Hey everyone! So this is supposed to be a total freebie week, so I decided I’d go with a topic I’m excited about at the moment. With the 4th of July coming up, I figure a lot of us are gearing up to spend some time at the lake, if we haven’t yet. (BUT STAY SAFE, Y’ALL.) What better way to enjoy lake time while staying safe but by reading in the sun?
So here are some books that I’ve read that I think would make great lake reads, either because they are set at lakes/oceans or because they take place over the summer. Actually, in the course of making this list, I found some Queens of Summer YA. I highly recommend many of their books.
Top Ten Lake Reads
Queen Status. Anything by Sarah Dessen would be a solid win, but this one is particularly perfect for this list because it does, in fact, take place at a lake.
I feel like an anthology about summer would be kind of perfect for a lake day. Read a story in 20 minutes, go do something else. Win-win!
This YA version of You’ve Got Mail is light, fluffy, and fun–and it takes place on the Pacific coast! Easy rom-com reading, which I always think is fun for a day in the sun.
Queen status. Most of her stories are cute, fun love stories perfect for the lake, but I especially love this one because A) it’s set in the summer and B) Charlie spent her summer in much the same way I used to–playing sports with anyone who would join me. So if you’re looking for something a little less girly, this is a definite hit.
This is part of the Hundred Oaks series, but you really don’t need to have read the others to understand this. This book takes place at summer camp! But it’s also a bit heavier in content than some of these others. So if you’re looking for something a little more emotional and thought-provoking, this might be it.
I cannot overstate how much I loved this book. I can’t. It moved me. A girl without a voice from the Caribbean, a seaside Oregon town, and some real emotional depth. It’s cute for sure, but it’s about so much more than that. Very much The Little Mermaid vibes from this story.
Queen status. Lord writes a lot of great summer books with deeper meanings. This one, her debut novel, is one of my favorites of hers. We’re going on a road trip with a teenage country superstar!
I know thus far, I have included mostly more light-hearted books to this list, but this is not one of them. This is deep. A girl’s boyfriend dies suddenly and she’s obsessed with knowing who received his heart and like, knowing a part of him still lives on. It’s a dark read at times, but hey, there are lots of scenes on the beach? (If this is too dark for you, I recommend Golden by this author. More of a road trip read.)
Now we’re back to fun and silly. Just weirdly funny and random, we’re joining Rowena on this adventure as she gets a job painting faces at a Ren Faire. Like, what could go wrong?
Queen status. Matson is the younger version of Sarah Dessen, in the way she writes cute romances with depth. I haven’t truly found a bad one yet. This book is going to really nail home the importance of family and forgiveness, but it’s going to do it in a super cute way. Oh, and if I remember correctly, lots of Beatles references.