Summer Must Reads!

Now that summer is coming up, it’s mandatory that you have that perfect summer book to read! There’s nothing better than sitting in your garden or on the beach, with that summer book. Here’s a list of some of the books that I think are perfect to read during summer…

The Summer I Turned Pretty – Jenny Han

This Young Adult book is the perfect summer romance that is pretty easy to relate to. Isabel “Belly” Conklin spends every summer at a beach house with her mother, her brother, her mother’s best friend and her two sons. Every summer is usually the same, but this summer is different. She finds herself in a love triangle, leaving you wondering who she’ll choose. It’s cliché, fun and sweet.

My Life Next Door – Huntley Fitzpatrick

Another Young Adult book about a summer romance, that’s cliché but also fun and sweet. Samantha Reed has always watched her neighbours from her rooftop, wondering what their life is like, wishing to be one of them. But one day, Jase Garrett climbs up on her rooftop and joins her. Her life will never be the same after that day…


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Shakespeare Sonnets

Shakespeare is probably one of the best figures in literature. What’s more relaxing than reading his sonnets? They’re all about love, death, time and having kids. Perfect.

The Choice – Nicholas Sparks

While this wasn’t particularly my cup of tea, it has such a good summer vibe. With sailing, spending time on the beach, and spending time with friends, it’s the perfect summer. This is full of drama and a clichéd romance. Gabby is a medical student who’s preparing to settle down with her boyfriend. Travis is a ladies’ man who works at the vets, and thinks that a serious relationship would be too much trouble for his easy-going lifestyle. When Gabby goes over Travis’ house one night, things happen, and her life won’t be the same again.

Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn

A mystery is perfect for summer! When Nick Dunne’s wife Amy goes missing, he must find out what has happened to her – especially since he’s the prime suspect. What really happened to Amy?

Carrie – Stephen King

This is truly a classic! Filled with drama, horror and suspense, this novel is perfect for reading on the beach or travelling. Carrie is a bullied, lonely teenager who develops supernatural powers. When she gets invited to prom, how will things plan out?

Stephen King keeps you wanting more and more. It’s impossible to put the book down!

Alice in Wonderland/Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass – Lewis Carroll

You can’t have summer without a childhood classic. This well-known story is fun and random, making you want to read more. The two stories are quick, easy reads which remind you why you fell in love with little Alice.


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Paper Towns – John Green

When Margo recruits Quentin on her quest for revenge, he’s in for a night he’ll never forget. He thinks that they’ll be good friends – maybe more – after that night. But, Margo mysteriously disappears the next day, leaving only a few clues. It’s up to Quentin and his friends to find her.

This fun mystery is unpredictable and full of humour, as well as drama and adventure. Margo’s clues really gets your mind working, and is very interesting – it’s much better than the movie!

The Fault in Our Stars – John Green

This is a sweet and heartbreaking romance of two teenagers, Hazel and Augustus, who fall in love. But these star-crossed lovers don’t have an easy journey together.

While this novel is probably thought to mainly be for the hopeless romantics, there are no clichés here, so I think anyone could enjoy it.

Me Before You – Jojo Moyes

When quirky Louisa Clark loses her job in a cafe, she must find another job urgently to help her family. Soon she finds a job to take care of Will Traynor; a young, wealthy man who’s left paralyzed after an accident. Louisa shows Will that life is still worth living and soon their minds and hearts change, in a way that neither could have imagined.

Graceling – Kristin Cashore

This fantasy novel is both gripping and unpredictable. Katsa lives in a world where select people are born with an extreme skill. Katsa’s gift has allowed her to kill people; she’s been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight. With being the niece of a king, and having such a powerful gift, Katsa has been working as the King’s guard. But what will she do when she realises that what she’s doing is wrong?


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The Harry Potter series – J. K. Rowling

What better way to spend summer than reading the Harry Potter series? That’s what I’ll be doing (I haven’t read them yet, so it’s about time)!

This series is full of magic, fantasy, action, adventure, romance and mystery. With loveable characters as well, what more could you ask for?

The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

A romance and historical fiction novel; this classic will keep you wanting more. The story is told by Nick Carraway, whom gives us an insight to Gatsby’s life and the Roaring Twenties.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky

Socially awkward teen Charlie is a wallflower; always watching life go by, without getting involved a lot. That is until two confident, adventurous students allow him to join their crowd. They help Charlie discover friendship, love, music theatre. But as they prepare to leave school, Charlie’s confidence and happiness is at stake.

This novel is my favourite novel of all time. It’s presented in as Charlie’s diary, and is somewhat relatable in different ways for different readers. It’s realistic, fun and emotional. A good read for any time of the year, really.


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Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

I’m currently re-reading this! Set back in the time of The Great Depression, two drifters in search of work find themselves a job on a ranch. But nothing is easy for George and Lennie with Lennie having learning difficulties and so losing their job all the time. Will things go sour for them again at this new ranch – or worse?

The Notebook – Nicholas Sparks

This is the story of a slightly modern Romeo and Juliet. Young and naive Noah and Allie fall in love one summer, but things go wrong. Allie’s parents don’t approve and soon she’s to be leaving town. After a big argument, they end things. Years pass, and they soon meet again.

While I prefered the movie adaptions because of how cheesy the novel is, it’s perfect for those who love a good romance.

The Gingerbread House – Carin Garhardsen

This horror-mystery keeps you at the edge of your seat. In Stockholm, several murders have occurred in a short space of time. The police begin to suspect that there’s a link between the murders. The killer’s motives are personal and won’t stop.

Your mind will be working throughout this novel, wondering who the killer is. It’s a fun, easy read.

Looking for Alaska – John Green

This young adult novel is an easy, interesting read. It follows young Miles Halter who is interested in famous last words. Soon, he leaves for boarding school to seek what the poet Francois Rabelais called the “Great Perhaps.” However, little does he know that at Culver Creek, student Alaska Young will change his life forever.


Hopefully this list will encourage you to read more this summer! There are so many other novels that are perfect for summer, but I wouldn’t have enough time to write them all down ;).


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