Books for Summer

Summertime is approaching, and what better way to get ready for lazy sunny days than to read books about summer? These books are perfect for reading on your porch with a glass of lemonade, in a hammock, on a blanket in the grass, or while relaxing on the beach or by the pool:

Twenty Boy Summer
by Sarah Ockler
According to Anna's best friend, Frankie, twenty days in Zanzibar Bay is the perfect opportunity to have a summer fling, and if they meet one boy every day, there's a pretty good chance Anna will find her first summer romance.

Anna lightheartedly agrees to the game, but there's something she hasn't told Frankie -- she's already had her romance, and it was with Frankie's older brother, Matt, just before his tragic death one year ago.

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Invincible Summer
by Hannah Moskowitz
Noah’s happier than I’ve seen him in months. So I’d be an awful brother to get in the way of that. It’s not like I have some relationship with Melinda. It was just a kiss. Am I going to ruin Noah’s happiness because of a kiss?

Across four sun-kissed, drama-drenched summers at his family’s beach house, Chase is falling in love, falling in lust, and trying to keep his life from falling apart. But some girls are addictive....

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The Summer I Turned Pretty
by Jenny Han
Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer--they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one terrible and wonderful summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.

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This is the first of a trilogy. The sequels are It's Not Summer Without You and We'll Always Have Summer.

by Holly Thompson
After a classmate commits suicide, Kana Goldberg - a half-Japanese, half-Jewish American - wonders who is responsible.  She and her cliquey friends said some thoughtless things to the girl.  Hoping that Kana will reflect on her behavior, her parents pack her off to her mother's ancestral home in Japan for the summer.  There Kana spends hours under the hot sun tending to her family's mikan orange groves.

Kana's mixed heritage makes it hard to fit in at first, especially under the critical eye of her tradition-bound grandmother, who has never accepted Kana's father.  But as the summer unfolds, Kana gets to know her relatives, Japan, and village culture, and she begins to process the pain and guilt she feels about the tragedy back home.  Then news about a friend sends her world spinning out of orbit all over again.

My Review | Amazon | Goodreads

There are so many books about summer! Here are some others you might consider:

My reviews of many of these are forthcoming, so if you'd like more information on some of these books then look for those in the near future!
Do you know of a great book with a summer setting? I'd love to hear your recommendations!


  1. I haven't read any of these books but a few of them sound really good. Thanks for the great post! ^-^

  2. Thank you for sharing these with us! I've read many of them and loved them!

  3. 'Twenty Boy Summer' is so, so good! So are the 'Summer' books by Jenny Han. Great list! =)

  4. Thank you !! I'm planning to read all these books really soon !! It'll be a perfect beach read ;)

  5. Pretty much any books with the word 'summer' in the title should be pretty good! :)

    Aryelle @ ReadingwiththeFishes

  6. Looking forward to summer reads. Thanks for the list.


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