Summer Reading List: 7 Great Books to Read This Summer

Great Summer reading list. Good variety and perfect books for vacation - Rae Gun Ramblings

I’ve had a few people ask me for a Summer Reading list. One wants a few books to take on vacation to carry in her hiking bag to read on the trail while she waits for her husband to venture deeper into nature. Another wants something that would be great to take on the plane. And more than a few mentioned lounging on the beach with a good book to which I’m entirely jealous. Here are the books I think you should make a priority to read this Summer and why. I’ve tried to pick a mix of newer and older books. Ones that lots of people have read and ones that might have been skipped over.

 four by veronica roth. Must read prequel/side story to Divergent - Rae Gun RamblingsFour by Veronica Roth

I had the privilege of receiving an advanced copy (it comes out tomorrow) and I fell in love. It’s perfect for Divergent fans. And when I say Divergent I mean BOOK 1. I have mixed feelings about the series as a whole but if you like me fell head over heels when you first read Divergent you want to make sure to pick up this puppy. It’s got everything you loved about that first book. It’s all new stories and they are from Four’s perspective. We get into his mind before HIS choosing ceremony and first years in Dauntless, and some crazy behind the scenes going-ons of time with Tris.  If you are a Divergent fan I recommend putting “trip to the bookstore” on your to do list for tomorrow or buy it now.

 if i stay by gayle forman read it before the movie - Rae GUn RamblingsIf I Stay by Gayle Forman

This is one of those books the blew me away when I first read it. There was a lot of hype which made me nervous but it’s as good as everyone says. Not only is it a fabulous book but it’s becoming a movie. So if you haven’t read this super unique book about a beautiful life with one of my absolute favorite bookish families you should do it now. This is a regular old contemporary tale, no magic or powers but a great story that will keep you reading. Also as a perk there is a really awesome sequel. It’s nice since If I Stay works fine on it’s own but if you love it make sure to also check out Where She Went.

the summer i turned pretty cute book perfect for vacation - Rae Gun RamblingsThe Summer I Turned Pretty Series by Jenny Han

If you want super easy reads with sweet love, cute boys, and the beach pick this up. This is one of my favorite contemporary series. It’s not trying to preach anything it’s just a good easy story and a long the way some very loveable characters. This one has been out for a while so it should be easy to find at the library. Also if you like the first one there are a few more and the series is complete so no need to wait for the end of a series.

throne of glass - great book series, strong heroine, romance, action - Rae Gun RamblingsThrone of Glass by Sarah Maas

One of my favorite fantasy series with a great kick butt heroine, tons of action, and a great dose of romance has got to be the Throne of Glass series. These books are so fun and definitely unique. The characters are complex and the story is super fun. If you haven’t already started this series it’s the perfect time because book three is due to hit the shelves this September.

the distance between us by Kasie West cute  YA contemporary - Rae Gun RamblingsThe Distance Between Us by Kasie West

This is a cute book about family and figuring what you want out of life. If you’re looking for a fun easy to read romance this is a quickie that you could finish between traveling and down time on a trip. I’ve quickly become a fan of Kasie West after reading her book Pivot Point (more sci-fi/dystopian) and then this. There’s just something about her writing that hooks you right away and keeps you entertained right until the end.

the night circus. highly recommended book - Rae Gun RamblingsThe Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

This is hands down one of my favorite books. It’s got gorgeous imagery and story telling. The story centers on a whimsical circus where things are just a little different. There is magic with a bit of competition (but it’s very light if you’re not into that kind of thing), romance that’s different but more than that there is this really cool story about these people who build and run an interesting circus. I feel like it’s one of those books I can’t describe but it’s just so so awesome I want everyone to read it.

cinder by Marissa Meyer, cinderella meets sci-fi. Great book and series - Rae Gun RamblingsCinder by Marissa Meyer

And finally if you’re looking for a great series to get into and like a little sci-fi, fairy tales, and some fantastic characters pick up Cinder the first book of the Lunar Chronicles. This is a retelling of Cinderella. Actually a cyborg Cinderella and if you’re anything like me you might think that sounds super dumb but I had to eat my words because this book and the rest in the series have quickly be come some of my favorites. THEY ARE SO GOOD! No really the writing, the stories, the characters uggh trust me they are worth checking out. The first three books are out and the fourth is due out next year and even though you’ll finish wanting more and more each book is told from a different characters point of view so it’s not too bad having to wait for the next one. And unlike so many series out there these books just get better as they go along. Romance, action, strong heroines, cute boys, and some great fairy tale sci-fi.

I hope you like this list. I’m currently reading Blindsided by Natalie Whipple, Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo and I’m listing to Mila 2.0: Renegade.

What are you reading or what do you recommended for Summer reading?

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  1. Jessica says:

    Thanks for the recommendations! I will definitely be checking some of these out. I just finished reading the Delirium series by Lauren Oliver and am about to start the Divergent series.

  2. I need to start a couple of these series. I’m so excited for the If I Stay movie. :) Let’s try to go together. Also, I think you should add CHERRY MONEY BABY to YOUR summer reading list. It’s just outrageous enough to be believable.

  3. Night Circus is honestly one of my favorites! Great summer (or anytime) read! Four is on my list for this summer…I read something about it about a year ago and haven’t stopped checking in on it since!

  4. I’m so glad to read you liked Four! I loved divergent, liked insurgent, and hated allegiant. I will have to check out your other recommendations!

    • Yes check out Four. I think even Allegiant haters will still like it. It is definitely more in the vein of book one which is by far my fav :)

  5. Ha, I was going to write the same comment as Emily did up there! I’m so glad to hear you liked Four, too! I was on the fence about it since I HATED Allegiant, but I totally trust your recommendation! Going to check out the others, too!

    • Don’t worry the annoying things about Allegiant aren’t even an issue in Four. I think you’l be pleasantly surprised it definitely feels like DIvergent book 1 :)

  6. I’ve just read If I Stay by Gayle Forman and Where She Went. It’s really fabulous books (both). I love them! Thanks for your post, wanna start the Divergent series. And recommend books of Jojo Moyes, especially The Last Letter From Your Lover (2010), Me Before You (2012), The Girl You Left Behind (2012), The One Plus One (UK) / One Plus One (US) (2014).
    Great summer read! :)

  7. Some of my favorite books on this list! I am LOVING the third Throne of Glass book!

  8. crystal says:

    I hae to say I just ran across you website last week with your royal reads. It’s fun to run across another YA reader. Thanks for continually adding to my reading selection. I have read all but two of your book choices, and agree with you assessment. I’ll try Throne of Glass, and The summer I turned pretty this week.

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