Published June 1, 2022
BY BROOKE MILLER
Whether you’re a total bookworm, a hopeless romance, a history nerd or someone who dismisses the thought that outside reading could be remotely joyful, there’s always a book for you. This list compiles some of the best summer reading books of four different genres, including romance, fantasy, historical fiction and mystery, as well as a book that might just turn you into a total bookworm.
These 2022 summer must-reads are for the one who…
LOVES THE HEARTBREAK
In “It Ends With Us” by Colleen Hoover (2017), Lily Bloom dreams of opening her floral shop (ironic, right?). In an attempt to get out of the soul-sucking town of Maine, she moves to the bustling city of Boston to open her own business. She crosses paths with Ryle Kincaid, a neurosurgeon who’s over six feet tall and has charm like no other. When a fire lights between the two of them, everything in Lily’s life becomes seemingly perfect in her new city, but their relationship turns sour quickly. The first bruise and hit doesn’t strike Lily as hard as it should, but as the abuse threads itself more frequently in the story, the book reveals the manipulating reason why people choose to stay in an abusive relationship.
LIVES IN THE FANTASY WORLD
Among the literary fantasy world of faeries, “The Cruel Prince” by Holly Black (2018) sits at the top of the list. The story follows Jude, a human girl living in Faerie who struggles to be seen by others in an equal light. The coming-of-age novel explores the themes of identity, as Jude tries to navigate school and the faerie world to become a knight as a human. “The Cruel Prince” offers readers a true look into how uniqueness is not to be seen as a weakness but as a strength.
SEEKS A HISTORICAL STORY
An adaptation of the Greek epic “The Iliad” from the eyes of Patroclus is “The Song of Achilles” by Madeline Miller (2011). The novel follows the love story between Achilles and Patroclus, a young Greek prince, who is exiled from his home and befriends Achilles, who is everything Patroclus isn’t. As the two began to go through the struggles of war and medicine, they brew something far deeper than friendship. This slow love story in the epic Trojan War offers a perfect balance between romance and historical fiction.
CRAVES THE CHASE
The action and adrenaline brought from reading the “Six of Crows” by Leigh Bardugo (2015) is like no other. Set in the city of Ketterdam, a fictional world loosely inspired by the Dutch Republic, the novel follows 17-year-old master thief Kaz Brekker and his crew of six teenagers trying to pull off a heist that includes a hefty price and a drug that allows mind manipulation. The “Six of Crows” offers suspense, urgency and mystery leaving you white-knuckling the pages.
WANTS TO WANT TO READ
There’s always that one book that created a spark in a bookworm, and “The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue” by V.E. Schwab (2020) is a perfect introductory novel. In 1714 France, a woman makes a deal with the devil, promising her immortality at the expense of being forgotten by everyone she meets. Now in current-day New York City, Addie meets Henry Strauss, a man who actually remembers Addie. By dealing with the themes of female invisibility, isolation and hope, “The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue” will get your reading wheels running as you’ll never want to put it down.