Discussion: Summery Book Recs + OPEN ROAD SUMMER giveaway

June 17, 2014 2014, discussion post, giveaway, tonya 69

summer books

 

Summer summer summer tiiiiime…

For most of us, summer no longer means months of uninterrupted reading time. (And if you’re still enjoying that perk, know that I’m glaring at you.) We’re all grown up and stuff now (allegedly), with the same old responsibilities we have every other day of the year. But while summer may have lost a bit of its magic, those perfect Beach Books haven’t.

So whether you’re spending your summer reading time sneaking pages at the office, lazing by the pool, or with your toes in the sand, we’ve got the perfect book for you.

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Wendy’s Books of Summer

Fotor0616203447I love books with summer settings! My favorite summer reads are the books where an author transports us back to that time in our lives when we had all the time in the world.

Cameron Post remembers the summer she fell in love with a girl, during the season when the wind blows cottonseed across the wide blue sky. It changes her life, because shortly afterwards, she’s sent to a degaying camp–something she never could have imagined existed. I love the writing in this book, which transports you to those lazy days when all life was was laughing with friends as one memory blurred into the next. Now when I think of this book, it puts me in the mood for strawberry pretzel salad, too!

 

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

This southern gothic takes place in a crumbling manor during the sweltering days of summer, when temperatures run high and emotions spiral out of control. It’s full of questionable ethics and pretty crazy scenarios, and it’s the closest thing I’ve seen to Tennessee Williams for teens. If you like this one, you’ll probably also enjoy Kat Rosenfeld’s Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone, a weird and dreamy mystery with mature themes that doesn’t always give you the answers you crave.

For summer romances, I really Sixteenth Summer, a sweet, light vacation romance that will make you crave walks on the beach and barbecues and baby sea turtle rescues and a boy to share them with; A Ring of Endless Light features a formative summer when Vicky learns to swim with dolphins and deal with her grandfather’s illness; a lot of Sarah Dessen books are set during the summer, too, including my favorite The Truth About Forever. Sa-woon!

My favorite summery middle grade books: the utterly charming, delightfully old-fashioned The Penderwicks. An out of print book called Laura’s Luck, which is set at summer camp. And All-of-a-Kind Family, our July readalong book, which always makes me want to go to Coney Island with sandwiches packed in shoeboxes and hope that someone will buy me an ice cream cone!

 

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Kim’s Books of Summer

Fotor0616204144While You’re Away by Jessa Holbrook
Oh, I so enjoyed this serialized novel about a girl finding the difference between the comfortable but unsatisfactory, and the unknown but wildly exciting and right. This story had me casting furtive glances around Panera, making sure no one was noticing my blush. The chemistry between the protagonists zings right off the page and had me rooting for them from the start. Sure, there’s a some relationship angst and some “What am I to do with my life?” uncertainty that comes with entering one’s senior year of high school. But it’s almost a perfect summer read: romantic, magical, and hot.

Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
The magic of one night in a youthful summer when anything is possible. Can you meet the elusive graffiti artist whose work you adore? Can you reconcile dreams? Well, it’s all okay even if you don’t. It’s all about the journey anyway, right? But sometimes, just sometimes, everything falls into place. Humor, swoons, poetry, and beautiful prose. There’s a lot to love here. Plus, it has that whole magical Aussie vibe going on. You know what I mean.

Second a Helpings by Megan McCafferty
Perhaps I’m biased. This and the first Jessica Darling book are two of the few YA books I actually read as a teenager. (This was over ten years ago. YA was a totally different landscape back then!) But I remember thinking I’d never related more to a character or found one so realistic as Jessica. This story takes place in summertime but I also read it in the summer and my own memories of sitting on the front stoop devouring this book along with a root beer float are indelible. I did mention the bias thing, right? I laughed, I swooned, I got angry about former swooning, and I got downright teary. There are so many moments that run the range of human experience: grief, new love, breakups, newfound friendship…all wrapped up in one comically delivered package. No one does humor, charm, heartbreak, and love quite like Megan McCafferty.

 

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Tonya’s Books of Summer

Fotor0616223728I’ve obviously gotta mention Anna and the French Kiss, and add Lola and the Boy Next Door because man alive does Stephanie Perkins know how to bring the swoon. Hot damn. Along those same lines, Huntley Fitzpatrick’s My Life Next Door is a slightly more angst-ridden summer romance, with perhaps the nicest YA boy to date. (Well… aside from Tucker.) The relationship between Samantha and Jace is a slow, sweet burn and the underlying themes of family and friendship make it a perfect read for a sunny day.

Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith is a fast paced and not-so-slightly batshit crazy summer read. When perfectionist Kiri is left alone for six weeks during the summer, she has her summer pretty much mapped down to the minute. Piano practice. Band practice. Maker her best friend/secret crush fall in love for her. But when she stumbles upon secrets related to her older sister’s death, she spirals into a manic kind of passion that is as freeing as it is destructive.

I feel like I’m constantly reccing Brooklyn, Burning by Steve Brezenoff regardless of the context, but I really feel I’d be remiss if I didn’t include it in this list in particular. It’s a gorgeous, layered, and gritty story of Kid, a genderless homeless teen bouncing around the streets of Brooklyn. Though s/he doesn’t have a home, but has no shortage of places and people that are her own. It’s the story of two summers on the sweltering streets of New York, of music, and loss, and love that defies definitions. I can’t recommend it enough. If you’re looking for some #DiversityinYA this summer, this is the perfect choice.

 

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Kate’s Books of Summer

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Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

This may be my favorite summer read of all time.  It’s basically as if Taylor Swift’s best friend, while they were in high school, spent a summer going on tour with her. It’s amazing and sweet, and the friendship between the girls is just as important as the romance.

 
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Anna attends a boarding school in Paris for her senior year of high school and falls in love with a charming, adorable french dude who has a girlfriend. This is the first book in a really lovely series that follows a group of friends as each of them finds love. It’s a classic romance trope, and it works great here.

The Eight by Katherine Neville
I read this book about twenty times  between the ages of nine and fifteen. God, I loved it. Still love it. It’s not YA–it’s definitely written for adults–but it’s a really fun story about chess (But not in a boring way. I mean, who gives a shit about chess?) and international intrigue that spans from Charlemagne to the French Revolution to the modern day (1990). I cannot recommend this book highly enough; if you’re a fan of thrillers by Ken Follet or Robert Ludlum, but would prefer a more feminine sensibility (badass nuns, sexy chess masters, etc), you’ll love this book. I re-read it at least every other year.

Romance novel-wise, I would also recommend: anything written by Ruthie Knox (her Camelot series is a good starting place),  Julie James’s FBI/US Attorney series, and the Travis Family books by Lisa Kleypas.

 

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Quickie Open Road Summer Giveaway!

To kick off your summer right, we’re giving away THREE COPIES of Kate’s favorite summer read ever–Open Road Summer, along with special postcards. (Here is Kate’s review!) All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form and leave a thoughtful comment below telling us why you’re excited to read the book and/or what your favorite summer reads are.

Bloomsbury is also inviting our winners to send the enclosed postcards back with a simple note saying what they liked best about the book. In return, the publisher will email the winners exclusive excerpts from Emery Lord’s next book, The Start of Me and You, which isn’t out until March 31, 2015.

Open to U.S. and Canadian residents aged 18 and older, or 13 and older with parental permission. This giveaway ends in just one week, so take advantage of the extra points you can earn for tweeting about the contest, pinning it on Pinterest, etc!

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69 Responses to “Discussion: Summery Book Recs + OPEN ROAD SUMMER giveaway”

  1. Effie M.

    I know it’s not a new book, but where is Jellicoe Road on that list? *laughs* I think it is one of the best “summer” books ever.

    Now to hunt down Brooklyn Burning.

  2. Paige G

    Ahh all of these books sound like such awesome reads for the summer AND all seasons! My TBR pile just got longer!

  3. Sarah

    This book sounds so good! I’ve heard such good things about it, I can’t wait to read it myself. Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. Kate I.

    My favorite summer reads include whatever Stephen King release is currently available (MR. MERCEDES is in my TBR pile), binge reading a series that I’ve yet to start (which this year will include Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha trilogy), and stories that make me laugh aloud, like THE ROSIE PROJECT. The combination of BFF and romantic relationships set against the backdrop of a concert tour sounds like a lot of fun so I’d love to check out OPEN ROAD SUMMER.

  5. Sarah K.

    I want to read open road summer because I love books that have music stars in them. I like how in this book it’s the best friend. I’m hoping that friendship will be a main part of this book.

