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The 2017 Summer Reading Guide

I like reading all year long, but I have the most special place in my heart for summer reading.

For me, there’s just about nothing better than a great stack of beach reads, even if your summer plans don’t actually involve the beach. I probably spend more time thinking about what books to pack for my vacations than I do about what clothing to take pack.

Every last one of these books is great for reading on an airplane, a beach chair or just home on your couch too and, bonus, couch reading doesn’t involve any sand or sunscreen (on the downside, no sand or sunscreen. . . ).

This year, the summer reading guide includes six categories with four books in each category, and I love every last one of these books so much. They’re the books I couldn’t put down, that I’ve gone back to multiple times, or that I’ve forced friends and family to read.

I also try to include a mix of new books and older titles because nothing frustrates me more than when every book on a booklist has a hold list 500 people long at the library or is only available in a heavy hardback version that is a pain to lug around on vacation. So some of these books are hot off the presses and others have been around for a few (or many!) years.

Whether you’re looking for some breezy chick-lit, non-fiction that reads like a novel, memoirs you can’t put down or something to read with your children, I hope you find a book (or several books!) to love this summer.

And if you read any of these, tag me on social media and let me know what you think!

Great books for everyone to read this summer!

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  • Reply Megan May 26, 2017 at 4:22 am

    THANKS so much, Jansen! I love your book recommendations and I LOve summer! Thank you for including some older books in the mix! I hear you in on the Hold lines!
    Just a question. Did you mean to link to that fire book? It doesn’t seem to match the description you had. THanks!!!

  • Reply Heather May 26, 2017 at 5:12 am

    Love this!! Some great books on here that I haven’t read yet, and several that I have!! I didn’t realize it was the 50th anniversary of The Outsiders…I should re-read it sometime this year!

  • Reply Emily R Juergens May 26, 2017 at 6:35 am

    We leave on a beach vacation on Tuesday. I am SO glad you released this today!

  • Reply Leigh May 26, 2017 at 6:42 am

    It seems like you have “Fire” by Kristin Cashore listed with a description for the “Disreputable History of Frankie Landau” ?

  • Reply Kristin May 26, 2017 at 10:06 am

    What a great guide! Can’t wait to dig into these titles. Thanks for putting it together.

  • Reply Mikayla Fuge May 26, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    So many of these books have been on my TBR for so long! Also, are you aware that there is a third companion book to Graceling and Fire? It’s called Bitterblue and it ties up the series nicely. If you haven’t read it, you definitely should.

  • Reply Nora May 27, 2017 at 5:34 am

    Thanks so much- I think you knocked it out of the park with your list this year- they all looked like books I would enjoy reading and now I need to go place some holds!

  • Reply Diana May 30, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    I’ve read about half of these which means the rest should be right up my alley! Adding them to my TBR! I love summer reading lists!

  • Reply Samantha Frances May 31, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    I always get so much reading done in Summer! Even though I’m definitely an Autumn girl and I love curling up with a book, blankets and a brew, there’s not much that can top sitting in the sunshine and devouring a good read! I still need to go out and purchase Always and Forever Lara Jean, I’m annoyed at myself that I haven’t already! Great recommendations <3 xxx

  • Reply Garrett Oleen June 3, 2017 at 11:16 am

    I find it very interesting that Little, Brown Book Group chose to tout Stephanie Meyer as “Bestselling Author of The Host” on the cover over some of her other more dubious titles. I guess they want to steer readers away from the angsty teen girl genre.

    Great list!! I will probably only read “Lucjy Broken Girl” but I have heard great things about it.

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    I enjoy your reviews; thanks!!

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