12 Books to Take on Your Summer Vacation
Because there's nothing better than a good vacation read!
Summer vacation is all about relaxing and having fun and what better way to do that than with a great book by your side. We’ve rounded up 12 of the best books to take on your summer vacation–from romance to thrillers to historical fiction and more, these reads are the perfect companion for your summer adventures!
We choose to partner with Bookshop.org when possible to provide you with the following links so that you’ll be supporting local bookstores with your purchase. Please note if you decide to purchase through our affiliate links we may receive a small portion of the profit.
1. The Marriage Box by Corie Adjmi
When sixteen-year-old Casey Cohen falls in with the wrong crowd and gets herself in trouble, her parents decide to return to their roots–the Orthodox Syrian Jewish community in Brooklyn. There, Casey struggles to adapt to this foreign culture and what she initially deems as the appalling practice of the Marriage Box, a pool deck where teenage girls go to put themselves on display for potential husbands. However, Casey reconsiders her feelings when she meets Michael and, looking for a place to belong and be loved, she decides to marry him at 18. But Casey begins to question her decision when she discovers that Michael doesn’t want her to go to college; he wants her to become a mother instead. Now, Casey must decide if she can find a balance between her two worlds, or if she must leave one behind in order to find her way.
2. Corinne by Rebecca Morrow
Sometimes, when the only life you’ve ever known is suddenly ripped away, the easiest thing to do is walk away and build a new life for yourself. This is precisely what Corinne Callahan has done after being ostracized by her fundamentalist church and isolated from her family. Despite the good life she has built for herself since, Corinne can’t help but yearn for what–and who–she left behind. Told over the span of 15 years, this intimate story follows Corinne as she risks everything for the man that she just can’t seem to shake and could never have: Enoch Miller.
3. For Butter or Worse by Erin La Rosa
Chef Nina Lyon has wanted nothing more than to rise to fame in the male-dominated culinary world and pave the way for other women to do the same and being the co-host of the competitive cooking show The Next Cooking Champ! is precisely how she’s going to achieve that goal. That is, unless famous restaurateur, and Nina’s co-host, Leo O’Donnell doesn’t drive her absolutely crazy first. Things take a turn for the worse when Leo’s jokes accidentally cross a line and Nina quits on the spot. And, on top of it all, the two are caught in a seemingly compromising position by the paparazzi. Now, despite constantly being at each other’s throats, Nina and Leo must partake in a “secret romance” publicity stunt in order to save their careers.
4. You're Invited by Amanda Jayatissa
When Amaya’s former best friend, Kaavi, invites her to her wedding to Amaya’s ex-boyfriend, Amaya is determined to do whatever it takes to keep them from saying, “I do.” But when Kaavi mysteriously goes missing, all fingers point to Amaya as the culprit as rumors begin to spread about her past. However, nothing is as it seems and as the secrets of the other wedding guests begin to unravel, it becomes clear that Amaya may not be the only one trying to put a stop to this wedding. This thriller is the perfect summer companion!
5. Meant to Be by Emily Giffin
Joseph S. Kingsley III has just inherited his father’s legacy as American royalty, adored for their political and military service–but his reckless and free-spirited nature doesn’t fit the role he is supposed to play. Meanwhile, Cate Cooper feels as though she also doesn’t belong in the life she leads as a highly sought-after model, despite it being the path she chose to escape an abusive household. When the two cross paths, the attraction is immediate and incredibly intense. But with both of their lives being constantly in the spotlight and a rumored curse that surrounds the Kinglsey family, is it possible for a relationship between Cate and Joe to survive?
6. Can't Look Away by Carola Lovering
When Molly Diamond was twenty-three years old, she was a barista with dreams of becoming a writer and a whirlwind romance with famous lead singer, Jake Danner. Almost ten years later, Molly is a yoga teacher struggling with fertility issues in the suburbs where she lives with her husband Hunter and their daughter, her dreams of being a writer forgotten. However, when newcomer Sabrina attends her class and shares her own struggles, Molly thinks she has finally found a friend in the community where she’s felt nothing but lonely. But not everything is at it seems; Sabrina has her own agenda behind befriending Molly and as the truth begins to reveal itself, Molly must confront her own secrets and decide if the life she has built is the one she wants to keep living.
7. Bloomsbury Girls by Natalie Jenner
From the bestselling author of The Jane Austen Society, Natalie Jenner brings us a heartwarming story of three women determined to forge their own paths in the ever-changing world that surrounds them in post-war London. Vivien Lowry is a widow with a chip on her shoulder for the Head of Fiction, Alec McDonough. Grace Perkins has a family of her own and is desperately trying to support them all after her husband’s breakdown. Evie Stone is a disenfranchised graduate who was passed over for an academic position in favor of her inferior male counterpart. All three women find themselves working at the new and rare bookstore Bloomsbury Book, and all three are resolved to achieve the life they’ve been dreaming of.
8. Hello, Goodbye by Kate Stollenwerck
When fifteen-year-old Hailey Rogers learns that she has to spend a couple of days every week helping her grandmother Gigi, she is sure her summer is ruined. However, as she spends more time with Gigi, who is full of surprises and family secrets and lives just down the street from an incredibly handsome boy, Hailey begins to think this summer might not be so bad after all. But when tragedy strikes, secrets are uncovered and Hailey must go on a journey to solve a family mystery with clues found in an old letter from her great-grandfather to guide her. You won’t want to put this summer mystery down!
9. Midnight on the Marne by Sarah Adlakha
Sarah Adlakha’s newest release follows nurse and revered spy Marcelle Marchand and American soldier George Mountcastle as they navigate the brutal landscape of World War I and the blossoming connection they share. When George interferes with what could have been a pivotal point in a battle against Germany, he and Marcelle, along with his best friend and her twin sister, flee from the now victorious Germany into occupied France. There they start a new life, struggling together against poverty, oppression, and loss, and creating a family of their own. But, when disaster strikes, George is left with the chance to alter history and if he does, his own future could very well hang in the balance.
10. The Treehouse on Dog River Road by Catherine Drake
Join Hannah Spencer on her own summer adventure in this witty debut novel! Following the loss of her depressing job Boston, Hannah heads to Vermont to help take care of her sister’s kids. There, she decides to embark on an ambitious project–to build her niece and nephew their very own treehouse. But despite the plans she’s making to jump-start her life while hammering away, will handsome next-door neighbor Nathan derail all her plans?
11. A Week of Warm Weather by Lee Bukowski
Tessa Cordelia appears to have the perfect life but beneath the surface, she is hiding a dark secret–her seemingly perfect husband is struggling with addiction and is pressuring Tessa to stay silent. However, her husband’s addiction is digging up Tessa’s own past traumas, and with his manipulative behavior she begins to feel as if she’s going crazy. But when Tessa befriends CeCe, a woman new to the area, and confesses to her the secret she’s been lying to everyone about, things take a turn for the worse. CeCe has her own explosive secret that upends Tessa’s life even more and she must decide how much she is willing to lose in order to find herself.
12. Bit Flip by Mike Trigg
Tech executive Sam Hughes’ personal and professional life are in a tailspin; what started as a wish to make the world a better place has turned into onstage meltdowns, a failing marriage, and a desire for redemption. When an inadvertent discovery brings him back to his former company, Sam begins to unravel a dark conspiracy of fraud, blackmail, and manipulation that could lead to devastating consequences for both the company and himself. So how far will Sam go to redeem himself and achieve his dreams?
We Want to Hear From You
Which of these books will you be bringing on vacation with you?!