  6. Brandi

    Open Road Summer has been on my radar for a while, I don’t even know where I first of heard of it, but it’s sounds so fun! As far as my summer reads, I tend to bring old classics to the beach. Last year I brought The Secret Garden. This year, though, it’s time for a third re-read of Harry Potter–it’s been three years since I’ve read it and I’ve been itching to go back.

  7. Erin S

    My favorite summer reads are Anna and the French Kiss, The Truth About Forever, Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, and the Modern Faerie Tales.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. Makaela

    I read Golden by Jessica Kirby & Unbreak My Heart by Melissa C. Walker last summer and they were the perfect books for me then. I need a nice summer book for me this year! I’ve been seeing rave reviews for Open Road Summer lately. I’m looking forward to find another great contemporary romance, since it’s not usually my thing. =)
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  9. Lauren @ Lose Time Reading

    I’ve been dying to read Open Road Summer as of late, I initially had zero interest in it but now I can’t stop thinking about it!! My favorite recent summer read is most definitely THe Art of Lainey by Paula stokes, I adored it! I also really loved Anna and the French Kiss last summer and Between the Devil and Deep Blue Sea is on my TBR for this summer :)
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    • Wendy Darling

      Oh yeah, ART OF LAINEY was super cute! That’ s great summer read as well. I hope you like DEVIL, it’s a weirdo book with a very specific style that doesn’t work for everybody…but it worked for me!

  10. Jasmine V

    I am excited to read Open Road Summer because I’ve heard some really amazing things! My favorite summer read was My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick :)

  11. Heidi D

    I LOVE the cover for Open Road Summer! I actually just bought the Kindle version of this the other day. I’m not that far into it yet, busy work week and all, but I’m enjoying what I’ve read so far. Also, thanks for the recs. I’ve read some of the books mentioned in this post, but not all of them. Actually, though I’m a little embarrassed to admit this, some of them I actually own, but I’ve yet to read them, lol. I have so many unread books just sitting on my bookshelves, waiting to be read.

    • Wendy Darling

      Oh my god, never, ever been embarrassed about that. I have literally hundreds of books, both bought and reviewed, that I haven’t gotten around to reading yet. It’s the life of a true bookworm. ;)

  12. Paloma M. Virella

    Well I’m really excited to read Open Road Summer because I love when there is romance in a book, I just love reading Contemporary books, like she just out of a relationship and is going to meet a guy that is actually worth it her best friend tour? like what?! that just makes me get so excited and its in my to read list. So it mean so much if I could win this book because Ive been wanting to read this book so badly. Also some of my summer reads are for example Perfect Chemistry, Down To You, My Life Next Door, and The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight.

  13. S. G.

    Just bought Open Road Summer yesterday actually. Wahoo! My favorite summer reading is acutally the Redwall series by Brian Jacques. (middle grade?) Maybe its the the familiarity or the food, maybe both. Recently I’ve really enjoyed Since You’ve Been Gone and My Life Next Door, and of course Open Road Summer. So much reading so little time.

    • Wendy Darling

      Ooo, there’s good food in the Redwall books? I’m a huge food-in-books person, and no one’s ever told me that! I bought the first book on Kindle awhile back and now I’m even more exited to read it. Thanks for pointing that out!

  14. Katie F

    I’m in need of a beach read! Open Road Summer sounds like the perfect light book to read while listening to the waves crash.

  15. A Canadian Girl

    My Life Next Door, Graffiti Moon and Sixteenth Summer are all great summer reads. I also liked the Jessica Darling series and A Ring of Endless Light – though not as much as A Wrinkle of Time series – but had to DNF Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea.

    My summer reads tend to be more romance-centric so when I think of book recommendations, I think of authors like Morgan Matson, Jessi Kirby and Sarah Ockler.
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    • Wendy Darling

      Oh, GOLDEN by Jessi Kirby is a great summer book! Sarah Ockler, too. I still need to read Matson sometime, so many people talk about her books.

      I totally understand why DEVIL didn’t work for you–it’s totally nutso and the style is so specific and strong, that I know it didn’t gel for a lot of readers. I’m glad you liked SIXTEENTH SUMMER, though! That’s such a light and fluffy book, and in some ways really young. Or maybe I mean innocent? But I enjoyed it so much, partly because it was written in a way that acknowledges the fleeting, bittersweet nature of summer romance. Plus it does such a good job at putting you in the mood to go to the beach.

