My Summer 2021 Reading List

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I’m getting stocked up for some serious summer reading! If you want to join me, check out the books that are in my #TBRpile and on my e-Reader this summer in the list below. See anything that you’ve been craving to read?

In My Stack:

Namesake by Adrienne Young

I have to admit, I’ve been waiting for Namesake for so long that by the time you read this post, I will have already read it, fangirled over it, and read it again. Fable and her crew are some of the most endearing misfits that ever sailed the seas. With mysterious grandmothers, churlish fathers, and singing jewels you know you’re in for wild ride.

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

I just added this one to the stack as a buddy read with my husband. I’m so excited to read this latest release from the master of sci-fi. It’s been hailed as a funny, thought-provoking road-trip novel- with a sci-fi twist of course. I thoroughly enjoyed The Martian and Artemis so I’m excited to dive into this one and see where it takes us!

Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood

Small confession. I devoured Handmaid’s Tale on one long trans-Atlantic flight. A few years later, I did the same with The Testaments. And despite absorbing tons of Atwood’s short stories, interviews, articles, and even her Masterclass, I haven’t read a single other novel of hers. So this summer, I’m setting out to fix that.

Skyhunter by Marie Lu

Ah, and here I return to an old favorite. I haven’t read any books by Marie Lu since I was a teenager when I devoured the Legend series. So I am very intrigued by the premise of Skyhunter (plus, the cover art is just gorgeous.) Of course, anytime I can see a young woman kick absolute tail, I’m down.

Tightrope by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl Wudunn

The subject of poverty, economic instability, drug abuse, and hope touches a soft spot of mine. Being from Mississippi, it only takes opening my eyes to see how the collapse of manufacturing and the shift to big agriculture has affected my state. Generations of people are born into cycles of abuse and neglect while others are born into privilege and protection. I don’t often read non-fiction, but felt this was an extremely fitting choice.

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

This book has been raaaved about so much! I’m almost nervous to read it. But the first few pages look promising so I’m adding it to the stack. Gotta stay up with my Southern writers!

Daevabad Trilogy 2 & 3 by S.A. Chakraborty

I read The City of Brass a couple years ago and have been dying to see what happens to Nahri and Dara. Time to stop dodging spoilers and just read the books! This series is so magical and I loved the fiesty protagonist who is set on no one getting the best of her- not even a djinn.

On My E-Reader

I have been so excited to beta read for some fabulous authors this year. My Kindle is just chock full of great new reads- and I am tickled to be able to wholeheartedly recommend them to you!

The Flamingo Cove Series by Dawn Dugle

If you need a hot beach read (or two!) this summer, you can’t go wrong with these sexy second-chance romance cum murder mystery. Aaaall the puns intended. Believe me, you need a little Wysdom in your life. Book 2: A Counterfeit Midlife Crisis is already out, so you can settle in for a comfy binge read!

Haint Blue by Stephanie Alexander

As much as I love reading fantasy, I don’t usually go for reading about ghosts and hauntings.

Until I met Tipsy Collins.

Now I am completely won over with these cozy little mysteries and Tipsy’s large and in-charge personality. This newly single mother has had a tough run of luck but she’s taking control of her life and no painter’s block or rascally ex-husband- or ghosts- are going to get in her way.

Fear of Flying by Kate Allen

This story is so tender. I was delighted to team up with Kate earlier this Spring for a giveaway. If you’re looking for a moving story about friendship and trying to put your life back together after losing everything, Fear of Flying is for you.

The Isle of Palms Suspense Series by Stephanie Edwards

This summer I’m definitely trying to stretch myself! I’m adding another supernatural suspense duo to my list with The Isle Palm Suspense Series. I’ll be reading books one and two: The Haunting on Palm Court and Return To Palm Court.

More To Explore


Ten More Sweet Summer Reads

From beachside sunshine to Christmas in July, these wholesome reads are sure to sweeten up your summer! My Book Boyfriend by Kathy Strobos Fiesty heroine.


Ten New & Upcoming Summer Releases

Pool, beach, or mountainside these sweet, new releases are sure to perk up your summer reading. The Billionaire’s Backup by Elizabeth Maddry Best Friends. Marriage

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