The best books we read this summer

Morgan Baden  //  Aug 24, 2017

The best books we read this summer

Summer is winding down. (Don't @ me!) That too means #summerreading is coming to an end—for me, that means books about beaches, about romance and mystery and intrigue; books that transport me from a crowded subway car to a breezy vacation spot. 

I read a lot of great books this summer, including The Trespasser by Tana French, The Regulars by Georgia Clark, and Saints for All Occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan. One of my favorites, though, was Dawn and the Impossible Three, Gale Galligan's graphic novel edition of my beloved Baby-sitters Club series.

As I build my to-read list for the fall, I asked around for the other bloggers' recommended reads. 

Here are the best books we read this summer:

Gina: I read nine books this summer, but eight were Goosebumps books I already read when I was a pre-teen, so by default, my favorite book was The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. In a fictional style it tells the real life story of the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago and Dr. H. H. Holmes, a serial killer who built a “Murder Castle” in Chicago during the same time period. It was totally riveting, and almost unbelievable to think both things were happening parallel to one another. (Also, did you know the very first Ferris wheel was designed and built for the 1893 World’s Fair? It was meant to outshine the Eiffel Tower, which was built for the 1889 World's Fair!)

Stephanie: This summer, I loved reading the book Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions by Daniel Wallace because it’s an exciting summer adventure!

Emily: I finally read (and LOVED) Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. I really enjoyed Six of Crows and had been dragging my feet to read its sequel, thinking that there would be no way it could be as good as the epic heist in SoC, but Crooked Kingdom was EVEN BETTER. It was an almost-missed-my-subway-stop-reading kind of good. Leigh Bardugo is one of the most masterful plotters I’ve ever read — her characters pulled off a huge con with so many twists and turns that I never saw coming. I would LOVE to see what her planning for this book looked like! 

BrittanyRich People Problems by Kevin Kwan! It’s hilarious, drama-packed, and just an overall fun read—perfect for summer. I’m definitely looking forward to the Crazy Rich Asians movie coming out soon!

Julia: I've already talked about my love for Curtis Sittenfeld. But I'm also currently reading You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir by Sherman Alexie, author of my #1 all-time favorite YA book, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. This book (for adults) is beautiful and sad, and a pleasure to read just a few pages at a time because it is deep.

Alex: I love reading a good mystery book on the beach!  This summer I read Into the Water by Paula Hawkins. A page-turner for sure! 


Share your best summer reads at #summerreading.