Books on my 2017 Summer Reading List

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Am I wrong for saying that one of my favorite things about long summer days is the extra reading time? I set ambitious reading goals for myself and it seems the majority of my reading is usually done during the summer. I can’t help that one of my favorite places is in my patio chair with a sweet iced tea in one hand and a book in the other. Also, oddly enough, summer seems to be the only time I prefer paperbacks to eBooks. I hate trying to read on my iPad outside in the hot sun during the summer. Just give me a paperback, please! 

Most of the year I can be found reading pretty heavy subjects like biographies, military fiction, history, historical fiction, and horror. I don’t know why those genres appeal to me, but they do. During the summer I tend toward women’s fiction and literary fiction. Occasionally I’ll read a romance but they are rare. I am very particular about the romance books I read because I’m not a fan of happily-ever-after endings. That’s a rant for another time though, probably on Twitter. I tend to rant there.

My top book selections for my 2017 summer reading list. Includes chick lit, adult fiction, historical fiction, biographies, and more so there is something to please every reader.

Books on my 2017 Summer Reading List

There is no way I’m going to read all of these books this summer, but these are the ones that have made it on my 2017 summer reading (wish) list. If you have others to recommend to me, please drop them in the comments below. Also, come friend me on GoodReads

Women’s Fiction / Chick Lit

  • All the Best People by Sonja Yoerg
    • An intricately crafted story of madness, magic and misfortune across three generations from the author of The Middle of Somewhere and House Broken…
  • The Summer of Impossible Things by Rowan Coleman
    • If you could change the past, would you? Thirty years ago, something terrible happened to Luna’s mother. Something she’s only prepared to reveal after her death.
  • The Forever Summer by Jamie Brenner
    • When a DNA test reveals long-buried secrets, three generations of women reunite on Cape Cod for the homecoming of a lifetime.


  • Taking my Life Back: My Story of Faith, Determination, and Surviving the Boston Marathon Bombing by Rebekah Gregory and Anthony Flacco
    • On April 15, 2013, Rebekah Gregory and her five-year-old son waited at the finish line of the Boston Marathon to support a friend who was running. When the blasts of terrorists’ homemade bombs packed with nails and screws went off three feet away, Rebekah’s legs took the brunt of the blast, protecting her son from certain death.
  • Over the Hills and Far Away: The Life of Beatrix Potter by Matthew Dennison
    • Beatrix Potter is one of the world’s bestselling, most cherished authors, whose books have enchanted generations of children for over a hundred years. Yet how she achieved this legendary status is just one of several stories of her remarkable and unexpected life.
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Literary Fiction

  • Saints for All Occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan
    • A sweeping, unforgettable novel from The New York Times best-selling author of Maine, about the hope, sacrifice, and love between two sisters and the secret that drives them apart.
  • Salt Houses by Hala Alyan
    • From a dazzling new literary voice, a debut novel about  a  Palestinian family caught between present and past, between  displacement and home.
  • Music of the Ghosts by Vaddey Ratner
    • Leaving the safety of America, Teera returns to Cambodia for the first time since her harrowing escape as a child refugee.
  • Catching the Wind by Melanie Dobson
    • What happened to Brigitte Berthold? That question has haunted Daniel Knight since he was thirteen, when he and ten-year-old Brigitte escaped the Gestapo agents who arrested both their parents.

Historical Fiction

  • The Baker’s Secret by Stephen P. Kiernan
    • From the multiple-award-winning, critically acclaimed author of The Hummingbird and The Curiosity comes a dazzling novel of World War II—a shimmering tale of courage, determination, optimism, and the resilience of the human spirit, set in a small Normandy village on the eve of D-Day.
  • Crossing Ebenezer’s Creek by Tonya Bolden
    • She wanted to stay awake, wanted to see what freedom looked like, felt like at midnight, then at the cusp of dawn.
  • Someone Else’s Summer by Rachel Bateman
    • Anna’s always idolized her older sister, Storm. So when Storm dies in a tragic car accident on the night of her high school graduation, Anna is completely lost and her family is torn apart. That is, until she finds Storm’s summer bucket list and decides to honor her sister by having the best summer ever…

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  1. That’s quite an impressive list! I will look into Salt Houses. I am hosting our book club on Thursday, and I still haven’t finished the book, Anne Patchett’s Commonwealth. I’m torn between finishing it and getting ready to make dinner for 9 on Thursday for our meeting! I am recommending The Hidden Life of Trees for our next book.

  2. I haven’t heard of any of these but there are some really good-sounding reads on your list! I’ve been slacking on my reading (again) lately but hoping that I’ll be able to squeeze some in on vacation later this month!

    • Where are you off to on this trip? I love following your blog for your adventures! I travel vicariously through you. 😉 Someone Else’s Summer sounds amazing. It sounds like a good read for your trip.

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