Summer Reads You Still Have to Get to!

I've been looking forward to putting this list together for a while. The list consists of books I've read, enjoyed, and thought would be perfect for reading on a hot summers day. Or while it's raining and you're wishing for a hot summers day!

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister's ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

I only read To All The Boy's I've Loved Before recently, but as soon as I started reading I knew it was a perfect summer read. Lara Jean is quite innocent compared to narrators I usually enjoy, but the romance is what made this a five star read for me. You'll be rooting for a certain someone, I don't want to say who in case it spoils it, but you'll love him so much!

Tia and Will’s lives get flipped upside down when they’re voted Yearbook’s Biggest Flirts in this sassy novel from the author of Endless Summer and The One That I Want.

Tia just wants to have fun. She’s worked hard to earn her reputation as the life of the party, and she’s ready for a carefree senior year of hanging out with friends and hooking up with cute boys. And her first order of business? New guy Will. She can’t get enough of his Midwestern accent and laidback swagger.

As the sparks start to fly, Will wants to get serious. Tia’s seen how caring too much has left her sisters heartbroken, and she isn’t interested in commitment. But pushing Will away drives him into the arms of another girl. Tia tells herself it’s no big deal…until the yearbook elections are announced. Getting voted Biggest Flirts with Will is, well, awkward. They may just be friends, but their chemistry is beginning to jeopardize Will’s new relationship—and causing Tia to reconsider her true feelings. What started as a lighthearted fling is about to get very complicated…

Biggest Flirts was such a surprise to me! The cover is what made me want to read it (how gorgeous is that cover?!?) and I'm so glad I read it. Tia and Will's story is hilarious and charming, the perfect summer read!

A breathtaking journey toward self-discovery and true love, from the author of If I Stay

When sheltered American good girl Allyson "LuLu" Healey first meets laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter at an underground performance of Twelfth Night in England, there’s an undeniable spark. After just one day together, that spark bursts into a flame, or so it seems to Allyson, until the following morning, when she wakes up after a whirlwind day in Paris to discover that Willem has left. Over the next year, Allyson embarks on a journey to come to terms with the narrow confines of her life, and through Shakespeare, travel, and a quest for her almost-true-love, to break free of those confines.

Just One Day is the perfect road trip book in my opinion. As we are taken through the streets of Paris with Allyson and Willem, you'll fall in love with the city and Willem. Allyson's story as she goes to college and discovers herself is nothing short of marvellous. You'll be itching to travel Europe after reading Just One Day!

Postcard-perfect Jar Island is the kind of place where nobody locks their doors at night, where parents can sleep easy, knowing their daughters are tucked away safe and sound in their beds.

But bad things can happen, even to good girls . . . and sometimes, the only way to make things right is to do something wrong.

Lillia used to trust boys, but not anymore. Not after what happened this summer. And she’ll do whatever it takes to protect her little sister from the same fate.

Kat is over the rumors, the insults, the cruel jokes made at her expense. It all goes back to one person--her ex-best friend. Someone needs to teach her a lesson, and, with Lillia and Mary behind her, Kat feels up to the task.

Four years ago, Mary left Jar Island because of a boy. But she’s not the same girl anymore. Now that she’s got friends who have her back, he's going to be in big trouble.

Three very different girls who come together to make things right. Will they go too far?

Burn for Burn is such a fun revenge book, that begins an even better series. As Lillia, Kat and Mary take their revenge you'll be egging them on, though as the story progresses you'll be wondering if they're going too far. However, throughout the book, you'll be in complete agreement that the targets deserve what's coming to them.

"One thing my mother never knew, and would disapprove of most of all, was that I watched the Garretts. All the time."

The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, messy, affectionate. And every day from her rooftop perch, Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs up next to her and changes everything.

As the two fall fiercely for each other, stumbling through the awkwardness and awesomeness of first love, Jase's family embraces Samantha - even as she keeps him a secret from her own. Then something unthinkable happens, and the bottom drops out of Samantha's world. She's suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?

A transporting debut about family, friendship, first romance, and how to be true to one person you love without betraying another.

My Life Next Door is one of the most beautiful, well-written books I've ever read. Samantha and Jase's love story is utterly compelling and will have you reading the book in one sitting. You'll fall completely in love with the Garretts, and completely understand Samantha's slight obsession with them. This is the perfect summer read!

Can Anna find love in the City of Light?