  16. Thomas

    Love this post and the breath of book recommendations you guys have included – I feel like there’s a read for everybody. I want to win Open Road Summer because it sounds like the perfect beach read, with the music/road trip plot giving it just enough of a unique texture to make it stand out amongst other YA contemporary reads.
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    • Wendy Darling

      It DOES sound like the perfect beach read. I haven’t read this yet, but after Kate told me the main character reminded her of Rose Hathaway from VA, I was definitely sold! Now I just need to find the time to read it soon.

  17. Rebecca

    I’ve been wanting to read Open Road Summer since it came out, but I just haven’t gotten around to getting it. I’ve heard so many good things about it, too, so I can’t wait to read it. I also just picked up The Art of Lainey, which sounds like it’ll be a really cute summer read as well.

    Thanks for the recommendations and the giveaway!

  18. Jen @ YA Romantics

    Not entering because I have already read and LOVED Open Road Summer but these are great lists :)

    I’ve been meaning to read The Miseducation of Cameron Post, and maybe this is the summer I’ll finally do that. YES to Graffiti Moon, one of my favorite YAs of all time!! And last summer I did a binge read of all the Jessica Darlings which was a lot of fun.

    I need to get my summer TBR together. I like to read scary books in the summer. Is that weird? I find they scare me less if it’s a beautiful, sunny day…

    Jen @ YA Romantics
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    • Wendy Darling

      Oh please do give CAMERON POST a try! That made my top 10 list the year it came out, and I can’t seem to stop talking about it.

      I love scary books any time of the year, though. ;)

  19. Christina

    I would love to have a copy of Open Road Summer…one of my favorite books of the summer. Any book involving a road trip, country music, and some romance makes for a fantastic beach read. Thanks for the great giveaway!
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  20. Eri

    Open Road Summer seems like a delightful book, I would love to win the book in this giveaway. It’s always nice to see books that have a lovely friendship in addition to romance. And Matt seems like he’d a charming boy, with his boy-next-door charm. As for my favorite summer reads, I don’t distinguish books by season too much, but I’d have to say almost any of Sarah Dessen’s books would be perfect for summer reading. And a nod to Wendy, the Penderwicks are definitely very summery. I haven’t read some of the other books, but The Eight seems interesting, especially for what could be a very dull topic: chess. Wild Awake is definitely going on my list somewhere as well. I hold the Anne of Green Gables series very dearly in my heart, so despite it not being quite romance, I would add it to my list of favorite summer reads.

    • Wendy Darling

      Ohhh, I’m glad to find a fellow Penderwicks fan. I just read the first book a year or so ago and was thoroughly charmed–the other two are waiting on my shelf!

      Dessen really is great when you’re in the mood for a summer book, and I was totally surprised by how much I liked WILD AWAKE as well.

      And YES. Yes to Anne. Montgomery (including the Emily of New Moon series) writes such lovely, romantic descriptions of nature, so they are perfect for reading outdoors.

  21. Sarah C.

    Thank you for the opportunity to win Open Road Summer! It looks cute and fluffy and I like books about girl’s friendships. I don’t really have a summer reading list, but I am planning to read Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone, Wild Awake, Lola and the French Kiss, and now The Eight at some point. Thanks for the recs! I also read Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea this year and I loved it! So atmospheric!

    • Wendy Darling

      Yay, more DEVIL love! I can’t wait to find out what happens in the sequel, I’m already anticipating the moody southern setting.

      I haven’t read THE EIGHT yet, but the other three books are such great summer reads–hope you enjoy them. :)

      • Sarah C.

        Thank you, and I am SO looking forward to Spark & Burn. Such serendipity when standalone books I love turn out to have a sequel!

  22. Linds @ Bibliophile Brouhaha

    I truest all of your recommendations, although for the umpteenth time today, I must confess that I have never read a Stephanie Perkins book, which everyone tells me I must rectify, STAT. And a hundred times yes on Graffiti Moon! Love that book! Would love to win Open Road Summer – I’ve heard wonderful things about it! Thanks for the great giveaway!
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  23. Alise

    Boo, adulthood. I’m pretty grateful for the free time I get to even sleep, ha. But yay, summer reads! Great recommendations, there are some here I hadn’t heard of until now but added them to my TBR. Now I just need a beach to read them by ;)
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  24. Mara

    I am one of those lucky ones who still gets a summer ;D, the downside of that is that I get pretty much ZERO free reading time during college. And I really just read whatever I want to read next, but I just read a delightful, girly and sumptuous book called Crazy Rich Asians which I count as a fluffy summer read.

