Top Summer Book Reads – Summer Books We Recommend

top summer book reads

There’s something about sitting out in the sun by the pool, with a book in hand and a glass of wine by your side that feels heavenly during the summertime, are we right? Lucky for you, we’ve gathered our top summer book reads that you need to add to your list.  These are the books that we’ll be throwing into our beach bag to devour through the hotter months.

Top Summer Book Reads – Summer Books We Recommend

If that isn’t your reading style maybe you’d rather check out The Best Management Books of 2020 or The Best Business Books You Need To Read In 2020. Whether you prefer to read via print, Audible, or Kindle, they’re all available at affordable prices so that you can stock up on several! Grab yourself a refreshing chilled glass of wine, pop on your sunglasses (and sunscreen, of course!) and prepare to get lost in the best summer reads of all time.


Where the Crawdad’s Sing

top summer book reads

Soon to be a major motion film, this book, Where the Crawdads Sing, is a coming of age story set in North Carolina. This book follows a young woman growing up in the marshlands of NC during the 1950s. We believe that the book is always better than the movie, but we’re also excited to see this story on the big screen! So, grab your copy from Target before you see it in theaters!

Big Summer: A Novel by Jennifer Weiner

From the author of Mrs. Everything comes this beach-ready peek into romance, female friendship, and some glorious beachside mansions. The protagonist, Daphne, has finally escaped the toxic hands of Drue Cavanaugh and comes into her own as a plus-sized influencer when Drue begs her to be in her wedding on Cape Cod. Daphne agrees, however, she soon finds herself involved in a scandal nobody expected.

Heatstroke by Hazel Barkworth

It’s too hot to sleep and too hot to work, let alone be questioned by police time and time again. But that’s what happens when not-a-girl, not-yet-a-woman Lily, aged 15, goes missing one summer. This is a sultry novel that explores themes like power, consent, and womanhood. This is a page-turner that you need in your beach bag this summer!

The Wrong Move by Jennifer Savin

WARNING: If you’re in a flat-share, we recommend not reading this pick. This modern thriller follows Jessie, who thinks she’s found the perfect place to live when she moves into Maver Place and meets fellow flatmates Lauren and Sofie. Needless to say, she’s very wrong. We promise you’ll be on the edge of your seat the whole way through – and you might want to double-lock your doors.

The Pull of the Stars: A Novel by Emma Donoghue

best summer reads of all time

From the author of Room comes this eerily prophetic novel set during a flu pandemic. This may be the exact book you need right now with the current COVID-19 epidemic. It follows three women working in a quarantine maternity ward, dealing with horrific loss and new life in tandem, who help hold each other up through it all.

The Sight Of You by Holly Miller

If you loved The Time Traveler’s Wife, this book is a no-brainer for you! Would you want to fall in love if you knew how it would end? This is the question at the core of this heartbreaker. Joel has visions that keep coming true, and Callie is lost. When they meet, it feels as if they are soul mates – until Joel sees how their coupledom is fated to end.

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

best summer reads of all time

From the New York Times, bestselling author of The Mothers comes this astonishing new novel, which entwines together the threads of one family across multiple generations. Americans Desiree and Stella are the Vignes twins, who run away from their town at the age of 16. The two go on to live totally different lives, with one passing as white and carving out a new life, and the other returning to her hometown with her black daughter. A searing novel with an important message about racism and its catastrophic impact.

Nothing Can Hurt You by Nicola Maye Goldberg

best summer reads of all time

If Little Fires Everywhere was a real page-turner for you, you’ll be all over this intoxicating read which follows the aftermath of a student’s murder, and the network of people all with a connection to the murder. It’s also inspired by a true story and will certainly leave you thinking about how women are treated in life – and in death.

Beach Read by Emily Henry

top summer book reads

This novel follows a romance novelist who stops believing in love and meets a literary writer…who happens to live just a few houses away from her summer beach getaway. Yes, this read is as indulgent—and perfect for summer—as it sounds.

More Book Ideas

We hope you enjoyed reading our list of top summer book reads! If you do enjoy listening to your books, instead of reading them, be sure to check out Blinkist. If you’re the type to take on a productive lifestyle book, check out the Best Finance Books for Beginners. Otherwise, check out our 10 Best Books 2020 for some more great reads!

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