Anna is happy in Atlanta. She has a loyal best friend and a crush on her coworker at the movie theater, who is just starting to return her affection. So she's less than thrilled when her father decides to send her to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year. But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna meets some cool new people, including the handsome √Čtienne St. Clair, who quickly becomes her best friend. Unfortunately, he's taken —and Anna might be, too. Will a year of romantic near misses end with the French kiss she's waiting for?

Anna and Etienne. What can I say about one of my favourite couples ever? Well to start, you can check out my review. Now you have an idea of how much I love this book, can you wonder why I think it would be a perfect summer read. Boys and Paris, what more can you ask for from a book?

When you don’t talk, there’s a lot of stuff that ends up not getting said.

Harsh words indeed, from Brian Nelson of all people. But, D. J. can’t help admitting, maybe he’s right.

When you don’t talk, there’s a lot of stuff that ends up not getting said.

Stuff like why her best friend, Amber, isn’t so friendly anymore. Or why her little brother, Curtis, never opens his mouth. Why her mom has two jobs and a big secret. Why her college-football-star brothers won’t even call home. Why her dad would go ballistic if she tried out for the high school football team herself. And why Brian is so, so out of her league.

When you don’t talk, there’s a lot of stuff that ends up not getting said.

Welcome to the summer that fifteen-year-old D. J. Schwenk of Red Bend, Wisconsin, learns to talk, and ends up having an awful lot of stuff to say.

As D.J. discovers her voice and her feelings for a certain rival quarterback you'll find yourself rooting for this introvert and her unusual family. This is one of my all time favourite series, and one I've re-read more times than I can count!

In a fabulous blend of the bestselling traditions of Prep and The Devil Wears Prada Secret Society Girl takes us into the heart of the Ivy League’s ultraexclusive secret societies when a young woman is invited to join as one of their first female members.

Elite Eli University junior Amy Haskel never expected to be tapped into Rose & Grave, the country’s most powerful—and notorious—secret society. She isn’t rich, politically connected, or…well, male.

So when Amy receives the distinctive black-lined invitation with the Rose & Grave seal, she’s blown away. Could they really mean her?

Whisked off into an initiation rite that’s a blend of Harry Potter and Alfred Hitchcock, Amy awakens the next day to a new reality and a whole new set of “friends”—from the gorgeous son of a conservative governor to an Afrocentric lesbian activist whose society name is Thorndike. And that’s when Amy starts to discover the truth about getting what you wish for. Because Rose & Grave is quickly taking her away from her familiar world of classes and keggers, fueling a feud, and undermining a very promising friendship with benefits. And that’s before Amy finds out that her first duty as a member of Rose & Grave is to take on a conspiracy of money and power that could, quite possibly, ruin her whole life.

A smart, sexy introduction to the life and times of a young woman in way over her head, Secret Society Girl is a charming and witty debut from a writer who knows her turf—and isn’t afraid to tell all....

This is for any NA fans. This was released before NA was a thing, but it definitely qualifies. It's such a hugely fun read. You get to see behind the secretive world of college secret societies and how an "outsider" like Amy sees the ins and outs of it. I say outsider because she is neither rich nor a total genius, unlike the other members of the society. The romance doesn't hurt either, but the rest of the series definitely improves on the romance end of things!

"I've discovered the secret to successful singledom. I'm acting like a man. And it's working."

After breaking up with her boyfriend of, well, forever, Abigail Wood must learn how to be single from scratch. Her dating skills are abysmal, and she ricochets from disaster to disaster – until Robert, one of London's most notorious lotharios, agrees to coach her. With his advice, she learns to navigate the bastard-infested waters of the bar scene and practices the art of being bulletproof. The new Abigail is cocky, calm, composed… but what happens when she meets her match?

This is for the adult fans! I read this book last summer and it was your ultimate contemporary romance with a twist. Though I don't review them on the blog, I love reading adult romances and this one is definitely a stand-out. You can definitely guess the ending but it's incredibly fun getting there!

A very different kind of fantasy from New York Times bestselling author Shannon Hale.

What if you were to meet the number-one person on your laminated list—you know, that list you joke about with your significant other about which five celebrities you’d be allowed to run off with if ever given the chance? And of course since it’ll never happen it doesn’t matter…

Mormon housewife Becky Jack is seven months pregnant with her fourth child when she meets celebrity hearththrob Felix Callahan. Twelve hours, one elevator ride, and one alcohol-free dinner later, something has happened…though nothing has happened. It isn’t sexual. It isn’t even quite love. But a month later Felix shows up in Salt Lake City to visit and before they know what’s hit them, Felix and Becky are best friends. Really. Becky’s husband is pretty cool about it. H er children roll their eyes. Her neighbors gossip endlessly. But Felix and Becky have something special…something unusual, something completely impossible to sustain. Or is it? A magical story, The Actor and the Housewife explores what could happen when your not-so-secret celebrity crush walks right into real life and changes everything.

