Books for Memorial Day

Memorial Day means a lot of things. It is the start of summer vacation. It probably involves some sort of barbecue. But, most importantly, it is a time for remembering soldiers. So if you're looking for some books that will go perfectly with your Memorial Day weekend, here are a few that you should try.

In Honor
by Jessi Kirby
Three days after learning of her brother Finn's death, Honor receives his last letter from Iraq. Devastated, she interprets his note as a final request and spontaneously sets off to California to fulfill it. At the last minute she's joined by Rusty, Finn's former best friend.

Rusty is the last person Honor wants to be with - he's cocky and obnoxious, just like Honor remembers, and she hasn't forgiven him for turning his back on Finn when Finn enlisted. But their road trip ends up revealing more than the desert landscape. While they cover the dusty miles in Finn's beloved 1967 Chevy Impala, long-held resentments begin to fade, and Honor and Rusty struggle to come to terms with the loss they share.

As the memories of Finn merge to create a new portrait, Honor's eyes are opened to a side of her brother she never knew - a side that shows her the true meaning of love and sacrifice.

My Review | Amazon | Goodreads

 Something Like Normal
by Trish Doller
When Travis returns home from a stint in Afghanistan, his parents are splitting up, his brother’s stolen his girlfriend and his car, and he’s haunted by nightmares of his best friend’s death. It’s not until Travis runs into Harper, a girl he’s had a rocky relationship with since middle school, that life actually starts looking up. And as he and Harper see more of each other, he begins to pick his way through the minefield of family problems and post-traumatic stress to the possibility of a life that might resemble normal again.

Amazon | Goodreads

While He Was Away
by Karen Schreck
"This is just something I have to do, okay?" I hear David say. "The right thing."

He cradles my face in his hands. He kisses me hard. Then he lets go of me. His eyes dart from me to whatever's next.

All she wants is for him to stay. She's been doing pretty well, pretending he doesn't have to go. But one day, after one last night to remember, she wakes up and there's no denying it anymore. He's gone.

When Penna Weaver's boyfriend goes off to Iraq, she's left facing life without him. As summer sets in, Penna tries to distract herself with work and her art, but the not knowing is slowly driving her crazy. Especially when David stops writing.

She knows in her heart he will come home. But will he be the same boy she fell in love with?

Amazon | Goodreads

These are great summer reads with a bit of military thrown in. Do you know of any more books that are great reads for summer that also fit with Memorial Day? Tell me about them in the comments!


  1. Ooh. These books sound great. I'll be adding to my TBR.

    1. I enjoyed In Honor a lot! Something Like Normal is also great and I'll be posting my review for that one in June. I haven't gotten to While He Was Away yet, but plan to read and review it soon as well! You should definitely check em out.

  2. Cool books!! I usually don't like to read books about soldiers, but these ones sound good!!

  3. I've read While he was away and want to read the other two. Great post.
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

    1. Thanks! The other two are great.


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