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10 Best Books to Read This Summer

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This Summer is different from any other we’ve experienced. What is happening in our country right now is really sad and tragic. It’s really important to follow Covid appropriate behavior and not stepping out of home unless absolutely necessary.

These are really difficult times. But the one thing that hasn’t changed is the comfort that books provide. Even though we have to stay at home, we can escape into a story, travel through the books we read and form connections with bookish characters.

Here I have come up with a list of ten books that will help make your summer a bit better:

That was what I'd always loved about reading, what had driven me to write in the first place. That feeling that a new world was being spun like a spiderweb around you and you couldn't move until the whole thing had revealed itself to you.

— Emily Henry, Beach Read

1. Beach Read by Emily Henry

Beach Read is the perfect book to read this Summer. We might not be able to go to a beach, but we can still enjoy this, right? Augustus, a literary fiction writer, and January Andrews, a rom-com writer spend the Summer at neighboring beach houses. Both are suffering from writer's block and they challenge each other to write a book that’s opposite of their norm. So January has to write 'the next Great American Novel' while Augustus will write a happy book.

This book is so different than the usual rom-com books. I loved reading about two writers who were both struggling with their craft as well as their lives. It gave more depth to the relationship than the usual rom-com books. And then this is a book about writers and how they go about writing their books. Definitely a page-turner for me!

2. The Guest List by Lucy Foley

This was the first book I read this year and I absolutely loved it. A group of old friends gathers on a remote island off the coast of Ireland for a glamorous wedding between a rising TV star and an accomplished magazine publisher. What they don't expect? Someone in the wedding party to be murdered on the wedding night.

Narrated by multiple characters over a 48 hours time-span, this book will keep you guessing until the very end. With unexpected twists and turns, this murder mystery is a perfect Agatha Christie–esque Summer Read.

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3. Aristotle And Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

This coming-of-age young adult novel tells the story of two teenagers- Aristotle and Dante. When Aristotle and Dante meet at the swimming pool, it seems that they have nothing in common. But as these loners start spending time together, a special friendship blossoms. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves. It's just a simple story about two boys and how they discover themselves but the writing is so beautiful and lyrical. I definitely recommend it to everyone who needs a heart-warming and beautiful read.

Straight people, he thinks, probably don't spend this much time convincing themselves that they're straight.

— Casey McQuiston, Red, White & Royal Blue

4. Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Red, White & Royal Blue is the escapist read everyone needs this summer. It's a cute love story with a difference. Alex, the son of the first female president of the United States falls in love with Harry, the Prince of Wales. The two start a sizzling hot cross-continent affair while trying to hide it from the prying eyes of media. There's plenty of travel involved, with private jets to London and sneaky trips to New York. The supporting cast of campaign staff, Secret Service, and royals is equally great. The surprise romance causes all sorts of diplomatic complications between the two counties and Alex’s relationship problems are taken to another level. If you’re looking for a lighthearted book to read, then Red, White & Royal Blue is definitely a good choice.

5. The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

The Unhoneymooners is a quick, witty read. Olive is the identical twin sister of Ami, who is having her dream wedding. When Amy and her husband get food poisoning at their wedding, Amy asks Olive to take her place on her non-refundable all-expenses-paid honeymoon in Hawaii. A free trip to Hawaii sounds great— but the only problem? She has to go with her new brother-in-law Ethan, who she’s detested from the day she met him.

Nut a free vacation is hard to resist. Olive and Nathan head to Hawaii with each other, planning to spend as little time together as possible. But fate had another plans. You may very well guess where it’s headed! The Unhoneymooners is super loved and uber-popular for a reason — it’s the perfect beach read!

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6. Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevado

National Book Award-winning author Elizabeth Acevedo pens a bittersweet read about a pair of sisters, living a country apart. It is story of two girls - Camino and Yahaira - one in the Dominican Republic and one in New York City. They have never met, never spoken, never known about each other's existence. But when their father is killed in a plane crash, they find each other in the midst of their grief.

The story is tender, difficult and written in poetic-style verses. It is a beautiful story that finds a lot of warmth and hope in the darkness of loss. I listened to the audio book which is narrated by the author herself. Highly recommended!

