Summer Reading List 2017

In case you missed it, Wednesday was the first official day of summer! In the summer, I love to treat myself with a vacation or two, endless lobster rolls, lots of sleep, and plenty of reading! I’m the queen of a good beach read! I post a reading list every single summer and winter (should I expand and do a fall and spring list too?!) and find lots of joy in doing so. They are some of my favorite posts to share and I always love the feedback I get on them. My Summer Reading List 2017 has some amazing reads on it that are a range of topics, genres, and settings/time periods. When reading, I generally alternate between a “fluff” book and a “heavy-hitting” book so I’m sharing lots of both types of books here. There are so many amazing books out there that I get overwhelmed with what to read so I hope this list is helpful! Most of these are new releases from the last few months but there are a few books that are a couple years old sprinkled in too. I’d love to hear what you’re reading or to see your summer reading lists so please share in the comments, email, or direct message me on Instagram! Happy reading bookworms!

Summer Reading List 2017

Summer Reading List 2017

1. “House of Spies” by Daniel Silva: My favorite author is Daniel Silva (if you keep up with my reading then I’m sure you know that!) so his new books make appearances on every summer reading list I post (his books come out every summer). This summer, his book promises to be a serious tale of revenge as his main character, Israeli spy Gabriel Allon, hunts down an ISIS mastermind. It might sound heavy but I promise his books are page-turners (p.s. my favorite book by Daniel Silva is “The Confessor“).

2. “The Light We Lost” by Jill Santopolo: The story of two college students at Columbia who meet on 9/11. They meet again by a chance of fate one year later and then again and again as the years pass. The main character, Lucy, is forced to question true love, love at first sight, and her true path in this devastatingly wonderful page-turner. You will cry while you read the last chapter of the book so be prepared.

3. “The Ramblers” by Aiden Donnelley Rowley: This book came out last year but I completely missed it then… I’m not sure how I did because it really is a love letter to New York City and I love New York City. The whole book takes place over the course of a week, Thanksgiving week. It tells the story of three characters who feel lost in their lives and struggle with the pressures of their choices, careers, and relationships in addition to the holiday season. The author nailed the character development!

4. “The Arrangement” by Sarah Dunn: A hilarious book that follows a married couple who decided to make their marriage open after years of the same old monotonous “fairy-tale” life. You’ll keep reading to discover what the characters decide is more valuable, their real lives or the lives they could lead. The grass is always greener or isn’t it?

5. “Into The Water” by Paula Hawkins: This was perhaps one of the most highly anticipated book releases of the summer (it just came out last month) as it’s Hawkins’ next book to come out since “The Girl on the Train.” This psychologically thriller is told from the perspective of a handful or so different people so you have to really pay attention at the beginning of the book. Once you know the characters, you will be completely drawn into the story of a town, a river, disappearing women, and the people left behind to cope after a few mysterious deaths. P.S. If dark psychological thrillers are your cup of tea then also check out “The Woman in Cabin 10,” “All The Missing Girls,” “Behind Closed Doors,” and “Don’t You Cry.”

6. “Lilac Girls” by Martha Hall Kelly: This debut novel is inspired by real life events and characters from WWII. The three main characters, a New York socialite, a Polish teenager, and a younger German doctor seemingly have nothing in common until Hitler invades Poland and changes the coarse of their lives forever. Their stories become intertwined in the most unthinkable ways that will have you hooked. Read this book if you loved “All The Light We Cannot See,” “The Nightingale,” “The Lost Wife,” or “Sarah’s Key.”

7. “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman: I was recently talking to a fellow book lover who highly recommended this book to me (she was shocked to find out I hadn’t read it yet) so I dove in! It’s about a grumpy old curmudgeon who is overcome by sadness. His life turns upside when new neighbors move in next door and he is changed by unlikely friendships and comical neighborhood drama. It’s the perfect example of how much every life affects so many more lives than realized and is a heartwarming book down to its core. You’ll find tears rolling down your cheeks!

8. “Fake Plastic Love” by Kimberley Tait: I love a good Manhattan story and found this one particularly interesting because one of the two main characters writes a blog. This novel chronicles the lives of two millennials in New York City as they live the high life of career driven party girls who have the world at their fingertips. It definitely touches on multiple dilemmas of the millennial age including being happy with what you have/are versus always wanting something more.

9. “Exit West” by Mohsin Hamid: This novel tells the heartrending story of two young people who meet and fall in love in their war-torn home. Faced with the realities of watching their town be destroyed by civil war, they start to hear whispers of doors that can transport people far, far away. They decide to step through a door and leave their homeland to embark on an uncertain future in hopes of more opportunity, safety, and better lives. It is such a relevant book for our time.

10. “Cancel the Wedding” by Carolyn T. Dingman: My girlfriend Brooke just recommended this book to me, which was perfect timing as I was about to write this post. I haven’t read this yet but am really excited too as the story follows a daughter as she travels back to Georgia to scatter her mother’s ashes. Once in Georgia, she uncovers her mother’s truths and is challenged to set things from her mother’s past right and maybe even change her future course forever. My family is from Georgia so I like the idea of this book!

11. “Small Great Things” by Jodi Picoult: Spoiler alert, this book is going to be made into a movie so read it now! It’s a very thought provoking read about two white supremacists who won’t let an African American labor and delivery nurse touch their child. The nurse finds herself alone with the baby as the baby goes into cardiac arrest. She is faced with a dilemma, does she help the baby or does she listen to the parents orders? You will literally not believe what happens as the outcome of her decision! It is a great book club read because their is so much to discuss about the characters and the picture the book paints of both human failings as well as the compassion of the human heart.

Summer Reading List 2017 Continued

P.S. My Summer Reading List 2017 is longer, eeek! Here are a few more books that are on my radar to pick up and read this summer (+ the books I recommended above in some of the descriptions for other books):

– Here’s To Us: three woman who all married the same man (at different times) are brought together on Nantucket after his death

– The Assistants: story of overeducated women working as assistants for high-powered men, supposed to be hilarious

– And After The Fire: a mysterious piece of music changes two women’s lives forever from WWII Germany to modern America

– The After Party: the story of a Texas socialite in the 50s, supposed to have a Gossip Girl flair

– Tuesday Nights in 1980: New York City art scene in the 80s

– The Futures: two people fall in love and move and work in New York City on the eve of the 2008 financial meltdown

– Rich People Problems: from the author of Crazy Rich Asians so you know you’ll laugh out loud

– Cork Dork: one of my girlfriends just dated a sommelier so I’m dying to read this story about the world of wine

P.S.S. If you’re a big time bookworm and loved my Summer Reading List 2017 then check out my past reading guides here! Happy summer reading!

8 Responses to Summer Reading List 2017

  1. Totally bookmarking this for the summer!! I always get overwhelmed when I’m picking out new books to read, haha. 🙂
    xo Devon Seventeen Dresses

  2. Gentry Adams says:

    Cancel the Wedding is one of the BEST books I’ve read!! I am already ready to read it again!!

  3. Lyn says:

    I love your reading list, Jillian! I want to read every book!! Xo

  4. Sara says:

    I just stumbled upon your reading list and it looks great! I’ve read Small Great Things – it is a powerful book – and I think can be a great movie that will have people talking . I just started Lilac Girls – it’s been on my list for a few months now. So many books to choose from!

    • Oh YAY!! I’m so happy to hear that Sara and to hear from a fellow reader! I agree that the movie just has to be good since the book was such a great read. Happy summer reading! xx

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