Well, although Summer is almost gone, I still wanted to publish this article haha. I’ve drafted it like 2 months ago and never got around to publish it yet. I finally finished it, yay. So here we go..
I recently published a Vacation/Summer TBR article in which I showed some books from my TBR that I wanted to read this summer. Today I’ve got a list of recommendations for you; a list of books I’ve already read and which I think are perfect summer reads! Although the summer is almost gone again, and when this article is published it’ll probably be raining cats and dogs over here in the Netherlands – because that’s the way it is over here haha.. It’s super hot or it’s rainy and depressing, but I still thought it’d be nice to show you guys my favorite summer reads, so here we go!
- To all the boys I’ve loved before trilogy by Jenny Han. I haven’t read the third book yet, but the first two books are perrrfect summer reading material. They are such sweet and lovable reads, perfect to take with you on vacation or to just read during the summer, while enjoying the beautiful weather.
- Breathe by Abbi Glines. The story is set during summer break so that’s already perfect for a summer read isn’t it? But the whole book just has this kind of flowy, summer feeling you know? God, I’m so bad at explaining things, lol. Just read the damn book?! thank you hahahahaha.. no but serious, Breathe is a wonderful read and perfect for a summer day. You’ll devour it.
- Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover. I can’t exactly pinpoint to Why I think this book is a perfect summer read. Maybe because the characters are involved with writing and playing music? Somehow it just gives me a lovely summer feel while reading this book. I’ve re-read the book on our way to Spain at the beginning of July, so I’m a bit biased about thinking this book is a great summer read, because I’ve read it while I was in a complete ‘summer mood’, lol. It’s a typical Hoover book, which leaves you aching for more and It’s a perfect read for you to lose yourself in.
- Jill Mansell. It’s been quite a while since I’ve read a Jill Mansell book. When I was way younger, in my teenage years, I’ve devoured these books – I was addicted, is more like it. Then there was sort of a reading break for a couple of years in which I didn’t read, since I’ve had so much going on in my life – work, maintaining our own household, my horse. And since a couple of years I’m completely addicted to reading again, but I still haven’t picked up a new Jill Mansell. I’ve put some of her newer books on my wishlist, because I definitely want to buy and read more of Jill. Jill Mansell was one of the first authors I thought about when I thought about who I wanted to mention in this article. Her books are funny, romantic, and perfect to read during the summer. Whether you’re at the beach, the swimming pool, in your backyard.. Just anywhere really.. These books are so easy and fluidly written, you’ll fly through them with ease and they leave you with a smile on your face.
- Thunder road trilogy by Katie McGarry. I’ve read this trilogy this summer and devoured all three books. I really think these books are a perfect summer read. They involve Biker MC elements in a YA/high-school setting but with some serious subjects written in the story as well. I can’t exactly explain why they feel like the perfect summer reads but they’re one of the first reads I thought about putting on this list. The stories are well developed and contain great depth, and that applies to the romance as well. The romances are so well written and developed and you’re gonna enjoy all these characters so much, they’re amazing. It’s the perfect read
- ANNA, LOLA, ISLA by Stephanie Perkins. These are one of my favorite YA contemporary books and I’ve devoured them and re-read them multiple times now. Maybe it’s the whole high school setting, the places the stories are set or these specific characters, I don’t know.. But these books are a perfect choice for you to pick up this summer! Stephanie has such an addictive way of writing and she really knows how to lure you into her stories, getting attached to the characters and fall in love with them.
- Field Party Series by Abbi Glines. Again, one of my favorites when it comes to YA contemporary. From ‘Until Friday Night’, to ‘Under the Lights’ and now the latest installment ‘After the Game’.. These characters were amazing, their stories were often heartbreaking but o so beautiful at the same time. Abbi’s writing is addictive and magnificent and you just can’t stop reading once you’ve started. Each book tells the story of a different ‘couple’ and I’ve lost myself completely in these books while reading them. These books are special and perfect to take with you on vacation or whatever – just READ them, please? xD
- Helemaal het Einde by Lisette Jonkman. This Dutch book was my first read of this author and I fell in love instantly. She has a great writing style, knows how to make me smile often and her story and characters were mesmerizing. No wonder I rated the book with 5 stars. I can’t wait to read more of Lisette
So, for some of the books I’ve mentioned I’ve written reviews and if you’d like to know more of what I thought and felt while reading these books, I’d recommend you reading my non-spoiler reviews:
- To all the boys I’ve loved before – Jenny Han
- Breathe – Abbi Glines (#1 Sea Breeze)
- Maybe Someday – Colleen Hoover
- Nowhere but here – Katie McGarry (#1 Thunder Road)
- ISLA and the happily ever after – Stephanie Perkins (#3 Anna and the French Kiss)
- Until Friday Night – Abbi Glines (#1 Field Party)
- Under the Lights – Abbi Glines (#2 Field Party)
- After the Game – Abbi Glines (#3 Field Party)
- Helemaal het Einde – Lisette Jonkman
Looking back to the list above there’s one thing that most of the books share; they’re contemporary reads – except for the Jenny Han books in which the story continues throughout the series. I think that’s one of the key factors that makes them perfect for a summer read; because they’re contemporary books and you don’t necessarily have to pin yourself down to a whole series and can start a new story after finishing a book. If I’m dissecting my own reading habits in the summer, I see I often grab a contemporary to read instead of starting a series.
What are your favorite summer reads? Or don’t you have any specific preference for books in the Summer?