20 Books I Can’t Wait to Read This Summer

As a reader, I’m always adding new books to my TBR. I’m about to hit my Goodreads goal of reading 50 books this year, but this year, I won’t be changing or upping my goal. I’ll still keep reading, but I don’t want it to be stressful. I just want to enjoy the books I’m reading.

I’ve got 20 books I’m looking forward to hopefully reading this summer (we’ll see what happens!) Some of these are new releases (or about to be released) and others have been around a bit longer. I’ve split up this post into genres, so let’s get started.


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20 Books I can’t wait to read this summer

YA Contemporary:

Anna K by Jenny Lee — Out March 3rd

This one has been on my TBR ever since Jordy raved about it over on Instagram. On Goodreads, it says “Dazzlingly opulent and emotionally riveting, Anna K.: A Love Story is a brilliant reimagining of Leo Tolstoy’s timeless love story, Anna Karenina―but above all, it is a novel about the dizzying, glorious, heart-stopping experience of first love and first heartbreak.”

BUY IT: Amazon // From your local Indie Bookstore

You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson — Out June 2

In this debut novel, Liz wants to get out of her small, prom-obsessed town. But when she doesn’t get the scholarship she was hoping for, her new plan includes the one thing she never thought she’d do, running for prom queen.

BUY IT: Amazon // From your local Indie Bookstore

Kind of a Big Deal by Shannon Hale — Out August 25

I am stoked for this book to come out! Basically, Josie starts reading, and she soon realizes that not only is she reading, but she’s actually going inside of the books. Literally. I feel like Kind of a Big Deal will be perfect for my bookworm heart, plus, I love Shannon Hale books!

BUY IT: Amazon // From Your Local Indie Bookstore

There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon

I read From Twinkle, With Love a few years ago and LOVED it! I’ve been wanting to read Sandhya’s other books, but I haven’t yet. Parents setting up dates, young adults with something to prove. This one just sounds so cute and fun. I can’t wait to read it.

BUY IT: Amazon // From your local Indie Bookstore

My Calamity Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows

When this trio of authors first came out with My Lady Jane, I fell in love with their writing, the comedy of it all, and the retellings of different Janes (in books and in history). While I still need to read My Plain Jane (a retelling of Jane Eyre) I’m ready to pick up My Calamity Jane, which takes place in the wild, wild west. We’ve got Jane and Annie Oakley and I can’t wait to see what happens!

BUY IT: Amazon // From your local Indie Bookstore

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

Jesse (@bowtiesandbooks) recommended this one ages ago and I’m finally gonna pick it up! Technically this could be an adult contemporary since Queenie is 25, but she’s struggling to figure out her life and what she wants to do in it, so I feel like that feels like a YA coming of age story. Plus I still feel like a Young Adult and I’m 26.

BUY IT: Amazon // From your local Indie Bookstore

Fantasy Books:

Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust — Out July 7

“A captivating and utterly original fairy tale about a girl cursed to be poisonous to the touch, and who discovers what power might lie in such a curse…” I’ve had Girl, Serpent, Thorn on my radar since the beginning of 2020. I did try to get my hands on an ARC from NetGalley, but that didn’t happen. It’s okay though! I’ll be reading it as soon as it hits the shelves!

BUY IT: Amazon // From your local Indie Bookstore

Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles — Out August 25

This book is giving me some major Night Circus vibes and I can’t wait to read it! It was supposed to be out in July, but the pub date was pushed back due to COVID-19. BUT I think it will be worth the wait! “In a city covered in ice and ruin, a group of magicians face off in a daring game of magical feats to find the next headliner of the Conquering Circus, only to find themselves under the threat of an unseen danger striking behind the scenes.”

BUT IT: Amazon // From your local Indie Bookstore

Coral By Sara Ella

A retelling of The Little Mermaid with mental illness representation??! Sign me up! I’ve had this book on my shelf since it came out last November, now I just need to read it! I’ve been wanting to for a while, but I haven’t picked it up. I’m hoping I will this summer!

BUY IT: Amazon // From your local Indie Bookstore

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

Book two, The Silvered Serpents comes out later this year and I’ve been wanting to read The Gilded Wolves for a while now. This one sounds like it’s about secrets and a treasure hunt of sorts. I’ve heard good things so I can’t wait to read it!

BUY IT: Amazon // From your local Indie Bookstore

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal

“Zafira is the Hunter, disguising herself as a man when she braves the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the king. If Zafira was exposed as a girl, all of her achievements would be rejected; if Nasir displayed his compassion, his father would punish him in the most brutal of ways.”

