Top five books to read this summer


Mikayla Mahler

As summer approaches, local libraries are filled with great reads for this summer.

With summer approaching, students have started to accumulate books to read this summer. Here are some of my favorite books I recommend to read this summer:

1. “Invisible Life by Addie LaRue” by V.E. Schwab

This novel involves a young French woman in 1714 who makes a deal with the devil. Addie chooses to trade her soul for a life of freedom, but is cursed with being forgotten by everyone she meets. This fantasy fiction book was published in 2020 by New York Times bestselling author V.E. Schwab. 

“‘Invisible Life by Addie Larue’ was an engaging and fast read.” said Angenlique Burrell, from the English department. I thought the storyline was unique.”

2. Wrong Place, Wrong Time” by Gillian McAllister

“I would recommend “Wrong Place, Wrong Time” by Gillian McAllister,” said Leah Bradley, senior. “The book is about a mom who sees her son kill someone and doesn’t know who the person is or why her son did it. The next day she wakes up reliving the previous day and keeps going back in time until she can figure out what’s going on and how she can stop it.”

This murder mystery thriller published in 2022, is a top new read for many. British author, Gillian McAllister, is a New York Times bestselling author. Some of her other books include “Just Another Missing Person” and “The Good Sister.” 

 3. “Daisy Jones & the Six” by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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Daisy Jones & the Six is a personal and emotional read, which highlights the life of a young, fictional, band and their ultimate breakup. The book is in interview style, showing perspectives from all in the band, but mainly features Daisy Jones, the lead singer. 

Since this book’s release in 2019, it has caught a lot of interest among young readers, being a quick and fascinating read. It has also recently been turned into a T.V. series. 

Author, Taylor Jenkins Reid, also is known for her bestseller historical fiction romance book, “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.”

4. The Testaments” by Margaret Atwood

“I just finished “The Testaments,’” said Gabby VanFleet, senior. “It was a great book about a dystopian society and oppressive country.” 

This 2019 novel features the perspective of two teenage half-sisters and the leaders of a religious nation, Gilead. This ultra-religious society, everyone has a role to follow. We follow Agnes who manages to go against societal norms and tries to gain freedom in her life. 

“The Testaments” is a follow-up novel 15 years after “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood. 

5. “The Last Thing He Told Me” by Laura Dave

“The Last Thing He Told Me” is about a woman’s search for her husband’s strange disappearance. She is willing to go to any cost to find answers, including attempting to have a relationship with her step-daughter, who doesn’t like her. They discover her husband is being investigated for a crime and find old family secrets. This mystery thriller became a #1 New York Times Bestseller, and spent 65 weeks on the Bestseller list. 

“The final book is a mystery about a woman whose husband disappears and leaves her only with a note that says, “Protect her.” She must learn to navigate her relationship with his daughter while they aim to discover where he went,” said Leah Bradley, senior. 

To find more books to read this summer, feel free to visit Best Summer Books to Read in 2023 | Barnes & Noble®