A Summer Read for Every Mood

Happy Memorial Day! I want to take a moment to thank the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. My thoughts and prayers are with their families today.

Memorial Day is also what many consider the unofficial start to summer so today I thought I would share some summer reads. Here are a few of my favorites.

A Historical Summer Read


Welcome to the most tumultuous summer of the twentieth century. It’s 1969, and for the Levin family, the times they are a-changing. Every year the children have looked forward to spending the summer at their grandmother’s historic home in downtown Nantucket. But like so much else in America, nothing is the same: Blair, the oldest sister, is marooned in Boston, pregnant with twins and unable to travel. Middle sister Kirby, caught up in the thrilling vortex of civil rights protests and determined to be independent, takes a summer job on Martha’s Vineyard. Only-son Tiger is an infantry soldier, recently deployed to Vietnam. And thirteen-year-old Jessie suddenly feels like an only child, marooned in the house with her out-of-touch grandmother and her worried mother, while each of them hides a troubling secret.

As the summer heats up, Ted Kennedy sinks a car in Chappaquiddick, man flies to the moon, and Jessie and her family experience their own dramatic upheavals along with the rest of the country. In her first historical novel, rich with the details of an era that shaped both a nation and an island thirty miles out to sea, Elin Hilderbrand once again earns her title as queen of the summer novel.

This is a perfect read for laying out by the lake. While it is emotionally heavy at times it still has a light hearted beachy feel to it. It is great if you want a more traditional beach read, but with some substance.


Time for an Adventure


Bilbo Baggins was a hobbit who wanted to be left in his solitude. But without intending to, he is drawn into a dangerous quest, where, alone and ultimately unaided, he must confront the greatest terror known….

Summer is the time for adventure. It is the perfect time to read this classic tale of one hobbit’s unexpected journey.


A Spooky Summer Read


Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow…

Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town.

Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them under.

Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, on the eve of the sisters’ return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives; unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into.

Mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. The townspeople turn against one another. Penny and Bo suspect each other of hiding secrets. And death comes swiftly to those who cannot resist the call of the sisters.

I love everything about this book. There are witches and ghosts in a small beachside town. It is so atmospheric that you can almost smell the salty air.


A Coming of Age Summer Read


Paulie Passero, underachiever, high school junior, wants the courage to talk to a girl. A road trip from Chicago to rural Pennsylvania doesn’t interest him until his father emphasizes the need for a second driver. Why must they go? Paulie’s dying grandmother disowned her son twenty years ago, and fences must be mended. Unprepared for Smalltown USA, Paulie is bored at first but notices a girl in the back of a passing pickup and is immediately enamored. Guinevere Thompson lives just down the road from Paulie’s grandparents. She wants nothing to do with him. It’s not that she doesn’t like him; she likes him too much to see him beaten up by her three nasty brothers…or worse, her father. Paulie yearns to help this troubled girl escape the clutches of an abusive father, but will his interference only cause her more harm?

I read this back in February and it made me remember what summer at that age felt like. While there is a lot of grief and sadness in this book it still is the story of a teenage boy trying to enjoy his last summer before senior year.


So those are some of my favorite summer reads. Let me know in the comments some you favorites! I am still trying to build my summer reads tbr.

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