  25. Chelsea B.

    I have heard NOTHING but great things about Open Road Summer! Thank you for the chance to win it!
    My favorite summer reads would be the Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella! Such fun and super hilarious!

  26. Andrea G

    A Ring of Endless Light is the perfect summer book. I love the depth in the book regarding the relationships between people. And the relationship between life and death. I laugh thinking that the book has three love interests after the main character. Add in the beach and dolphins.
    The Penderwicks is a great summer read, too. I also love the third book in the series for summer.
    I have While You’re Away on my book pile to read, can’t wait to get to it. I am excited for Isla to be released!

  27. Tabitha (Not Yet Read)

    I’ve only read one of those out of all your various picks – which is The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea – which of course I absolutely loved!

    I never have been the sort to read ‘summery’ books during summer. I just still read everything I normally would any other time. But I love seeing lists =)
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    • Wendy Darling

      DEVIL is such a polarizing book–I’ve seen so many people say they disliked it, and I can see why. I mean, the thing is batshit crazy in the end, hah. But I loved it, and I’m glad to hear you did, too! I have BETWEEN THE SPARK AND THE BURN and am looking forward to sitting down with it when I get 5 seconds to myself.

      And yeah, honestly I think we all read all books all the time. But when you’re in the mood to read something summery, these kinds of things sure can come in handy!

      • Tabitha (Not Yet Read)

        Yes batshit crazy. I just lived her lush writing style. I wanted to start eating the book with all the food descriptions.

        You are so lucky to have book two. I’m going to have to wait to buy it. It’s like pulling teeth for me to get things from penguin young reader, I’m just not YA niche enough for them. Well that and I’m a peon #cackles madly. I will definitely pick this one up as soon as it hits shelves!
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        • Wendy Darling

          Aw. I think all the publishers are pretty mysterious about how stuff gets sent out as a general rule, which I get in some ways because they deal with so many titles and so many reviewers. Penguin’s pretty good to me, but lately there’s been less communication than usual, which is a little interesting. Maybe it’s the merger thing?

          I’m crossing my fingers we’re both gonna love it as much as the first one, though!

  28. Mel@thedailyprophecy

    This is one of the first time I ever see someone mentioning The eight by Katherine Neville! I’ve read this book about 4 times and I agree, it’s about chess but not as boring as that sounds, haha. I hated the sequel though.. My life next door sounds like an adorable book and I also want to read Between the devil and the deep blue sea :)
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  29. Rashika

    I could totally tackle hug you for mentioning A Ring of Endless Light, Wendy. You know it’s one of my favorite books by Madeleiene L’Engle :) I keep meaning to re-read it one of these days… I’ll probably end up getting all teary eyed though when I get around to read Troubling A Star. I remember when I finished it, all I had wanted from my life was to be able to meet L’Engle and ask her questions.. :/

    I actually recently found out about Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone and immediately added it to my TBR so I am so glad to see it made your list!

    I really should read Open Road Summer :P I’ve heard only good things about it and I cannot wait to meet the characters! :)

    Fantastic choices ladies and thanks for the recommendations! :)

    YAY FOR GRAFFITI MOON, Kim!! :D I read it twoish years ago and fell head over heels in love with the story. I cannot wait for The Howling Boy to come out and wish we’d get more information about it :/ Also I read Sloppy Firsts and while I loved the book, I never continued with the series because I heard it gets bad after book 2 :/

    Anna and The French Kiss will always remain a favorite :P It really is the cutest thing ever. I never read the sequel because I had a feeling it wouldn’t be my thing but I absolutely adored Anna.

    Wild Awake has been on my TBR for a while so I am glad to see it made your list, Tonya! :)
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    • Wendy Darling

      I bring up A RING OF ENDLESS LIGHT waaaay too much probably, hah. So while I may annoy my cobloggers, at least you are over here dancing with me over it! I want to reread it again, too. And the other books, it’s kind of crazy how many connections there are. Also, daunting because I wanna read them all to find Vicky Austin and Adam Eddington references.

      WILD AWAKE is fantastic, I am really glad Tonya put it on this list, and that you are planning to read it and AMELIA ANNE.

      • Rashika

        I WISH I could bring it up that much because I think you and Kate are the only people I know who’ve read it and you’re the only person I know who loves it as much as I do!

