Your Must-Read Summer Book List
Nothing says summer quite like a good book. The days are longer, the sun is warmer, and the only place to be is outside. Whether it’s a beach mat or a park bench, nothing beats relaxing and reading in the summertime sunshine. To kick off the best time of the year, here’s a list of the books that you can’t miss this season. From thriller to romance, this inclusive summer reading list will keep you busy until fall.
By Christianna Wiggins
Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall (Thriller)
Araminta Hall delivers a chilling tale with this story of twisted love and obsession. The book follows Mike Hayes and his girlfriend Verity Walton. The pair are beautiful and successful, and Mike is madly in love. Over the years, they drift apart, dealing with infidelity and lies. But Mike never gives up on Verity...even when she stops returning his calls or when she gets married to someone else. The seemingly happy love story takes a dark turn when readers realize that nothing and no one can keep Mike away from Verity.
WALKING THE AMERICAS: 1,800 Miles, Eight Countries, and One Incredible Journey From Mexico to Colombia by Levison Wood (Travel)
Veteran adventure writer Levison Wood delivers another classic with this retelling of his journey through the Americas. Wood makes the laborious journey from Mexico to Colombia completely on foot. With the help of translators and friends, he treks across Central and South America, encountering near-fatal danger and astounding natural beauty at every turn.
Meghan: A Hollywood Princess by Andrew Morton (Biography)
Well-known for his biography of the late Princess Diana, Andrew Morton is back with another royal read. This time, for the newest Duchess to take the world by storm: Meghan Markle. Morton’s book covers Meghan’s childhood, her acting career, how she met her husband Prince Harry, and the road to becoming royal. This read is perfect for pop culture fans.
Crazy, Rich, Asians by Kevin Kwan (Drama/Romance)
This story of excessive wealth follows a young couple, Rachel Chu and Nicholas Young. When Rachel agrees to go home to Singapore with Nicholas, she expects a quaint and pleasant family reunion. Rachel is shocked to discover that her boyfriend is rich, like really really rich. The novel follows Rachel as she navigates Nick’s lavish world, and decides whether or not she can adapt to the lifestyle. Be sure to read this one ahead of its movie adaptation, which hits theaters August 18.
Look Alive Out THere: Essays by Sloane Crosley (Humour/Non-Fiction)
Sloane Crosley gives us the collection of essays we never knew we needed in Look Alive Out There. The book is a compilation of short but hilariously witty stories about Crosley’s life. She touches on everything from troublesome travel to swingers and sex workers. Crosley’s signature snarkiness and charm will keep readers enthralled. Look Alive Out There is perfect for anyone looking for a light but intelligent book that packs a good punchline.
When Katie Met Cassidy by Camille Perri (Romance)
Camille Perri’s sophomore novel is a timeless story about two ladies falling in love. Katie and Cassidy couldn’t be more different; one a Kentucky native, and the other a spunky New Yorker. But the moment they meet, the ladies are drawn to each other and embark on a passionate journey of love and self-discovery. With no tired tropes, the novel is refreshing and relatable. Gay or straight, their love resonates with any reader.