Summer is just around the corner and I am so excited to read a lot of books. I always find it difficult to pick exactly what books to read over the summer months and I spent so much time looking for recommendations.
So, I thought I would share some of my own recommendations for books to pick up this summer. I’m going to spilt it into two parts so keep your eyes out for part two soon. Here is part one of books to pick up this summer!
Happy Place by Emily Henry
Harriet and Wyn are the perfect couple – they go together like bread and butter, gin and tonic, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds. Except, now they don’t.
They broke up six months ago. And they still haven’t told anyone.
Which is how they end up sharing a bedroom at the cottage that has been their yearly getaway with their best friends for the past decade. For one glorious week they leave behind their lives, drink far too much wine and soak up the sea air with their favourite people.
Only this year, Harriet and Wyn are lying through their teeth. The cottage is for sale so this is the last time they’ll all be together here and they can’t bear to break their friends’ hearts. So, they’ll fake it for one more week.
It’s a flawless plan (if you look at it through a pair of sunscreen-smeared sunglasses).
But how can you pretend to be in love with someone – and get away with it – in front of the people who know you best?
This is the book I will be recommending to absolutely everyone this summer. I adore this book so much and it brought me so much joy whilst I was reading it. Emily Henry is an authors whose books I always associate with summer due to their settings, storylines and characters. This is my favourite by her and I cannot recommend it enough.
Romantic Comedy by Curtis Sittenfeld
With a series of heartbreaks under her belt, Sally Milz – successful script writer for a legendary late-night TV comedy show – has long abandoned the search for love.
But when her friend and fellow writer begins to date a glamorous actress, he joins the growing club of interesting but average-looking men who get romantically involved with accomplished, beautiful women. Sally channels her annoyance into a sketch, poking fun at this ‘social rule’. The reverse never happens for a woman.
Then Sally meets Noah, a pop idol with a reputation for dating models. But this isn’t a romantic comedy – it’s real life. Would someone like him ever date someone like her?
I don’t know if it is the cover but this book radiates summer vibes. I read it in a couple of sitting and loved it. It is funny and thought-provoking. Don’t go into it expecting a Christina Lauren fluffy romance but instead a Sally Rooney refreshing one and you will love it I’m sure!
Part of Your World by Abby Jimenez
After a wild bet, gourmet grilled-cheese sandwich, and cuddle with a baby goat, Alexis Montgomery has had her world turned upside down. The cause: Daniel Grant, a ridiculously hot carpenter who’s ten years younger than her and as casual as they come—the complete opposite of sophisticated city-girl Alexis. And yet their chemistry is undeniable.
While her ultra-wealthy parents want her to carry on the family legacy of world-renowned surgeons, Alexis doesn’t need glory or fame. She’s fine with being a “mere” ER doctor. And every minute she spends with Daniel and the tight-knit town where he lives, she’s discovering just what’s really important. Yet letting their relationship become anything more than a short-term fling would mean turning her back on her family and giving up the opportunity to help thousands of people.
Bringing Daniel into her world is impossible, and yet she can’t just give up the joy she’s found with him either. With so many differences between them, how can Alexis possibly choose between her world and his?
I don’t think I’ve stopped talking about this book since I read it. The romance is excellent and I adore Alexis and Daniel. If you are going on holiday to the countryside this year then this is the perfect book to take with you. A small-town romance which I would highly recommend.
The Love Wager by Lynn Painter
Hallie Piper is turning over a new leaf. After belly-crawling out of a hotel room (hello, rock bottom), she decides it’s time to become a full-on adult.
She gets a new apartment, a new haircut, and a new wardrobe, but when she logs into the dating app that she has determined will find her new love, she sees none other than Jack, the guy whose room she’d snuck out of.
Through the app, and after the joint agreement that they are absolutely not interested in each other, Jack and Hallie become partners in their respective searches for The One. They text each other about their dates, often scheduling them at the same restaurant so that if things don’t go well, the two of them can get tacos afterward.
Discouraged by the lack of prospects, Jack and Hallie make a wager to see who can find true love first, but when they agree to be fake dates for a weekend wedding, all bets are off.
As they pretend to be a couple, lines become blurred and they each struggle to remember why the other was a bad idea to begin with.
I was pleasantly surprised by this one and that is why it is on this list. From the first chapter I was stuck into this book and wanted to read more about Hallie and Jack. Their story is captivating and I’m sure will take you by surprise. It is the perfect friends-to-lovers book to read this summer.
The Plus One by Mazey Eddings
Some facts are indisputable. The sun rises in the east, sets in the west. Gravity exits. Indira doesn’t like Jude. Jude doesn’t like Indira. But what happens when these childhood enemies find the only thing they can rely on is each other?
On paper, Indira has everything together. An amazing job, a boyfriend, and a car. What more could a late twenty-something ask for? But when she walks in on her boyfriend in an amorous embrace with a stranger, that perfect on paper image goes up in flames.
Jude has nothing together. A doctor that’s spent the last three years traveling the world to treat emergencies and humanitarian crises, a quick trip home for his best friend’s wedding has him struggling to readjust.
Thrust into an elaborate (and ridiculously drawn out) wedding event that’s stressing Jude beyond belief and has Indira seeing her ex and his new girlfriend far more frequently than any human should endure, the duo strike a bargain to be each other’s fake dates to this wedding from hell. The only problem is, their forced proximity and fake displays of affection are starting to feel a bit… real, and both are left grappling with the idea that a situation that couldn’t be worse, is made a little better with the other around.
Fake dating and enemies-to-lovers scream summer reading to me. I adored reading about these characters and watching them slowly fall for each other. It has so many light-hearted moments but also brings up some excellent discussions about anxiety and PTSD. I would highly recommend giving this one a read this summer.
There you have it, some books to pick up this summer! Be sure to look out for part two with more books to pick up this summer soon. What books will you be picking up this summer? Let me know in the comments below!