By Guest Blogger Ellen Bryant Lloyd 

School is out and summer is in full force — YAY!! The more relaxed months of summer are the ideal time to travel to faraway lands, experience other cultures, immerse yourself in relationship “soap operas,” explore other periods in history or become a detective — all from the comfort of your poolside/beachside chair! I have many friends who often say that summer is their favorite time of year because they actually have time to read books that have been on their metaphorical bedside tables for months.

Even if you have titles for summer reading in mind, I believe there is always room to add a few more to the list. I have suggested books that cover all types of interests — from historical fiction and suspense-filled thrillers to books with challenging topics and light, fun reads. There are new releases, books with a lot of buzz, books by favorite authors and titles by debut authors “to watch.” I am sure you will find several books that will be welcome additions to your pool/beach bag! Happy summer reading!

What’s Mine and Yours by Naima Coster

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd

Shoulder Season by Christina Clancy

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris

All Adults Here by Emma Straub

That Summer by Jennifer Weiner

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

The Ice Swan by J’Nell Ciesielski

Somebody’s Daughter: A Memoir by Ashley C. Ford

The Siren by Katherine St. John

Talk Bookish to Me by Kate Bromley

– Golden Girl by Elin Hilderbrand

The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi

One Two Three by Laurie Frankel

The Husbands by Chandler Baker

The Color of Air by Gail Tsukiyama

The Secrets We Keep by Kate Hewitt

How Lucky by Will Leitch

The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams

The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot by Marianne Cronin

The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba by Chanel Cleeton

The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz

People We Meet On Vacation by Emily Henry

The Guilt Trip by Sandie Jones

While We Were Dating by Jasmine Guillory

The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller

Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan


Ellen Bryant Lloyd is the author of FRECKLES and FRECKLES and The Great Beach Rescue. Please visit and to learn more about Freckles. Ellen writes a blog about her perspectives on life and parenting at and tweets at @EllenBLloyd. She lives in Greensboro with her husband and two children.

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