(and if you’re in the southern hemisphere, just consider it: Dreaming of Summertime Reads)
In the past couple of months I’ve read more than a few books that have made me happy, given me a lot of satisfaction, or have been pure escapist fare–and sometimes all of the above. These are the kinds of books that you want to take on vacation because, let’s face it, no matter how much you think you should read Moby Dick or War and Peace, vacation is just not the time for it unless you need to do penance for something. Vacation is for lighter, feel good books.
I will be adding to the list that follows as the days go on, so check back if you are looking for some fun reads. If you have books you’ve read that you think would make great beach reads, please make suggestions in the comments so that we all can have a great summertime (dreaming of summertime) of reading.
2019 Summer Reads
The list is in no particular order
The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen. Sarah Dessen is called the queen of contemporary YA and summertime romance. The Rest of the Story, a beautifully written story about a young woman who visits her late mother’s loud, messy family, shows you why Dessen is the reigning queen. A 5 butterfly story! #Contemporary YA, #Family, #Lake, #North Carolina, #YA romance
The Summer Guests by Mary Alice Monroe. Mary Alice Monroe’s books always make me think about the beach. This time Monroe takes us to the North Carolina mountains as people flee from a monstrous hurricane. A 4 butterfly and a ladybug review! #women’s fiction, #summer, #horses, #dogs, #hurricane, #romance
The Right Sort of Man by Allison Montclair. What happens when two women who would seem to be polar opposites begin a matchmaking business and then find that it might die upon the murder of one of their clients? Well, they begin sleuthing, of course! Delightful, witty, historical mystery. A 5 butterfly review! #mystery, #historical, #post WWII, #marriage brokers, #murder
Hammered by Pippa Grant and Lili Valente. Is quirky, new age, sexy fun more your summertime read? Look no further than Hammered with its resident raccoon, George Cooney; naive and sweet, Olivia; and sex on a stick bad boy, Jace. A 4 butterfly and a ladybug review! #quirky romance, #new age, #hot, #sexy, #fun
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren. What happens when sworn enemies go on their newly married siblings’ honeymoon? This hysterical romantic comedy that will have you laughing out loud! A 5 butterfly review! #contemporary romance, #enemies to lovers, #hawaii, romantic comedy
Beach Wedding Weekend by Rachel Magee. I read this at the beach and can tell you that it’s the perfect little romance for your beach reading! A 4 butterfly and a ladybug review! #sweet romance, #contemporary, #hallmark, #florida