When it comes to summer reading, I think the best books to read are fun, short, and thrilling. Of course classics, and high literary novels, are great to read whenever, but there’s something about the summer that makes contemporary books so pleasurable to read. Here are my top 8 books to read in the summer.
- Bloom by Estée Lalonde
Bloom is a memoir/lifestyle book written by Estée Lalonde. I have been subscribed to her YouTube channel for a while, and I think she can be so fun to watch. I picked up this book while I was working at Penguin Random House Canada, and I just knew this would be a great short read in the summer. The chapters of the book are divided into categories, so I can read section by section everyday.
- Where Am I Now? by Mara Wilson
I read Where Am I Now? in July, and it completely changed my life. Mara Wilson is a new personal hero of mine, and I can’t believe it took me this long to read her writing. Her writing is relatable, funny, and heartbreakingly honest. I would recommend this book to anyone who’s looking for a book that will hit them at their core.
- Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
Mindy Kaling is the incredibly funny actress and writer of The Office and The Mindy Project. I loved her first memoir, and I just had to read her second one. I thought her second memoir was better than her first, and it was so much fun reading her it during the BookTube-A-Thon!
- The Most Dangerous Place on Earth by Lindsey Lee Johnson
I think the summer is the perfect time to read new releases of the year, and that’s what this book, and the next three have in common. I don’t know much about this book, other than it takes place in a high school in California. I typically read books without knowing anything about the plot. That might sound strange, but I personally like to know nothing, that way everything is new and surprising.
- A Separation by Katie Kitamura
This novel I think is going to be right up my alley. The novel centres around a divorcing couple, when the husband disappears. I read almost half of the novel so far, and it’s definitely not written to be a thriller. I’m still hooked on the plot regardless if it being thrilling or not.
- The Girl Before by J P Delaney
I have never read a domestic thriller, so I thought this could be a good one to read since it was published recently, and it’s becoming a movie. I’m currently reading it at the moment, and it’s definitely unlike anything I have read before. The novel centres around two different women who rent a house, and the strict restrictions put upon them to live there. The chapters alternate between “Then” and “Now,” showing the similarities between the two women. I wonder what the twist will be!
- Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
In high school I read the first two books in this series, and fell absolutely in love with the storyline and characters. It’s a great feel-good novel, full of fashion insight, and comedic high jinx.
- Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
I just read this novel last month, and it’s just as fun and silly as the movie. It’s a great adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, without being an exact copy of the plot. If you like reading adaptations, this would be the perfect read for you!
The great thing about summer reading is that you can either delve into a new genre, or read something incredibly fun. So far, my summer reading has introduced me to some of my new favourite books, and some of my least favourite. Let me know if you have read any of these books!