Today is all about books because I’m sharing my Simply Stine Summer Reading List. I love reading this time of year. Let’s be honest, I love reading all year long. However, there’s something about a good summer read. Whether it’s me sitting by the pool, on the beach, or even just relaxing at home,I’ll always have a book (or audiobook) on hand.
My Summer Reading List includes some newer book releases that I’m really excited about and a few of my favorite books that I’ve read previously. Whatever genre you’re looking for, hopefully I’ll have a few book suggestions that catch your attention. Here’s to getting lost in a new book this Summer!
Summer Reading list
A Special Place for Women by Laura Hankin
An exclusive, women-only social club where the elite socialites meet. However, not many people know anything it at all. So a journalist, Jillian Beckley, decides that she’s going to break into the club. She gets deep into the club.
Are these women dangerous? Are they powerful?
I can’t wait to find out.
One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston
Were you fan of Red, White & Royal Blue? If so, you might want to pick up Casey McQuiston’s newest release.
August, moves to New York, at the age of 23. She meets a gorgeous girl on the train and she can’t stop thinking of her. There’s just one problem: She’s literally stuck in the 1970’s, on the train. (I think that’s explained correctly)
I feel like this book is about finding your home and where you belong. Your “family” and of course, some romance.
This books features a really diverse cast, with different cultures, religions, genders, sexual preferences and more.
Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Four famous siblings throw an epic party to celebrate the end of the summer. But over the course of twenty-four hours, their lives will change forever.
There are a lot of people to read about in this book, but it’s a good book. It’s about family and primarily, the four siblings: Nina, Huck, Fin, and Kit. It’s a look at marriages and how they can seem so right and yet be so wrong. It’s a look at parenting and how you can try to be the very best parent and still end up failing.
I listened to the audiobook of this one (and loved the narrator) and at times it felt so long, but I still really enjoyed this book. It’s the perfect Summer read! Malibu, the 70’s and the beach!
People We Met on Vacation by Emily Henry
If you read Beach Read, you’ll love this book. This is a slow-burn romance that burns in the best way possible. There are jokes about Ohio and as someone who grew up in Ohio, I loved it. These characters are fantastic and I love the storyline. I can’t recommend this enough!
Poppy and Alex are best friends. Friends with some issues, but Poppy decides to invite Alex on a vacation and hopefully, she can make everything right with their friendship.
If only everything was that simple.
My favorite line from the book:
The same way you live in Ohio; I say. “Sadly and with heavy drinking”
Seven Days in June by Tia Williams
Seven days to fall in love, fifteen years to forget, and seven days to get it all back again…
This is all over bookstagram and booktok. My girl Robinne Lee also raved about it, so sign me up!
Shane and Eva had a one week romance when they were younger. Fast forward to the present, and these two people have basically been writing to each other through their books that they’ve written. There’s major chemistry and also a lot about childhood trauma and poverty.
It seems like a deep read for sure.
Survive The Night by Riley Sager
It’s November 1991. Nirvana’s in the tape deck, George H. W. Bush is in the White House, and movie-obsessed college student Charlie Jordan is in a car with a man who might be a serial killer.
Ok, so this book seems creepy as hell. A possible serial killer? Check. Your best friend murdered? Check. You possibly being in the car with the said serial killer? Check.
I can’t wait to read this one.
While We Were Dating by Jasmine Guillory
Two people realize that it’s no longer an act when they veer off-script in this sizzling romantic comedy by New York Times bestselling author Jasmine Guillory.
This is book number six in The Wedding Date series. Can this book be read as a standalone? Yes, but there will be characters from the previous stories in this book. If that doesn’t bother or matter to you, then you can read this one on it’s own. If not, then I’d read the other books first.
I LOVE Jasmine Guillory’s writing. Her books have great characters who are interesting and complex. Her books are also very steamy. Very. Steamy.
Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
This is said to be a movie that is being made featuring Ryan Gosling. So, I’m already interested.
Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission—and if he fails, humanity and the earth itself will perish.
Except that right now, he doesn’t know that. He can’t even remember his own name, let alone the nature of his assignment or how to complete it.
All he knows is that he’s been asleep for a very, very long time. And he’s just been awakened to find himself millions of miles from home, with nothing but two corpses for company.
His crewmates dead, his memories fuzzily returning, Ryland realizes that an impossible task now confronts him. Hurtling through space on this tiny ship, it’s up to him to puzzle out an impossible scientific mystery—and conquer an extinction-level threat to our species.
And with the clock ticking down and the nearest human being light-years away, he’s got to do it all alone.
Or does he?
Local Woman Missing by Mary Kubica
I bought this book for my MIL after so many people were raving about it. I’m taking this one on th beach with me!
People don’t just disappear without a trace…
Shelby Tebow is the first to go missing. Not long after, Meredith Dickey and her six-year-old daughter, Delilah, vanish just blocks away from where Shelby was last seen, striking fear into their once-peaceful community. Are these incidents connected? After an elusive search that yields more questions than answers, the case eventually goes cold.
Now, eleven years later, Delilah shockingly returns. Everyone wants to know what happened to her, but no one is prepared for what they’ll find…
Velvet Was The Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Remember Mexican Gothic? It was THE book that everyone wanted to read in 2020. Well the author is back at it again with her newest novel, Velvet Was The Night.
