The best 30 Summer Reading books

As the days get longer and the temperature rises, it's the perfect time to indulge in some summer reading. Whether you're lounging poolside, relaxing on the beach, or simply enjoying the sunshine in your backyard, we've got you covered with this curated list of summer reads.
From gripping thrillers to heartwarming romances, from thought-provoking non-fiction to escapist fiction, there's something for everyone in this collection. So grab a book, find a comfortable spot, and let the pages transport you to different worlds and exciting adventures.

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Summer Reading Books: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Fahrenheit 451

Ray Bradbury
4.8 (54 ratings)
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What's Fahrenheit 451 about?

Fahrenheit 451 (1953) tells the tale of a near future with fireproof homes, where firemen are now tasked with the job of burning books. It’s a dystopian future, where pleasure is catered to and intellectualism has been all but extinguished. But after a chance encounter with a free spirit, one fireman starts to question the true purpose of his job.

Who should read Fahrenheit 451?

  • Fans of classic literature
  • Sci-fi lovers
  • Anyone who enjoys a good dystopian novel

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Summer Reading Books: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl

Gillian Flynn
A Novel
4.6 (13 ratings)
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What's Gone Girl about?

Gone Girl (2012) is the story of Amy Dunne, who one day vanishes from her cozy midwestern home. Her sudden disappearance becomes a sensational nation-wide headline – and the biggest suspect is her husband, Nick. But what follows is a head-spinning plot that takes on the subjects of relationship dynamics, private and public identities, the influence of media, and the institution of marriage.

Who should read Gone Girl?

  • People who enjoy mysteries with surprising plot twists
  • Anyone who likes a good crime thriller
  • Fans of iconic female characters in fiction

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Summer Reading Books: Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, Friederike Poziemski

Lolita

Vladimir Nabokov, Friederike Poziemski

What's Lolita about?

Lolita is a novel by Vladimir Nabokov that delves into the controversial and taboo topic of a middle-aged man's obsession with a twelve-year-old girl. Through beautiful prose and intricate storytelling, Nabokov challenges the reader to confront their own moral boundaries and raises questions about the nature of love, desire, and the power dynamics in relationships.

Who should read Lolita?

  • Readers with a strong stomach for controversial and challenging subject matter
  • People interested in exploring the complexities of human nature and obsession
  • Those who appreciate masterful and thought-provoking storytelling

What's The Perks of Being a Wallflower about?

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky is a poignant coming-of-age story that follows Charlie, a shy and introspective teenager. Through a series of letters, Charlie shares his experiences as he navigates high school, friendship, love, and loss. The book delves into themes of mental health, identity, and the complexities of growing up.

Who should read The Perks of Being a Wallflower?

  • Teenagers and young adults navigating the ups and downs of adolescence
  • Individuals who appreciate introspective and emotionally resonant storytelling
  • Readers who enjoy coming-of-age narratives with complex and relatable characters

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Summer Reading Books: The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

What's The Secret Life of Bees about?

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd is a captivating novel that delves into themes of family, love, and the power of female community. Set in the American South in the 1960s, it tells the story of a young girl named Lily Owens who runs away from her abusive father in search of her mother's past. She finds refuge with three beekeeping sisters and discovers the extraordinary world of bees, while also uncovering the truth about her own family.

Who should read The Secret Life of Bees?

  • Readers who enjoy coming-of-age stories and strong female protagonists
  • Those interested in exploring themes of family, resilience, and the power of female community
  • People who appreciate richly detailed settings and lyrical, evocative writing

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Summer Reading Books: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

A Thousand Splendid Suns

Khaled Hosseini

What's A Thousand Splendid Suns about?

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini tells the story of two Afghan women, Mariam and Laila, whose lives become intertwined in unexpected ways. Set against the backdrop of a war-torn Afghanistan, the novel explores themes of friendship, resilience, and the enduring power of love. It is a compelling and heartbreaking tale that sheds light on the lives of women in a patriarchal society.

Who should read A Thousand Splendid Suns?

