Summer is officially here. Whether you’re swinging in your hammock, sitting on the patio, or in your favorite chair indoors with the AC blasting – if you’re looking to do some reading this summer, we’ve got you covered!
We reached out to two book-loving Cameron’s fans, Amber and Lindsey, for some suggestions. Here are 8 titles to check out, spanning genres from romcom to true crime. If you like their picks and want more, you can find Amber at @bookncatsncoffee, and Lindsey at Lindsey’s Little Library.
The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez
Abby Jimenez is officially the queen of ripping my emotions apart, then putting them all back together again. I love the way she brings her characters to life and creates a story I can completely lose myself in. And it includes a playlist. Double win. (Despite featuring characters from her previous release The Friend Zone, this book does not need to be read as a sequel.)
Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
I. Love. Chloe. Brown. She’s smart and witty, a little bit nerdy, and perfectly flawed. I loved that this romcom features a black woman and a chronic invisible illness in addition to the steam and laughs. It brought a depth to the story that was pleasantly unexpected. You’ll be counting down the days for the next book in the series before you even turn the last page.
Murder In the Mystery Suite by Ellery Adams
Booknerds will go nuts for this cozy mystery set in a “storybook resort”. Guests arrive to participate in a Murder & Mayhem week, but they start showing up dead around the property. Fans of the mystery genre will love solving this whodunnit while also taking delight in the literary references sprinkled throughout.
The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez
If you are in the mood for a light, fun, romantic summer read pick up The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez. This centers around Kristin and Josh and their very unique relationship. A fast paced, light hearted book with a little bit of sass mixed in.
Little Mercies by Heather Gudenkauf
I love a book that makes me think and Little Mercies by Heather Gudenkauf does just that. A great reminder that not everyone is perfect and your best intentions sometimes have dire consequences. This book starts us off in the midst of a hot summer day in Iowa as we follow our main character as she makes a terrible mistake and has to survive the aftermath. I couldn’t help but put myself in her shoes and it was heartbreaking.
The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater
I love a nonfiction book that reads like fiction and this is one of the best. I love that this book gives us both perspectives of a horrible incident that involved two teenagers on a bus, a lighter and a split second decision that changes both of their lives. This explores a hate crime, gender-neutrality and juvenile incarceration all in 300 pages.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Love and stardom in 1950’s Hollywood – yes please! Evelyn Hugo is a woman determined to make her mark as an actress, no matter who or what she has to leave in the dust. This book is divided into 7 sections, following her 7 husbands and all the drama and tears along the way. I love that newspaper articles are included so you can see how the paparazzi reacted to Evelyn’s every move.
The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James
If you are looking for a book that will keep you on your toes from cover to cover, pick up The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James. This wild ride is told in dual timelines (who doesn’t love that), takes place at a haunted motel and involves the search for a missing woman. Don’t read this in the dark.
With the perfect pairing of books and coffee, you should be all set. Happy reading!