Whether you’ve always been a big reader or you’re trying to become one, a love of reading is one of the best gifts you can offer yourself. Reading is a great way to educate yourself and become a life-long learner even after you graduate from college.
Reading over the summer offers another great benefit: it can help you become a stronger reader for your classes as well. While you might not be excited to dive into a textbook this summer, there are some great page-turners out there that can educate and open your mind as well.
Below are some of our favorite reads for this summer. Some of them are lighthearted, some of them are meant to challenge the way you think, and some of them will take you back to your childhood. Right now, we think we could benefit from all of that!
1. We Set the Dark on Fire
Dani finds she’s to be married to one of the most powerful families in the nation. While this is what she’s worked for, it also brings Dani a new set of problems. She’s soon under more scrutiny than ever before … and her history isn’t what it seems. While her school and friends have always known her to come from a poor family from the outer ring of the island, they don’t know that she’s from even farther out than they believe — she’s from outside “the wall.” While her parents brought her to this place so young that inside the wall is all she knows, this won’t change anyone’s mind about her should they know her secret.
As Dani prepares to move to a position higher within the inner ring of the nation than she could have ever dreamed, she’s faced with protecting her secret, spying for a growing rebellion, and the fact that she will share her new husband with her arch-nemesis from school.
If you like the way The Handmaid’s Tale makes you question the similarities you see between the book and your own society, you’ll love this novel. We guarantee you won’t be able to put it down this summer until you’ve devoured it cover to cover.
2. The Girl on The Train
Our main character becomes entangled in a suspenseful plot when a young woman from that very same neighborhood disappears. The ensuing twists and turns drive her to overcome her past woes and substance abuse. This book is a wild ride with an ending that very few will guess!
3. The Perfect Girlfriend
4. The Wife Between Us
We promise, this story is unlike any you’ve read before. Just when you think you have it figured out, it’ll surprise you. If you’re looking for a wild ride this summer, this will be the perfect read for you.
5. An Anonymous Girl
6. Fix Her Up
The love story is based around the idea that a young woman needs to earn the respect of her family. As the youngest of the family, she finds this hard to do. She decides to take up a fake relationship with the family’s long-time friend (and her older brother’s best friend), whom the family holds in extremely high regard. While this works for a time, a wrench is thrown in her plan when the crush she used to have in high school for the older boy flairs up once again.
7. The Hunger Games
8. Harry Potter (any/all of them)
If you’re feeling some nostalgia in your old room, with its dated posters and twin-size bed, rereading the Harry Potter books might be the perfect way to spend your summer free time. They’ll transport you back to the first time you read or watched the movie and you won’t have to worry about needing to find a new book to read for the whole summer!
9. My Not So Perfect Life
This novel will hit home for many students home from college. It’s about a girl living in the city, working towards her dream, and being paid little for it, who loses everything and is forced to move home. Not wanting to disappoint the father she loves so much, she lies about why she’s home and instead begins to help with her father and stepmother’s new business venture: a family retreat. She slowly learns that the life in the city she thought she wanted oh so badly isn’t exactly what it seems.
This coming-of-age story is perfect for college students, those about to enter college and those who have just graduated!
10. 99 Percent Mine
This steamy romance will make your heart flutter. It’s the perfect pool-read, although maybe not while you’re lounging next to the family.
11. The Bluest Eye
If you’re looking to broaden your horizons this summer, this novel may be the perfect read for you.
12. Pride and Prejudice
While the dialect can be a bit to get used to, this love story is well worth the work.
Whether you’re looking for a little mystery, smile, or love this summer, these books will be sure to keep you engaged until school starts this fall!