It’s summer reading season! Not sure what book to take on your vacation, or which novel to read with a mint julep on the veranda? Well, have no fear! We know you’re busy, so we’ve done the research for you.
So much of summer reading is about finding a text that fits your current frame of mind. After all, who wants to read ancient Greek philosophy when they’re in the mood for a romance novel? No one, that’s who!
We’ve assembled a list of summer reading suggestions for every major mood. Now go hit up your local library! You can thank us later…
1. “At the Cottage and You Haven’t Worn Pants in Three Days.”
Ah, cottage life! The dock, the lake, the s’mores your nephew overcooks in the campfire! Cottage life is nothing if not relaxing. In fact, sometimes it can be little too relaxing. Don’t risk losing your edge to all that tranquility! Instead, keep things interesting by reading a page-turning thriller. We recommend Dear Wife, by Kimberley Belle. Released in 2019, this woke thriller tackles domestic violence, infidelity, murder, and corruption in a small town. This is one novel that will keep you guessing until the very end!
2. “Stuck In Bed With a Cold While Your Friends Are on an Awesome Patio Somewhere.”
So you have a summer cold, AKA basically the worst fate that can befall a person during the fleeting summer months. Obviously, you’ll need rest and fluids. But we also prescribe easing your FOMO by reading a book that’s even better than hanging out with your besties. Enter Love From A To Z, by Canadian author S.K. Ali. Zayneb is the only Muslim girl in her high school class. Plagued by an Islamaphobic teacher who gives her a hard time, Zayneb often feels lonely. That is, until she gets to know the adorable Adam! Recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and determined to keep it a secret, Adam is also grappling with feelings of isolation. Can young love lift their spirits and help these two salvage their high school experiences? You’ll have to read to find out! Warning: You may have to resist the urge to reach out to your high school boyfriend before the book is through.
3. “Horny from Checking out the Hotties at the Beach”
So you decided to take a beach vacation and now you’re constantly turned on by all the sexy bodies on the beach. Obviously, you need something erotic to read. To scratch that itch, we recommend Kendall Ryan’s Boyfriend For Hire. Boyfriend For Hire is the story of a smoking hot male escort who falls for one of his clients, Elle. Nic Evans is the top male escort in Chicago, and a consummate professional. However, even he can’t resist the siren song of love. The problem? Elle doesn’t even know she’s Nic’s client. A bestie paid for Nic to escort Elle to a wedding without her knowledge! Can their connection survive the reveal their relationship began as a business transaction? You’ll want to speed read to find out! Full of sensual moments, this book is perfect for a hot summer day spent beachside – put the emphasis on hot.
4. “You Want to Impress Your Fellow Book Club Members”
So, you want the extremely well-read folks at your book club to be impressed by your summer selections…This calls for something highly literary; however, because it’s summer, you’ll also want to consume something fun. That’s why you need a copy of Normal People, the perfect compromise book! Written by Sally Rooney. this Irish novel is at once lively and thoughtful. Marianne and Connel have had a connection since they met as kids, when Connel’s mother worked as the housekeeper for Marianne’s family. Both fiercely intelligent, the teens end up at Trinity College Dublin together, one of the most academic universities in Ireland. But can they ever overcome the class differences that separate? Pour yourself a cup of tea and get lost in the winsome world of Normal People.