  • Readers who enjoy emotionally powerful storytelling
  • Individuals interested in the lives and experiences of women in Afghanistan
  • Those who want to gain a deeper understanding of the impact of war and conflict on personal lives

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Summer Reading Books: The Fault in Our Stars by Nicola Winstanley, John Green

The Fault in Our Stars

Nicola Winstanley, John Green

What's The Fault in Our Stars about?

The Fault in Our Stars is actually written by John Green and tells the story of two teenagers, Hazel and Gus, who meet at a cancer support group. As they bond over their favorite books and share their fears and dreams, they embark on a journey that challenges their perspectives on life and love. It is a poignant and beautifully written novel that explores the complexities of living with illness and the power of human connection.

Who should read The Fault in Our Stars?

  • Readers who enjoy emotionally impactful and thought-provoking stories
  • Those who appreciate authentic and relatable characters
  • Anyone interested in exploring themes of love, loss, and the meaning of life

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Summer Reading Books: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park

Rainbow Rowell

What's Eleanor & Park about?

Eleanor & Park is a young adult novel by Rainbow Rowell about two misfit teenagers who fall in love in 1986. Set over the course of a school year, it explores themes of love, friendship, and family, while addressing issues such as bullying and domestic abuse. It is a heartwarming and nostalgic story that will resonate with readers of all ages.

Who should read Eleanor & Park?

  • Readers who enjoy young adult romance novels with a touch of nostalgia
  • Those interested in exploring themes of love, friendship, and identity during adolescence
  • People who appreciate well-developed and relatable characters

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Summer Reading Books: Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen,

Water for Elephants

Sara Gruen,

What's Water for Elephants about?

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen is a captivating novel set in the 1930s during the Great Depression. It tells the story of Jacob Jankowski, a young man who runs away from his life and finds himself joining a traveling circus. There, he meets Marlena, the beautiful equestrian star, and Rosie, the amazing elephant. The book explores themes of love, trust, and the struggle for survival in a mesmerizing and unforgettable way. A truly remarkable read!

Who should read Water for Elephants?

  • Readers who enjoy immersive historical fiction
  • Those with a fascination for circus culture and behind-the-scenes dynamics
  • Individuals who appreciate rich character development and nuanced relationships

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Summer Reading Books: Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

Ender's Game

Orson Scott Card

What's Ender's Game about?

Ender's Game (1985) is a science fiction novel that follows the story of a young boy, Ender Wiggin, who is recruited into a prestigious military academy in space. Trained to lead Earth's defense against an alien race, Ender must navigate complex simulations and intense challenges that test his strategic genius. As the fate of humanity hangs in the balance, Ender prepares for a final battle that will determine the outcome of the war.

Who should read Ender's Game?

  • Science fiction enthusiasts looking for a thought-provoking and intellectually stimulating read
  • Readers interested in exploring themes of war, morality, and the consequences of one's actions
  • Individuals who enjoy stories with complex and multi-layered characters

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Summer Reading Books: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train

Paula Hawkins

What's The Girl on the Train about?

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins is a gripping psychological thriller that follows the story of Rachel, an alcoholic who becomes obsessed with a seemingly perfect couple she sees from the train every day. When the woman goes missing, Rachel becomes entangled in the investigation and uncovers dark secrets about the people involved. Filled with twists and turns, this book will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

Who should read The Girl on the Train?

  • Readers who enjoy psychological thrillers with unreliable narrators
  • Those looking for a captivating and suspenseful story with unexpected twists
  • People who are interested in exploring the complexities of human relationships and the consequences of obsession

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What's A Tree Grows in Brooklyn about?

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is an iconic coming-of-age novel by Betty Smith. Set in early 20th century Brooklyn, it follows the life of young Francie Nolan as she navigates poverty, family dynamics, and her own dreams for the future. With beautifully crafted characters and a poignant storytelling style, the book explores themes of resilience, hope, and the power of education.

Who should read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn?

