If you’re anything like me, you think summer is made for reading. But nothing is more frustrating than picking up the latest (and much-hyped) new release to find that even though it’s a bestseller, it’s not the right book for you.
How do you enjoy the hits without wasting time on the misses?
This compact, user-friendly guide whittles the overwhelming array of readerly options down to just 30 titles: that’s 6 unique categories of 5 titles each—because a list of 5 great books is much more useful than a list of thousands.
You all know I love to read, and read a lot. You know where I’m coming from. If you like this blog—and the books I typically recommend here—you’ll find the titles here that are perfect for you.
Every book in there has earned its spot, and I’ve personally read them all, front to back. I can vouch for them, and answer any questions you have. In every description, I give you the information you need to help you decide not just if a book sounds good, but if it sounds good for YOU.
I read hundreds of books for the summer season; this guide contains only the best of the best. I don’t presume to have flawless taste, but know this: if I don’t love a book, I won’t recommend it here—even if I suspect most readers will enjoy it.
About this year’s guide: more than ever before, I’ve chosen new books for this year’s guide: novels and nonfiction published since the last Summer Reading Guide. If I make an exception—and there are a handful—it’s because I couldn’t bear the thought of not sharing a certain title with you.
Happy summer, and happy reading!
Head here to access the guide. (If you love it, share it! I appreciate it so much.)