Ahh summer! A time of year when many look forward to tackling their summer reading list. We have been busy putting together some of the best books to read this summer – from steamy romances and beach reads (one of the books on our list is actually called Beach Read) to thrillers and humor – our list is full of good summer reads for all to enjoy. Whichever title you pick up this summer, be sure to check out one (or many) of these best summer books.
The Vanishing Half: A Novel by Brit Bennet
Synopsis: From The New York Times best-selling Author Brit Bennet, The Vanishing Half follows the Vignes twin sisters. After growing up together in a small, southern black community and running away at age sixteen, it’s not just the shape of their daily lives that is different as adults. Many years later, one sister lives with her black daughter in the same southern town she once tried to escape. The other secretly passes for white, and her white husband knows nothing of her past. Still, even separated by so many miles and just as many lies, the fates of the twins remain intertwined.
Beach Read by Emily Henry
Synopsis: Augustus Everett is an acclaimed author of literary fiction. January Andrews writes bestselling romance. They’re polar opposites. In fact, the only thing they have in common is that for the next three months, they’re living in neighboring beach houses, broke, and bogged down with writer’s block. Until, one hazy evening, one thing leads to another and they strike a deal designed to force them out of their creative ruts
The Jetsetters: A Novel by Amanda Eyre Ward
Synopsis: When seventy-year-old Charlotte Perkins submits a sexy essay to the Become a Jetsetter contest, she dreams of reuniting her estranged children: Lee, an almost-famous actress; Cord, a handsome Manhattan venture capitalist who can’t seem to find a partner; and Regan, a harried mother who took it all wrong when Charlotte bought her a Weight Watchers gift certificate for her birthday. Can four lost adults find the peace they’ve been seeking by reconciling their childhood aches and coming back together?
The Scent Keeper: A Novel by Erica Bauermeister
Synopsis: Emmeline lives an enchanted childhood on a remote island with her father, who teaches her about the natural world through her senses. What he won’t explain are the mysterious scents stored in the drawers that line the walls of their cabin, or the origin of the machine that creates them. As Emmeline grows, however, so too does her curiosity, until one day the unforeseen happens, and Emmeline is vaulted out into the real world.
Nothing Can Hurt You by Nicola Maye Goldberg
Synopsis: On a cold day in 1997, student Sara Morgan was killed in the woods surrounding her liberal arts college in upstate New York. Her boyfriend, Blake Campbell, confessed, his plea of temporary insanity raising more questions than it answered. In the wake of his acquittal, the case comes to haunt a strange and surprising network of community members, from the young woman who discovers Sara’s body to the junior reporter who senses its connection to convicted local serial killer.
The Weekend: A Novel by Charlotte Wood
Synopsis: Three women in their seventies reunite for one last, life-changing weekend
in the beach house of their late friend. The Weekend explores growing old and growing up, and what happens when we’re forced to uncover the lies we tell ourselves. Sharply observed and excruciatingly funny, this is a jewel of a book: a celebration of tenderness and friendship from an award-winning writer.
Blue Ticket: A Novel by Sophia Mackintosh
Synopsis: Calla knows how the lottery works. Everyone does. On the day of your first bleed, you report to the station to learn what kind of woman you will be. A white ticket grants you marriage and children. A blue ticket grants you a career and freedom. You are relieved of the terrible burden of choice. And once you’ve taken your ticket, there is no going back. But what if the life you’re given is the wrong one?
Celine: A Novel by Peter Heller
Synopsis: Working out of her jewel box of an apartment at the base of the Brooklyn Bridge, Celine has made a career of tracking down missing persons, and she has a better record at it than the FBI. But when a young woman, Gabriela, asks for her help, a world of mystery and sorrow opens up. Gabriela’s father was a photographer who went missing on the border of Montana and Wyoming. He was assumed to have died from a grizzly mauling, but his body was never found. Now, as Celine and her partner head to Yellowstone National Park, investigating a trail gone cold.
Clean Hands: A Novel by Patrick Hoffman
Synopsis: Corporate lawyer Elizabeth Carlyle is under a lot of pressure. Her prestigious New York law firm is working on the most high-stakes case in company history, defending a prominent bank. When Elizabeth gets the news that one of her junior associates has lost his phone—and the secret documents that were on it—she needs help. Badly. Enter ex-CIA officer Valencia Walker, a high-priced fixer who gets called in when governments, corporations, and plutocrats need their problems solved discretely. But things get complicated when the missing phone is retrieved: somebody has already copied the documents, and now they’re blackmailing the firm.
Interlibrary Loan by Gene Wolfe
Synopsis: Hundreds of years in the future our civilization is shrunk down but we go on. There is advanced technology, there are robots.And there are clones. E. A. Smithe is a borrowed person, his personality an uploaded recording of a deceased mystery writer. Smithe is a piece of property, not a legal human. As such, Smithe can be loaned to other branches. Which he is. Along with two fellow reclones, a cookbook and romance writer, they are shipped to Polly’s Cove, where Smithe meets a little girl who wants to save her mother, a father who is dead but perhaps not. And another E.A. Smithe… who definitely is.
Want: A Novel by Lynn Steger Strong
Synopsis: Elizabeth is tired. Years after coming to New York to try to build a life, she has found herself with two kids, a husband, two jobs, a PhD—and now they’re filing for bankruptcy. When she reaches out to Sasha, her long-lost childhood friend, it feels almost harmless—one of those innocuous ruptures that exist online, in texts. But her timing is uncanny. Sasha is facing a crisis, too, and perhaps after years apart, their shared moments of crux can bring them back into each other’s lives.
The Summer House by James Patterson, Brendan DuBois
Synopsis: Once a luxurious southern getaway on a rustic lake, then reduced to a dilapidated crash pad, the Summer House is now the grisly scene of a nighttime mass murder. Eyewitnesses point to four Army Rangers — known as the Night Ninjas — recently returned from Afghanistan. To ensure that justice is done, the Army sends Major Jeremiah Cook, a veteran and former NYPD cop, to investigate. But the major and his elite team arrive in sweltering Georgia with no idea their grim jobs will be made exponentially more challenging.
Big Summer: A Novel by Jennifer Weiner
Synopsis: Six years after the fight that ended their friendship, Daphne Berg is shocked when Drue Cavanaugh walks back into her life, looking as lovely and successful as ever, with a massive favor to ask. Daphne hasn’t spoken one word to Drue in all this time—she doesn’t even hate-follow her ex-best friend on social media—so when Drue asks if she will be her maid-of-honor at the society wedding of the summer, Daphne is rightfully speechless. Letting glamorous, seductive Drue back into her life is risky, but it comes with an invitation to spend a weekend in a waterfront Cape Cod mansion. When Drue begs and pleads and dangles the prospect of cute single guys, Daphne finds herself powerless as ever to resist her friend’s siren song.
Summer Reading: Best Books to Read This Summer
There you have it… our list of the best summer books for all to enjoy! Which title will you read this summer? Drop us a comment below!
And if you’re looking for a nonfiction read, check out our list of retirement books to add to your reading list.
Disclaimer: The synopses for the books listed in this article are not our own. The information has been sourced from 3rd party sources to give the most accurate descriptions of these books. The book suggestions are entirely our own opinion, Retire Better Now is not receiving any compensation for suggesting these titles.