“Summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”
Hey guys! So, today I thought it would be fun to compile a little list of some of the books I’ve been sent by publishers that I’ve read recently, and that I think would be perfect to add to a summer tbr!
I’m using the term “new releases” liberally, as some of these came out a few months ago, in the spring, and some have had a new lease of life in paperback form, so are a little older, but I am running with this idea! It is TOO LATE to stop me now with logic!
I’ve aimed for a variety of genres, both YA and adult, as well as some titles that I haven’t seen as often on bookstagram!
Be True to Me by Adele Griffin
A YA contemporary standalone, Be True to Me tells the tale of one, hot summer in the 70’s, where two girls fall desperately in love with the same guy, and will do practically anything to get his attention. Set in long, hot, summer days on the coast, this one practically screams beach read.
Summer at Rose Island by Holly Martin
This is an adorable adult contemporary, set in the UK, on the coast, about a brewing attraction between Darcy, a woman in love with the sea and marine biology, and Riley, resident of the soon-to-be demolished lighthouse. Another one with strong beachy vibes!
Dating You/Hating You by Christina Lauren
This one is a steamy, adult, romance! Carter and Evie are both high-powered agents at competing firms in Hollywood, that suddenly find themselves fighting for the same job. Although this is set predominantly in their work place, the LA setting and sparks between the main characters make this one a perfect, light-hearted read to chill with this summer!
A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi
If you prefer your summer reads more fantasy than contemporary, then Roshani Chokshi’s fantastical renditions of Indian folklore and culture are perfect for summer! Although A Crown of Wishes is the companion novel to A Star Touched Queen, which came out last year, so I recommend just going for it and picking up both!
Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy
If you want your summer reading to reach out and grab you, hooking you into the book until you’ve finished the whole thing, then check out this one. A thriller set against gorgeous coastal Central America, this one is a compelling race against time of children that find themselves missing, away from their parents and the cruise ship they’d all been enjoying.
Slightly South of Simple by Kristy Woodson Harvey
If you want to add a good dash of Southern charm to your summer tbr, then check out Slightly South of Simple. The first in the new Peachtree Bluff series, this one is set in coastal Georgia, and explores the bonds between mothers, daughters and sisters in a beautiful, heart-warming read.
Piglettes by Clementine Beauvais
A YA contemporary standalone, Piglettes is the story of three girls who befriend each other after winning their school’s cyber bullying, annual pig pageant. Determined not to let it get them down, they embark on a cycling trip across France to Paris and fall into adventures and friendship along the way.
The Summer that Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel
In the mood for a literary adult read? The Summer that Melted Everything is a Southern gothic that is brilliantly written and will have you thinking about everything. Hard. Set in a heatwave in small town Ohio, in 1984, this is the year that a ten year old boy who claims he is the devil came to stay. Naturally, chaos ensues, friendships are forged, and everything comes under the microscope in this literary debut.
The Simplicity of Cider by Amy E. Reichert
Amy E. Reichert writes my favourite foodie books! This is her third novel, and effortlessly carries the same charm as her previous adult contemporaries, only this time, she’s added a dash of magic. Set on a family’s struggling apple orchard, there is romance, there are friendships and close family ties, and there is lots of cider. A heart-warming, lovely read that’s perfect to relax with this summer. Just make sure you have some cider on hand.
The Waking Land by Callie Bates
Love being outdoors in nature, but hate the summer? This one is for all of you readers who, like myself, find themselves longing for autumnal days! The Waking Land is a NA fantasy that is gorgeously evocative and will make you yearn for being outside in a forest, under a canopy of trees. It’s a slow burner, but beautifully brooding and atmospheric, so relax and enjoy the lovely writing!
Thank you all for reading! Have any of you read any of these books? What did you think? Which books would you add to this list?