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summer reading ideas

liz lamoreux

A couple of weeks ago, I asked you to share a few of your recommended books for summer reading in the comments of this post. What a list!! I've added almost all of them below and grouped them by general "categories." Hope you find a few you enjoy!


All That Is by James Salter

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

Another Roadside Attraction by Tom Robbins

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

The Babylon Rite by Tom Knox

Beauty by Robin McKinley

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler

Child of the Morning by Pauline Grege

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

The Cruelest Month: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise Penny

Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury

Defending Jacob by William Landay

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Divergent by Veronica Roth

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

The Drifters by James Michener

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Fall on Your Knees by Anne Marie MacDonald

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

For One More Day by Mitch Albom

The Garden of the Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Schaffer

Half a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Homemade Love by J. California Cooper

Hotel On the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Inferno by Dan Brown

The Island by Victoria Hislop

J D Salinger Boxed Set by J D Salinger

The J M Barrie Ladies' Swimming Society by Barbara J. Zitwer

Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins

Joy for Beginners by Erica Bauermeister

Kindred by Octavia Butler

Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey  

The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle

Light Between Oceans by  M L Stedman

The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman

The Magicians by Lev Grossman

Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear

The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

Moonlight and Vines by Charles De Lint

Mistress of Rome by Kate Quinn

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Nearer the Sky by T. Greenwood

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The One Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

The Outlander  by Diana Gabaldon

The Peculiar Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

The Proper Order of Things by Tara Benwell

Pull of the Moon by Elizabeth Berg

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguo

The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party: The New No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Novel by Alexander McCall Smith

The Seamstress by Maria Dueñas

Secrets Over Sweet Tea by Denise Hildreth Jones

She Got Up Off the Couch and Other Heroic Acts from Moreland Indiana by Havel Kimmel

She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb

The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani

The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

Size 12 is Not Fat by Meg Cabot

Small Island by Andrea Levy

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum

Unnatural Habits a Phryne Fisher Mystery by Kerry Greenwood

Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple

Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah

Written in Red by Anne Bishop


Anatomy of the Spirit by Caroline Myss

The Age of Miracles  by Karen Thompson Walker

Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

Help Thanks Wow: The Three Essential Prayers by Anne Lamott

Magical Journey by Katrina Kenison

Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne

The Toa of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff

Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Women Food and God by Geneen Roth


The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller

Bread and Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes by Shauna Niequist

Clean Food by Terry Walters

Grow Cook Eat: A Food Lover's Guide to Vegetable Gardening, Including 50 Recipes, Plus Harvesting and Storage Tips by Will Galloway

Many Lives Many Masters by Brian Weiss

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

Mended by Angie Smith

Mosiac of Thought by Ellin Keene and Susan Zimmerman

A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold

Saturday Night Widows by Becky Aikman

Use Your Words by Kate Hopper


Dancing with Max by Emily Colson

End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe

Fire Season by Philip Connors

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

The Grace of Silence by Michele Norris

Hannah's Gift by Maria Housden

Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Just Kids by Patti Smith

Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jennifer Lawson

The Potty Mouth at the Table by Laurie Notaro

Running with Scissors a Memoir by Augusten Burroughs

Satuday Night Widows by Becky Aikman

The Tao of Martha: My Year of LIVING; Or, Why I'm Never Getting All That Glitter Off of the Dog by Jen Lancaster

This I Know: Notes on Unraveling the Heart by Susannah Conway

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? By Jeanette Winterson

Wild Comfort by Kathleen Dean Moore

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Highway by Cheryl Strayed

Young Adult

Angelfall by Susan Ee

Beautiful Creatures Series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

The Edge of Nowhere  by Elizabeth George

The Ender Quartet Box Set by Orson Scott Card

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The FitzOsbornes in Exile:  The Montmaray Journals by Michelle Cooper

The Heart is Not a Size by Beth Kephart

The Immortal Instrument by Cassandra Clare

The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini

The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Mrs. Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Book One by Ann Brashares

Son by Lois Lowry

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher


Norton Anthology of Poetry by Ferguson et al.

Writing Poetry from the Inside Out: finding your voice through the craft of poetry by Sandford Lyne

A little note from Liz: I'm excited to dive into a few of these books this summer, and I hope you will join me. Please note that I haven't read most of them and am in no way recommending each of them. Rather, this is a list of books from my blog readers and Pinterest followers that I hope will give you a variety of possible books to choose from. You can read more about the books if you follow the links to Amazon. Some people wrote a bit about why they recommended their books, and you can read that in the comments of the original post here. If the recommended book seemed to fall far outside the realm of "summer reading" or was out of print/difficult to find, I didn't include them, but I did try to add as many as I could. You can find all the recommendations in the original post.

Thanks so much for playing along and happy summer reading!!!