Summer is just around the corner, so you may be thinking about what you’ll be reading this summer. There are so many books to choose from every year and it’s really hard to say what constitutes the best or even the best of the best. However, it’s a pretty good sign when several sources recommend the same books over and over again.
Below you’ll find a selection of titles that were repeatedly recommended by multiple sources online. There’s also a few book lists to help you discover even more great reads this summer and beyond.
A year in the life of a beguiling young woman in the wild world of a famous downtown New York restaurant follows her burning effort to become someone of importance through a backwaiter job that enables her indulgences in culinary and intellectual interests.
Gathering at a ramshackle Nantucket cottage, a late celebrity chef’s wives and children confront the sources of their bitter rivalries and slowly let go of resentments as they remember positive times and share long-held secrets.
Seeking independence and happiness away from her upper-crust British life, Emma moves first to Manhattan and then to Connecticut, where she renovates a cottage at the side of a handyman single father with whom she plans a future before a twist of fate redefines her beliefs about home.
Join Robyn Carr, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Virgin River and Thunder Point series, as she explores the healing powers of rural Colorado in a brand-new story of fresh starts, budding relationships and one woman’s journey to finding the happiness she’s long been missing.
Three friends and former college bandmates struggle with the midlife difficulties of managing the sexuality, independence, and secrets of their young-adult children against painful memories of a friend who soared and fell without them.
Some people stay all summer long on the idyllic island of Belle Isle, North Carolina. Some people come only for the weekends-and it’s something they look forward to all week long. When Riley Griggs is waiting for her husband to arrive at the ferry one Friday afternoon, she is instead served with papers informing her that her island home is being foreclosed.
Having spent every summer of her adult life in Nantucket, Kansas City university professor Jenny finds herself caught between two lifestyles and two men before settling into the glamorous life she associates with the seaside and questioning her choice in the face of an unexpected turn.
A Southern gentleman and his talented New York wife return to his home in the lush Carolina lowcountry, where they endure a summer of transitions while observing the impact of seasonal choices on the lives of neighbors and visitors.
Forced by a work assignment to return to the Florida hometown she swore she would never revisit, Georgia, an expert on fine china, encounters her estranged mother and sister and realizes that she must heal past rifts in order to live an authentic life.
Returning with her sister, Jane, to their Ohio hometown when their father falls ill, New York magazine editor Lizzy Bennett confronts challenges in the form of her younger sisters’ football fangirl antics, a creepy cousin’s unwanted attentions and the infuriating standoffish manners of a handsome neurosurgeon.