I love it when Spring slowly warms into Summer. It’s such a nice change after the breeze and rain that comes with Spring. I love to step out into the warmth and be instantly engulfed in a warm blanket of comfort. Not that I don’t love Spring, it’s a great relief after the Winter chill, but there’s something about the feel and smell and look of Summer that reminds me of vacation from school as a kid. It screams freedom.
One of my favorite parts of lazy Summer days is basking under the sun, working on my tan and reading a good book. For a book to qualify as a good Summer read, it has to meet some very specific qualifications.
- Entertainment. First and foremost it needs to be primarily entertainment. I am not looking for a book to tickle my brain and make me contemplate life. I don’t want any heavy content.That’s what Winter vacation reads are for (don’t ask me why..I don’t make the rules). I want something light and funny.
- Easy Read. It needs to be an easy read. By that I mean, super easy to comprehend. So not only do I need the content to be easy, breezy I need the writing style to be so comprehensible that my attention can wander and I can still understand what’s going on.
- Short. I’m not talking short story length, but short enough that I can easily read it before I have to return it to the library. Or even short enough that I can read 2 or 3 books before I need to take them back.
So if these qualifications sound like your type of Summer read, keep scrolling and make your list for books to get this Summer for a perfect relaxing tanning session.
Between Georgia by Joshilyn Jackson
Summary- “Nonny Frett understands the meaning of the phrase “in between a rock and a hard place” better than any woman alive. She’s got two mothers, “one deaf-blind and the other four baby steps from flat crazy.” She’s got two men: a husband who’s easing out the back door; and a best friend, who’s laying siege to her heart in her front yard. And she has two families: the Fretts, who stole her and raised her right; and the Crabtrees, who won’t forget how they were done wrong. Now, in Between, Georgia, a feud that began the night Nonny was born is escalating and threatening to expose family secrets. Ironically, it might be just what the town needs…if only Nonny weren’t stuck in between.”
This book already hold a special place in my heart because I met the author when I was in high school, her name is also Jocelyn (although spelled differently) and she signed my book, “To the other Jocelyn.” Plus it’s about a state that is very near and dear to my heart.
All that aside it’s a great story that has enough dimension to make it interesting as more than just a romance, but not too much dimension that you have to contemplate every sentence you read and the possible symbolism and meaning behind it.
The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
Summary- “Andrea Sachs, a small-town girl fresh out of college, lands the job “a million girls would die for.” Hired as the assistant to Miranda Priestly, the high-profile, fabulously successful editor of “Runway “magazine, Andrea finds herself in an office that shouts “Prada! Armani! Versace!” at every turn, a world populated by impossibly thin, heart-wrenchingly stylish women and beautiful men clad in fine-ribbed turtlenecks and tight leather pants that show off their lifelong dedication to the gym. With breathtaking ease, Miranda can turn each and every one of these hip sophisticates into a scared, whimpering child.”
You’ve probably seen the movie, the book is better (but you already knew that, right?). The relationships are more involved, your hate for Miranda Priestly is stronger and your desire to wear expensive clothes may just increase. But what’s better for a summer evening than hitting a mall? Exactly…nothing. But there’s no way it will make you want to shop the same way as this next book,
The Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella
Summary- “[The Shopaholic Series] follows the hilarious adventures of Becky Bloomwood, a spirited young woman with a taste for the finer things in life—if only she could afford them. From London to Manhattan, from singlehood to motherhood, Becky’s charm, her generous heart, and her ability to rationalize away the most outrageous behavior make her an irresistible heroine!”
Another book turned movie but the movie strays from the books in a big way. For one thing the story takes place in London. And secondly Sophie Kinsella’s writing is HILARIOUS! You’ll notice I have a few books on here and seriously you can’t go wrong with anything she’s written. They’re light and fun and have a good story, are written well. And I am not lying, I have never laughed out loud at a book the way I do with her writing.
