Our Summer Reading List Just Got Way More Exciting

Whenever it comes time to put together my seasonal summer reading list, I always turn to a few different sources to find good books to share with you. I ask my family and friends, and I constantly keep a running list of good book titles on my phone so that I remember them. I also look back through the comments of previous reading lists, because all of you have such great suggestions. Anyway, today I have 10 great reads to share with you. Every book on this list is great for reading on the beach, while flying somewhere for a summer vacation, or even a lazy summer Sunday afternoon. I hope you like them.

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I became pretty Jenny Han-obsessed ever since I read her book To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before for my last LaurenConrad.com book club. So we’re reading this one for our current book club that I just announced! In this sweet and engaging sequel, Lara Jean comes back and still has feelings for Peter. But when another boy from her past shows up, she wonders whether she can be in love with two boys at the same time. Sounds like a must-read to me!

P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han, $17.99, Available at Simon & Schuster.
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If you’re an Aziz fan, this one will have you laughing the whole way through. Amazon describes it as “A hilarious, thoughtful, and in-depth exploration of the pleasures and perils of modern romance from one of this generation’s sharpest comedic voices.” Sounds like a winner to me.

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari, $17.24, available at Amazon.
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Judy Blume was a favorite childhood writer of mine, so you can imagine how excited I was to hear that she was writing a new book this summer... And it's for adults! It takes place during the 1950s, when several plane crashes shatter the working class citizens in Elizabeth, New Jersey. The story follows 15-year-old Miri and her family as their lives change profoundly by this unexpected event.

In The Unlikely Event by Judy Blume, $16.77, available at Amazon.
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Team LC and I love Cheryl Strayed’s writing and podcasts, and Torch is a book worth adding to your list (along with Wild and Tiny Beautiful Things, if you haven’t already read those two). The story mirrors challenges Strayed has faced in her own life — after a mother and her two children flee their abusive husband and father, life begins to fall apart when they get news that the mother is diagnosed with cancer. This one is definitely emotional, but touches on important elements like dealing with grief, finding forgiveness, and learning how to keep living.

Torch by Cheryl Strayed, $12.41, available at Amazon.
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If any of you are OITNB fans, you know that season 3 just came out on Netflix. This book isn’t a new title, but it’s a good one to read if you haven't yet. Follow the author’s autobiographical journey as she transitions from a life involving a boyfriend and a loving family to navigating the harsh world of prison.

Orange Is The New Black by Piper Kerman, $8.97, available at Amazon.
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A group of artsy teenagers meets at summer camp in 1974 and remain friends through the trials and tribulations of growing up. This compelling coming-of-age story about five privileged kids serves as an interesting look back at what’s happened during the last 40 years in America.

The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer, $9.52, available at Amazon.
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This book was recommended to me by my mom’s friend, and I had never heard of it. But anytime someone claims a book is “their favorite,” I’m instantly curious. Apparently, the author’s story follows three generations of his own family as they migrate from revolutionary Mexico to California.

Rain of Gold by Victor Villaseñor, $3.18, available at Amazon.
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I know you’re not supposed to judge book by their covers, but if I had to judge this one by its title, I already love it! This historical period drama set in 17th-century China takes on the theme of star-crossed lovers as the main character Peony falls in love with a handsome man who is not the arranged husband her parents intended for her.

Peony in Love by Lisa See, $12.23, available at Amazon.
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This story is about determination, challenge, love and heartache. When Rodriguez traveled to Afghanistan in 2002, she befriended many of the Afghan women and developed a deep bond with them. With the help of these women, she created a beauty school in Kabul, and forever changed the lives of these women for the better.

Kabul Beauty School by Deborah Rodriguez, $11.80, available at Amazon.
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Amazon describes this novel by bestselling author Berg as follows: “Helen Ames is beginning to depend too much on her 27-year-old daughter, Tessa, meddling in her life and offering unsolicited advice. Then, Helen is shocked to discover that her seemingly loyal husband was apparently leading a double life. When a phone call from a stranger sets Helen on a surprising path of discovery, both mother and daughter reassess what they thought they knew about each other, themselves, and what really makes a home and a family.”

Home Safe by Elizabeth Berg, $13.22, available at Amazon.

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