For those of you out there who are looking for some casual, funny, entertaining, or whimsical summer reads, this might be the list for you. I’m including some novels, some comedic memoirs, and a few other things as well. Hopefully you find something on this list that agrees with your taste in literature.
Feel free to let me know if you have any book recommendations you might have, and let me know what you thought of any of these if you read them.
Relationships and Such
Never Have I Ever: My Life (So Far) Without a Date
So relatable. This girl details her failure to really date, from a pretty young age all the way to her post-college years. This almost sounds like nothing would happen in this book, but it’s so funny, entertaining, and relatable, especially if you’re an awkward person like me.
Why Men Love Bitches
I read this book pretty slowly, but that wasn’t because I didn’t find it incredibly insightful. It was just constantly slapping me across the face, metaphorically speaking. The general idea behind this book is that girls shouldn’t be too nice, especially when they’re in a relationship with a guy.
We Should Hang Out Sometime
Josh Sundquist is awkward, and he is also really funny and honest. Basically, he has a lack of dating experience as well. He talks about specific girls he tried to date, though, and why it is that things didn’t work out. The ending of this book is absolutely great, by the way.
Young Adult Novels
This book came out last May, and it just came out in paperback. I love Sarah Dessen, and I think this is currently my favorite book by her. The friendships are goals, the love story is believable, and the relationship the main character has with her mother is relatable. This is a must-read.
The Start of Me and You
Not only was the main character so believable, but her friends were so fleshed out. I felt like a part of the friend group as I read through this. I was rooting not only for the main character but also for her friends the entire time.
If You’re Working On Yourself
How to Be Happy (Or at Least Less Sad)
This is basically a workbook, and if you’re looking for something interactive, this is it. I’m currently working my way through this book, and it’s surprisingly helpful. It won’t fix all your problems, but it might help you learn how to deal with some of them. If you’ve been feeling down, I would highly suggest you read this.
If You Feel Too Much
This book is a collection of essays by Jamie Tworkowski. The word “essay” makes it sound really boring, but this book is the perfect way to wind down at the end of a rough day. I’m pretty much constantly reading through it.
For Spiritual Guidance
Searching for God Knows What
This is another recent read of mine. Donald Miller always has a way of making me see both God and the Bible in a whole new light. Of course, the takeaway should always be that you want to have a personal relationship with Him, not just read about Him. If you’ve been having a hard time understanding God and how He relates to you, though, this might be a good read for you.