SUMMER READING LIST: 10 novels that are sure to entice any reader!

10 Novels that are Sure to Entice any Reader


Red Rising:

I never considered myself a science fiction fan until I started reading dystopian young adult novels. If you liked the Hunger Games or the Divergent series, then you are going to love the Red Rising trilogy. I was crying after the first chapter and couldn’t put the book down afterwards. Here’s a blurb of Red Rising from Amazon;
“I live for the dream that my children will be born free,” she says. “That they will be what they like. That they will own the land their father gave them.”

“I live for you,” I say sadly.

Eo kisses my cheek. “Then you must live for more.”

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.

But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and lush wilds spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.

Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity’s overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society’s ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies . . . even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.

The Luckiest Girl Alive

My sister lent me this book. At first glance, I was a bit skeptical how much I would enjoy the novel due to the protagonist being such a snob but the book quickly developed into a page turner. The controversial themes and plot twists took me by surprise. I couldn’t put the book down! Here’s a blurb for Luckiest Girl Alive: A Novel from Amazon;


As a teenager at the prestigious Bradley School, Ani FaNelli endured a shocking, public humiliation that left her desperate to reinvent herself. Now, with a glamorous job, expensive wardrobe, and handsome blue blood fiancé, she’s this close to living the perfect life she’s worked so hard to achieve.

But Ani has a secret.

There’s something else buried in her past that still haunts her, something private and painful that threatens to bubble to the surface and destroy everything.

With a singular voice and twists you won’t see coming, Luckiest Girl Alive explores the unbearable pressure that so many women feel to “have it all” and introduces a heroine whose sharp edges and cutthroat ambition have been protecting a scandalous truth, and a heart that’s bigger than it first appears.

The question remains: will breaking her silence destroy all that she has worked for—or, will it at long last, set Ani free?


I Know this Much is True

If you have some time on your hands then I highly recommend this 928 page novel. I know 928 pages seems like a daunting task but trust me, this thought provoking book will leave you pondering the human psyche and the different roles we play in our lives. A blurb from Amazon for I Know This Much Is True: A Novel (P.S.);

In the afternoon of October 12, 1990, my twin brother, Thomas, entered the Three Rivers, Connecticut, public library, retreated to one of the rear study carrels, and prayed to God the sacrifice he was about to commit would be deemed acceptable. . . .

One of the most acclaimed novels of our time, Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True is a story of alienation and connection, devastation and renewal, at once joyous, heartbreaking, poignant, mystical, and powerfully, profoundly human.

A Court of Thorns and Roses

A young adult novel that takes a twist on the classic Beauty and the Beast. An easy, enjoyable read to escape reality and pass the time. A blurb for A Court of Thorns and Roses from Amazon;

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin–one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin–and his world–forever.

Me Before You

I’m reading this novel right now and I CAN’T PUT IT DOWN! I’m not one for mushy love stories but this book is different. This book is about the things we take for granted and the assumptions we make as humans. This novel is  way more than just a love story. It’s also a movie! Amazon blurb for Me Before You: A Novel (Movie Tie-In);

They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose . . .

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

Orphan Train

Is historical fiction your thing? As an alternative education teacher, I have many students in the foster care system and I was blown away by the beginnings of the system; religious charities auctioning off orphans for labor in return for housing. This novel dives deep into this little known fact in American history.

Orphan Train Amazon blurb;

Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to “aging out” out of the foster care system. A community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse…

As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life—answers that will ultimately free them both.


Into the Water

Did you like Girl on a Train? Yep, so did I. Paula Hawkin’s second novel is now out and I can’t wait to get my hands on it!  Amazon blurb for Into the Water: A Novel;

A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.

Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother’s sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from—a place to which she vowed she’d never return.


Not a Sound

I’ve been a big fan of Heather Gudenkauf since I read her 2009 novel, The Weight of Silence. I love her writing style and I can’t wait to read her newest novel, Not a Sound.

Amazon blurb for Not a Sound: A Thriller;

When a tragic accident leaves nurse Amelia Winn deaf, she spirals into a depression that ultimately causes her to lose everything that matters—her job, her husband, David, and her stepdaughter, Nora. Now, two years later and with the help of her hearing dog, Stitch, she is finally getting back on her feet. But when she discovers the body of a fellow nurse in the dense bush by the river, deep in the woods near her cabin, she is plunged into a disturbing mystery that could shatter the carefully reconstructed pieces of her life all over again.

As clues begin to surface, Amelia finds herself swept into an investigation that hits all too close to home. But how much is she willing to risk in order to uncover the truth and bring a killer to justice?


Since we Fell

Shutter Island, Mystic River, need I say more? Suspense at it’s finest!

Amazon blurb for Since We Fell: A Novel;

Since We Fell follows Rachel Childs, a former journalist who, after an on-air mental breakdown, now lives as a virtual shut-in. In all other respects, however, she enjoys an ideal life with an ideal husband. Until a chance encounter on a rainy afternoon causes that ideal life to fray. As does Rachel’s marriage. As does Rachel herself. Sucked into a conspiracy thick with deception, violence, and possibly madness, Rachel must find the strength within herself to conquer unimaginable fears and mind-altering truths. By turns heart- breaking, suspenseful, romantic, and sophisticated, Since We Fell is a novel of profound psychological insight and tension. It is Dennis Lehane at his very best.


Carve the Mark

I have some sick obsession with Young Adult trilogies ever since the Twilight series. Veronica Roth, the author of the Divergent series came out with a new novel, Carve the Mark and I’m dying to read it!

Amazon blurb for Carve the Mark;

Cyra Noavek and Akos Kereseth have grown up in enemy countries locked in a long-standing fight for dominance over their shared planet. When Akos and his brother are kidnapped by the ruling Noavek family, Akos is forced to serve Cyra, the sister of a dictator who governs with violence and fear. Cyra is known for her deadly power of transferring extraordinary pain unto others with simple touch, and her tyrant brother uses her as a weapon against those who challenge him. But as Akos fights for his own survival, he recognizes that Cyra is also fighting for hers, and that her true gift—resilience—might be what saves them both.

When Akos and Cyra are caught in the middle of a raging rebellion, everything they’ve been led to believe about their world and themselves must be called into question. But fighting for what’s right might mean betraying their countries, their families, and each other.

When the time comes, will they choose loyalty or love?


There you have it, six books that I absolutely recommend you read this summer and four books that I can’t wait to get my hands on. Do you have any books you already plan on reading this summer? Please share! I always enjoy adding to my list of books to read. Even if I can’t get to it this summer, I’ll find time eventually!