Mack Sullivan is also looking forward to some time to himself. With his life in Boston deteriorating in ways he can’t bring himself to acknowledge, his soul-searching has brought him to the same Irish island to explore his roots and find some clarity. Unfortunately, a mix-up with the bookings means both have reserved the same one-room hideaway on exactly the same dates.

Instantly at odds, Cleo and Mack don’t know how they’re going to manage until the next weekly ferry arrives. But as the days go by, they no longer seem to mind each other’s company quite as much as they thought they would.

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We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han

Not going to lie – after binge watching The Summer I Turned Pretty on Prime Video – I downloaded the third book in the series on audiobook and it was so good. I do wish I had listened to the second book first but I didn’t realize until halfway through I had downloaded the third on accident – whoops! At least I know how the series ends now though!? Such a fun and nostalgic book.

Belly has only ever been in love with two boys, both with the last name Fisher. And after being with Jeremiah for the last two years, she’s almost positive he is her soul mate. Almost. While Conrad has not gotten over the mistake of letting Belly go, Jeremiah has always known that Belly is the girl for him. So when Belly and Jeremiah decide to make things forever, Conrad realizes that it’s now or never—tell Belly he loves her, or lose her for good.

Belly will have to confront her feelings for Jeremiah and Conrad and face the inevitable: She will have to break one of their hearts.

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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I love Taylor Jenkins Reid’s storytelling and still have so many books of hers I can’t wait to read. I find her books really stay with you afterwards. (Do you have a rec of which one I should read next? I also enjoyed Malibu Rising when I read it last year and Daisy Jones & the Six.)

Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband has left her, and her professional life is going nowhere. Regardless of why Evelyn has selected her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.

Summoned to Evelyn’s luxurious apartment, Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the ‘80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the legendary star, but as Evelyn’s story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.

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The Riviera House by Natasha Lester

I devoured this book – I absolutely loved it! Also is a great substitute if your summer plans aren’t finding you on the French Riviera this summer. You can read this book and pretend instead!

Paris, 1939: The Nazis think Éliane can’t understand German. They’re wrong. They think she’s merely cataloging art in the Louvre  and unaware they’re stealing national treasures for their private collections. They have no idea she’s carefully decoding their notes and smuggling information to the Resistance. But Éliane is playing a dangerous game. Does she dare trust the man she once loved with her secrets, or will he only betray her once again? She has no way to know for certain . . . until a trip to a stunning home on the French Riviera brings a whole new level of peril.
 
Present Day: Wanting to forget the tragedy that has left her life in shambles, Remy Lang heads to a home she’s mysteriously inherited on the Riviera. While working on her vintage fashion business, she discovers a catalog of the artworks stolen during World War II and is shocked to see a painting that hung on her childhood bedroom wall. Who is her family, really? And does the Riviera house hold more secrets than Remy is ready to face?

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The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

Hands-down one of my top five books I read this year. This story had all the feel-good vibes you want from rom-com type reads and just had me smiling throughout.

Tiffy and Leon share an apartment. Tiffy and Leon have never met.

After a bad breakup, Tiffy Moore needs a place to live. Fast. And cheap. But the apartments in her budget have her wondering if astonishingly colored mold on the walls counts as art.

Desperation makes her open minded, so she answers an ad for a flatshare. Leon, a night shift worker, will take the apartment during the day, and Tiffy can have it nights and weekends. He’ll only ever be there when she’s at the office. In fact, they’ll never even have to meet.

Tiffy and Leon start writing each other notes – first about what day is garbage day, and politely establishing what leftovers are up for grabs, and the evergreen question of whether the toilet seat should stay up or down. Even though they are opposites, they soon become friends. And then maybe more.

But falling in love with your roommate is probably a terrible idea…especially if you’ve never met.

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It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover

I love a character you can root for and I really enjoyed this book. TW that it does contain some graphic scenes and sensitive matter.

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up – she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.
  
Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing.
  
As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan – her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.
  
With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.

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Funny You Should Ask by Elissa Sussman

This is such a fun summer read thanks to the escapism to the world of celebrity that it explores.

Then. Twenty-something writer Chani Horowitz is stuck. While her former MFA classmates are nabbing high-profile book deals, all she does is churn out puff pieces. Then she’s hired to write a profile of movie star Gabe Parker: her number one celebrity crush and the latest James Bond. All Chani wants to do is keep her cool and nail the piece. But what comes next proves to be life changing in ways she never saw coming, as the interview turns into a whirlwind weekend that has the tabloids buzzing—and Chani getting closer to Gabe than she had planned. 
 
Now. Ten years later, after a brutal divorce and a healthy dose of therapy, Chani is back in Los Angeles as a successful writer with the career of her dreams. Except that no matter what new essay collection or online editorial she’s promoting, someone always asks about The Profile. It always comes back to Gabe. So when his PR team requests that they reunite for a second interview, she wants to say no. She wants to pretend that she’s forgotten about the time they spent together. But the truth is that Chani wants to know if those seventy-two hours were as memorable to Gabe as they were to her. And so . . . she says yes.

Alternating between their first meeting and their reunion a decade later, this deliciously irresistible novel will have you hanging on until the last word.

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Have you had a favorite summer read so far? I am always looking for recommendations! You can find more books I’ve enjoyed here.

I use Libro.FM to listen to audiobooks which supports my favorite local bookstore – Books are Magic. And my Book of the Month remains the best mail I get every month – it definitely encourages me to read more! For travel, I swear by my Kindle Paperweight which makes always have a book with me a breeze. I absolutely love it!

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4 comments on “10 Books Perfect for Summer”

  1. Thank you for sharing your favorite books for the summer! I will add them to my list. I just finished a great book (not sure it’s a beach read), but so good. Notes of an execution by Danya Kukafka, It’s a story of a serial killer on death row, told primarily through the eyes of the women in his life. Fascinating!

  2. Love this list you created! Thank you for taking the time to write this. I’ve definitely added a few more books to my TBR thanks to you ??
    My favorite summer read so far has been Every Summer After by Carley Fortune.
    Happy reading!

  3. I’ve been wanting to read It Ends with Us and I loved Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo! I am currently reading Park Avenue Summer which has a similar vibe to Seven Husbands!

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