Awesome Summer Reads That Will Get You In the Mood for Some R&R

R&R standing for “resting & reading,” obviously.

My last AP exam is on Wednesday, and I’m SO READY to dive into the TBR that’s threatening to crush me. For once in my life, I’d like my to-read pile to be smaller than my read pile. That means I need to read 20 more books and not add any to my TBR (something that I’m currently failing miserably at).

But, while I’m trying to muster up the motivation to study for my last few exams, I thought I’d go and make your life hell with more recommendations!!! Proceed to hate me right now, but you definitely won’t regret it after reading these.

So, without further ado, here are some awesome summer reads that will get you feeling like it’s finally summer (except for all you Southern Hemisphere people. sorry :/).

the summer of us

The Summer of Us by Cecilia Vinesse

What is a more summery book than one that literally has the word summer in the title?

And The Summer of Us by Cecilia Vinesse sure is a summery one! There’s all sorts of European sights to see as this group of friends goes backpacking during the summer before they all go separate ways.

I really loved reading all the friendship dynamics in this novel and seeing how their friend group worked and reading all the drama. Plus, there’s an LGBTQ+ couple in it, which was totally awesome!

Like the cover suggests, this is such a light, fun, summery read that will totally get you in the mood for some summertime adventures! You can read my review here!

love songs and other lies blog tour

Love Songs & Other Lies by Jessica Pennington

Looking for something a little more close to home, both with regards to the heart and location? Well then, Jessica Pennington’s Love Songs & Other Lies might just be for you!

This novel centers around themes like second chances, music, and of course, summer love. Cam and Vee have an opportunity to try to make things work again between them, but will they succeed? There’s a tour bus with bands going around the country and all sorts of delicious tension between the main characters. Plus, there’s a cool alternating POV and time period format that really works and doesn’t end up confusing.

This is a perfect summer read if you’re looking for something a little more romantic and a lot more musical. You can read more reasons why you should read it here and here as well as my review here!

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Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch

Looking for a European adventure, but instead just in the lusciously green land called Ireland? Then Love & Luck might be the book for you!

It not only highlights some really awesome Irish tour sites (now I want to go visit), but also is a story about grief and getting over past issues and getting ready to start something new. I loved reading all the themes in this novel and the Irish road trip is sooo much fun.

You’ll be able to read more of my thoughts tomorrow in my review (plus, read some quotes!), but spoiler: I loved it! If you liked Love & Gelato (or even if you didn’t like it), I definitely recommend you still check this one out!

questions i want to ask

Questions I Want to Ask You by Michelle Falkoff

I finished this last night and hot damn.

This was way better than I was expecting. At first, this was starting off okay, but then I got more and more hooked as I continued reading. It was like I was holding my breath, hoping that everything would be resolved and that no giant relationships would be broken, only formed.

The plot got increasingly complex the more I read and I ended up really really liking this! I think there were a few places that were a tad iffy for me, but overall, this was a great read and I’m glad to have read it. Now for Falkoff’s other books.

I definitely recommend this summer novel with mystery themes, and you can read my review this Saturday!

the way you make me feel

The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo

All you have to do is say the magic work, and I’ll be there.

And the magic world is not abracadabra or supercalifrajalisticexpealidocious, but rather food. Or, more specifically, Korean Brazilian food trucks (aka Kobra).

But seriously, this is such a fun novel (with also a gorgeous cover) that not only has delicious things on the inside, but also touches on friendship, family, and working in said food truck as punishment. Also, cute dads, cute boys, and all sorts of summery California sunshine.

This book was such a joy for me to read and I love Maurene Goo’s work. Totally recommend you check this out, go now! You can read my review here.

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The Education of Margot Sánchez by Lilliam Rivera

Speaking of summer punishment, this last novel also has similar themes of punishment, although instead of pranking the school, Margot stole her dad’s credit card and bought some high fashion pieces with it.

I definitely enjoyed the Latinx characters in this, and even though Margot is a little (ok, a lot) unlikeable, I think her journey definitely had some highlights. She may not be getting the perfect summer that she was imagining, trying to fit in with her prep school friends, but Margot will definitely learn a lot on the way.

If this sounds like right up your alley, this quick read probably is. You can read my review here!

much love, vicky

Which book set in summer are you excited for? I know Lillie Vale’s Small Town Hearts comes out in 2019 and I’m SO excited!



6 thoughts on “Awesome Summer Reads That Will Get You In the Mood for Some R&R

  1. Ahh this is a beautiful post, Vicky! ❤ I love the edit (you made?) of The Way You Make Me Feel, and I can't wait to read the book. And I'm really excited for The Education of Margot Sánchez as well.

    A book I'm looking forward to so, so much is Sadie by Courtney Summers, I just love her writing and all her works. :')

    And good luck for your AP exam on Wednesday, you got this!! xx

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    1. ahaha yes, I make all my headers! (sometimes i steal blog tour graphics and edit those to fit my specifications). I hope you enjoy both of those, and oooh, Sadie! I’ve heard a lot of great things and I can’t wait to dive into my DRC! (you are so sweet thank you!!!)


  2. I loved Love Songs & Other Lies!! I ended up loving both POV’s. I was surprised how much I liked Vee – I ended up adoring her almost as much as Cam did😅 and Cam – what’s not to love? And Logan and Reese 😍😍 bonus!


    1. yes! I was scared Vee would end up whiny but she was actually pretty rational, which was such a blessing! I’m glad you liked it! (also yes to all the swoony guys)

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  3. I really enjoyed The Way You Make Me Feel, it’d be a perfect summer read and I loved the relationship between the main character and her dad SO much as well ❤ I feel like Love Songs and Other Lies would be a book for me, I'll have to pick it up at some point 😀
    Great post! 😀

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