If you’ve been reading Life With Emily for any amount of time, then it’s no secret that I love to read! I am that girl that undoubtedly always has a book with me-whether I’m waiting to meet a friend for coffee, waiting in carpool line, etc. Anytime I post a book I’m currently reading on snapchat (add me on snapchat here) I get a TON of screenshots and messages about other book recommendations, so today I thought I would share my top summer book recommendations with you. At the bottom I’m also sharing what books are on my “next-up” shelf that I’m wanting to read!
P.S. If you have any book recommendations I would love to hear them, feel free to leave them in the comments!
Books I have read this summer
As part of my 101 in 1001 list I have challenged myself to read more since it is something I find to be relaxing and something I really enjoy. I’ve already read a fair amount of books this summer and I can’t wait to read more. I have broken these down into two categories thriller and romance! P.S. I’m not really going into detail on these books because I don’t want to spoil anything, just know they’re all highly recommended! 🙂
I read Girl On The Train back when it originally came out and I couldn’t put it down. If you haven’t read that book yet, I highly suggest reading it! If you have and can’t get enough of the psychological thriller type of book, you should add these to your list!
Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson This one was a definite page turner that I couldn’t put down! Each page left me questioning everything and the ending blew my mind! It’s also a movie with Nicole Kidman- may need to watch that!
The Good Girl by Mary Kubica This was the first book I had read by this author and I promptly went out and bought another one of her books after I finished this one! This is the tell of a kidnapping gone wrong with twists and turns that you never see coming!
What She Knew by Gilly MacMillan If I’m not mistaken, this was the book I read directly after reading The Girl on the Train and it was as much of a page turner! This was the authors debut novel and I will certainly be adding her to my favorite authors!
Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica After reading her first book, I snatched this one up at Target and it certainly didn’t disappoint. This book was so eery, but I couldn’t stop turning the pages.
Changing speeds from thriller to romance, these are all easy books that are perfect to throw in your beach and pool bags! They don’t take a lot of effort, but are page turners!
The Matchmaker by Elin Hilderbrand Elin Hildebrand is one of my favorite authors- she has a way with words that get you from the very first page. This is the book I finished most recently and really enjoyed it.
The Rumor by Elin Hilderbrand I thought this was the cutest book- I think I finished it in a day and a half by the pool a few weekends ago. It’s one of those books that goes to show you that everything isn’t always how it appears.
All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner I borrowed this book after my mom finished it and was hesitant at first because I’ve read a few of Jennifer Weiner’s books and they were hard to get into. It’s safe to say this one was much better and a really good read!
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline I love a book that includes history as well as a good love story and this one combines the two so perfectly! I’ve had a few people tell me this takes a little while to get into– but I always tell them to keep reading!! Those people have texted or messaged me after finishing the book saying how good it turned out to be!
Books I want to read this summer
I feel like I have a never-ending list of books I want to read (feel free to check out my Goodreads to-read shelf) but these are ones I currently own and plan to read soon! As I said above, I would love for you to let me know any book recommendations you have in the comments!
A Girl’s Guide To Moving On by Debbie Macomber
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
The Island House by Nancy Thayer
Miller’s Valley by Anna Quindlen
Me Before You by JoJo Moyes I actually started this book on Sunday and have had my nose in it ever since. I have less than 100 pages and I don’t want it to end. It is SO good! (Update: I finished it last night & cried like a baby!)
Happy reading, y’all! Leave your book recs below! XO