So this is new, right? Yes! See, lately, I’ve been wanting to share SO much stuff with you guys, and I figured I just needed to pick something and go for it. I’m hoping this bit will be pretty regular, but we’ll see how good my memory is this summer. And speaking of summer, I thought the best place to start would be with books about summer! So if you’re looking for something for the beach, maybe these are worth a look!
(These are in no particular order. I hate picking favorites! Also, each titled is linked to its Goodreads page, so I don’t have to go through what each book is about. If you’re interested, click away!)
Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
As many of you well know, I read this book not too long ago. It’s probably going to be the read of the summer for a lot of people. It’s so amazing. I’m pretty sure I laughed, cried, giggled, and everything else in between. There are beaches (well, lake beaches) in this story and a seriously cute lead male. It’s the story of a girl trying to discover who she is in the midst of what she thought was going to be the worst summer ever…but it’s not. Go read it!
This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
This. Book. Is. Adorable. It’s set in the summer before Remy starts college, which is a place I think a lot of readers are in right now. It’s a cute read with cute guys and a lot of really thought-provoking stuff. I love this book. So maybe there aren’t any beaches in this story, that I can remember, but put this on your to-read list if you’ve never read it. Seriously.
All I Need by Susane Colasanti
Beaches and soul mates! This cover just screams summer, doesn’t it? This is a really fast read at just over 200 pages. So if you’re looking for something quick, this is probably the fastest read on this list. However, it’s not all fluff. This actually covers a few serious topics while still managing to have fun summer scenes. There’s also a touch of college in this as well, if you’re an older reader of YA. I know I really appreciated that when I read it.
This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
This is one of those easy to read, feel good stories. Set in Maine, it’s about a normal girl who gets an email from someone…who happens to be a movie star. I’m a sucker for those kind of books. It does have its moments of seriousness, but mostly it’s just hot days, a hot guy, and beaches. And some ice cream. Yay summer!
Effortless With You by Lizzy Charles
This was one that the author gave me to read in exchange for a review and I just fell in love. It’s freaking adorable. Sigh. It’s not the summer Lucy had pictured for herself, but what can she do? She’s got to get a summer job. There are definitely hot guys in this story, as well as some funny moments, sweet moments, and surprises. But no beaches that I can recall. Still, high school, summer jobs, and guys. Summer!
Valkyrie Rising by Ingrid Paulson
This is the only supernatural book on this list…and the first on this list that takes place in a foreign country! Norway, to be precise. If you’re a fan of Norse mythology, I recommend looking into this. Ellie’s going to Norway to spend the summer with her Grandmother, only to get enmeshed in a battle bigger than she could ever imagine. It’s really cool. And for the record, hot guys but no beaches. And the only downside to this book is that it’s clearly meant to be part of a series, but the sequel is not released/has absolutely no information available about it.
Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
Yes, this is the 2nd Morgan Matson novel on this list. I’m a fangirl for her. This story is so well-rounded. And just as a warning, this book will make you cry. It’s easy to read, yeah, but it’s a tear-jerker. I adored this. It has so many great characters and themes. And beaches and hot guys. Can’t forget those, can we? But maybe this isn’t the best beach read simply because you’ll be so absorbed in the book you’ll forget you’re at the beach! (That would be me, and then I’d look like a lobster.)
The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
I first read this book four years ago. And it’s just one of those books that sums up summer romances so well. Waiting all winter long just to see your summer crush(es) again. While I still find Belly’s name to be odd and slightly disturbing, I really like her as a character. And seriously, what’s not to like about Jeremiah and Conrad? Swoon-worthy boys and beaches make this an awesome summer read, even if you’ve read it before. And why let the fun end with this book? It’s a trilogy!
My Faire Lady by Laura Wettersten
Since I just finished reading this recently, I’m a little biased still. It was super adorable and unique. I mean, a Renaissance Faire? Dude. It’s such a cute tale of a girl struggling to heal a broken heart and the many people she meets at her summer job. While there may not be beaches in this summer read, there are still super cute guys, bonfires, and sass. (Give me the first and the third and I’m good.)
Cruel Summer by Alyson Noel
I threw this one on the list mostly because of its setting more than anything. Greece! Summer in Greece! I particularly enjoy books that let me travel the world, so this was nice for that. And it’s a fish-out-of-water tale as Colby adjusts to her summer in Greece with basically no modern technology. Again, swoon-worthy boys and beaches!