Summer Reading List: 2020


Memorial Day in the U.S. unofficially starts summer….at least to me! Growing up, my summers were full of reading the books I was unable to get my hands on during the school year (I was an avid student. I actually liked school and learning. I know…I know. I’m a bit of a nerd but I’m OK with it).

Most people read more during the summer too…at the beach, by the pool, on a boat, at the lake. Even if we are unable to do so this summer, I still encourage you to read ALL the books you possibly can. Maybe it will be just one. Maybe it will be five. And maybe you will hit your Goodreads challenge numbers in the mist of it all. My point is READ!

So in order to escape to an unknown world or take the time to educate yourself on a topic YOU want to read about, here’s a list of sixteen books to add to your summer reading list (by genre with a combo of new releases and old)!

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Fiction Books

Big Summer | Jennifer Weiner

The Why: I will be the first to tell you that I have yet to read a book written by Jennifer Weiner! So maybe it is high time I picked one up. It is supposedly funny, poignant and follows the life of a plus size influencer. How refreshing is that? According to a few reviews I have read, Big Summer is making waves. Amazon | Goodreads

Release Date | Available Now!

Next Year In Havana | Chanel Cleeton

The Why: I listened to this on audio last year so I can attest it is a good one and that it is perfect for the summer. Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton is an emotional historical fiction set mostly in Cuba. The story is told in dual perspectives: Elisa Perez in 1959 and Marisol Ferrara in 2017. Both stories mirror and intertwined with each other so effortlessly. Amazon | Goodreads

Release Date | Available Now!

The Last Train To Key West | Chanel Cleeton

The Why: I’ve been anxiously waiting for this book for months now. I’m ALL ABOUT a story that takes place in Florida…especially one in the Keys. Amazon | Goodreads

Release Date | June 16

The Second Home | Christina Clancy

The Why: The Second Home is a debut novel and I am all about new authors. Plus this one takes place on the beach of Cape Cod during the summer. It’s filled with secrets and family turmoil. It will be the perfect summer read! Amazon | Goodreads

Release date: June 2

28 Summers | Elin Hilderbrand

The Why: Nothing screams summer more than an Elin Hilderbrand novel. Am I right? Or am I right? This one is supposed to be about a secret love affair that has lasted for decades. DECADES!! I’m so in and you should be too! Amazon | Goodreads

Release Date | June 16

Romance Books

Beach Read | Emily Henry

The Why: Enemies to lovers troupe! Long time readers know this is my favorite troupe because it calls for some really snarky comments, for some really hilarious scenes and of course some swoon-worthy moments. Amazon | Goodreads

Release Date | Available Now!

The Unhoneymooners | Christina Lauren

The Why: Just look at that cover! How does that not scream summer read? Plus it takes place in Hawaii. And yes, it is also an enemies to friends romance. Amazon | Goodreads

Release Date | Available Now!

Take a Hint, Dani Brown | Talia Hibbert

The Why: The much anticipated sequel to Talia Hibbert’s Get A Life, Chloe Brown. I adored Chloe Brown. It was one of my best reads for 2019. So you can imagine my excitement for this one! Amazon | Goodreads

Release Date | June 12

The Happy Ever After Playlist | Abby Jimenez

The Why: The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez is one swoon-worthy, laugh out loud morsel of perfection. It has everything I look for it a romance: laughter, tears, angst and some amazing swoon-worthy moments. It’s pure perfection. Amazon | Goodreads

Release Date | Available Now!

The Trouble With Hating You | Sajni Patel

The Why: The main character is a successful biochemical engineer that walks out of a dinner party when her parents (yes, her parents!) set her up with a lawyer. This just spells T-R-O-U-B-L-E. Amazon | Goodreads

Release Date: Available Now!

Thrillers / Mystery Books

The Guest List| Lucy Foley

The Why: A classic whodunit that takes place on an island during a major storm. It is a fantastic murder mystery. Listen to it on audio for an even better experience. Amazon | Goodreads

Release Date | June 2

The Last Time I Lied| Riley Sager

The Why: The setting is a summer camp with cabins in the middle of the woods. Just thinking about it makes me crave s’mores! Can that be any more appropriate for summer? Amazon | Goodreads

Release Date: Available Now!

The Safe Place| Anna Downes

The Why: Dubbed the perfect summer suspense, fallen actress Emily finds herself as a housekeeper in paradise. But is this paradise too good to be true? Amazon | Goodreads

Release Date: July 14 (I know, I know – I tried to keep my list to books that have released already or will in June. Forgive me for this one!)

The Last House Guest| Megan Miranda

The Why: Also dubbed the perfect summer thriller, The Last Guest List is clever, riveting, and suspenseful. It was also a Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick! Amazon | Goodreads

Other Genres

Hollywood Park| Mikel Jollet

The Why: A memoir that will pull at your hearstrings. This is easily one of my favorite books of the year. You can see my review for it HERE. Amazon | Goodreads

Release Date | Available Now!

House of Blood & Earth (Crescent City #1) | Sarah J Maas

The Why: The first of Sarah J Maas’ new series, House of Blood and Earth follows Bryce as she seeks to avenge the death of her friends. Plus, it’s SARAH J MAAS! Amazon | Goodreads

Release Date | Available Now!

What’s on your summer reading list? What books do you think others should read this summer? Let me know in the comments!

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2 comments on “Summer Reading List: 2020”

  1. Wow, this is a fantastic list, I want to make one too, and I have quite a few books on your list on my tbr too. You got good taste in books. 😀


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