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Book Club Summer Reading List

Summer time and the reading’s easy! Summer is coming up and we have quite the stock up of books to read. So, we thought that in order to round out our Book Club features for this week, we could highlight some of our books in our TBR piles. Our favorite part about summer is being able to sit back, sangria in hand, and read in the sun. If you’re looking for a new book for your book club or simply need a new book to read, check out some of these titles that we can’t wait to read!

Amy’s Picks


All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

This one is literally on my summer reading list. My entire school is reading it next year, and I can’t wait to begin. I’ve heard a lot of buzz about this Pulitzer Prize winning novel which story follows the relationship formed between a blind French girl and German boy trying to survive during World War II.  If your book club is looking for a well-written historical fiction, then this might be the one for you.

Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I started this beautiful book after reading Americana by Adichie last year. However, once the school year hit, I had to put it down. This story follows fifteen-year-old Kambili struggling through adolescence in Enugu, Nigeria. Although she lives a seemingly privileged and pristine life, Kambili’s family is splintering because of her oppressive father’s religious fanaticism and the turmoil within her country’s government. Kambili must attempt to keep her family together as her country and family is ripped apart.

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

This is one of my OwlCrate reads that I didn’t get a chance to get to this year. This novel follows Dill, a son of a Pentecostal minister, who struggles with growing up in The Bible Belt.  This novel seems to have all the makings of a solid YA read: friendship, secret crushes, tragedy, and reconciling one’s past and present self.

The Love that Split the World by Emily Henry

Yet another OwlCrate read. This sci-fi YA novel follows Natalie’s adventures of growing up and falling in love. Pretty standard for a YA novel. However, Natalie finds a new ability to slide between two different realities. When Beau, her love interest from another dimension, falls into danger, Natalie must find a way to understand her new powers in order to save him.

The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu

This highly buzzed-about collection of fantasy and sci-fi short stories. I can’t wait to dive into this collection and savor every magical story!

A Gathering of Shadows V. E. Schwab

I seriously cannot wait for school to end so I can FINALLY read this bad boy! This is the second in Victoria Schwab’s series A Darker Shade of Magic. This story is the next adventure for Kell, a traveler in a fantasy world where there are four different versions of London (Grey, Red, White, and Black). As dark magic continues to escape from Black London into the other realms, it is up to Kell to stop the evil rebirth of Black London’s power.

Sarah’s Picks

What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi

This seems like a beautiful collection of short stories. This clever collection is all centered around different keys–literal and figurative. I love the idea of playing around with a single metaphor, so I can’t wait to unlock this collection–see what I did there?

The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin 

The long-awaited third book in the Passages trilogy. This trilogy follows the adventures of Amy, a young girl living in a world that’s now ravaged by a government experiment gone horribly wrong. The world is infected and their only hope is Amy.

The Taming of the Queen by Philippa Gregory

Historical fiction from the author of The Other Boleyn Girl about Henry VIII’s 6th wife, intellectual and eventual author (big deal for a lady in the 16th century), Catherine Parr.

The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett

This novel is similar to Sliding Doors (one of my favorite movies). This book tracks two people through important decisions they might have made when they met, and throughout their possible relationship.

Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

A must-read for fans of We Were Liars (one of my fave reads)! The story tracks two sisters impossibly close until an accident  leaves one scarred, and both estranged. Dara goes missing and Nick embarks on a search to find her, and herself.

 All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

Not your typical coming of age novel! This follows a tech genius and a witch who grow up, grow apart, and of course find an adventure. Two minute time machines, talking cats, philosophy and technology. This novel is good for lovers of fantasy and sci-fi because it joins magic and science.

Some current reads from our book club gals!

A State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

A Feast of Snakes by Harry Crews

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
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8 thoughts on “Book Club Summer Reading List

  1. Now that I have time (thank you, summer) I’m back reading your blog. Love it! Just read Taming of the Queen (and The Other Bolyn Girl). Now I have lots of other books to add to my reading list!


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