It seems like every summer, there’s at least one book that captures everyone’s attention and becomes the novel of the summer. Everywhere you look, people are reading it by the poolside, carrying it with them as they hurry to their gate in the airport, and discussing its virtues during their monthly book club.
The good news is, there are so many great books out there, you could never run out of options no matter how fast you read. If you’re looking for an epically tantalizing summer read, something that will have you turning those pages like there’s no tomorrow, this list is a great place to start.
Great Summer Reads #10. Hugo and Rose by Bridget Foley.
A dark, twisted sort of modern fairytale about a married woman who who meets the man she’s been secretly dreaming of. This book will get you thinking about the phrases “star-crossed lovers” and “soulmate.”
Great Summer Reads #9. Love and Miss Communication by Elyssa Friedland.
What happens when a lawyer gets rid of her smartphone and starts actually living life without hiding behind a screen? It’s a question we’ve all asked ourselves from time to time, but read this book to see what actually happens.
Great Summer Reads #8. The Idea of Love by Patti Callahan Henry.
Two strangers who do nothing but lie to one another are drawn together. Is the truth going to pull them apart, or are their lies going to bring them together?
Great Summer Reads #7. Blueprints by Barbara Delinsky.
Major fallout between a mother and a daughter on the set of their family-based home construction show. Will these two women be able to mend their crumbling relationship?
Great Summer Reads #6. The Bolingbroke Chit by Lynn Messina.
If you love Victorian-era period stories, this one is for you. Lady Agatha would rather paint than deal with any of the exhausting suitors her mother would like her to marry. Until she meets the charming Viscount Addleson…
Great Summer Reads #5. Things You Won’t Say by Sarah Pekkanen.
An intense story about the aftermath of a police station shooting, and family on the brink of total destruction.
Great Summer Reads #4. Summer Secrets by Jane Green.
A party girl in London has her life completely turned upside down when she learns about the father she never knew, and when she makes a devastating mistake one night.
Great Summer Reads #3. The Scarlet Letter Society by Mary McCarthy.
With a title like that, you can just tell it’s going to be a steamy story. Three women meet regularly to discuss literature…among other things in their lives. It’s a more realistic, slightly provacative look into what actually happens to couples after the big romantic kiss and the “I do.”
Great Summer Reads #2. Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave.
One week before her wedding, Georgia finds out that her fiancé was keeping a devastating secret. He wasn’t the only one, though, which she learns when she returns to her childhood home.
Great Summer Reads #1. Beach Town by Mary Kay Andrews.
The beloved author is back with another page-turner. In this novel, a movie scout looks for the perfect location for a big budget beach movie, but finds that the little town’s mayor is not exactly willing to cooperate. But can she find some way to make him change his mind?
You won’t be bored for a moment this summer if you head to your local book store (or the Kindle store on your iPad) and purchase a few of these gripping page-turners. Just remember to give your eyes a rest every once in a while, or your voracious reading will give you headaches before long. Happy reading!
SOURCES: Pop Sugar
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