Hey bookworms! For today’s blog post I thought it would be fun to recommend some fun, colorful, and beautiful books that give Summer vibes for you to read throughout the upcoming season! I don’t know about you, but Summer and Fall are my favorite months, and the vibes I get while reading certain books on a beach or in the warm weather just hit different! I do have a variety of genres on this list, so let’s jump right into my recommendations!
#1 – One Italian Summer
This was a recent read for me and, while it wasn’t a 5-star read for me, I think this is absolutely perfect for a summer read. I would consider this to be a general fiction, coming-of-age story. The characters themselves don’t really give off that warm, comforting vibe, but the setting description of a village on the Italian coast, Positano, was immaculate! I love how Rebecca Serle based her book on her close relationship with her mother, and on the Poseidon Hotel which she visited a few years prior and adored. I love how she made her descriptions of Positano as accurate as possible and the way she described the beaches, buildings, and steps upward and downward was such a vibe!
On top of this being a lovely beach read, it’s not very long either so if you wanted to read for hours on the beach, you could definitely finish it in one sitting! If you’re curious, I rated this a 3/5 simply because I wasn’t a fan of the main character, Katy, but the message of the story was super meaningful and a great read for those of us who need a reminder that life goes on and is what we make of it!
#2 – Beach Read
This is actually a book that I plan on reading this summer, but I’ve heard such great things about Emily Henry’s writing and the title speaks for itself. This is a romance, in case you didn’t know, and I love that a lot of this story takes place at neighboring beach houses where the two main characters read and help each other write their novels before their given deadlines. The average rating for this book is 4.06 stars and I have a good feeling I will rate it similarly! Honestly, I just feel like it will be iconic to bring this book to the beach and read it in the appropriate setting!😂
#3 – Nine Perfect Strangers
To switch it up, I decided to recommend a book that falls more into the thriller genre. If you’re not aware, this book follows nine people who pay to go to a luxury resort where they will work on their wellness and bettering themselves without any influence from the outside world. As things progress, the strangers open up to each other and figure out that the resort owner has her own twisted intentions to try and experiment with something on these visitors. I don’t want to
spoil so I’ll keep it brief, but I would say this is a great book to read in the summer because that is when the book takes place; they do morning yoga to breathe in the cool summer breeze and do other workouts and meditations outside in the sunlight. I rated this book a 4/5 because it was very enjoyable and suspenseful! I will say that I actually enjoyed the TV series, even more, so please read it and then go check that out!
#4 – Swimming Lessons: Poems
Let’s switch it up again with a poetry choice! I decided to share Lili Reinhart’s poetry book, Swimming Lessons because the exterior and the interior both give off summery vibes. The poems she writes mostly revolve around the euphoric beginnings of young love, battling anxiety and depression in the face of fame, and the inevitable heartbreak that stems from passion. It’s so intimate and yet relatable so if you are looking for something that isn’t too much of a commitment to read, this poetry book is for you! In case you were wondering, this book has a 3.66-star rating, so it is widely liked and with good reason!
#5 – Barefoot
Once again, another book I have yet to read but this book was only introduced to me a few days ago. Elin Hilderbrand is very well known and loved, and the synopsis of this story intrigued me instantly. In this story, there are three women who visit Nantucket for the Summer and they all have young children to nurture. They all have such dramatic storylines, but all three of them are seeking peace and comfort as they cope with the challenges in their lives; from marriage, infidelity, and the mayhem of motherhood to scandal, tragedy, and illness.
The cover alone gives all Summer vibes, but I love that they’re all visiting this coastline town that is known for its beaches, lighthouses, and whaling. This is rated 3.79 on GoodReads, and I cannot wait to see if I enjoy Hilderbrand’s writing, because she has so many other books I could read eventually if so!
#6 – Layla
It’s been a hot minute since I read this book, but it’s definitely worth reading in the upcoming months because it’s a romance thriller hybrid and has a getaway vacation vibe to it. In this story, you follow a relationship between Leeds and Layla. They instantly fall for each other, but one day Layla gets attacked and is mentally and physically injured for a long period of time. Leeds decides they need to get away together to rekindle their relationship, and when they arrive at the estate they’re staying at, paranormal activity starts to occur, but only Leeds can see it. This is definitely Colleen Hoover’s most unique book I’ve ever read, and I rated it 5/5 stars because of how romantic, thrilling, and insane it was!
#7 and #8 – It Happened One Summer and Hook Line and Sinker
I’m going to end this post off with a guaranteed recommendation(s) for the Summer. I have yet to read these books and I’m very excited to hop on the bandwagon in the coming months to see what the hype is all about! It Happened One Summer is a grumpy/sunshine romance trope about a spoiled woman named Piper who gets sent to a fisherman’s town called Westport for the summer and falls for an insanely attractive, but grumpy sea captain named Brendan!
Hook Like and Sinker is the second book from the series and it’s about Piper’s younger sister Hannah, who comes to Westport and hits it off with a flirtatious, fun, and sexy crab fisherman. I love that both of these books take place in the same small town during the summer, and I have a good feeling they will be equally smutty as they will be summer-esque!
I hope you guys enjoyed this lovely assortment of books from different genres to read this summer! I highly recommend reading these books in the coming months, whether it be on the beach, on a park bench, camping, or simply on your back porch enjoying the sun! Comment down below a summer read you would recommend! Thank you so much for reading today’s blog post bookworms and have a fabulous rest of your week!❤