  • Anyone who enjoys coming-of-age stories with strong female protagonists
  • Readers who are interested in exploring the challenges and triumphs of growing up in a working-class neighborhood
  • Individuals who appreciate rich, vivid descriptions of the human experience

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Summer Reading Books: Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Big Little Lies

Liane Moriarty

What's Big Little Lies about?

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty is a gripping novel that delves into the lives of three women whose seemingly perfect lives unravel to reveal dark secrets and lies. Set in a picturesque coastal town, the book explores themes of friendship, motherhood, and domestic violence, keeping readers on the edge of their seats until the very end.

Who should read Big Little Lies?

  • Readers who enjoy mystery and suspense
  • People interested in exploring the complexities of female friendships and relationships
  • Those looking for a thought-provoking novel that addresses societal issues such as domestic violence and bullying

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Summer Reading Books: Paper Towns by John Green

Paper Towns

John Green

What's Paper Towns about?

Paper Towns by John Green tells the story of Quentin, who embarks on a journey to find his enigmatic neighbor Margo, after she suddenly disappears. As he follows clues left by Margo, Quentin discovers that she is not the person he thought she was, and learns valuable lessons about friendship, love, and the complexities of human nature.

Who should read Paper Towns?

  • Young adult readers who enjoy mystery and coming-of-age stories
  • Those who appreciate complex and well-developed characters
  • People who want to explore themes of identity, friendship, and the search for meaning

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Summer Reading Books: The Color Purple by Alice Walker, Christopher A. Hubert

The Color Purple

Alice Walker, Christopher A. Hubert

What's The Color Purple about?

The Color Purple by Alice Walker is a powerful novel that explores the lives of African American women in the early 20th century. Through the eyes of the protagonist, Celie, the book delves into themes of racism, sexism, and the power of female relationships. It is a poignant and thought-provoking read that has left a lasting impact on its readers.

Who should read The Color Purple?

  • Readers who enjoy thought-provoking and emotionally impactful stories
  • Individuals interested in exploring themes of race, gender, and resilience
  • Those looking to expand their understanding of the African American experience

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Summer Reading Books: Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Wonder

R. J. Palacio

What's Wonder about?

Wonder by R.J. Palacio is a heartwarming and thought-provoking novel that follows the story of August Pullman, a young boy born with a facial deformity. It delves into the challenges he faces as he enters a mainstream school for the first time and the impact he has on those around him. The book touches on themes of kindness, acceptance, and the beauty of being different.

Who should read Wonder?

  • Readers who enjoy heartwarming and uplifting stories
  • Individuals looking for insights into empathy and kindness
  • Parents, educators, and children who want to understand and navigate the challenges of being different

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Summer Reading Books: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus

Erin Morgenstern

What's The Night Circus about?

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern is a captivating tale of a mysterious and magical circus that only opens at night. As two young illusionists, Celia and Marco, engage in a fierce competition, their lives become intertwined in unexpected ways. Filled with enchanting descriptions and intricate storytelling, this book will transport you to a world of wonder and intrigue.

Who should read The Night Circus?

  • Readers who enjoy immersive and atmospheric storytelling
  • People who appreciate intricate and imaginative world-building
  • Those who are drawn to mysterious and enchanting tales with a touch of magic

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Summer Reading Books: The Princess Bride by William Goldman

The Princess Bride

William Goldman

What's The Princess Bride about?

The Princess Bride is a classic fantasy novel filled with adventure, romance, and humor. Written by William Goldman, it tells the story of a young woman named Buttercup and her true love, Westley, as they navigate through a series of challenges, including a vengeful prince and a band of misfit companions. With its witty narration and memorable characters, this book is a timeless tale of love and perseverance.

Who should read The Princess Bride?

  • Readers who enjoy a mix of fantasy, romance, and adventure
  • Those who appreciate clever and humorous storytelling
  • People who love classic tales with a modern twist

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What's All the Light We Cannot See about?

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr is a captivating novel set during World War II. It tells the story of a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths eventually cross as they navigate the chaos and destruction of the war. Filled with beautiful prose and intricate storytelling, the book explores themes of survival, humanity, and the power of connection.

