Bookshelf: Poolside Reading Guide

One of my very favorite things about any season is selecting a new set of books that are perfectly fitting for the time of year. To me, regardless of plot, there are summer books, fall books, winter books, and even spring books. Summer books evoke thoughts of sparkling pools, swaying palm trees, the sound of sprinklers, the smell of fresh cut grass, and the hot sun in the sky. 

I wanted to put together a little summer reading guide, so I picked my favorite summer books in three categories: classics, contemporary fiction, and new releases. Let me know which books you're excited to read this summer!


The Magus by John Fowles
A young Englishman on assignment on an island in Greece befriends a mysterious billionaire

Bonjour Tristesse by Francoise Sagan
A teenaged girl vacations with her playboy father on in a villa outside of Paris and plots to sabotage the adults in order to keep their decadent lives intact. 

Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Love and loneliness between an actress and an American couple on the French Riviera. 

Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
Elizabeth Bennet spars with Fitzwilliam Darcy while her boy crazy sisters run amok. 

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Gatsby throws lavish parties on Long Island to impress Daisy Buchanan.


China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan
In the sequel to Crazy Rich Asians, Rachel and Nicholas are engaged and begin spending time with an insanely wealthy Hong Kong couple.

The Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante
Elena and Lila grow up across four novels, in Naples and beyond, with a wrought dynamic known well to many young women with complex friendships.

Everybody Rise by Stephanie Clifford
Evelyn tries to make it in the socialite circles of Manhattan by pretending to be something she's not.

The Starboard Sea by Amber Dermont
In 1987, Jason goes to boarding school where he meets a mysterious young women and is confronted with the 'abuses of class privilege'. 

Girls In the Moon by Janet McNally
Phoebe, whose mom is an ex-rock star and whose sister is an indie musician in Brooklyn, is a budding poet in search of authenticity.


Saints for All Occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan
Two sisters leave Ireland for America and lead different lives, one as the matriarch of a large family and other as a cloistered nun.

My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella
Kate, who lives in London and has a gorgeous Instagram feed, is living a lie to pretend her life is far more glamorous than it appears on social media.

The Idiot by Elif Batuman
In 1995, Selin, daughter of Turkish immigrants, begins attending Harvard where she meets a Hungarian mathematics student named Ivan and faces the confusion about life that we all have in college.

Perennials by Mandy Berman
Rachel and Fiona reunite as counselors at their old summer camp where they keep secrets and find that the magic of summer camp fades as tensions build after a tragic event.

Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan
In the third book in Kevin Kwan's series, Nicholas and his extended family rush to the bedside of their dying grandmother to stake claim on her immense fortune.

What do you plan on reading by the pool or at the beach this summer?