Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Top 5 Favorite Summer Reads

As much as I love reading in the fall and winter - getting all cuddled up with a huge blanket and a steaming drink with nothing but pages to keep you company - some credit has to go to summertime reading.  While it tends to be a bit more bright and slightly more sweaty, I've found it's a great time to totally immerse yourself in reading.  There's not a whole lot of holidays or distractions happening so you can focus on what really matters: fictional characters and their stories.  

And, of course, all this sun and warm weather pair perfectly with light, fluffy reads.  So, I wanted to share some of my favorite light, fluffy, summer reads!  

Top 5 Summer Reads

1. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Despite the fact that this book takes place throughout the school year (so there's approximately 0% summer in it), this is one of my all time favorite summer reads (or, lets be honestly, my all time favorite read whenever).  Full of great characters, genuine friendships, a swoon-worthy romance, and delicious French food, this is a definite must read.

2.  My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Just thinking about this book makes me feel like I should reread it.  When I think about favorite contemporary YA books, this one always, always comes to mind.  I love the romance, the character growth and, most of all, the focus on family.  

3.  Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas
While I wouldn't exactly describe this book as "light and fluffy", it's still an amazing read and would be a great break in the summer from all the rest of the fluff.  This book is sharp and chilling and really beautiful and it COMPLETELY BLEW MY MIND.  I still kinda feel like I'm trying to wrap my head around what happened.  Read it.

4.  Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson
Since You've Been Gone is just such a . . . summer read.  That's the best way I can describe it, really.  It evokes feelings of nostalgia and sunsets and melting ice cream and having the best playlist and sitting in the most comfortable quiet with your best friend on a warm evening.  It's wonderful guys.  Plus there's a list and I love lists. 

5.  Magnolia by Kristi Cook 
This one is one that I sat down to read and didn't stand back up until I had turned the final page.  Quick and gripping, it was a sweet red with just enough danger to keep me on the edge of my seat.  Plus, I was 100% in love with the Mississippi environment and southern atmosphere.  

What are your favorite summer reads?  What makes the perfect fluffy read for you?  And where is your favorite summer reading spot? 


  1. Oh I love the first three you have listed!! I actually read MLND and Dangerous Girls this year. Since You've Been Gone I own but know I have to get to. Great choices!!

    1. MLND is such an amazing read! I love it :) And I hope you get the chance to read Since You've Been Gone! It's such an awesome summer read and the friendships in it are great.

      Thanks for stopping by! :)

  2. Fun list! I totally agree that Anna and the French Kiss and My Life Next Door are perfect summer reads. As for the rest, I still need to read them but I've heard great things. I just got The Unexpected Everything from the library and so far it seems pretty good :)

    1. Ohh, I haven't read The Unexpected Everything yet but I'm really excited to pick it up! I'm a bit daunted by the size of it though, especially for a contemporary!


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