Wendy at A Cupcake and a Latte recommends...
"Rachel Hawkins is the brilliant mind behind one of my favorite paranormal YA series with a school setting. The Hex Hall series had completely blown me away, and it was a series that I, too, binged during the summer holidays. So when I think of summer reading, I definitely think of Rachel Hawkins' latest, ROYALS. Royals, the first of a new series by Rachel Hawkins, focuses on Daisy Winters, your average 16 year old girl with a sister who's nearly engaged to a crown prince. Daisy immediately finds the new found publicity unwelcome, and is forced to join her sister in seclusion at the castle. Royals features snarky characters, handsome love interests, and all the teen drama one could possibly ever want. Additionally, it's arrival is perfectly timed with the upcoming royal wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle! It's the perfect breezy read for a warm day under the sun, and one I can certainly see becoming a much beloved teen series."
Tiff at Mostly YA Lit recommends...
"This year, my perfect beach read is Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian. It's got everything you would want in a summer read - ice cream, girl friendships, a romance - plus tons of feminist themes! It's the story of Amelia, a girl boss who manages an all-female staffed ice cream stand during the summers, and what happens when the owner dies and leaves the stand to her great nephew. What I love about this book is that it seems fluffy and light, but it's not at all predictable. The ice cream descriptions are delectable, the friendships complicated, and the work ethic inspiring. It's extra in the best possible way - I felt both happy and empowered by the end of the book, and you will, too!"
Jenn at Lost in a Great Book recommends...
"I loved this book because it immediately brought back all the old feelings and emotions (good, bad and ugly) that I used to have about attending summer camp, but with a much more somber outcome. This book is about five girls who slowly begin to bond at camp, doing all the usual camp things, until the day they set out on their very first overnight kayaking trip. Something goes horribly wrong, and the girls are left without adults to guide them or to help them to survive. Told in alternating PO and in flash forwards and flashbacks, the reader slowly begins to piece together what exactly happened on that fateful night, and just how profoundly one formative memory can affect several people so differently over their life. The combination of the familiar sense memory identifiers of summer, mixed with the suspenseful storyline and alternating POVs may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it will definitely spark discussion around the campfire."
Eden at The Required Reading List recommends...
"The Wedding Date was so incredibly enjoyable & fun. On top of that, the heroine is a badass taking names, but still has those niggling self doubts that even the most confident women can. The Wedding Date shows it’s okay to be both. And the hero is flawed in such an incredibly realistic and lovely way. I laughed, chuckled, sighed, and screamed at the book. Got a beach bag? Put this book in it. Got a backpack? Put this book in it. Got a briefcase? Put this book in it. Got a moderately sized purse? Put this book in it. Got a tiny purse? Get a bigger purse so you can put this book in it."
Lynne at Words of Mystery recommends...
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"I rarely get asked to be part of blogger collaborations, so I was happy to join in on to this one, especially since it's for a summer/beach read recommendation. My pick is pretty obvious for anyone who knows me even a bit, and it's Kevin Kwan's Crazy Rich Asian series! The movie of the first book is out on August 17th of year, which makes it an even more perfect read for the summer. For those of you looking for some deeper plot or a thought-provoking story, Crazy Rich Asians may not be for you. Instead Crazy Rich Asians is pure escapism at its best as we follow all the crazy spending, drama and juicy gossip of the some of Singapore's wealthiest (fictional) families. Of course at its heart, Crazy Rich Asians is also a love story and who doesn't love a good rom-com during the summer months?"
Marina at A Makeshift Library recommends...
"Hello all! This is Marina from A Makeshift Library. I'm excited to recommend you a quick but powerful summer read! Exit West by Mohsin Hamid will be a great companion for an afternoon under the sun. The story follows a young couple displaced from their home country by a senseless civil war as they cope with the loss of family, their sense of identity, and mementos from simpler times. Hamid infuses the story with beautiful love anecdotes and presents this heart-wrenching journey in a world where a simple doorway may transport you across the globe. Great for fans of Khaled Hosseini and Neil Gaiman (this book was a wonderful mix of the two!). A beautiful book if you're in the mood for something a bit more dense but don't want to commit to a door-stopper. An incredibly beautiful, raw, and magical story."
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"I'm terrible at limiting myself when it comes to book recommendations, but I managed to cut my list of summer beach read recs down to two of my favourite romances! These recs aren’t really beachy or super summery, but they do take place (at least partially) in California, and for a Canadian girl that’s usually beachy enough for me. :P
#1 for romance readers who like lighter rather than steamier reads: #STARSTRUCK by Sariah Wilson — Oh my! I read #Starstruck a couple of months ago and loved it! Zoe and Chase’s Twitter meet-cute was utterly adorable! I loved how their relationship bloomed, and I really loved all of their interactions on Twitter. Soooo cute! :D This book gave me all the feels and had me giggling like crazy!
#2 for romance readers who like their books racy: VICIOUS by LJ Shen — Vicious is on the darker side romance-wise and it’s super steamy. Sometimes you need a book that’s going to wrench at your heart and tear at your feelings, and sometimes the summer is the best time to read books like that…so if you’re in the mood for a book that’s going to make you super conflicted about your feelings and that’s going to probably make you blush and maybe even make you cry…then it’s time for you to meet Vicious and Emilia. ;) Vicious was my favourite book from 2017, and I’m still absolutely obsessed with it to this day! Read it, read it, read it!
I’m always up for chatting about romance books, so thank you for letting me share some of favourites on your blog, Christine! Happy summer reading everyone! ;)"
I just want to take a quite moment and thank all the great bloggers for participating this time around. I've added quite a few of these books to my TBR and I was pleased to see some books I've read in the past and loved as well on the list. Please be sure to jump over to their social media pages and show them so love.
Let me know in the comments below what books are your favorite for this summer time? Or if you are not one for re-reading, what would be your most anticipated read this summer?