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The 35 Best Books to Read This Summer

Memorial Day weekend officially signifies the start of summer, and hopefully some downtime for each of us. I always have this vision of relaxing pool side with a cocktail and great, which is pretty funny with a seven year old and three year old in tow. Still, it’s possible, and to get in the summer spirit, here is a pretty awesome list of the 35 best books to read this summer 2017. Grab one for the beach, the next rainy day or your next vacation.

Reading for me has admittedly taken a backseat but I’m eager to re-prioritize it… I love reading, and it’s something I want to better demonstrate to my kiddos too (instead of grabbing for the phone or remote!). Check out this list of the best books to read this summer, a mix of dynamic new releases, popular ones from recent years and a few notable inspirational reads, too.

The 35 Best Books to Read this Summer -- a fun mix of beach reads, inspirational, popular favorites & more // the modern savvy, a life & style blog


Rich People Problems (out May 23, 2017)

Silent Child

The Impossible Fortress (a fun read set in the ’80s)

My (Not so) Perfect Life

You Don’t Look Your Age… and other Fairy Tales

We Were the Lucky Ones

I’ll Eat When I’m Dead

Exit West

Lilac Girls (topping my list)

Swear on this Life (top on my list; a great beach read)

Slightly South of Simple

The Horse Dancer



The Universe has your back

This is Just my Face: Try Not to Stare (Gabourey Sidibe)

Year of Yes (Shonda Rhimes); I read and loved, loved this!

Me, Myself & Lies: What to Say When You Talk to Yourself

Chasing Slow

Scrappy Little Nobody (Anna Kendrick)

Originals: How Non-Conformists Rule the world (on my list)

Why Not Me? (Mindy Kaling)

Live Fast Die Hot (Jenny Mollen)


I’m committed to reading from this list first; I’ve had SO many of these in my “notes” section of my phone for ages).

The Nightingale

Dancing on Broken Glass (top pick)

Small Great Things

Still Alice (top pick)

A Man Called Ove (top pick)

Crazy Rich Asians (top pick)

Marriage of Opposites

The Girl Who Wrote in Silk

Everything I Never Told You (top pick)

Saving Sophie

We are Called to Rise

The Girls: A Novel

What Alice Forgot

Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Loss from Dear Sugar

My Notorious Life

And, in full disclosure, as you’re probably wondering how a girl who hasn’t read much lately, compiled this… I turned to Facebook, and am grateful for the many friends who clearly love a great read. Many of these were mentioned over and over, plus a few others that I’ve either read, or have wanted to read for years. Pin the image above to bookmark this post for future reference.


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    May 23, 2017 at 8:29 PM

    Just pinned this one! I can’t wait to check some of these out:)

    Heidi || Wishes & Reality

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      May 24, 2017 at 9:54 AM

      Woohoo, thanks girl… let me know if you love any of these reads.

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    May 23, 2017 at 3:08 PM

    I have been looking for some new beach reads, thanks for the suggestions!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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      May 24, 2017 at 9:55 AM

      My pleasure… any books you’ve read and loved recently?

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    May 23, 2017 at 2:27 PM

    Such a great list! I’ve read a bunch of them, but always looking for new titles to add to my to-read list. Are you on Goodreads? It’s super helpful if you want to keep track of what you’ve read and get recommendations for new books. You can also see what your friends have read, and add their faves to your to-read list. I have the app on my phone too, so I don’t have to use Notes to keep track of recommendations anymore 🙂

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      May 24, 2017 at 9:55 AM

      I’ve heard that about Goodreads but I need to get the reading ball rolling before I go that route. I’ve heard a few bloggers who share that way — love that idea!

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    Mary Beth Jackson
    May 23, 2017 at 10:21 AM

    I was just thinking I needed to grab a book for the long weekend- thanks for the list!

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      May 24, 2017 at 9:55 AM

      My pleasure, Mary Beth!

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    May 23, 2017 at 9:46 AM

    Ooohhhh bookmarking this! I’ve read a few but there are a whole bunch that look great!


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      May 24, 2017 at 9:55 AM

      Any particular favorites, Shira? I’m excited to start reading more.

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