5 Books to Get You in the Mood for Summer

Shed those layers, book fiends. Warmer months are up ahead. Here at Quirk, we’ve compiled a list of books to help ease you into summer. 

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Yeah, it’s tropical, which makes this a summer pick. Required summer reading for school? Maybe. But is it lighthearted? Before you answer, think about Simon. Yeah, that’s what we thought. Lord of the Flies is a classic example of books packed with allegory. Take heed. Of course, if you read this one in high school like the majority of us, you get it. And if you haven’t read it yet, pick up a copy and find out what happens when a bunch of young boys try to govern themselves on a deserted island. 


This One Summer by Jillian and Mariko Tamaki

This graphic novel covers some heavy material, like family troubles and teenage pregnancy, but it still pulls off that carefree summertime vibe, making it a perfect transition to spring. Together, Rose, Windy, and their summer at Awago Beach create a read that will make you miss things like gummy feet and hot weather without the responsibility of adulting. What’s also interesting about this one is the point of view; Rose is the main character, and yet her insightfulness gives us a surprisingly detailed view of others in the town, like the teen locals.


Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger (out June 7th)

What gets you ready for summer better than a summer release? This “new adult” novel follows Bailey Chen, who is fresh out of college with zero job offers…besides a gig she manages to grab at a bar. For those who have just graduated, this is the perfect summer read, complete with bartenders who mix magical cocktails to defeat demons, the woes of being a new adult, and the awesome backdrop that is Chicago. That’s the dream, right? To mix alcoholic beverages that can make you invisible or super strong? Hell yeah.


One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

If you love a compelling young narrator, eleven-year-old Delphine will envelop you in her strong voice. She has to be strong, as the caretaker of her two younger sisters after her mother left. This middle grade book takes place the summer the three girls visit their mother, Cecile, in California. But instead of spending time with Cecile, the girls are sent to a day camp run by the Black Panthers. In order to stay out of their mother’s way, Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern spend much of their time learning about their family and themselves during an important period of time in African American history. The greatest thing about this book by far is the very different voices of all three sisters. Sit down with this book for a beautifully written, memorable experience.


Summer Food: New Summer Classics by Paul Lowe, Nina Dreyer Hensley, and Jim Hensley

This one’s a cookbook, and for good reason. Summer foods are in their own category, not lumped together with the foods from colder, wintery months. Imagine those vibrant veggies and how well they’ll pair with the black and white pages of your summer read. Mmm, looks good. Trust us and keep this summer cookbook close to your heart, just like your favorite novel. And look, it has recipes for quinoa. 

Christina Schillaci

Christina Schillaci

Christina is the voice behind Quirk’s social media channels and editor-in-chief of the blog. She graduated from Rowan University with her M.A. in Writing and joined Quirk in 2016. She loves weekend cooking projects, Cape May in the winter, and her dog, Rocket. Say hi on Twitter @quirkbooks or @saychristina!