Summer is almost over, but it’s not gone yet! What better way is there to spend your days lazing around in the warm sun than with a great read. If you’re looking for the best binge-worthy summer reads to end off this season I’ve got a list for you.
These 10 books are tried-and-true reads by yours truly, and I enjoyed every minute of them! Everything from heart-warming romances and sci-fi comedies to chilling thrillers, there’s a book on this list for everyone!
Best Binge-Worthy Summer Reads
Royally Crushed by Niki Burnham
If you’re looking for a romance filled teen read that will have you falling in love with a prince, then look no further than Niki Burnham’s Royally Crushed series. This book actually features the books Royally Jacked, Spin Control and Do-Over all in one book.
After her parents divorce, teenager Valerie moves with her father to Europe where she meets the dashing Prince Georg. These three books follow Valerie’s experience living in a castle, falling madly in love with a prince and everything that comes with it.
Even with three titles in one place, I managed to finish this bad boy up in less than 48-hours. If only for a few moments, you can fulfill your teenage dream of falling in love with a prince!
An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena
Calling all mystery lovers, if you need a thrilling chill to off-set the summer heat then An Unwanted Guest is a binge-worthy read.
In a classic twisted mystery, An Unwanted Guest sees the guests of the quaint winter-getaway destination of Mitchell’s Inn traped during a snowstorm in the remote resort while a killer is on the loose. In true whodunnit fashion, this suspenseful mystery has you sitting on the edge of your seat wondering who’s picking off the guests—is it the writer? The resort owner? The young rich couple? You’ll have to wait until the end to find out!
This might seem like a strange pick for the summer reads list because of it’s winter setting, but the heat from the sun will help ensure your heart keeps pumping and you don’t catch a chill from this suspenseful tale!
Looker by Laura Sims
Fans of You by Caroline Kepnes (now a Netflix series starting Penn Badgley) will love Looker by Laura Sims. This thrilling, twisted look into the mind of the narrator will leave you turning the page mercilessly until you reach the untimely (and quite frankly too soon) ending.
Looker follows a female voyeur with a disastrous life that has set her sights on becoming friends with her celebrity next-door neighbour. The book follows the narrator as her real-life gets worse but her fantasy life flourishes.
Looker is written by poet Laura Sims and has flowing prose that truly carries you away. This is one of those summer reads that you can easily tackle in an afternoon and will leave you wondering whether to feel sad, mad, horrified or glad.
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
The Kiss Quotient is a heart-warming, endearing read that tells the story of Stella Lang, a mathematically-orientated woman with Asperger’s who decides its time to practice kissing (and more). So, she hires a professional escort. The rest, as they say, is history.
This is one of those summer reads that’s the perfect combination of heart-warming, sexy and funny. It’s easy to get lost and lose the time, spending your whole day reading instead of enjoying the ocean waves.
If you’re looking to spend a lost weekend reading, then I recommend picking up Helen Hoang’s second book The Bride Test as well.
No Exit by Taylor Adams
No Exit is another one of my picks for summer reads. I could not put this book down. It’s a page-turning thriller and you’re simply not sure how it’s going to turn out.
No exit is another great locked room type adventure. Darby is on her way to visit her dying mother but is forced to stop at a remote rest stop due to poor weather when she comes across a kidnapped girl. Who kidnapped the young girl and can Darby save her? You’ll have to read and see!
If you’re looking for a thriller to devour while you’re soaking up the sun on the balcony this summer, then add No exit to your list!
An Ocean of Minutes by Thea Lim
This debut novel is hard to explain, it’s one part dystopian sci-fi, one part lost romance, one part futuristic drama, and all parts amazing.
I picked up An Ocean of Minutes by random chance at the library one day as I was walking out and when I got home I read it straight through cover-to-cover that night.
In an attempt to save her love Frank, Polly agrees to go into the future and work to pay for the cure to Frank’s illness. The pair make plans to meet in the future, but Polly is sent to the wrong year. How will she find Frank?
The Spaceship Next Door by Gene Doucette
The Spaceship Next Door is a heartwarming smalltown mystery featuring 16-year-old Annie Collins town fixture and spaceship know-it-all. When a mysterious reporter (who’s clearly not a reporter) shows up in town, Annie weasels her way into helping with his “story.”
This is one of those cute-as-a-button summer reads that has no ulterior motives other than to deliver a good story. There are no missing people, no murder, just a strange spaceship that’s been sitting there for years!
The Star Attraction by Alison Sweeney
The Star Attraction is definitely one of my guilty pleasure Hollywood romance books. It’s definitely one of the best summer reads if you want permission to daydream about fall in love with a celebrity for the afternoon.
Publicist Sophie has it all—the boyfriend, the career, the life—and it gets better when Billy Fox, Hollywood’s number one hottie ends up on her roster. But Sophie makes the make-or-break choice of mixing work and pleasure and risks the consequences.
This forbidden workplace romance is a great read for a lazy Sunday lying in the air-conditioned house. I highly recommend it if you’re looking for a light fun read.
Emma In The Night by Wendy Walker
Emma in the Night is truly a psychological thriller fit for any season. So if you’re looking for a book to stuff into your beach bag, this is it!
The Tanner sisters—Cass, 15, and Emma, 17—went missing three years ago and after an exhaustive search police have no leads until Cass shows up on her mother’s doorstep without Emma. But investigators don’t think Cass’ story adds up, so where is Emma?
This page-turner had me literally guessing until the end. If you’re looking for a truly puzzling mystery for your summer reads list, then I would highly recommend Emma in the Night.
When the Sky Fell on Splendor by Emily Henry
Another great teen book on my summer reads list When the Sky Fell on Splendor by Emily Henry. It’s a fun Stranger Things meets Scooby-Doo and Nancy Drew tale.
The Ordinary are a team of self-proclaimed teen ghost hunters who bonded after the town mill exploded. But when a strange mysterious object crashes to earth, the team seems to have a real mystery on their hands.
If you’re looking to go on a paranormal adventure with a group of local teens and are hoping to have a few good laughs, When the Sky Fell on Splendor is the book for you.