I’ve had We Hunt the Flame on my shelf for over a year now. I keep looking at it, but I’ve hyped it up so much in my mind that I was nervous to pick it up. No more. I’ll read it either this month or next!

BUY IT: Amazon // From your local Indie Bookstore

Lobizona by Romina Garber — Out August 4

“Some people ARE illegal. Lobizonas do NOT exist. Both of these statements are false.” Lobizona follows a young girl who’s an undocumented immigrant in America. When she starts to uncover family secrets and enters a world full of Argentina folklore, she finds out that not only is her residency in the U.S. illegal, but so is her entire existence.

BUY IT: Amazon // From your local Indie Bookstore

The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson

For years I’ve had friends and coworkers and strangers tell me that I need to read the Mistborn trilogy. For years I haven’t been listening. Until one of my good friends Ashley read them and loved them. We’ve got such similar taste in books that I finally decided to give them a try, and I’m loving the first book so far! In a world where the dark lord won instead, what will happen? I can’t wait to find out.

BUY IT: The UK covers on Book Depository // From Bookshop.org

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown

“The first in an fantasy duology inspired by West African folklore in which a grieving crown princess and a desperate refugee find themselves on a collision course to murder each other despite their growing attraction.”

This one is giving me some Children of Blood and Bone vibes and I’m not mad about it. Give me all the hate to love romance in a fantasy novel. I can’t wait for my copy to arrive!

BUY IT: Amazon // From your local Indie Bookstore

East by Edith Pattou

I think East is the number one book that I’ve read more times than I can count (and I never kept track). I checked this book out so many times as a kid and then as a young adult. It’s a retelling of East of the Sun West of the Moon and honestly, it’s one of my favorite books ever. After years of not having my own copy, I finally got East and it’s new sequel, West earlier this year.

BUY IT: Amazon // From your local Indie Bookstore

Adult contemporary + Romance

The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd

When I first read the synopsis, I didn’t know if I’d pick this one up. A feminist ‘retelling’ of sorts about Jesus with a wife. But after I saw Leigh Ellen share her thoughts about the book from a Christian standpoint, I reconsidered. I don’t know a ton about this book, but I’ve read a lot of really great reviews and I can’t wait for my copy to arrive!

BUY IT: Amazon // From your local Indie Bookstore

A Burning by Megha Majumdar

A careless social media comment puts three characters in a web of violence, tragedy, and politics in India. Jenna from @jennastopreading talked about this book a couple of weeks ago and when I saw it as a BOTM pick for June, I knew I had to grab it. So excited to read this one.

BUY IT: Amazon // From your local Indie Bookstore

One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London

The Bachelor meets Rom-com in this debut novel that I really can’t wait to get my hands on! This one doesn’t come out until July 7th, but you can grab an early copy this month from Book of the Month.

BUY IT: Amazon // From your local Indie Bookstore

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

I listened to The Mother’s a few years ago and LOVED it. I’m so excited for my copy of The Vanishing Half to get here. This one follows two sisters (twins) that live two different lives. It also confronts race and identity in the 1960s.

BUY IT: Amazon // From your local Indie Bookstore

Ten Rules for Faking It by Sophie Sullivan — Out Jan 2021

I know, this book does not come out until 2021, but I am grateful I got an ARC from NetGalley, and it just sounds so great that I can’t wait to read it! This one is a maybe and a hopeful read this summer, but I’m not in a super big rush to read it right now. It’s all about Everly who’s hit an all-time low. It’s time to make some new rules, and maybe find some happiness while she’s faking it.

PREORDER IT: Amazon // From your local Indie Bookstore

Will you be reading any of these books with me this summer? Let me know if you, I’d love to chat about them with you!!

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  1. I didn’t even realize Shannon Hale had a new book coming out – I love her stuff!

    1. Right?! I heard about it sometime last month and I knew immediately that I’d be picking it up!

  2. Whilst I’m still yet to read The Night Circus, the fact that you compared the Where Dreams Descend to it has definitely intrigued me to read that too, as I’m dying to read TNC as I’ve heard amazing things about that too!

    1. AHH!!! The Night Circus is one of my favorite books, which makes me even more excited to read Where Dreams Descend! I hope you get to read both soon!

  3. I’ve had several of these books on my TBR already, but I just added even more, like Queenie and Coral! Those both sound amazing. I can’t wait to hear what you think of some of the others!

    1. Yay!! I’ll definitely be sharing reviews + thoughts as I read all of these!! 🙂 Can’t wait to see which ones you pick up!

  4. You Should See Me In a Crown definitely caught my attention!! Adding it to my TBR!

    1. I’m listening to it right now and I’m really enjoying it!!

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