Although the weather here is cold and windy, I’ve been in a contemporary mood since I read Morgan Matson’s The Unexpected Everything last week. That got me thinking about which books I want to reread this summer, so I thought I’d do a top ten list! Summer contemporaries are basically my entire life, so I want to share my absolute favorites with you guys. (Link to Goodreads)
All of Morgan Matson’s books (Since You’ve Been Gone, The Unexpected Everything, Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, Second Chance Summer)
My favorite of these four is absolutely SYBG (which is actually my favorite book of all time), but they’re all great summer reads. MM even includes playlists and other stuff in some of them (SYBG, A&RED, TUE has a bonus edition with content), which makes them so fun to read. These are my go-to summer/beach reads, so if you haven’t picked them up, this summer is a perfect time!
Anna and the French Kiss companion trilogy (Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, Isla and the Happily Ever After)
Although these books are set in the school year (fall, winter) they are so romantic and funny that I associate them with summer. The couples are so lifelike and interesting, the friendships are really fun, and the plot is always wonderfully paced. I’d recommend reading them in order so that you don’t spoil the other books for yourself.
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
This is one of those falling-in-love-with-the-boy-next-door romances, but the plot twists keep it from being too predictable. The emphasis on family, friendships and love makes this a great summer read, and you can’t go wrong with a swoon-worthy male lead. *heart eyes for Jase Garrett*
Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
Most of Sarah Dessen’s books are just not enough for me, but this one is probably my favorite (or Saint Anything, but that’s not really a summer read). The bike aspect just screams SUMMER to me, plus you have the romance and family plots that make it fluffy and still deep enough to keep you interested.
Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid
Road trip books are one of my great passions, and this book is no exception. The changing narration is super fun, and the overall plot is cute (like summer books should be). I love the characters and the ending is super satisfying.
100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith
Although this book isn’t set in the summer, it has a summer-y feel to me (probably because I read it in the summer). It’s not really about school, but more about friendship and family and first love and adventures and self-discovery. It’s funny, heart-warming, weird, and I loved it.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
Again, another book not set during the summer, but I also read this one in the summer, and it’s so sad and funny that I can’t help but love it. Jesse Andrews is so funny in his writing (and this is another self-discovery book) that I couldn’t help but associate it with summer for some reason.
The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp
This book is so sad but also so adorable. Simply put, it’s a complex love story that may make you cry. Just be warned.
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
THIS BOOK IS PERFECT. Simon Spier is so precious to me, and I cannot stress how much I want to reread this book while eating Oreos. This book is romantic, mysterious (the whole who is Blue plot line), cute (coming-of-age/coming-out), angering (blackmailing idiots), and whole-heartedly amazing. READ IT.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
I know that most people have read this book already, as well as it’s sequel, PS I Still Love You (who’s ready for the third book??). Lara Jean is such an awkward person, which is what makes her a fun narrator. Okay, this book isn’t set during the summer either, but it’s so light and fun that I would read in the summer!
What do you guys think of my list? Are there any books you disagree with? Feel free to let me know your favorite contemporaries, that’s my favorite genre, so I’m always open to recommendations!