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These are the books that you NEED on your TBR this summer!


It doesn’t matter whether you’re jetting off to somewhere sunny this summer, chilling at home or using the free time to earn a few extra pennies, you’re gonna need some summer reads.

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Luckily for you, we LOVE summer reading. We love a hazy evening, sweltering days at the beach, lounging in the garden and melting by a pool accompanied by a book. Here are some books that are perfect for summer.

london-belongs-to-us-1‘London Belongs to Us’ by Sarra Manning 

When Sunny finds out that her boyfriend has been less than faithful she embarks on an epic adventure across London. In one summer night she meets a pair of French cousins, confronts the boy that broke her heart and finds a new side to herself. Sarra Manning’s books are always a pitch-perfect read for summer and her latest is no exception!

truth about forever‘The Truth About Forever’ by Sarah Dessen

Sarah Dessen is one of our heroes here at MP! and we’d basically recommend all her books for all of the time, but there really is something about reading a Sarah Dessen romance in the summer. In ‘The Truth About Forever’, Macy has lost her dad and she’s floundering, but she’s ‘fine’. Meeting a new group of friends opens her up to love, accepting her grief and new friends. PERFECTION!

sophie someone‘Sophie Someone’ by Hayley Long

Sophie and her family left England to live in Belgium when she was only 4 or 5 years old and she doesn’t know why. Now she’s fourteen and she’s made a startling discovery. But the only way she can deal with it is to tell her story and unravel the mystery of who she is. Sophie invents her own language and it’s so much fun to figure it all out. This is a really clever look at identity and families.

under rose tainted skies‘Under Rose Tainted Skies’ by Louise Gornall

We just finished this book last night and fell head over heels in love. It’s shot straight to the top of our 2016 faves list and we’re struggling not to shout about it at everyone we see… Louise Gornall’s debut is a fresh, funny and beautifully written look at agoraphobia, OCD, anxiety and first love. Norah and Luke has basically just captured our hearts and we love them. READ IT.

how hard can love be‘How Hard Can Love Be?’ by Holly Bourne

We’re not gonna lie, anything by Holly Bourne is perfect whatever the weather, but the second Spinster Club book is especially for summer. Amber heads off to California to spend the summer with her mum at the camp her she works at with her new husband. Love, family, friendship and feminism – WINNING.

Night Owls‘Night Owls’ by Jenn Bennett

When Bea meets Jack on the San Francisco night, her world is turned upside down. As well as being charming, funny and gorgeous, Jack might well be one of San Fran’s most notorious graffiti artists. During sultry summer nights they get to know each other and fall in love. This is romantic, sweet, moving and completely unforgettable. Just what you need while you’re being kept by the muggy nights.

99 days’99 Days’ by Katie Cotugno

Molly did something terrible last year and then her mum wrote a book about it. Now everyone in her small town knows that she cheated on her high school sweetheart. With his brother. After escaping to boarding school for senior years, Molly is back for the summer. She only has to survive for 99 days and she’ll be free. This is a gritty summer read full of questions and longings and messy hearts. LOVE.

PrincessDiaries01WIP‘The Princess Diaries’ by Meg Cabot

Sometimes summer calls for a nostalgic binge of childhood favourites and this 10 book series has just been re-released in gorgeous new covers. And if you haven’t met Mia as she learns how to be a princess, along with her best friend Lilly and Lilly’s brother Michael, who Mia has an almighty crush on – well, you’re in for a treat.

What’s on your summer TBR this year? Let us know at @maximumpopbooks!

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Written by Sophie Waters

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Sophie is the Head of Commercial at Maximum Pop! Having studied English Lit and Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, she came to MP! to satisfy her passion for books. Sophie is a diehard Hufflepuff and feminist. She's also a huge cat lover, and can often be found rocking her socks off at a gig.