The 2024 Summer Reading Guide (35 New Books)

The 2024 Summer Reading Guide (35 New Books) from

Discover your perfect summer read with our ultimate 2024 summer reading guide! Explore 35 handpicked books across romance, historical fiction, thriller, & more.

Grab your favorite summer beverage and settle in for this year’s guide, which includes 35 beautiful book selections for your summer.

After carefully reviewing eighty books for this season, I’ve tried to offer a variety of fun reads, from the campy to the compelling. This has been such a joy to put together and I hope you see all the love that went into this year’s curation.

What’s New With This Year’s Guide

This year, we are offering the 27-page guide in a printable version. This reading guide is a digital download that will come to your inbox and allow you to skip our ads. There are no recurring subscription fees with this option. (GET THE PRINTABLE GUIDE NOW)

If you are a Patreon member, you have received this year’s guide as part of your membership benefits.

If you are considering joining our summer book club, this is the perfect time to start! You’ll get the guide and access to hundreds of benefits, including our summer spoiler-filled series with many of these authors, music playlists, and a monthly newsletter like this every month.

I’ve also added the option to support three deserving bookshops with your purchases this year. That means our site won’t earn a dime on purchases, but all orders will benefit these indie bookshops directly. 

The Indie Shops Chosen This Year:

This year,  I’ve chosen three indie bookshops you can support with your purchases: Fables Books in Goshen, Indiana, Brain Lair Books in South Bend, Indiana, and The Stacks Bookstore in Savannah, Georgia. 

Be sure to tell these wonderful shops how you found them- it is a joy to do this today!

Fables Books has been an incredible local partner to our podcast and book club. They supply all of our books on their shelves and offer a discount to our patrons. I’m so grateful.

Brain Lair Books is a Black-owned, Woman-led business that offers inclusivity on store shelves and celebrates marginalized communities through its book selections. According to the site, it has struggled to meet payroll and keep its doors open this past year- let’s offer some support.

Finally, The Stacks Bookstore will be part of our Disability Pride Month celebration in July. This shop is owned by Cindy Otis, a YA writer who writes inclusive stories but has also faced exclusion in navigating bookshops. She set out to create a space for wheelchair users like her, and I was so moved by her story that I wanted to include her shop.

You can listen to today’s Book Gang podcast with a few highlights from this year’s selections.

I hope you’ll tell a friend about this guide if you love it- it goes much farther than my attempts at silly self-promotion. The last six months of reading are worth it if you find your new favorite book today.

Happy Summer Reading, friends!

2024 Summer Reading Guide

I read every single book on this list. Thank you for supporting my work.


Purchasing contemporary fiction from the links provided in this category will benefit Fables Books in Goshen, Indiana. This shop is our website partner supplying this year's book club books.


Purchasing books from the links provided in the thriller category will benefit The Stacks Bookstore in Savannah, a bookshop focused on Disability Inclusion through its book selection and well-designed space for EVERY reader.


Purchasing fantasy selections from the links provided supports Brain Lair Books, a local indie bookstore committed to uplifting marginalized voices.


When you shop books from the romance category, you're championing Brain Lair Books, a trailblazing indie bookstore that uplifts marginalized perspectives. Please help me sustain their business.


Embrace spicy romance tales from this category and you're backing Brain Lair Books, an indie bookstore leading the charge in championing marginalized perspectives.

Please make sure this is the selected shop when activating orders.


By shopping literary fiction titles from this collection, you're helping support Brain Lair Books.


When you shop books from the historical fiction category, you're championing Brain Lair Books, a trailblazing indie bookstore that uplifts marginalized perspectives.


When you shop books from the nonfiction and memoir category, you're championing Brain Lair Books, a trailblazing indie bookstore that uplifts marginalized perspectives.

Meet the Authors on the Book Gang Podcast

The 2024 Summer Author Series on the Book Gang Podcast

How Shark Heart Transformed Emily Habeck and Her Readers (STREAMING NOW)

The Most Unique Only One-Bed Moments in Romance  (Sarah Adler, Author of Mrs. Nash’s AshesSTREAMING NOW)

The Kennedy Ryan Phenomenon (Reel & This Could Be UsSTREAMING NOW)

What Jeff Zentner Brings to the Romance World (Colton Gentry’s Third Act, STREAMING NOW)

The 2024 Summer Author Series on the Book Gang Podcast

Upcoming Summer Guests (show themes & new book lists to be announced!):

L.M. Chilton for Swiped (05/24)

Nicola Yoon for One of Our Kind (06/07)

Laura Hankin for One-Star Romance (06/21)

Cindy Otis for The Stacks Bookstore (Celebrating Disability Pride Month- 07/01)

The 2024 Summer Author Series on the Book Gang Podcast

Rob Hart for Assassins Anonymous (07/05)

Meg Shaffer for The Lost Story (07/19)

Emiko Jean for The Return of Ellie Black (08/02)

Danica Nava for The Truth According to Ember (08/16)

The 2024 Summer Author Series on the Book Gang Podcast

Reshonda Tate for The Queen of Sugar Hill (08/30)

Wade Rouse for Magic Season (09/13)

MomAdvice Summer Book Club (see the full list)

May 31st- Your House Will Pay by Steph Cha

June 28th- American Fever by Dur e Aziz Amna

July 26th- Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant

August 30th- Kindred by Octavia Butler

TELL ME: What book are you most excited to read this summer?

Loved the guide? We are grateful for your support through the Buy Me a Coffee page or Patreon! We can’t fund this space without you- xx

The 2024 Summer Reading Guide from

Published May 16, 2024 by:

Amy Allen Clark is the founder of You can read all about her here.

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