Summer is still here, folks—and Meg Cabot has five great reading recommendations for keeping that summer spirit alive.
In the summer as a kid I used to escape into the cool shade of my backyard with whatever mystery novel or romance I could get my hands on. Many things have changed now, but not that—except that now I read in my own backyard, on a float in my pool, or, on rainy days, inside on the couch. But I still turn to mystery or romance to escape. Mysteries give me a sense of satisfaction at seeing criminals brought to justice, while romances offer hope and a happily-ever-after. Here are some books I’ve read this summer that I think give readers all three. —Meg Cabot
You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria
I’m a sucker for any book set on a film or television set and Alexis Daria does those so well. This one features an ex-telenovela hero who is yearning to go mainstream (but not at the risk of exposing his secret) and a Latina heroine who wants only one thing—to be a leading lady. Deliciously satisfying.
Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert
Who doesn’t love a fake relationship? But this one features a “cinnamon roll” hero (ex-rugby player on the outside, gooey romantic on the inside) and a witty Black professor heroine who is just fine with pretending to date him—for a worthy cause.
When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole
Alyssa Cole kept me turning the pages way past bedtime with this one: Something is wrong in Sydney Green’s beloved Brooklyn neighborhood. With the help of suspiciously charming new neighbor Theo, she might get to the bottom of it—or get killed trying. I have no fingernails left, and it’s Alyssa Cole’s fault.
Vanishing Falls by Poppy Gee
I’m always in the mood for a good mystery and Vanishing Falls not only delivers a great one, but a narrator with mysteries of her own—all set in the lush landscape of Tasmania (a place I’ve never visited but now feel as if I had)!
The Legal Affair by Nisha Sharma
Nobody does Indian-family drama quite like Nisha Sharma. Throw in big business intrigue, tons of romance, puppies, and North Indian cuisine (spicy chole bhature, anyone?) and you’ve got a sizzlingly hot escape read.
The author of the Princess Diaries series and the Little Bridge Island rom-coms shares the books she’s read and loved this summer.