By Katie Moosbrugger

It’s the season of reading – at least for me! One of my favorite things to do in the summer is get lost in a good book (or many) after getting recommendations from friends and family. I recently polled some avid readers I know to compile a list of books that stay with you. You know, the kind of book that you think about for months and years after you read it. Many of the books listed below have been around for years but they always make for a timely read. Others have just recently been published yet they’re memorable enough to make today’s list.

I know there are lots of lists out there that feature popular books, and I hope today’s post will pique your interest in a few more titles. Plus, if you can’t get to all these books this summer then consider some for your book clubs. Just about every one is worth a good discussion. Happy reading!

A Land More Kind than Home

A Prayer for Owen Meany

A Thousand Splendid Suns

All the Light We Cannot See

Angela’s Ashes

Before I Go to Sleep

Cry, the Beloved Country

Cutting for Stone

Hour of Gold, Hour of Lead: Diaries and Letters of Anne Morrow Lindbergh

I Know This Much is True

In Cold Blood

In the Time of the Butterflies

Invention of Wings

Lone Survivor

Love Story

Me Before You

Orphan Train

Pillars of the Earth

Radiant Angel



Same Kind of Different as Me

Sarah’s Key

Still Alice

The Alienist

The Art of Racing in the Rain

The Blue Bistro

The Bonfire of the Vanities

The Color Purple

The Fountainhead

The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo (the entire series by Stieg Larson)

The Giver

The Good Earth

The Guardian

The Help

Their Eyes Were Watching God

The Killing Tree

The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat

The Memory Thief

The Perfume Collector

The Poisonwood Bible

The Search

The Spirit Catches You And You Fall Down

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

The Time Traveler’s Wife

Three Cups of Tea

To Kill a Mockingbird


Winds of War

World Without End

Other Book Lists We’ve Featured

Every year we feature our favorite books for summer reading, and below are links to these past posts. Some of the books mentioned above have also been featured in our past blogs – which means it’s never too late to pick up one of these novels!

Mom’s Summer Reading List

Lose Yourself in These Triad Reads

What Are You Reading This Summer?

2012 Summer Read Recommendations

Favorite Reads for the Moms of Many Moods

Our Favorite Picks for Cool Summer Reads