Now that we’re officially in the first week of summer, I’m ready to share my summer reading list. My reading motivation comes back full force every summer, and I’ve been listening to audiobooks and reading paperbacks from the library every chance I get.
These first few books are ones I’m currently reading.
Under the Southern Sky by Kristy Woodson Harvey
Kristy’s books are the ultimate summer reads. They are all set on the East Coast and feature landscapes I’m familiar with. This is her most recent book. Typically, I fly through her books very quickly, but this one is a little more somber and I’m taking my time. The action gets started right off the bat, which I like, and all the characters are likable. I really feel bad for all the main characters, and I hope it ends the way I want it to! Kristy is also coming out with a book at Christmas time! I’m very excited for that one, because it’s a continuation of the Peachtree Bluff series. You can find my reviews here.
Flatshare by Beth O’Leary
I have started this multiple times through Overdrive. For some reason, every time I borrow this digital copy it gets forgotten. I ‘conveniently’ remember the day its due, so this time I’m really going to finish it! This is an interesting read about a guy, Leon, who sublets his apartment for half the day while he’s at work. Tiffy, the other main character, needs a place to stay and fast. Leon needs cash and Tiffy needs an apartment, so it’s basically a perfect match (in more ways than one, I’m assuming).
Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor
This is an historical fiction about WWI, told through letters. It’s very somber. The main character, Thomas, is failing in his health and returns to Paris once more. He takes with him letters from his friends’ sister, Evie. Their (what I am assuming) romance between each other is revealed through the letters. I have been reading this in short spurts, because it’s incredibly sad.
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
I have heard so many divided reviews of this book, I had to see (or hear, as I’m listening to the Audible version) for myself. This is about a family who lives in a marsh near the coast. They are destitute, and at the beginning of the story the mother and all the older siblings leave home. This leaves Kya and her father, who is a veteran I can only assume is suffering from PTSD, at the family home. Kya survives, essentially on her own, for years before being suspected of a murder in the marsh. I hope that’s not giving anything away, but that’s all I know going into this story!
Now, here are some titles I’ve recently borrowed from the library
Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
Years ago, I listened to The Martian and found it very interesting. Project Hail Mary is a similar story — an astronaut is left out in space and has to surivive. I am not normally into sci-fi books, but Andy Weir has a way of writing that makes it easily digestable.
Touch & Go by Lisa Gardner
When I checked this out, I didn’t realize it was the second book in a series. However, I’ve heard you can read it as a stand alone. This is a mystery where a family completely vanishes without a trace. I’m excited to get into this one!
I’ve heard so much about this series, I wanted to finally read it. This series is an alternate historical fiction where American has a royal family. When America won the Revolutionary War, the country crowned George Washington king. Two and half centuries later, the House of Washington still reigns. This sounds like a great summer read! I checked out book 1 and book 2.
Jo & Laurie by Margaret Stohl
Little Women is in my top 10 favorite books, so this definitely intrigued me. This is an alternate extension of the Little Women story, wherein Jo and Laurie go to New York. Laurie has romance on his mind, but Jo doesn’t (just like the original story). Laurie comes home with his new girlfriend, and Jo needs to figure out how she really feels.
The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth
Last but not least! This is about twin sisters Fern and Rose who have a sociopathic mom. This is about the secrets they keep and who will have the last word.
Thanks for checking out my summer reading list! What’s on your list?