Isn’t summer the perfect season for reading? Taking long road trips and hanging out at the beach and lounging in a camp chair underneath pine trees all provide excellent moments for summer reading. The only problem? All the other library patrons are doing the same thing!

Hold lists can get pretty long during summer reading. To help you find alternate choices to read while you wait for your turn to pick up your long-awaited hold, here’s a list of our most popular books this summer, paired with other options you might also like. 

Here’s to a long and happy season of summer reading!

Fourth Wing

By Rebecca Yarros
Adult Fiction

Twenty-year-old Violet Sorrengail never planned on entering the Riders Quadrant, given her medical condition that makes her unusually frail—and thus unlikely to bond with any dragon. But her mother, the commanding general, insists that the Basgiath War College is where she belongs. War gathers at the kingdom’s borders and Violet must find strength she’s never imagined. 

What to read while you wait:

Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

Connections: epic fantasies filled with dragon riders, political intrigue, and magic

When Women were Dragons by Kelly Barnhill

Connections: Dragons; strong female characters struggling with their relationship with their mothers

His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik

Connections: Dragons and war

Happy Place

By Emily Henry
Adult Fiction

A group of friends meeting at the cottage in Maine where they’ve come for a week-long getaway every summer for the past decade—sounds idyllic. Except, perfect couple Harriet and Winn are only pretending to be together, to keep their friends happy for one more summer. Emily Henry is the queen of beach reads, striking a perfect balance between lighthearted and meaningful as she explores relationships, and Happy Place is no exception. 

What to read while you wait:

The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams

Connections: Troubled marriage, adult friendships

The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren 

Connections: A couple trying to hide their troubled marriage, travel

Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney

Connections: The ways that friendships influence romantic relationships


By Prince Henry
Adult Fiction

Wanting to add a memoir to your summer reading aspirations? Prince Henry’s memoir details the British practice of having a “spare,” an extra child who could step up if something happened to the heir. He tells his story behind the racism, classism, and tabloid rumors that have been a part of his entire life. 

What to read while you wait:

Elizabeth and Margaret: The Intimate World of the Windsor Sisters

Connections: the British royal family, private relationship of public figures

Pageboy by Elliot Page

Connections: private life of public figures, being true to oneself

Somebody’s Daughter by Ashley C. Ford

Connections: the impact of a lost parent

The Covenant of Water

By Abraham Verghese
Adult Fiction

Spanning more than seventy years of one family’s struggles with a curse that sees one person each generation drown, Verghese’s stunning novel also explores the changes in India during the twentieth century. If you want a long historical novel to add to your summer reading list, this beautifully-written story is perfect. 

What to read while you wait:

The Old Drift by Namwali Serpell

Connections: a three-generation family curse, the effects of colonialism

A History of Burning by Janika Oza

Connections: India, generational trauma, families

The Wind Knows My Name by Isabelle Allende

Connections: historical fiction, impact of war on families, dual-perspective narratives

Tress of the Emerald Sea

By Brandon Sanderson
Adult Fiction

Tress, who lives on an island in the Emerald Sea (which is made not of water but deadly green spores that sprout into enormous, destructive vines when they get wet), is best friends with Charlie, who happens to be the son of the island’s ruling nobleman. When Charlie disappears after being dragged off the island to find a wife, Tress sets out on an adventure to find him. 

What to read while you wait:

The Magician’s Daughter by H. G. Parry

Connections: A hidden island and a character who leaves it, a character in need of saving

Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

Connections: Women sailors, treacherous sea voyages

The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels by India Holton

Connections: Fantasy romance, lighthearted tone, daring rescues

Written by Amy S. (Outreach)

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