The Shopaholic series has 7 books (I just learned there’s a new addition). So you might just decide to read all of those this summer and call it quits. But each one adds something new and fun and terribly embarrassing to the story line. They’re hard to put down and I guarantee you won’t want to.
Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella
Summary- “Workaholic attorney Samantha Sweeting has just done the unthinkable. She’s made a mistake so huge, it’ll wreck any chance of a partnership.
Going into utter meltdown, she walks out of her London office, gets on a train, and ends up in the middle of nowhere. Asking for directions at a big, beautiful house, she’s mistaken for an interviewee and finds herself being offered a job as housekeeper. Her employers have no idea they’ve hired a lawyer–and Samantha has no idea how to work the oven. She can’t sew on a button, bake a potato, or get the #@%# ironing board to open. How she takes a deep breath and begins to cope–and finds love–is a story as delicious as the bread she learns to bake.
But will her old life ever catch up with her? And if it does…will she want it back?”
This book was such a great reminder to me that I need to sit back and take a look around and not over schedule or over do life. I love it as a summer read, because that’s exactly what summer should be: a time to take a deep breath and enjoy the beautiful nature around you and not feel guilty that you’re not checking off every item on your to-do list. Plus it’s super funny.
Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella
Summary-“Lottie just knows that her boyfriend is going to propose, but then his big question involves a trip abroad — not a trip down the aisle. Completely crushed, Lottie reconnects with an old flame, and they decide to take drastic action. No dates, no moving in together, they’ll just get married . . . right now. Her sister, Fliss, thinks Lottie is making a terrible mistake, and will do anything to stop her. But Lottie is determined to say “I do,” for better, or for worse.”
This one made the summer list because the main event is a big tropical vacation with beaches, hiking, and some hilariously ruined romantic times. So hilarious and awkward and wonderful. But be warned, you may find yourself blushing a bit.
Never Buried series by Edie Claire
Summary for book 1- “A young advertising executive finds her life in turmoil–she just lost her job, she may or may not have a boyfriend, and she’s trying to help her cousin through a pregnancy. If that weren’t enough, she wakes up to find a strange man lying in her backyard hammock. The fact that he is dead, and apparently has been embalmed for years, doesn’t exactly help. With lots of time on her hands and a knack for nosing around, the young woman finds herself in the middle of a classic murder mystery. But can she solve the riddle before the killer puts her six feet under?”
These books are a step away from the awkward, hilarious romance that is Sophie Kinsella but they are a great story. Each one is a mystery and they’re so compelling that you could easily read one in a day. I’m not the type that likes to figure out the mystery before the main character does, so I just barrel through each chapter to get to the outcome. Entertaining and easy reads.
Pretty Little Liars series
Summary-“Among the mega mansions and perfectly manicured hedges of Rosewood, Pennsylvania, everyone has something to hide—especially four very pretty little liars.
High school juniors Spencer, Hanna, Aria, and Emily have been keeping secrets ever since their best friend, Alison DiLaurentis, disappeared three years ago. But when the girls begin receiving threatening notes from someone named “A,” their secrets—the big ones, the little ones, even the long-buried ones—no longer seem so safe.”
Okay, don’t make fun of me. I know I am a full on grown up or whatever but I’m slightly obsessed with these books. I only started reading them after the show got ridiculous and I had to know what happened. They’re a mystery-ish but they’re mostly just fun. Super easy read because they’re written for teenagers but that hasn’t stopped me from reading each and every one (that’s kind of a lie. I haven’t read the last two because I can’t get them at my library yet).
These are more of a last resort and crazy quick to read, although some are longer than others. But there are 17 of them so don’t plan on reading all of them this summer unless you literally have nothing else to do. They actually have two sort of different story lines too. Once the TV show started airing, the author started writing again even though she had already wrapped up the story line.
Well that’s my brief list. I hope it’s been a little helpful and at least given you one book to add to your list of reads for the summer.
Have you read any of these? What did you think, love or hate??
What would you add to the list (remember by criteria!)?