By Julie Barber
One of my favorite things about summer is having so much more time to read, but my summer reading list is looking a bit blank at the moment. How ’bout yours? Don’t worry, I’m not going to let our brains turn to mush over the next three months because I’ve found some great reads to add to our lists!
The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
This is a sweet, emotional story about Khai Diep, a man who believes his autism affects his ability to feel. When his family is unable to convince him that he simply processes emotion differently, his mother sets out to find him the perfect woman.
I’ll Never Tell by Catherine McKenzie
If, like me, you love a good murder mystery, you need to add this to your reading list! After their parents’ sudden deaths, five siblings reunite to decide what to do with the family property. But before they can, they must determine what happened to their neighbor Amanda, who was found murdered in a rowboat 20 years ago.
City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
Fans of Eat, Pray, Love will devour this juicy read. This story is about an elderly woman named Vivian who decides to share her love story from the 1940s. Her tale is a mix of lust, scandal, and fun. You won’t be able to put this one down!
Searching for Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok
More mystery! Sylvie Lee took a plane to the Netherlands to visit her ailing grandmother, and she never flew back home. Her parents and sister, Amy, have no idea what happened to Sylvie and why she disappeared, so when Amy takes it upon herself to investigate, she uncovers family secrets that turn her world upside down.
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
I absolutely adore Ocean Vuong’s poetry, so this one is going at the top of my list! With the same title as his 2014 poem, this is Vuong’s debut novel. This is a story about Little Dog, a man in his late twenties, writing a letter to his illiterate mother. Readers say this is a powerful and honest telling of what it’s like to struggle with your identity.
The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez
This is the book to read if you need a good laugh and cry at the same time! This is about Kristen Petersen, a young woman who’s met her dream guy, but there’s one problem: he wants to have a big family in the future. This is problematic for Kristen because she’s about to undergo a medical procedure that will render her infertile. Laugh and cry with Kristen as she grapples with the decision to either stay or go.
Huzzah! Now our summer reading lists are looking a little less sad. These all sound like such great stories to read at the beach, in the park, or, if you’re a homebody like me, on the couch! Happy summer, and happy reading, y’all.