If there is one thing I love about summer, it’s summer reading! I love to soak up the sunshine with a good book in tow, and I love having fun, engaging, great books whether it’s for while I am on a trip or just bumming on a summer afternoon or sitting by the pool. I’ve gathered a list of GREAT books for you to try out this summer if you love summer reading too!
Today I am going to give you 20+ great book recommendations for summer!
As we speak-literally as I am typing this-I am re-reading a favorite of mine, The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton. BUT, when I say “reading” I mean listening. Do you ever do that? Get a good book on Audible and listen to it as you do things?
Listening to books can be great for summer time. One of my favorite things to do on a road trip with my boys is to listen to a book while we drive. Today I have a lot to get done but also want to get The Forgotten Garden “read” by book club tomorrow night, so I grabbed it on Audible and I’ll listen to it today while I do things like fold laundry and make dinner. Makes it so nice to get stuff done around the house while listening to a book!
So, before we launch into the book recommendations, let me just tell you-all of these can be found on Audible AND you can get a free 30 day trial so you can get a book a listen now for free!
And, a fun new release at Audible this month, Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book: The Mowgli Stories! It’s a fun adaptation on the original The Jungle Book story and it’s available now! Might be a great one for this summer with your family?
OK, so let’s talk about the other great summer books!
20 Great Books for Summer:
Nightingale by Kristin Hannah: A story of two sisters during World War II in France. A bit of history, a bit of mystery, sad and beautiful all in one.
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr: Another story of World War II. A girl who is blind and lives in Paris and a young boy living in Germany. You get each of their tales.
Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner: Another World War II story and another mystery (can you tell what kind of books I like?). This one takes place in London and is one of my favorite books ever.
Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok: Story of immigrants from Asia living in America and trying to make ends meet and get by while also learning to live within a new culture.
The Lake House by Kate Morton: This is my all time favorite author! Any book you read by her will be great. This is her latest. It takes a little work to get into but it’s SO worth it in the end. I call this type of story a family history mystery. One character is trying to find out clues to things that happened in the past and unravel a family mystery.
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline: This tells the story of a girl sent West on the orphan train last century and jumps back to the present to the story of a girl dealing with her own version of an orphan train as she navigates foster care.
The Forgotten Room by Karen White, Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig: Yes-do you see that? Three authors. They each write the voice of one character, three generations of women. Another family history mystery type story.
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty: Middle aged mom falls off her bike at spin class and can’t remember the last ten years or so of her life and she tries to piece it all back together.
Edenbrooke and Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson: In the mood for a fast, clean, cheesy romance? Either of these books are for you. You’ll read these ones fast and swoon a lot. Good ones when you need an easy read.
Until We Reach Home by Lynn Austin: I would read any book that this author writes! SO good. More of the family history mystery style book and this one’s one of my favorites by her. But really, if you like this style, pick up any of her books.
Mrs. Mike by Benedict Freedman, Nancy Freedman: Love this story! One of my all time favorites. Young woman marries a Canadian Mounty and they move into the wilderness of Canada. Such a beautiful story.
Maid to Match by Deeanne Gist: Another fun, easy romance. This one takes place in a large estate in America and is an easy, clean read. Great for summer!
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman: If you liked The Help, this one reminded me of it a little bit. Southern charm and female friendship.
Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows: Another WWII book, but this one takes a lighter, more comical spin. A group of people trying to make the most of life during this difficult time.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte: Probably my all time favorite book! If you haven’t read this classic, grab it. It’s get all the elements of a good classic romance also with a hint of mystery.
Persuasion by Jane Austen: I know that you all know Jane Austen already, but if you haven’t read this one, do it! I think this is my favorite of all her books!
The Selection (and the whole series) by Kiera Cass: Think the Bachelor meets The Hunger Games. If you like easy, fast paced young adult series, you will love this series.
Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson: Young girl finds herself with no family but a plot of land in Montana and heads out there to try to make a go of it. Beautiful story of relationships and things that matter in life.
I’d love to hear some of your favorite summer reads!
Then pick one of these and try it out on Audible! Let me know what you think!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Audible. The opinions and text are all mine.