Summer Reading List Recommendations

There is nothing better than being outside, laying by the ocean or pool, and reading a good book. Seth and I are going to the Dominican in two weeks and honestly that’s what I’m looking forward to the most, just sun tanning on the beach, reading a book. Recently (like within the past 6 months) I’ve read a bunch of books that I’ve absolutely loved and I thought it would be fun to share them with you guys and maybe you could add one (or all haha!) to your summer reading list!

Don’t worry, I won’t give anything away when I’m talking about the books…no spoilers here! But I’ll talk about why I loved each one and I’ll also include direct links to each! Also, if any of you are book worms like me, leave a comment letting me know some of your favorite books! I’m always looking for new recommendations!


The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah


We’re going to start with a book from probably my favorite author ever, Kristin Hannah. I’m actually including another one of her books in this list because I just love her writing so much. Without giving anything away, this book makes you feel so many types of emotions and really has a way of dragging you into the story. Basically, it’s about a struggling family who moves to Alaska to live “off the grid”. That’s all I’m going to say!!

The Great Alone is suspenseful, sad, funny, heartbreaking, and unpredictable. Kristin Hannah is an amazing writer. Ugh, I could go on and on about her books…but I won’t (don’t worry!). Just please add this book to your summer reading list…you won’t regret it!


Camino Island by John Grisham


Camino Island is a quick, easy, suspenseful but also light-hearted read. Perfect for the beach when you don’t want anything too heavy (as in emotionally heavy not actual weight haha!). It’s basically a book about books…well really it’s a mystery story about a bookstore. I highly recommend if you like John Grisham or just want a quick easy read!


The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

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Ok, so here is another Kristin Hannah book…and it’s better than the first one I talked about. By a mile…no wait…by 50 million miles. Now, don’t get me wrong, I absolutely loved The Great Alone and obviously highly recommend it, but this book is on another level. I read this about a month and a half ago and it’s my favorite book of all time. It takes place in France during WWII and follows a young wife and her family through the war. I don’t want to say too much more and give it away but it will suck you in, make you feel so many strong emotions, and you’ll be the one recommending it to all your friends after you’re done. I got my mom to read this and she also said it was one of her favorite books!  (That’s why this picture was taken from Amazon, because my mom has my copy) Please read this book!! I know, I’m basically begging you but it’s worth it!!


All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr


Keeping with the WWII theme, this book follows both a girl and a boy through WWII in France and Germany. It jumps from the girl’s story to the boys story and back again…and so on so on. It’s another really suspenseful, well written, emotional book. It will suck you in almost immediately and you’ll be hooked! I mean, it was the winner of the Pulitzer Prize…how can it not be good?! This is the only book of Anthony’s I’ve read (so far) but I definitely want to read more because his writing style is very unique.


The Passage by Justin Cronin


If you like sci-fi, thrilling novels set in a dystopian world, then this book is for you. (If you couldn’t tell by the cover…I really liked this book haha!). It’s kind of creepy (but in a good way) and very suspenseful. I highly recommend it if you’re a fan of Stephen King books or any other sci-fi-books. It’s a trilogy and each book is about 600 pages…but trust me, they fly by. Without giving too much away, it’s about a young girl who tries to save the world from well, basically, zombies…but they’re not your typical zombie…ok I’m saying too much…just go read it!! It’s amazing.


Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly


This is the most recent book I’ve read, I actually just finished it a few days ago. It’s another novel set in the WWII era but it’s very different from the other two WWII books I’ve recommended. It’s actually inspired by the life of a real WWII heroine. It’s a story about her life and two other woman’s lives and their horrible struggles through the war. It also sheds light on the only all female concentration camp of WWII, Ravensbrück. It’s a fantastic read and if you’ve already read The Nightingale, you will definitely like this one too.


And that completes my recommendations for your summer reading list! I’m actually in the process of trying to figure out my next book…it will probably be another Kristin Hannah one…I just love her books so much!!


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