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Summer Reading List {2022}

It’s time for me to share my Summer Reading List for 2022! If you’ve been around for a while, you know that this is my favorite blog post of the entire year {you can catch up on my 2021’s Summer Reads here!}

Every year when I get this post ready, I look back at all the books I’ve read in the past 12 months and decide what my top summer reads are!

I read over 75 books in the last 12 months, so narrowing this list to just a few of my faves was a bit tricky! I will read almost anything {except sci-fi and fantasy!} but my favorite genres are fiction and thrillers.

I always have three books going at once – a book on my kindle, a hardcover, and an audiobook.

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Books You Should Read This Summer

Okay, in no particular order, here are the books that should definitely make it on your TBR list this summer! I’ve included both light reads and some that definitely require a little more of your attention span.

Book Lovers

Last summer I loved Emily Henry’s People We Meet on Vacation. The book mentions Croatia and I’m obsessed with Croatia! However, it’s a great story about friendship and the mistakes we make.

Emily Henry’s latest, Book Lovers, is just delightful! It’s a book centered around loving books {duh!} so of course, I knew I’d love it. The characters are relatably flawed and it’s a wonderful story about finding yourself.

I was anxious to pick up Book Lovers this summer but ended up listening to it as an audiobook. The reader made it even more enjoyable than just reading, I think.

I get my most of my audiobooks from libro.fm. The sale goes to a local independent bookstore of your choice which is so cool!

Every Summer After

A book that may go into my Book Hall of Fame is Every Summer After. Friends…if you read nothing else this summer, read this book!

I’ll be honest – this book sat on my nightstand for a few weeks before I finally picked it up on vacation. I got the book from The Book Drop {a monthly surprise book subscription} and had seen it everywhere! It is worth every single praise it is receiving!

The story centers around Persephone who lives in Toronto but spends her summers at a lake cottage with her family. She meets her best friend Sam on the first day she arrives at the cottage when she’s 13. Over the next six years, they go from being best friends to more.

But when Persephone returns to the lake after a long time away, we learn about her secrets and heartbreak – and why she hasn’t spoken to Sam {the love of her life!} in 12 years.

Told in a then/now format, this book is absolutely incredible. It’s Carley Fortune’s first book – sure not to be her last. I can’t wait to reread it {something I rarely do!}

The Hotel Nantucket

Now you know it would not be a summer reading list around here without Elin Hildebrand’s latest book on my list! No exception this year! I visited Nantucket in mid-June and savored every single word from her next-to-last book, The Hotel Nantucket.

The Hotel Nantucket is the newest swanky hotel to open on the island…but it’s haunted by a ghost! The cast of characters is long, but you end up cheering for all of them by the end of this incredible book! {Well, almost all of them!}

Fun fact: I went to ACK last summer and ran into Elin in front of her beloved local bookstore. I cannot begin to describe how gracious and kind she is. I seriously had a starstruck moment meeting her – definitely did not play it cool!!

If you are a fan of Elin’s books, you must add visiting Nantucket to your bucket list! It is as quaint, serene, and breathtaking as she lovingly describes in her novels.

All My Rage

All My Rage is an absolutely gorgeous novel. It weaves in romance, tragedy, the American dream, loss, and so much more in a then/now format. It bounces from Lahore, Pakistan to Juniper, California, and shares the stories of two connected families.

It was likely the heaviest book I read, but the book that stuck with me the most this year.

All My Rage was not even on my book radar this year but it popped up as a Book of the Month option. I chose to listen to the story on libro.fm and I am really glad I did. There were so many beautiful names and cultural references that I would have undoubtedly botched as I tried to read it. Hearing the narrators lyrically read this book made it even more enjoyable.

Tessa Bailey

Last summer I had It Happened One Summer on my TBR and it did not disappoint!

This spring Tessa Bailey came out with the sequel, Hook, Line, and Sinker and it was just as racy and fun as the first book!

The stories follow two sisters to a tiny Pacific Northwest fishing town – they are such a fun escape from real life!

I also read Window Shopping {around the holidays} and it was delightful. I’m a sucker for a holiday rom-com! Basically, you can’t go wrong with a Tessa Bailey book!

The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot

I am warning you – grab your tissues when you read The 100 Years of Lenni and Margot. This weaves the story of two unlikely friends – 17-year-old Lenni {who is a terminal patient at the hospital} and 83-year-old Margot {a rebel, to say the least}.

The duo is determined to create 100 pieces of art in their time together. As the art is created, beautiful {and heartbreaking} stories are shared. This is an all-time favorite book now.

It Had to Be You

This was another fabulous book from The Book Drop. It centers around Liv, a New York-based wedding planner. When her husband Elliot unexpectedly dies {and leaves 50% of their business to his mistress, Savannah} Liv is left to figure out what to do with her business…and life!

It Had to Be You definitely has Love-Actually vibes as it weaves stories between all the characters. I loved this book! This book is available on Kindle Unlimited which is one of my favorite ways to discover new books and authors! When you sign up you get a free month to try it out!

Books I Want to Read This Summer

My Killer Vacation

First on the list is My Killer Vacation from Tessa Bailey {same author as above!} Just looking at the cover is making me all sweaty, am I right?! {I can’t resist a sleeve of tattoos!}

Finlay Donovan is Killing It

This book has popped up all over my Instagram feed this year and I knew I had to add it to my TBR list. Oh, and there’s a sequel so of course, I’m in!

Finlay is a stressed-out, almost-divorced murder-mystery author trying to get over her writer’s block. She’s overhead in a Panera discussing her lastest “murder” when a scorned wife approaches Finlay to kill her husband.

Meant to Be

I can vividly remember reading Emily Giffin’s Something Borrowed 20 years ago and just grinning from ear to ear like a goof! If you have no read that series, do it!

I am super excited for her latest, Meant to Be. Cate Cooper is a famous model, with a tough upbringing. Joseph S. Kingsley III is American royalty. The two cross-paths and an immediate connection is made. But can these two from very different worlds make it work?

Carrie Soto is Back

I have been a Taylor Jenkins Reid fangirl since her early books – which are much different than her current style.

I’m excited about this late-summer release. Carrie Soto was a tennis phenom, shattering records and relationships as she played. When a newcomer threatens to dethrone Carrie from her hall of fame status, Carrie comes out of retirement to prove herself.

Something Wilder

The duo of Christina Lauren could re-write the phone book and I would think it’s hilarious! I love their books and I’m excited for Something Wilder. I’m swooning over just the cover, so I know the book will be great 😂

What is so fun about their books is that they are always set somewhere new – but they have such a great way of describing it that they seem like locals! I’ve read books set in the Russian River, San Diego, and New York and they are all so unique!

My Book

Oh, and if you didn’t see it, I came out with another children’s workbook in February!

You can check it out here on Amazon or read more about it here! It’s a perfect book to keep your little one engaged this summer and stretch their big brains!

Do you have any books that I must read? Leave me a comment and let me know!

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