Summer is right around the corner, and one of my favorite pastimes of the season is to stock up on some great beach and poolside reads! I love a good page turner, and especially love a book with a little romance, a great cast of characters and one that sucks me in with the storyline and writing. Here’s a round up of books to add to your summer reading list!
The below are all books I’ve personally read and would recommend reading. If you love a lighthearted read, there’s one for you below. Or perhaps you crave a little drama, there’s a book for that, too. I’ve been enjoying also reading some books by women of color. The debut novel by Alli Frank and Asha Youmans is one of my favorite reads this year – so cute and cheeky! I hope they come out with another novel together soon.
I’ve got a list of books I’m hoping to tackle over summer, but at the top of it is Her Majesty, the sequel to one of the below books and Beach Read by Emily Henry. Here’s to plenty of summer afternoons spent by the beach or pool, reading a delicious page-turner!
Books to Add to your Summer Reading List
The Girl He Used to Know
BY TRACEY GARVIS GRAVES
I loved this book and found it really hard to put down. It’s filled with all the good stuff: romance, heartbreak and a heroine who’s a fighter. The twist towards the end of the novel, was one I didn’t expect, but made it all that more compelling and a book I couldn’t stop reading, even at 2:30am.
BY ALLI FRANK & ASHA YOUMANS
The duo authors’ debut novel, I found this book so charming and witty. Another one that was hard for me to put down. The perfect beach or poolside read, filled with a little sass, plenty of laughs and romance, too. As a child of private schools, this one hit close to home in a hilarious way!
BY ANITA ABRIEL
I’m a sucker for World War II fiction (catch a post detailing some of my favorite WWII fiction books here), and this novel was mesmerizing. The storytelling, the setting and the writing had me itching for more, along with a vacation to the French Riviera! Lana’s character is compelling and her story is filled with both suspense and resilience.
BY JASMINE GUILLORY
I’d been told by many that this book was a must-read. I will say, it was witty and funny to start, but I had a hard time getting through the middle of it. I enjoyed the cast of characters and loved the romantic-comedy aspect, definitely a perfect beach read for the summer.
BY KATHERINE MCGEE
Fans of the Royal Family need to add this book to their must-read list. I consider this novel a Gossip Girl meets Downton Abbey, with a variety of dramatic storylines, romance and everything you love about the royal family. Even better, is this royal family is reimagined to live and rule over the United States. A page turner, that now has a sequel, too.