Summer's officially here and I bet you can't wait to finally dig into your pile of summer reads. Well, if you are like me, you read your first summer release way back in January. Still there are many books on my wishlist or TBR pile that promise to give you all the feels only a summer read can give you. But I just couldn't decide which one to read next. So I browsed Goodreads for a few minutes (okay okay HOURS and I don't regret a second of it) and decided to collect these titles into a small list of my Summer Reading Recommendations. Today you get part I of the blog post. Watch out for part II of the post tomorrow. Hope you enjoy it and maybe you find something you want to add to your summer reading list as well. Happy Reading!
New Places & New Experiences
Wanderlost by Jen Malone
Not all those who wander are lost, but Aubree Sadler most definitely is on this novel’s whirlwind trip through Europe.
Aubree can’t think of a better place to be than in perfectly boring Ohio, and she’s ready for a relaxing summer. But when her older sister, Elizabeth, gets into real trouble, Aubree is talked into taking over Elizabeth’s summer job, leading a group of senior citizens on a bus tour through Europe.
Aubree doesn’t even make it to the first stop in Amsterdam before their perfect plan unravels, leaving her with no phone, no carefully prepared binder full of helpful facts, and an unexpected guest: the tour company owner’s son, Sam. Considering she’s pretending to be Elizabeth, she absolutely shouldn’t fall for him, but she can’t help it, especially with the most romantic European cities as the backdrop for their love story.
But her relationship with Sam is threatening to ruin her relationship with her sister, and she feels like she’s letting both of them down. Aubree knows this trip may show her who she really is—she just hopes she likes where she ends up.
The Way Back To You by Michelle Andreani
The Land of 10,000 Madonnas by Kate Hattmer
The Loose Ends List by Carrie Firestone
Eleven Things I Promised by Catherine Clark
Searching for the Happy Ending
The Night That Changed Everything by Laura Tait and Jimmy Rice
Rebecca is the only girl she knows who didn't cry at the end of Titanic. Ben is the only man he knows who did. Rebecca’s untidy but Ben doesn’t mind picking up her pieces. Ben is laid back by Rebecca keeps him on his toes. They're a perfect match.
Nothing can come between them. Or so they think.
When a throwaway comment reveals a secret from the past, their love story is rewritten.
Can they recover from the night that changed everything? And how do you forgive when you can’t forget?
Wickham Hall by Cathy Bramley
Our Song by Dani Atkins
The One We Fell in Love With by Paige Toon
The Little Bookshop of Lonely Hearts by Annie Darling
Rooting for #TeamLove
Defending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally
Captain of the soccer team, president of the Debate Club, contender for valedictorian: Taylor’s always pushed herself to be perfect. After all, that’s what is expected of a senator’s daughter. But one impulsive decision—one lie to cover for her boyfriend—and Taylor’s kicked out of private school. Everything she’s worked so hard for is gone, and now she’s starting over at Hundred Oaks High.
Soccer has always been Taylor’s escape from the pressures of school and family, but it’s hard to fit in and play on a team that used to be her rival. The only person who seems to understand all that she’s going through is her older brother’s best friend, Ezra. Taylor’s had a crush on him for as long as she can remember. But it’s hard to trust after having been betrayed. Will Taylor repeat her past mistakes or can she score a fresh start?
The Flip Side by Shawn Johnson, A.L. Sonnichsen
Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes
Tumbling by Caela Carter
How It Feels to Fly by Kathryn Holmes
Don't get the chills!
The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude
Stay on the roads. Don’t enter the woods. Never go out at night.
Those are the rules in Rowan’s Glen, a remote farming community in the Missouri Ozarks where Ivy Templeton’s family has lived for centuries. It’s an old-fashioned way of life, full of superstition and traditions, and sixteen-year-old Ivy loves it. The other kids at school may think the Glen kids are weird, but Ivy doesn’t care—she has her cousin Heather as her best friend. The two girls share everything with each other—or so Ivy thinks. When Heather goes missing after a May Day celebration, Ivy discovers that both her best friend and her beloved hometown are as full of secrets as the woods that surround them.
How to Disappear by Ann Redisch Stampler
Please Don't Tell by Laura Tims
With Malice by Eileen Cook
Never Missing, Never Found by Amanda Panitch
Fame & Talent
Show what you've got!
Unscripted Joss Byrd by Lygia Day Peñaflor
Hollywood critics agree. Joss Byrd is "fiercely emotional," a young actress with "complete conviction," and a "powerhouse."
Joss Byrd is America's most celebrated young actress, but on the set of her latest project, a gritty indie film called The Locals, Joss's life is far from glamorous. While struggling with her mother's expectations, a crush on her movie brother, and a secret that could end her career, Joss must pull off a performance worthy of a star. When her renowned, charismatic director demands more than she is ready to deliver, Joss must go off-script to stay true to herself.
Songs About a Girl by Chris Russell
Waiting for Callback by Perdita and Honor Cargill
What You Always Wanted by Kristin Rae
Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies by Laura Stampler