        I want to read all the other books .-. I never finished the A Wrinkle in Time series and I’ve only read three books out of the Austins one (I’ll blame it on my library for not having all the books) but I definitely want to read the others to perhaps find any hints of what became of Vicky and Adam.

        I did read something that explained all the connections her series’ have and I was amazed O_O

  30. Lily

    i’ve heard so much about Open Road Summer and i’ve been dying to read it but everytime i go to the book store they never have it so i end up buying different books instead of ordering it! WHOOPS! haha!
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  31. Carina Olsen

    Amazing post you guys. <3 And amazing books :D Probably not books for me at the moment, as I don't really enjoy that genre yet :p Sigh. But sooooon. I hope :D Hah. Summer. Sigh. I can read whenever I want, since no job or school. But probably less in the summer, as I want to be outside when we finally get a little warmth out, lol :) No pool, no beach. Ack. The top of Norway sucks, hih. But I do hope you guys will have an awesome summer. <3
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  32. Candace

    I love light and humorous love stories all year long, but especially in the summer. Am so looking forward to Landline and Isla.

    • Wendy Darling

      Yes to ISLA for me, too! And I’m interested in LANDLINE as well, though Kate’s read it and raised some concerns that I’m guessing might stick out for me, too. We’ll see. :)

  33. Summer

    The country music aspect of Open Road Summer really intests me, I’ve been a fan for a long time, but ultimately, this time of year, I’m just craving books with friendship and romance, so this one sounds like it totally fits the bill. That’s the same reason I’m hoping to get to Jodi Lynn Anderson’s Peaches series as well over the next couple months.

  34. Lory @ Emerald City Book Review

    I’m all for books about strong female friendships. Combined with a sweet romance sounds perfect for summer! I’ve been reading romantic suspense novels by Mary Stewart and they are also great summer reading. Right now I’m in the middle of Nine Coaches Waiting, which is set on an estate in France — just the place to escape to.
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    • Wendy Darling

      I have several Mary Stewart books, but I haven’t found the time to read them yet–I NEED to, because I love gothics and people keep telling me I’ll love her books! It’s good to hear they make for great summer reads, maybe I’ll take one the next time at the beach. The escapist thing is so great when you’re feeling overheated, too.

  35. Ann

    In the summer I like to read contemporary romances that are light, ultra sweet and make me swoon! =)

  36. Kay @ It's a Book Life

    I love summer reads! Even though I too am an adult and don’t have a full summer off to read like I used to I still feel like I read more than normally. I actually just picked up The Miseducation of Cameron Post and I can’t wait to start it! I think it will be a great summer read along with Open Road Summer, which I have heard is the prefect book for summer reading and I can’t wait to give it a try. I think the book I’m most looking forward to reading this summer though would have to be The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness. :)
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    • Wendy Darling

      I’m so excited whenever I hear people are planning on reading Cam Post. It’s such a gorgeously written book, it totally makes me want to visit that area. Kate has been talking up ORS so much that I can’t wait to read it, too!

      I have so many friends who enjoyed DISCOVERY OF WITCHES. The plot sounds super interesting, but I have to admit that the sheer size of that thing scares me off, hah.

    • Wendy Darling

      I absolutely ADORE that book. It’s one of my favorites of all time, and I liked the Hitchcok film, too. We went with the “putting you in the mood/immersive” thing, but it really is nice to read books that transport you in the middle of a hot summer as well!

  37. Sam @ Realm of Fiction

    Stephanie Perkins is pretty much a must-read for summer. I need to re-read Anna and Lola soon I think, in preparation for Isla! :) I also really love Second Helpings. I fell slightly out of love with the series from book 3 onwards, but that Jessica Darling book remains my favourite. I save it for rainy days. And I’m sure I have said this here before (probably about a hundred times), but I can’t wait to finally pick up The Miseducation of Cameron Post. I really need to hurry up and get around to that one!

    Thanks for the great recs, ladies! A couple I haven’t paid much attention to before, so I’ll definitely check them out.
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  38. Brittany T

    I’ve only really just ventured into the contemp/romance genre so I never really had any specific summer reads. I guess I would say the lux series since they came out in august (at least I believe they did) but now I’m getting ready for my beach vacay on Friday (eeeppppp) and really getting into the mood for these kind of books. I think I was just really ready for a change from the usually sci fi/fantasy/paranormal ness I’ve have accustomed myself too! I’ve heard all good things bout this one and am excited to read it. Thanks dolls!
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