This is one of the most surprising books you'll ever have the pleasure of reading. Becky and Felix's relationship is complicated and goes through it's up and downs, but can weather anything. This is one of the most original books I've ever read. With it's fun dialogue and it's dealing with such an unusual relationship, this book is perfect for summer.

The bestselling authors of "The Nanny Diaries" introduce a new heroine to root for: Jesse O'Rourke, coffee barista, high school senior, and unwitting reality TV star.

Imagine there was never a "Laguna Beach," a "Newport Harbor," the shimmering "Hills." Imagine that your hometown--your school--is the first place XTV descends to set up cameras.

Now imagine they've trained them on you.

When Jesse O'Rourke gets picked for a "documentary" being filmed at her school in the Hamptons she's tempted to turn down the offer. But there's a tuition check attached to being on the show, and Jesse needs the cash so she can be the first in her family to attend college. All she has to do is trade her best friend for the glam clique she's studiously avoided, her privacy for a 24/7 mike, and her sense of right and wrong for "what sells on camera." . . . At least there's one bright spot in the train wreck that is her suddenly public senior year: Jesse's crush has also made the cast.

As the producers manipulate the lives of their "characters" to heighten the drama, and "Us Weekly" covers become a regular occurrence for Jesse, she must struggle to remember one thing: the difference between real and the real real.

This one is or any reality TV fans out there! The Real, Real brings you behind the scenes of the beginning of a reality TV show featuring a group of high-schoolers. We see how everything is manipulated and staged, with the TV show getting in the way of real life relationships. I love this book, and am still praying for a sequel!

I had such fun picking out these books, let me know what you think in the comments below! 


  1. Anna and the French Kiss, as well with Lola and Isla are on my list for reading this summer!
    I agree that To All The Boys is also a perfect summer read, I enjoyed that one so much!

  2. Vacation to me means picking up thick fantasy books, haha. I'm not a huge contemporary reader, but I'm interested in To all the boys I've loved before, Burn for burn and My life next door :) I feel like I'm the only one in the blogosphere to dislike Anna and the French kiss.. Thanks for sharing all your recommendations!

  3. I've only read three on this list: My Life Next Door, Anna and the French Kiss, and Burn For Burn--but they were all great reads! I've been meaning to get to To All the Boys I've Loved for some time now, and I actually have a copy of Just One Day, though haven't managed to find the time to read it (yet!). Great list! I now definitely have some more books to add to my TBR list.

  4. Nikki @ The Paper Sea18 July 2014 at 16:56

    I don't typically split my reading year in seasons but as I'm going away on holiday next month, I was thinking about taking a 'summer' book to the beach with me. (Last year I ended up reading a book with werewolves etc. in, and it felt a bit incongruous, haha.) I think I'm going to go with ANNA! Everyone keeps telling me how much I need to read it!

  5. I am so proud to have read four of the books on this list (Burn for Burn, My Life Next Door, Anna and the French Kiss and To All the Boys). I definitely agree with you, they're such great novels for summer! And I like that they all have great writing and a lot of depth. Sometimes, I feel like people think summery books and immediately associate that with light and fluffy but these books show that that's not always the case!

    And I have Just One Day being shipped to me right now so I'm super excited to get to it! I've heard so many great things and I love that it's set in Europe. And reality TV fans? Yes, I'm here! Haha, The Real Real sounds really good! I've read the other two novels Emma and Nicola penned together and really enjoyed those so I'm going to check this out!

  6. This was such a fantastic book! When I started reading I wasn't really sure what way the book was going to go, but I knew I was gonna enjoy reading about it. I loved all the science that was there and the slow build up towards the final revelations!
    I also loved the new take on zombies and like you, cannot wait for book 2!!

  7. I've read four of the books on this list and I LOVED them all! I read To All The Boys I've Loved Before, Anna and the French Kiss, My Life Next Door, and Just One Day! This is an awesome list :D Love these books <3

  8. I haven't read any of these yet, but a couple are definitely on my TBR list. Thanks for the great list!