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Welcome to the fourth annual BiblioLifestyle Summer Reading Guide!  Summer is a time for relaxation, reflection, and of course, reading.  It's also an excellent opportunity to explore some great new books.  So whether you're looking for a light-hearted beach read, page-turning nonfiction, or a gripping thriller, there is something in this guide for you.

The 2023 Summer Reading Guide has been carefully curated, with some of the best titles coming out this summer.  The guide has forty-eight books organized into eight categories, making it easy to find something based on your genre preference or current reading mood.  Plus, there is also one extra category dedicated to the minimalist reader.  The Minimalist Reads List is for readers only planning to pick up a few books this season.

Because we're all about lifestyle here, you'll also find fun things to do this season, tips to help you be more present this summer, and some summer-themed recipes.  You'll also find tips to help you incorporate reading into your life and read more books.

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I hope you'll find plenty of books you love in this guide, and I'm looking forward to hearing about your favorites.

The 2023 Summer Reading Guide has forty-eight new releases organized across eight categories. You’ll also find some reading and lifestyle tips, fun activities, summer-themed recipes, plus more!

Hi there!  I'm Victoria, your new book bestie.

I'm the creator of the BiblioLifestyle weekly newsletter and blog, host of The Reader's Couch podcast, and organizer of the Epigraph Literary Festival.

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What makes a good summer reading list?

A good summer reading list sparkles with diversity, and offers a delightful mix of genres that cater to every whim and fancy.  It includes books that transport you to far-off lands, introduce you to unforgettable characters, and challenge your perspective, all while matching the relaxed, adventurous spirit of summer.  Whether it’s a light-hearted romance that feels like a warm breeze, a deep-dive nonfiction that expands your world view from your sun lounger, or a mystery that keeps you guessing until the final pages, the perfect summer list balances escapism with enrichment.  The books on a good summer reading list will be hard to put down whether you're soaking up the sun at the beach, chilling in your backyard, or lounging on the couch.  Ultimately, the books on a good summer reading list should be memorable after you've turned the last page and you'll find all that plus more with The BiblioLifestyle Summer Reading Guide!

Frequently Asked Questions about Summer Reading

How do you do summer reading?

I always think of summer reading as going on a grand adventure or vacation! First, choose your destination by picking out books from different genres that pique your interest. So stick with your trued and true favorites but don't be afraid to set outside of your comfort zone. Next, create your reading nook. Whether it's a hammock swaying in the gentle breeze, a soft blanket spread under a tree, or getting cozy in bed or on the couch, make your reading spot comfortable.

During your summer reading, remember to set realistic goals for yourself and remember reading isn't a race. Other ways to enjoy the journey include joining a summer reading challenge, or a book club. You can also share your your progress and favorite moments on social media, or keep a reading journal to jot down thoughts and reflections. Remember summer reading is your ticket to explore, dream, and discover. So enjoy those long summer days with a book!

Does summer reading actually help?

Absolutely, summer reading does wonders and it's not just for children, summer reading helps adults too! Reading has been proven to reduce stress, improve cognitive functions, and even boost empathy. Plus, with summer reading, you're giving yourself the gift of self-care by taking a break from your busy life and indulging in some much-needed relaxation time. Not to mention, reading is an excellent way to learn new things and expand your perspectives by introducing us to new ideas, cultures, and perspectives. Summer reading is also a fantastic opportunity for personal growth. It encourages us to indulge in our passions, discover new interests, and, most importantly, it allows us to have fun in the sun with a fantastic book in hand. So whether you're a voracious reader or someone looking to get back into the habit, summer reading can be incredibly enriching and deeply satisfying. So make sure to include some books on your summer reading list, hopefully books from The BiblioLifestyle Summer Reading Guide, and reap the benefits of this wonderful hobby.

What's everyone reading this summer?

With so many great new releases this summer, plus the fantastic recommendations I provided in The BiblioLifestyle Summer Reading Guide, it's hard to say what everyone will be reading this summer. However, here is a summer reading list with eight books from different genres that I'm highly recommending you read this summer:
  • The Three of Us by Ore Agbaje-Williams: Over the course of one day, the long-standing tensions between a husband, his wife, and her best friend finally come to a breaking point.
  • The Disenchantment by Celia Bell: Set in 17th-century Paris during the Affair of the Poisons, a passionate love affair between two noblewomen is at threat of being exposed due to a husband’s murder.
  • The Collected Regrets of Clover by Mikki Brammer: An inspirational and life-affirming story about a death doula who lives in isolation but discovers that in order to care for others, she must also open up and let herself be cared for too.
  • George by Frieda Hughes: A painter and poet chronicles how in the wake of sadness and loss, caring for a wild baby magpie she found one spring day, changed her life.
  • Drowning by T.J. Newman: A plane makes an emergency landing in the Pacific Ocean after an engine explodes, but then it sinks to with passengers trapped inside and it’s up to the rescuers to save them before they sink to the point of no return.
  • Ink Blood Sister Scribe by Emma Törzs: Two estranged half-sisters tasked with guarding their family’s library of magical books must work together to unravel a deadly secret at the heart of their collection.
  • Will They or Won't They by Ava Wilder: A second chance romance where former lovers and co-stars who can’t stand each other reunite to film the last season of their show and it’s clear they’re still attracted to each other.
  • A Most Agreeable Murder by Julia Seales: Set in early 19th century England, a wealthy bachelor drops dead at a ball and a young lady who has spent hours dreaming about solving crimes has finally has her moment.