The sun is starting to come out, the smell of barbecue in the air, and my hair is growing outwards day by day, is it summer? I think so! Summer is the perfect time to relax and unwind, and I personally don’t think you can do that without a good book. This is often the time of year where you might have more time to take a chunk out of your reading list but feel a bit overwhelmed with the book you should start with. Summer is that time where even the most casual readers can dive into a juicy fiction, mystery or a classic.
I put this post together of a few of my summer book recommendations that I have enjoyed that put me into a summer mood. I have chosen books from a wide variety of genres to try and complement everyone’s reading taste.
The Young Adult: Since You Been Gone by Morgan Matson
I read this book the summer I went into grade 10 and I loved it.! Although it is a hefty read (375 sum odd pages) it never felt dense or boring. The story follows a girl named Emily who meets a girl named Sloane and as they become friends, Sloane pushes Emily out of her comfort zone. Suddenly, Sloane disappears before summer starts and Emily is left with 13 things to complete on a bucket list before summer ends; most of which she isn’t comfortable with. Of course throw in a love interest and a life lesson about taking risks in life and it is the perfect summer book for any teenager.
The Romance Lover: Love, Rosie by Cecilia Ahern
There are very few books in the romance section that have a very special place in my heart, but Love, Rosie (aka Where Rainbows End) is one of them. This book is about two childhood friends, Alex and Rosie, who grow up together. As children and teenagers, they never pictured each other in a romantic way, but rather as a platonic duo who experience the growing pains of life together. As adulthood approaches and they begin to move away from one another, they keep in contact over chat rooms and letters. Through each of their separate life experiences they begin to realize that they are made for each other, but is it too late to make it happen?
The book is quite large but most of the texts are letters and chat room conversations so it makes for a quick summer read that you can’t put down. You are left rooting for Alex and Rosie right to end, but unlike sappy romance novels that provide predictable storylines, Love, Rosie develops realistic life scenarios that affect even the best of friendships. The book’s constant reminder of the philosophy that ‘life waits for no one’ leaves you wondering “but does love wait?”
The Traveler: Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman
Although the likelihood of an Italian getaway this summer is slim, who says you can’t get the same feeling in a book. I read Call Me By Your Name last summer right before the movie came out and although the movies was good…the books did it better. The book follows an adolescent boy who experiences a romance with a summer guest who staying at his parents home in the Italian Riviera. Not only is the dialogue and though of the characters really powerful, but so is the description of the location. Aciman uses the settings and objects to describe the emotions of the characters. If you are looking to get the feeling of an Italian summer but wanted a book that provides emotional depth, you have come to the right place
The No Commitment: How To Ruin Everything by George Watsky
I have always enjoyed reading short stories, essay’s, and poetry as they often provide a lot of punch in a short amount of time. The summer I was going into University, I read George Watsky’s How to Ruin Everything. This book was uplifting and made me reflect on how I handle personal progress/ failures and the little victories of life. I recommend this book to anyone, but definitely students as it can provide a lot of the needed wisdom that we are looking for as we handle the ups’s and down’s of a new ‘adult’ world. This book is for anyone wanting a quick one day read on the patio on a humid summer day.
The Classic Enthusiast’s: Emma by Jane Austen
Emma is not a book set in the summer or even with any summer themes, however Jane Austen is always an author I feel drawn to in the summer months. Emma is young and independent, thus she has refused to get married. She spends most of her time playing match maker to her friends and at times is a bit noisy. As she plans the love life of her friend Harriet, she faced with new obstacle regarding her own life philosophies and views on love. One of Austen’s more fun and quirky books, this story has always brought a smile to my face. The characters and funny and odd, while simultaneously allowing you to question your own views on love just as Emma does. If you haven’t read a classic or have been thinking about reading an Austen novel, I would start this! Although the wording can take a bit of getting used to, it is well worth it and not as complex to comprehend today compared to other novels of it’s time.
Let me know if you have read any of theses or if you will be! I will also be posting my summer reading progress on my insta so go head over there and let me know about your summer reading goals in the comments.