Top 10 Summer Books For 2020

Posted by Paige Rose on Wednesday, July 8th, 2020 at 4:21pm

Summer Reads for 2020

With vacations and excursions limited, getting a few of the best 2020 summer books is a top priority this year! 

Whether spending your day soaking up the sun or staying cool indoors, a great book makes the perfect summer companion. Books help us learn more about the world around us, inspire our dreams, and fuel our creativity. 

From thought-provoking non-fiction and children’s stories to thrillers and of course, summer romances, this list of the 10 best books for summer has it all.  

We’ve broken the list down by category (in alphabetical order). Did we miss any of your favorites? Let us know and we’ll be sure to add them.



  1. Atomic Habits by James Clear

Atomic Habits will reshape the way you think about progress and success, and give you the tools and strategies you need to transform your habits—whether you are a team looking to win a championship, an organization hoping to redefine an industry, or simply an individual who wishes to quit smoking, lose weight, reduce stress or achieve any other goal. Get inspired here

  1. Dream Big by Bob Goff

In this revelatory new book, Goff takes readers on a life-proven journey to rediscover their dreams and turn them into reality. Based on his popular Dream Big workshop, Bob draws on a lifetime of living and dreaming large to help guide readers in reaching their larger-than-life dreams. Dream big here.


Inspirational Nonfiction

  1. Untamed by Glennon Doyle

Soulful and uproarious, forceful, and tender, Untamed is both an intimate memoir and a galvanizing wake-up call. It is the story of how one woman learned that a responsible mother is not one who slowly dies for her children, but one who shows them how to fully live. Mothers, this is a must-read. Purchase here.

  1. How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi (#1 on the NYT Best Seller List at time of publication)

In How to Be an Antiracist, Kendi takes readers through a widening circle of antiracist ideas from the most basic concepts to visionary possibilities that will help readers see all forms of racism clearly, understand their consequences, and work to oppose them in our systems and in ourselves. Take action through education here.


Summer Stories

  1. 28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand

A relationship that started in 1993 between Mallory Blessing and Jake McCloud comes to light while she is on her deathbed and his wife runs for president. 28 Summers explores the agony and romance of a one-weekend-per-year affair and the dramatic ways this relationship complicates and enriches their lives and the lives of the people they love. Things get complex here.

  1. Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner

A sparkling novel about the complexities of female relationships, the pitfalls of living out loud and online, and the resilience of the human heart, Big Summer is a witty, moving story about family, friendship, and figuring out what matters most. Feel all the feels here.



  1. The Summer House by James Patterson and Brendan DuBois

When seven murder victims are found in a small town, the homicide investigation shakes a small-town sheriff to her core in James Patterson's tense thriller. Once a luxurious southern getaway on a rustic lake, then reduced to a dilapidated crash pad, the Summer House is now the grisly scene of a nighttime mass murder.  Lose yourself in this thriller here.

  1. Camino Winds by John Grisham 

“In American icon John Grisham’s new novel, Camino Winds, an odd assortment of mystery and crime authors, some of them felons themselves, discover one of their colleagues has been murdered during the fury of a massive hurricane—the perfect crime scene. Since officials are preoccupied with the aftermath of the storm, the authors set out to solve the mystery themselves, in the type of wild but smart caper that Grisham’s readers love.” —Delia Owens, author of Where the Crawdads Sing. Solve the mystery here.


Plus: Children’s Stories 

  1. You Matter by Christian Robinson (4-8 years)

In this full, bright, and beautiful picture book, many different perspectives around the world are deftly and empathetically explored—from a pair of birdwatchers to the pigeons they’re feeding. Young readers will be drawn into the luminous illustrations inviting them to engage with the world in a new way and see how everyone is connected, and that everyone matters.

Gift your child with something special here.

  1. The One and Only Bob by Katherine Applegate. Illustrated by Patricia Castelao (8-12 years)

In this sequel to "The One and Only Ivan," (which hits theaters in August 2020), Bob sets out on a dangerous journey in search of his long-lost sister with the help of his two best friends, Ivan and Ruby. As a hurricane approaches and time is running out, Bob finds courage he never knew he had and learns the true meaning of friendship and family. This heartwarming story is available here.




Whether you are an avid book reader or recently bitten by the book worm, we hope you consider adding these popular summer books to your reading list.

10 Best 2020 Summer Books

  1.  Atomic Habits by James Clear

  2.  Dream Big by Bob Goff

  3. Untamed by Glennon Doyle

  4.  How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

  5. 28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand

  6.  Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner

  7. The Summer House by James Patterson and Brendan DuBois

  8. Camino Winds by John Grisham 

  9. You Matter by Christian Robinson

  10.  The One and Only Bob by Katherine Applegate. Illustrated by Patricia Castelao

We want to hear from you! What books are on your 2020 Summer Reading List? 

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