Whether you’re bathing in the sun, on your lunch break, or sipping your coffee at home, we’ve found the perfect way for you to spend your free time this summer (besides scrolling through our Instagram). The sunshine-filled season is the perfect time for a little something new, and what’s better than a new book? We’ve put together our ultimate proposal-filled summer reading list filled with swoon-worthy moments, modern-day relationships, and laugh-out-loud romances.
our summer 2019 reading list
Of course this is #1 on our list…the title is a given! When Nikole is proposed to by her boyfriend of 5 months (who hasn’t even said ‘I love you’ yet) there’s only one right answer…spoiler alert: the answer is NO. The Proposal is the perfect summer-read that draws attention to the fear of “happily ever after” in modern-day dating. (Interested in this read? Here’s the prequel!)
While this might be #2 on our list…it might be our favorite! Rule #1: don’t date your roommate. In this unexpected love story, Tiffy and Leon do just the opposite of that. The Flatshare had us swooning from beginning to end. It’s emotional, dramatic, and a perfect reminder that heartbreak isn’t forever.
America’s First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales… Could there be a more entertaining love story?! This steamy royal romance is unlike any other we’ve read before. It’s clever, creative, and will bring you along the best ‘behind-the-scenes’ take on families in politics. Red, White, & Royal Blue is hilarious, refreshing, and filled with courageous characters.
If you’re looking for a short-story summer read, Mancotti Kisses is your go-to book. Written in the form of a letter to her deceased Grampy, Kelsey shares her dreams and how she thought the day Jeremy proposed to her would be the best day of her life (we can’t blame her…that’s the day we all dream of, too!). But when the day comes around, it’s nothing short of a disaster… Mancotti Kisses had us laughing-out-loud and ended up being a little too relatable.
Powerful, funny, progressive…Rubyfruit Jungle is everything we want and need to read this summer. Molly Bolt is brought up in a poor Southern home and has to learn her own way to success. She is motivated and self-assured, and she brought us the confidence we didn’t know we needed!
It wouldn’t be a true love-story reading list without a Nicholas Sparks book…right? Thirty years into their marriage, Wilson and Jane realize they’re lacking the connection that they once had. The couple decides the best thing to do is bring themselves back to some of their most romantic times…their engagement being one of those. Like any other Nicholas Sparks book, we could not put this one down (and we recommend tissues!)
Is there anything better than a Nantucket-style cottage by the ocean? (We don’t think so.) From the Instagram-obsessed millennial moments to growing out of family holiday traditions, Cottage by the Sea was one of the most relatable books we’ve read! Annie deals with tragedy, friendships, family, new romances…and Macomber brought us along in detail with every single one of these moments. Looking for a summer romance with lots of ups and downs? Cottage by the Sea should be your go-to!
Hands-down the funniest and most engaging book we’ve read yet. We immediately connected with the main character, Holly. She has her life together (or so she thinks) and she’s hardworking (and doing whatever she can do for a promotion at work.) When her fiancé calls off the engagement, Holly realizes their honeymoon is non-refundable so she has no choice but to take the vacation (girl, we wish!). Holly and her best friend host a nation-wide search to find a man with the same name to match her ex-fiancé’s plane ticket. Just a Name had our attention from the first page to the back cover!
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