Who should read All the Light We Cannot See?

  • Readers who enjoy historical fiction, particularly World War II settings
  • Those looking for a beautifully written and emotionally engaging story
  • People who appreciate unique narrative structures and perspectives

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Summer Reading Books: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ready Player One

Ernest Cline

What's Ready Player One about?

Ready Player One is a science fiction novel by Ernest Cline that takes place in a dystopian future where people escape their reality by immersing themselves in a virtual reality world called the OASIS. When the creator of the OASIS dies, he leaves behind a series of challenges that lead to an Easter egg hidden within the virtual world, and the one who finds it will inherit his fortune. The story follows teenage gamer Wade Watts as he embarks on a thrilling quest filled with 80s pop culture references, friendship, and adventure.

Who should read Ready Player One?

  • Potential readers who enjoy science fiction and gaming
  • Individuals looking for an immersive and imaginative story set in a virtual reality world
  • Those interested in exploring themes of technology, adventure, and the power of nostalgia

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Summer Reading Books: The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

The Glass Castle

Jeannette Walls

What's The Glass Castle about?

The Glass Castle is a memoir by Jeannette Walls that delves into her unconventional and challenging childhood. Walls recounts her experiences growing up in a dysfunctional family, constantly on the move and living in poverty. Despite the hardships, the book also explores themes of resilience, determination, and the unbreakable bond within her family.

Who should read The Glass Castle?

  • Readers who enjoy memoirs and personal stories
  • People looking for inspiration and resilience in the face of adversity
  • Those interested in exploring themes of family dynamics, poverty, and personal growth

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Summer Reading Books: Looking for Alaska by John Green

Looking for Alaska

John Green

What's Looking for Alaska about?

Looking for Alaska (2005) is a compelling coming-of-age novel by John Green. It follows the story of a young boy named Miles “Pudge” Halter as he enrolls in boarding school and meets the enigmatic Alaska Young. The novel explores themes of love, loss, and the search for meaning, taking readers on an emotional journey that challenges their perspectives on life and death.

Who should read Looking for Alaska?

  • Individuals seeking a thought-provoking and emotionally impactful coming-of-age story
  • Readers who enjoy exploring themes of friendship, love, loss, and personal growth
  • Young adults navigating the complexities of adolescence and the search for meaning in life

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Summer Reading Books: The Martian by Andy Weir

The Martian

Andy Weir

What's The Martian about?

The Martian by Andy Weir follows astronaut Mark Watney, who is mistakenly left behind on Mars after a dust storm forces his crew to evacuate. With limited supplies and ingenuity, Watney must find a way to survive on the desolate planet while NASA works tirelessly to bring him home. A thrilling tale of resilience, problem-solving, and the power of the human spirit.

Who should read The Martian?

  • Science enthusiasts and those curious about space exploration
  • Readers who enjoy a mix of humor and gripping survival stories
  • Individuals who appreciate detailed and realistic scientific explanations

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Summer Reading Books: A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

A Clockwork Orange

Anthony Burgess

What's A Clockwork Orange about?

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess is a dystopian novel that delves into themes of free will, morality, and the effects of psychological conditioning. Set in a future society, the story follows Alex, a delinquent who undergoes a controversial treatment aimed at suppressing his violent tendencies. This thought-provoking book challenges the reader to question the nature of good and evil.

Who should read A Clockwork Orange?

  • Sci-fi enthusiasts looking for a thought-provoking and darkly satirical exploration of society
  • Readers interested in the psychology of violence and free will
  • Individuals who enjoy challenging and unconventional narrative styles

What's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian about?

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie is a captivating coming-of-age novel that follows a young Native American boy named Junior as he navigates life on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Filled with humor, honesty, and heartache, Junior's diary entries offer a unique perspective on identity, friendship, and the pursuit of a better future.

Who should read The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian?