How true is the saying that man was forced to invent work in order to escape the strain of having to think!

— Agatha Christie, Death on the Nile

7. Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

You must read Death on the Nile before the release of its movie adaptation. In this book, the famous detective Hercule Poirot embarks on a relaxing vacation to Egypt. Among his fellow passengers is Linnet Ridgeway, one of the wealthiest women in England, who is on her honeymoon with her husband Simon Doyle.

But all is not bliss for the newlyweds as they are being followed by a vengeful Jacqueline de Belleforte, Linnet’s former best friend and Simon’s former fiance. Now add to it a cast of suspicious characters and a murder and you get the perfect recipe for an Agatha Christie mystery. If you enjoy reading murder mysteries then you are going to love this one.

8. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Lavish summer parties, hot weather boredom, love triangles and American dreams— what better ingredients for a sublime summer read? The novel follows Jay Gatsby, a mysterious young man, who gives extravagant parties outside his palatial mansion, in the warm, lazy, summer nights. Jay is after Daisy, his lost love and through his parties; he hopes to meet Daisy again. Daisy enjoys riches and luxury and that’s why she has left poor Jay to marry a rich guy.

The book is sad and tragic but it is so, so beautiful. The writing is so gorgeous and moving and the depiction of love and tragedy just flawless.

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9. Love your Life by Sophie Kinsella

This latest book by Sophie Kinsella is about falling in love with someone – but not necessarily with their life. It follows the story of Ava who has never really understood the concept of online dating. When she signs up to a semi-silent, anonymous writing retreat in Italy, love is the last thing on her mind. Until she meets a handsome stranger…

He’s equally smitten, and after a whirlwind affair, they pledge their love without even knowing each other’s real names. But when the retreat ends and they return home, reality hits. When they start living with each other, they discover that they have nothing in common. It seems that while they love each other, they just can’t love each other’s lives.

Love Your Life is hilarious, sweet and completely binge-worthy. It is a fabulous romantic comedy that celebrates relationships with all their flaws and compromises.

Words shouldn't be allowed to change meanings. Who decides that the meaning has changed, and when? Is there an in-between time when word means both things. Or a time when the word doesn't mean anything at all?

— Nicola Yoon, The Sun Is Also a Star

10. The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Now a major motion picture, The Sun Is Also a Star is an unbelievable yet beautiful love story. Natasha doesn't believe in destiny and is less than a day away from being deported to Jamaica. Korean American Daniel has always tried to be a dutiful son to his parents; he gets good grades, is a family man, and has always been working toward his future. But what happens when they meet one fateful day on a crammed New York City street?

Nicola Yoon intertwines the lives of two teenagers whose lives couldn't be more different. It isn’t just a love story about two teens but it is a story about everyone they came in contact with that day. The story is just so beautiful and heartbreaking.

10 Best Books To Read This Summer

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Shaloo Walia

Comments

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on July 16, 2021:

The Great Gatsby is indeed such a beautiful book. A perfect blend of romance and tragedy.

Lora Hollings on July 09, 2021:

I wholeheartedly agree with you, Shaloo. Reading is a wonderful way to spend your time. You can go anywhere and it provides such quality entertainment. Reading can teach us much too. I wasn't familiar with most of these books except for the Great Gatsby and Death on the Nile. The Great Gatsby has always been one of my favorite books. A beautiful yet very tragic story written by the great F. Scott Fitgerald. You've compiled a great list of summer reads! Thank you.

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on July 08, 2021:

You're welcome :)

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on July 08, 2021:

Thank you.

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on July 08, 2021:

My pleasure, Dora.

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on July 08, 2021:

You're welcome.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on June 14, 2021:

I love learning about new books to put on my list. This review is much appreciated. Thanks for the review.

Blessings,

Denise

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 14, 2021:

Thank you for the recommendations. It's always good to get a review you trust before reading a book.

Lady Dazy from UK on June 14, 2021:

Interesting article with a good selection of books.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on June 14, 2021:

Thanks for the list. I especially like the mystery titles.

Rawan Osama from Egypt on June 13, 2021:

Its very useful

Thank you for recommending and sharing it

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