Summer reading recommendations

Summer reading is never fun. Between assignments such as 1984 and Outliers, reading in the summer is not as peaceful and relaxing as it sounds. But which books are fun to read in the summer? Which books capture summer vibes?

Jamison Murillo, Staff Writer

Beach Read–Emily Henry

For those people looking for their next opposites attract novel, this is the perfect book to read during summer vacation. Two authors, stumped with writer’s block, find themselves in beach houses right next to each other. Both writers are complete opposites of each other. While Augustus Everett is known best for his literary fiction, January Andrews writes romance novels. When the two writers are assigned to write a book completely opposite of what they’re accustomed to, they look to each other for help and try not to fall in love.


The Summer of Broken Rules–K. L. Walther

If you are a Taylor Swift fan, this book is for you. When Meridith’s longterm boyfriend dumps her, she finds herself without a plus-one to her cousin’s big wedding at Martha’s Vineyard. What was once a place she used to visit during the summer, now goes untouched since the death of her sister. When her family decides that their family’s summer tradition, the game Assassin, will take place the week of the wedding, Meredith is assigned a hot groomsman who may cost her the game.


The Man Who Could Move Clouds–Ingrid Rojas Contreras

This highly anticipated memoir coming out July 12 depicts Ingrid Rojas Contreras living in Colombia. Her family has a rich and magical history, and it was said that her grandfather had the ability to move clouds, communicate with the dead, predict the future, and heal the sick. When Contreras gets a head injury and suffers from amnesia, she begins to re-explore her family’s history. As Contreras struggles between knowing what is real and what is her imagination, she writes her story as a way to find understanding and reconcile with the memories she lost.


More Than You’ll Ever Know–Katie Gutierrez

More Than You’ll Ever Know is a murder mystery book that will have you engaged this summer. When Dolores Rivera’s husband finds out that she is living a double life and is married to another man somewhere else, he is arrested for murdering the other husband. When Cassie Bowman–, a crime writer– finds this story, she becomes captivated by Rivera’s tale and becomes determined to find out why Rivera would risk everything to live this double life. Coming out on June 7, this book is full of drama, suspense, and excitement. 


Tokyo Dreaming–Emiko Jean

A recently released novel on the horizon is Tokyo Dreaming, perfect for all the royalty book lovers. Izumi Tanaka, a Japanese-American, becomes princess overnight after learning that her father was the Crown Prince of Japan. This newfound royalty proves to be very difficult when the Imperial Household Council refuses to approve the engagement between her parents because they are concerned with her mother’s lineage. Determined to do whatever she can to help, Izumi needs to become the perfect princess for the Council.


Teacher Recommendations: 

Dragavon–The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid and The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music

Level–The Nickel Boys, Ender’s Game, Unbroken, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Catch-22