After twenty straight days of snow, the weather in Upstate NY has finally decided to turn toward warmth and sunshine. My soul is singing with delight, and I absolutely cannot wait to bask in the sun with a good summer read. Normally, I’m a huge fan of anything fantasy. I’ve been devouring dark YA and adult fantasies all winter, but I feel as though this summer I should challenge myself to stretch the boundaries of my reading and add a few contemporaries to my TBR list.
I’ve gathered a list of five contemporary summer reads that I’m going to add to my TBR this spring. Some have been out for a while, others you can still pre-order. All of them look deliciously sweet.
Geekerella is part Cinderella and part love-letter to geeks everywhere. Elle Wittimer is a huge fan of Starfield, a classic sci-fi series. When a cosplay contest arises, the prize tickets to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to star in the reboot, she can’t resist signing up.
All Elle has are her savings from the Magic Pumpkin, her dad’s old cosplay, and determination. She just has to beat her stepsisters, first.
I’ve had this on my list for a while, but since I don’t read much contemporary, it kind of fell to the way-side. If Fangirl was any indication, I love stories like this. I can’t wait to sink my teeth into it.
Sequel to Simon vs the HomeoSapiens Agenda, this book follows Leah. She’s usually pretty on beat, but prom and college are on the horizons. Her normally tight group of friends are starting to fracture and she might love one of them way more than she thought. It’s a story about sexuality, confidence, and so much more.
While I didn’t read the first book (and, I should, of course) I’m excited to jump into this one. Leah not only shares my name, but she’s also plus-size, great at art, and bi-sexual. This is the kind of story I’m craving.
Even if I’m way older than her…
This comedic YA romance about two Indian-American teens is told in a dual perspective. When both Dimple and Rishi plan to attend the same coding summer camp, their parents decide to spring their arranged marriage on them. While Rishi believes in tradition and the idea of wooing, Dimple yearns to break free of her parent’s idea of the “Ideal Indian Husband”.
Not only do I love the cover of this, but I’d dying for some comedy to relieve all the dark fantasies I’ve been reading.
I’m a sucker for a story about cake. This one follows Molly Bryne as she struggles with depression over her last summer vacation. All she wants to do is watch Golden Girls and hang out with her cute Fishtopia co-worker, some days being a challenge to even get out of bed. Her life feels out of her control, with a crush on her therapist, Fishtopia becoming a lame country diner, and her mother baking cakes every day as if icing would heal the depression that brings her down.
I neeeeeeeed this! Although I have not been diagnosed, I suffer from depressive bouts and yearn for far too much Golden Girls.
Amelia is starting her first year as Head Girl at Meade Creamery, an ice-cream shop founded by Molly Meade for her heart broken friends in 1944. But, just as she starts, Molly passes away and Meade Creamy is left unstable. That is, until Molly’s grandnephew arrives to take charge. The thing is, he has some changes.
I love stories about ice-cream. Maybe because serving ice-cream was my first ever job. I got pretty good at organizing orders and selling flavors to customers looking to escape the heat of summer.
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