1970s, Mexico City. Maite is a secretary who lives for one thing: the latest issue of Secret Romance. While student protests and political unrest consume the city, Maite escapes into stories of passion and danger.
Her next-door neighbor, Leonora, a beautiful art student, seems to live a life of intrigue and romance that Maite envies. When Leonora disappears under suspicious circumstances, Maite finds herself searching for the missing woman—and journeying deeper into Leonora’s secret life of student radicals and dissidents.
Meanwhile, someone else is also looking for Leonora at the behest of his boss, a shadowy figure who commands goon squads dedicated to squashing political activists. Elvis is an eccentric criminal who longs to escape his own life: He loathes violence and loves old movies and rock ’n’ roll. But as Elvis searches for the missing woman, he watches Maite from a distance—and comes to regard her as a kindred spirit who shares his love of music and the unspoken loneliness of his heart.
Now as Maite and Elvis come closer to discovering the truth behind Leonora’s disappearance, they can no longer escape the danger that threatens to consume their lives, with hitmen, government agents, and Russian spies all aiming to protect Leonora’s secrets—at gunpoint.
The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller
A story of summer, secrets, love, and lies: in the course of a singular day on Cape Cod, one woman must make a life-changing decision that has been brewing for decades.
It is a perfect July morning, and Elle, a fifty-year-old happily married mother of three, awakens at “The Paper Palace”–the family summer place which she has visited every summer of her life. But this morning is different: last night Elle and her oldest friend Jonas crept out the back door into the darkness and had sex with each other for the first time, all while their spouses chatted away inside.
Now, over the next twenty-four hours, Elle will have to decide between the life she has made with her genuinely beloved husband, Peter, and the life she always imagined she would have had with her childhood love, Jonas, if a tragic event hadn’t forever changed the course of their lives.
As Heller colors in the experiences that have led Elle to this day, we arrive at her ultimate decision with all its complexity. Tender yet devastating,
The Paper Palace considers the tensions between desire and dignity, the legacies of abuse, and the crimes and misdemeanors of families. (less)
This is a Reese Book Club pick, so I have a feeling this will be a Summer Reading List pick for a lot of people!
Books I Swear by
The Idea of You by Robinne Lee
A single-mother, meets her daughters super crush, who happens to be a famous musician in a boy band. Think Harry Styles as he was the inspiration for Hayes.
What could possibly go wrong?!? Or right?!? This book will have you thinking all sorts of things.
I’m still waiting for her to realize there needs to be a sequel. Oh and it’s going to be a movie.
If there is one book on your Summer Reading List, let this one be it!
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
This is an enemy’s to lovers romance and I loved it. It’s funny and also heartwarming. Picture this: Your sister gets married and the entire wedding party, minus yourself and the best man (who you despise) ends up with food poisoning. You suddenly find yourself in Hawaii with said enemy, enjoying what was supposed to the be the happy couples Honeymoon.
This book is sexy as hell and also so funny. I think it’s probably one of my favorite Christina Lauren books that I’ve read.
Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall
I listened to this on Audiobook and loved it. It’s a funny British rom-com between two unlikely characters, who form a pretend relationship. I loved it so much. It’s funny, but also has really tender moments. I cried, possibly more than once.
I vote for this as an audiobook listen for the accents alone!
Matchmaking for Beginners by Maddie Dawson
I love this book so much. It was one I discovered when reading about it in a magazine. I purchased it on a whim and the rest is history.
This is a sweet story about how life can feel so perfect and somehow end up so horribly wrong. It also is about finding your life where you least expect it. It’s funny and also very real. It tackles those hard moments in life. It’s about friendship and love that you never expected.
Read this book. Then read the sequel.
The Simple WIld by K.A. Tucker
This tory features Alaska, a city girl named Calla, and a stubborn, brooding pilot named Jonah. This book made me laugh out loud. It’s also very, very romantic. The good thing is if you love this one, there are three other books in the series. This book made me look at Alaska so differently and also makes you think about your own life a bit.
The Girl He Used To Know by Tracey Garvis Graves
On The Island was one of my favorite books, so when I saw that the author wrote a new book, I knew I had to read it. This story is told from multiple points of view and at various times in each others lives.
Annika and Jonathan bump into each other years after their relationship ended. So, yeah this is a second-chance romance. It’s a really deep book. Annika and Jonathan have a history and it’s very complicated.
Gorgeous book. I loved it so much.
I love Colleen Hoover and will read everything she writes. She’s an automatic pre-order author in my opinion. Verity was such a different book for her. It’s scary and really f’ing terrifying in moments. It will have you guessing what in the hell is going on and what happened numerous times. I can’t even begin to explain this book without giving away spoilers. Just red it. Trust me. It needs to be on your Summer Reading List. 100%.
Want to Earn a Free Audiobook Credit?
I read about the Libro.fm Summer Listening Challenge and wanted to share with you guys. From July 1-August 31st, you’ll have the chance to earn a free audiobook credit AND a chance to win a year’s supply of audiobooks! What do you have to do? Just submit your completed Bingo card once you’ve completed five prompts (BINGO! Horizontal, Vertical or a Diagonal line)
I have been a member of Libro.fm for a few years now and I really look forward to that membership every month.
What’s on your Summer Reading List? Drop your suggestions below!
Chelsea Byars says
Looooved Survive The Night!
One of my go-to authors!