2016 Summer Reads

summer 16 reads

At the beginning of the summer, I wrote a post about the books I had hoped and planned to read over the summer. I ended up reading 7 books, which is a far cry from the 12 books I wanted to read, but I’m still pretty pleased with that number! About halfway through the summer I wrote a review post of the books I read up to that point so I’ll link that throughout this list. I was really pleased with all the books I read this summer so if you get a chance to check any of these out, I know you won’t be disappointed.

One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I absolutely loved this book. The twists and turns, the characters, and the heartbreaking situation the main character was put in made it SO HARD for me to put this book down even for a few minutes. I’m pretty sure I devoured this book in two days, tops. I received an advanced eGalley of ONE TRUE LOVES and I seriously couldn’t wait to tell everyone I knew about this book. I had to spill my feelings about it to my mom because I felt like there weren’t enough people to talk about it to. If you’re into romantic novels that are nothing like you’ve ever read before, I highly recommend picking this one up. Trust me.

I’m definitely giving this book 5/5 stars. 

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

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IT ENDS WITH US was definitely my most anticipated read for the summer. I loved it, but it did take me a little while to get into the book. I think this might have been because I was working 40 hrs a week at a day camp and wasn’t totally in my best mindset to read, but I ended up finishing this two weeks before classes started. This book was so powerful and I’m mad I finished it on a train riding home from New York City so I couldn’t have the full cry that I typically do when I finish a CoHo novel, but it was totally worth finishing right then and there. This book is much different than all of the others I’ve read but I loved it so much and thought it was such an important read. If you read one Colleen Hoover book, let it be this one. Trust me. Also, I really think it’s best to go into this book blind. It’ll change your life, so be prepared.

5/5 stars.

Never Never (Parts 2 + 3) by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

Read my review. 3.5/5 stars.

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

landline rainbow rowell

Read my review. 3/5 stars.

Swear on this Life by Renee Carlino

Read my review. 4/5 stars.

Still Alice by Lisa Genova

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Read my review. 5/5 stars.

What were your favorite summer reads? What are you currently reading?

  • Caitlin

    These all look so good! I’ve never read any Colleen Hoover books, and may have to try now.
    Thank you for sharing!

  • Currently I’m mainly reading books for school however during summer break I got to read a lot of books I personally wanted to read. My favourite ones were I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson and Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone :) I really want to check out Colleen Hoover’s books, especially It Ends With Us because I’ve heard so many good things about it already x


  • mckenna bleu

    Ive heard great things about one true loves! I need to read some of these!

  • Anna Hubbard

    Oh goodness, I wish I was able to read that many books! I’m still working on Big Magic, but I love it so ffar!
    -Anna | http://www.fivefootandfabulous.com

  • Still Alice has been on my book list forever!! I need to get on it!

    Rachel | http://www.theconfusedmillennial.com

  • great list! Thanks for sharing :) I’ll have to give these a read for fall!

  • OMG I just added like 7 books to my Good Reads list and almost all of them were Colleen Hoover. But I’m most excited about adding Swear on This Life to my list! That has GOT to be my next read. I loved To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and The Girl on the Train.

    Caitlyn | http://www.collegewithcaitlyn.com

  • All of these books sound good, I gotta read a book soon. I don’t even remember the last time I read a book.


  • Jenna Graziani

    Oh my gosh! So many books to add to my list!

  • Oh my goodness. I saw the movie for Still Alice and I swear I sobbed through the whole thing – idk if I could stand a book. I’d be a constant wreck! Looks like you read a lot this summer – love this whole list!
    XO Amanda | http://www.glitterandspice.com

  • Savannah Ward

    I love that you loved Still Alice! One of my favorite books. I want to read It Ends With Us next.


  • thank you thank you thank you, I need new books to read so badly! I will be looking into these!

    Kirsten – http://thewanderingbrunette.com

  • Oh man, my favorite book of the summer has to be… ‘Dark Places’! ‘Still Alice’ is on my to-read list.

    Alix | http://www.apintsizedlife.com

  • So I need to read all of these like pronto. Thanks for the suggestions girl.

    xoxo, Jenny

  • Christina

    I usually read all summer long but have been in such a book slump lately! I am gonna have to check these out and hope they can break it.

    xo, Christina

  • Cat

    I’ll have to check these out! I’m a huge reader, but I haven’t found any good non-fiction books in a long time.

  • I desperately need to read more and I think you’ve just inspired me! Can’t wait to check out some of these books!


  • So many great books! I haven’t had a chance to read as much as I would like, so I’m still reading the same book from July.

  • I’ve never read any of these books, but I’ve heard good things about them! Adding them to my list!!

    Stephanie | http://www.stephanietherese.com

  • I absolutely love book reviews! Thanks for all these great recommendations!

  • 7 books is a lot! I had a huge summer reading goal, and I ended up reading maybe 3 books haha. I’ve never read anything by Colleen Hoover, but I’ve continuously heard positive things about her books. Anything romantic hits home for me, so It Ends With Us and One True Loves are being added to my list for sure.

    As for the few books I read this summer, The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh, The Young Elites by Marie Lu, and Girl Code by Cara Alwill Leyba were all amazing books. I’m currently reading The Rose and the Dagger, which is the sequel to The Wrath and the Dawn (highly recommend).

    Kathlyn | http://www.kathlynskorner.com/

  • I put Still Alice on my list earlier in the summer when I saw you talking about it on social media. I definitely plan to check it out soon!

    Colleen | Buckeye Bliss