It wouldn’t be summer without me making at least 2-3 trips to my local library each week. My local county branch has unfortunately been closed for the past few weeks due to electrical issues, so I’ve been going to my second-closest branch and have enjoyed checking out what books they have on their shelves compared to my usual branch. I wish my library system could tell me where I was in line for my books on hold, but I am of course super grateful I have access to a county wide library and can borrow nearly every book I could want to read possible. Between the pandemic & shipping delays and library branch closures, my current holds list is definitely on the longer side then usual (although I 100% admit I have been putting new & upcoming releases on hold non-stop), so here’s to hoping a bunch of these books come in soon.
It’s Kind of a Cheesy Love Story by Lauren Morrill – I haven’t been reading YA as frequently as I used to this year, but the YA books I have LOVED almost all of the YA contemporaries I have picked up this year & I’m so genuinely excited to read Lauren Morrill’s It’s Kind of a Cheesy Love Story. The book follows a teen who was born in a pizza parlor and thus gets a guaranteed job there when she turns sixteen.
The Dating Plan by Sara Desai – Sara Desai’s The Marriage Game was an unexpected contemporary romance fave of mine last year, so I’m really looking forward to jumping into the second companion book, The Dating Plan. I haven’t read a book that takes on the marriage of convenience trope in a while, as this book follows software engineer Daisy and her brother’s best friend Liam as they agree to fake date/get engaged to appease their families.
Between You, Me, & the Honeybees by Amelia Diane Coombs – I’m ALL about YA contemporary books with unique synopses, with Between You, Me, & the Honeybees at the top of the list. Josie’s mom thinks her daughter is all set to go to college and leave the family honey business behind…even though Josie declined her acceptance and wants to stay home and run the business. Another secret Josie is keeping? Her summer fling with the grandson of her family’s biggest competition.
While We Were Dating by Jasmine Guillory – I LOVED Party of Two in Jasmine Guillory’s Wedding Date series, so I have high expectations for the latest book in the companions series, While We Were Dating. This is a Hollywood/celebrity romance when an advertiser & actress turn their fling into a Hollywood/fake dating situation for the spotlight.
The Guncle by Steven Rowley – The Guncle has been on so many best books of summer lists. The book follows an ex-sitcom star who finds himself become the guardian of his niece and nephew.
The Road Trip by Beth O’Leary – Road trip books are a must during the summer, including Beth O’ Leary’s latest book, The Road Trip. After a car accident, Addie is forced to carpool with her ex and their friends to a wedding in Scotland.
To Sir, With Love by Lauren Layne – I haven’t read Lauren Layne’s beloved Central Park Pact series or other romances, but I really liked the synopsis of To Sir, With Love – after losing her father, Gracie takes over her father’s NYC champagne shop, with a corporate executive trying to buy out the store…and that same executive might just be the faceless “Sir” Gracie has been falling for on a blind dating app.
The Summer Job by Lizzy Dent – I think the cover of title of Lizzy Dent’s The Summer Job just screams summer. The book follows a girl who takes over her wine-expert best friend’s summer job as a sommelier at a Scottish hotel.
The Hunting Wives by Mary K. Cobb – I love having a few thrillers/mysteries to break up my contemporary reading during the summer. In The Hunting Wives, when Sophie’s family moves to Texas, she soon finds herself befriending a socialite, Margot, and her elite clique, The Hunting Wives….and is then caught up in the midst of a murder investigation.
Life on the Line: Young Doctors Come of Age in a Pandemic by Emma Goldberg – I typically don’t reach for medical non-fiction, but I think Life on the Line will be a big exception for many readers like me, as the book follows six young doctors who begin their careers during the pandemic.
The Summer of Lost & Found by Mary Alice Monroe – I read the sixth book, On Ocean Boulevard, in Mary Alice Monroe’s classic Beach House series last year, and the synopsis of the seventh book, The Summer of Lost & Found, totally pulled me in because it takes place during the spring & summer of the pandemic.
One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston – Yes, One Last Stop was on my last library holds list & it still hasn’t come in. Sometimes if it takes a while for me to borrow a book from the library, I’ll just go & buy my own copy, but while I am really looking forward to reading this one, I’ve heard mixed reviews from people who have the same reading tastes as I do, so I’m going to wait for my library copy.
What books have you loved this summer? Do you use your local library? Have you read any of the books that I mentioned? Share in the comments!