Books to Read By The Pool

Last weekend, I wanted to lay in the pool and read, but the book I was in the middle of was definitely not light, summer-reading fun (The Girl Who Smiled Beads was great in every other way though!). There are plenty of other books that fit the bill though, so I wanted to put together a list of some recent suggestions for the rest of the summer.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins ReidThis book is everything you’ve heard about it. It was one of the best books of 2017 and I put off reading it for over a year UNTIL this summer, when I read the entire thing in one sitting, literally in the pool. On a unicorn float, what? That’s not part of this. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo follows the life of legendary actress Evelyn Hugo, who is in her 70s and ready to tell her life story. Who she chooses to tell it to is done purposefully and as the book unfolds you’ll find yourself extremely attached to these characters, and will not want to put it down.


Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno

Another one I read all in one sitting (though not actually outside this time) is Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno. I read this all on my phone after seeing Kayla at Books and Lala rave about this YA contemporary about a family of women with abilities living on a small island.

I’ve heard it’s like Practical Magic, but I haven’t read that so I can’t really say. This had just the right of magical realism to work for me, and the mystery, island setting, and message ended up being so much more than I expected from this.

by John Hodgman

A quick collection of essays about New England vacation homes that will have you laughing out loud as you read, this is perfect if you can’t focus for long periods of time in the hot weather and burning sun. It’s hard sometimes!

Perfect for flipping through at a leisurely pace on the beach or on a porch in Maine, John Hodgman will surprise you with his insights at the most unexpected moments.


Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman

Call Me By Your Name by Andre AcimanThis book is only acceptable to read in the summer. You’re missing everything if you read this in the fall/winter. Just take my word for it and believe the hype about this one. Truly the best romance I’ve read in a LONG time, and the movie is just as good.

Elio and Oliver forever but also, Timothee Chalamet.



Meaty by Samantha Irby

Another short essay collection that will have you laughing out loud, Samantha Irby’s Meaty is a look at being a millennial, overcoming body image, body problems, and making money as an adult. I was cracking up and cringing in equal measure as I read this one.

Be warned, it can be on the raunchier side, so if that’s not your thing, you’ve been warned!



Autoboyography by Christina Lauren

Another romance that I couldn’t get enough of. Autoboyography is perfect for readers who love books about books/writing. A high school senior is writing a book for a class, and falls for the TA in his class. The problem? They’re in Mormon Utah, the TA is a minister’s son, and is leaving on a book tour.

Cute, sweet, and well-written, Autoboyography is meant to be read in the summer.


Dead Letters by Caite Dolan-Leach

Dead Letters by Caite Dolan-LeachA late addition to this list, Dead Letters is full of smart, cracking wit, a mystery, and family secrets, all set at an upstate New York vineyard.

Ava and Zelda are twins who have been estranged for the last two years. When Ava gets an email from her mother letting her know Zelda has been found dead in a burned out barn, Ava’s first thought is, “that’s so Zelda,” followed immediately by “of course she’s not really dead. ” What follows is an involved game of secrets that you won’t want to end.


What do you like to read in the summer?

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  1. Of these I’ve only read Evelyn and Dead Letters, and you’re right. Both are perfect summer reads. I actually listened to The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo last summer and will always remember it fondly.

  2. Wasn’t Dead Letters fabulous?! I recommended it to so many people when it came out and yet it never got a lot of buzz.

    I could easily see falling into Evelyn and not even knowing how much time passed. It was compelling- and the that cover! I saw the paperback version recently and it’s even better.

    Mostly, I like lighter, faster books for summer, but now I’m to the point where something quieter would be nice.