It’s 80 sweltering degrees Fahrenheit in my town today, so I’m calling it. Summer is officially here! In honor of the warm weather, I’ve compiled a list of six books I want to read by the water this summer (assuming I actually make it to a body of water).
1. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
Everyone likes some YA for the summer (or at least I hope everyone does, because this list is YA-heavy). This retelling of A Thousand and One Nights just came out earlier this month and I’ve already heard great things.
2. Dare Me by Megan Abbott
This is another coming-of-age thriller by the author of The End of Everything. I’m always interested in books featuring teenagers on the brink of adulthood and struggling with power and secrets.
3. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
Lara Jean has a box of secret letters, written to every crush she’s ever had. She hides the letters under her bed, until she discovers that someone has found them and mailed them out. This is another book that has had great buzz, especially since the sequel just came out this week.
4. A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis
This book won’t actually be out until October, but I’m still including it because there’s a Goodreads giveaway for it that ends in August so you could still possibly read it by the pool this summer. What could be more summery than a book taking place in historical asylums?! …My taste may be better equipped for Halloween book lists.
5. You Deserve a Drink by Mamrie Hart
I’m not usually one for silly humor, but anyone who has seen Mamrie Hart on YouTube has to admit that her wit is as sharp as it gets. I always find myself impressed with her work, whether it’s a drink recipe video or the movie she wrote (Camp Takota is on Netflix, for those who haven’t seen it). I have no doubt her book of essays will be ridiculously funny.
6. A Magic Dark and Bright by Jenny Adams Perinovic
How gorgeous is this cover?! It’s been a while since I’ve read a good ghost story and this one sounds wonderfully eerie. And I’m officially blaming my spooky taste in books on the fact that I’m born at the end of October. Clearly my Halloween recommendation list is going to be stellar.
Topic inspired by this week’s Top Ten Tuesday on The Broke and the Bookish.
All cover images from Goodreads.