  • Tweens and teenagers dealing with identity and self-discovery
  • Readers who enjoy coming-of-age stories with humor and honesty
  • Those interested in exploring complex issues such as racism, poverty, and cultural identity

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Summer Reading Books: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Anna Karenina

Leo Tolstoy

What's Anna Karenina about?

Anna Karenina is a classic novel by Leo Tolstoy that delves into themes of love, infidelity, and the societal norms of 19th century Russia. Through the story of the beautiful and unhappily married Anna Karenina, Tolstoy paints a vivid portrait of the complexities of human relationships and the consequences of challenging societal expectations.

Who should read Anna Karenina?

  • Readers who enjoy deep explorations of human psychology and relationships
  • Individuals interested in Russian literature and the social dynamics of 19th-century Russia
  • People who appreciate complex and multi-layered narratives

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Summer Reading Books: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl

Rainbow Rowell

What's Fangirl about?

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell follows the story of Cath, a socially awkward college freshman who is deeply immersed in the world of fan fiction. As she navigates the challenges of her new life, Cath grapples with the complexities of family, friendship, and first love. This heartwarming novel delves into themes of identity and self-discovery, making it a must-read for anyone who has ever been a passionate fan.

Who should read Fangirl?

  • Young adults who are passionate about fandom and fan fiction
  • Readers who enjoy character-driven stories with relatable protagonists
  • Those who appreciate realistic portrayals of college experiences and coming-of-age challenges

What's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time about?

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (2003) by Mark Haddon is a captivating novel that offers a unique perspective on the world. Through the eyes of a 15-year-old boy with autism, it delves into themes of family, truth, and the power of perspective. The book takes readers on a thought-provoking journey as it unravels the mystery surrounding a neighbor's murdered dog.

Who should read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time?

  • Readers who enjoy unique and unconventional narrative styles
  • People interested in gaining perspective on the experience of individuals with autism
  • Those who appreciate a thought-provoking exploration of human behavior and relationships

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Summer Reading Books: Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Life of Pi

Yann Martel

What's Life of Pi about?

Life of Pi by Yann Martel is a captivating novel that tells the extraordinary story of a young Indian boy named Pi, who survives a shipwreck and is left stranded on a lifeboat in the Pacific Ocean with a Bengal tiger. It is a tale of adventure, resilience, and the power of faith, as Pi must find a way to coexist with the wild animal in order to survive. This thought-provoking book challenges our perceptions of reality and belief, leaving readers questioning the boundaries of imagination and the depths of the human spirit.

Who should read Life of Pi?

  • Readers who enjoy philosophical and thought-provoking literature
  • Those with an interest in exploring the nature of storytelling and truth
  • People who appreciate unique and imaginative narratives

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Summer Reading Books: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, Christian Frobenius

Thirteen Reasons Why

Jay Asher, Christian Frobenius

What's Thirteen Reasons Why about?

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher is a compelling novel that delves into the delicate issues of teenage suicide, bullying, and the ripple effects of our actions. Told through cassette tapes left by a girl named Hannah Baker, it follows the thirteen reasons why she decided to take her own life. This thought-provoking book challenges us to reconsider how we treat others and the impact it can have.

Who should read Thirteen Reasons Why?

  • Anyone interested in exploring the complexities of teenage mental health and bullying
  • Readers who enjoy thought-provoking narratives and multiple perspectives
  • People who want to gain insight into the impact of small actions on others

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 FAQs 

What's the best Summer Reading book to read?

While choosing just one book about a topic is always tough, many people regard Fahrenheit 451 as the ultimate read on Summer Reading.

What are the Top 10 Summer Reading books?

Blinkist curators have picked the following:
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, Friederike Poziemski
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  • The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  • The Fault in Our Stars by Nicola Winstanley, John Green
  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  • Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen,
  • Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

Who are the top Summer Reading book authors?

When it comes to Summer Reading, these are the authors who stand out as some of the most influential:
  • Ray Bradbury
  • Gillian Flynn
  • Vladimir Nabokov, Friederike Poziemski
  • Stephen Chbosky
  • Sue Monk Kidd