There’s a Book For That: Summer Vacation

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Are you ready for a summer vacation? Whether or not you have one scheduled, escape awaits you in our selection of summer vacation fiction below. These are novels with relationships at their core set in summery surroundings around the world. Your ticket to mystery, romance, Italy, Scotland, Palm Springs, Malibu, Cape Cod, The Catskills,  and more…awaits! 


Lizzie & Dante by Mary BlyLIZZIE & DANTE: A NOVEL by Mary Bly

“Delicious.”—People (Best New Books) • “Smart, sexy and funny, full of joy in simple pleasures”—Minneapolis Star Tribune

A transporting, all-consuming, and deeply romantic story of a woman whose life turns upside down after she meets an enigmatic chef on vacation in Italy. A luscious story of love, courage, and Italian wine, Lizzie & Dante demands to know how far we should travel to find a future worth fighting for.



The Summer Job by Lizzy DentTHE SUMMER JOB by Lizzy Dent

Named a Best Beach Read by Cosmopolitan, Entertainment Weekly, New York Post, Bustle, Country Living, Parade, Fortune, and more.

What if you could be someone else? Just for the summer… Birdy has made a mistake. Everyone imagines running away from their life at some point. But Birdy has actually done it. And the life she’s run into is her best friend Heather’s. The only problem is, she hasn’t told Heather. The summer job at the highland Scottish hotel that her world class wine-expert friend ditched turns out to be a lot more than Birdy bargained for. Can she survive a summer pretending to be her best friend? And can Birdy stop herself from falling for the first man she’s ever actually liked, but who thinks she’s someone else?


Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins ReidMALIBU RISING: A NOVEL by Taylor Jenkins Reid

A Read with Jenna Book Club Pick!

A June Indie Next Pick

A  June Library Reads selection!

From the New York Times bestselling author of Daisy Jones & The Six …Four famous siblings throw an epic party to celebrate the end of the summer. But over the course of twenty-four hours, their lives will change forever. This is a story about one unforgettable night in the life of a family: the night they each have to choose what they will keep from the people who made them…and what they will leave behind.


The Guncle by Steven RowleyTHE GUNCLE by Steven Rowley

A May Library Reads selection

From the bestselling author of Lily and the Octopus and The Editor comes a warm and deeply funny novel about a once-famous gay sitcom star whose unexpected family tragedy leaves him with his niece and nephew for the summer.



People We Meet on Vacation by Emily HenryPEOPLE WE MEET ON VACATION by Emily Henry

Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2021 by Newsweek ∙ Oprah Magazine ∙ Marie Claire ∙ Parade ∙ PopSugar ∙ BookPage ∙ BookBub ∙ Betches ∙ SheReads ∙ Good Housekeeping ∙ BuzzFeed ∙ and more!

Two best friends. Ten summer trips. One last chance to fall in love. From the New York Times bestselling author of Beach Read, a sparkling new novel that will leave you with the warm, hazy afterglow usually reserved for the best vacations.


Last Summer at the Golden Hotel by Elyssa FriedlandLAST SUMMER AT THE GOLDEN HOTEL by Elyssa Friedland

Good Morning America Buzz Pick
A Can’t-Miss Beach Read For Summer 2021 from The Skimm
A Best Beach Read of 2021 from Bustle
A Best Summer Read of 2021 from PopSugar

A family reunion for the ages when two clans convene for the summer at their beloved getaway in the Catskills—perfect for fans of Dirty Dancing and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel—from the acclaimed author of The Floating Feldmans.


Summer by Ali SmithSUMMER: A NOVEL by Ali Smith

A Best Book of the Year: NPR • The Guardian • Kirkus Reviews
Winner of the Orwell Prize for Fiction

From the Man Booker shortlisted author of Autumn, Winter, and Spring comes Summer, the highly anticipated fourth novel in her acclaimed Seasonal Quartet. In the present, Sacha knows the world’s in trouble. Her brother Robert just is trouble. Their mother and father are having trouble. Meanwhile, the world’s in meltdown—and the real meltdown hasn’t even started yet. In the past, a lovely summer. A different brother and sister know they’re living on borrowed time.


Rock the Boat by Beck Dorey-SteinROCK THE BOAT: A NOVEL by Beck Dorey-Stein

“The perfect summer beach read for anyone who craves a smart story with a happy ending.”—Oprah Daily

Old friends discover how much has changed (and how much has stayed the same) when they reunite in their seaside hometown for one unforgettable summer: Full of heart and humor, Rock the Boat is a joyful and compelling portrait of coming of age, revealing just how far back we must go in order to move forward.



The Road Trip by Beth O'LearyTHE ROAD TRIP by Beth O’Leary

A June Library Reads selection

Two exes reach a new level of awkward when forced to take a road trip together to a wedding in Scotland in this endearing and humorous novel by the author of the international bestseller The Flatshare.




The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley HellerTHE PAPER PALACE: A NOVEL by Miranda Cowley Heller

A story of summer, secrets, love and lies: in the course of a singular day on Cape Cod, one woman must make a life-changing decision that has been brewing for decades.

“It’s been ages since I was so absorbed in a contemporary novel. I loved it.” – Nick Hornby, New York Times bestselling author of Just Like You



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Posted: July 1, 2021