10 Books on My Summer Reading List

It’s officially summer! And even though I generally dislike summer – it’s too damn hot – it always motivates me to read. Maybe because when I was in school, summer was the time when I could read whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. And it kind of stuck. This summer, I’m hoping to get to quite a few books, so I decided to make a list of the top ten books I’m planning on reading this summer. Fingers crossed I can read all of them!

Normal People by Sally Rooney. I feel like this is THE book of the summer. I’ve been seeing it everywhere. Which, usually, would make me lose put off reading it. But I haven’t lost interest, so I think I’m going to pick it up this summer.

Recursion by Blake Crouch. I binge-read Dark Matter in a single day when it came out a few years ago. So, obviously, I needed to pick up the new Blake Crouch thriller. I think this will be the perfect book to read when it’s too hot out to leave the AC.

Dark Age by Pierce Brown. This is the fifth book in the Red Rising series, which is one of my favorites. It comes out at the end of January, and I already have a signed copy preordered. I hope I’m ready for this, because Pierce Brown is pretty good at completely destroying his readers.

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang. I’ve actually been getting into contemporary romance this year – I know, who am I? but they’re just so fun! – and this one keeps popping up. Taylor Jenkins Reid mentioned it at an event I was at recently, and that’s really all the motivation I need to read it.

Girls Burn Brighter by Shoba Rao. The synopsis of this one reminds me a lot of Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, which I loved. I’m trying to read more books set in different countries, and I don’t think I’ve gotten to India this year, so this book is perfect.

The Philosopher’s War by Tom Miller. I loved the first book in this series – The Philosopher’s Flight – when I read it last year. It was definitely setting up World War I and how magic will play into it. I’m excited.

A Keeper by Graham Norton. Yes, that Graham Norton. I don’t live in the UK, but I do occasionally watch clips of his show on YouTube. And I’m really curious about this one since it’s not a comedy – it’s actually a family-centered mystery set in Ireland.

The Warlow Experiment by Alix Nathan. Historical psychological thriller? Yes please! This one looks really interesting.

The Bone People by Keri Hulme. In my search for more obscure books, this one popped up. It’s the Man Booker winner from 1985, and I’ve heard wonderful things. I definitely want to pick this up soon, even though I’m positive it will make me cry.

The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien. I would really like to finish The Lord of the Rings this year, and this one is next on my list. I loved The Fellowship of the Ring and am looking forward to this one!


Let me know if you’ve read any of these books, and what you thought of them. What’s on your reading list this summer?

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