Book Groups Recommend Summer Reading

Posted by Cybil on May 22, 2017

Summer Reading is sponsored by Audible.

Goodreads groups are a buzzing hive of great reading selections across, well, almost any genre or subgenre you can think of! So, naturally, we turned to the groups to suggest some additions to your summer reading list. You'll find selections from The History Book Club, the Chick Lit Book Club, the Addicted to YA group, the Dragons & Jetpacks science fiction and fantasy group, and the Happily Ever After Cafe romance novel group.

Want to get even more out of your season of reading? You can also join these groups.

The History Book Club

Membership: 14,000 members

Focus: History and Nonfiction, historical fiction, biographies, autobiographies, world nonfiction and historical fiction, military history, memoirs, government and political science, health-science-medicine, supreme court and civil rights, presidential history and world history and current events, philosophy.

The Group's Summer Reading Picks:

The Sympathizer: The story of a man who is torn between between political ideology and individual loyalties. This novel offers a unique perspective on the Vietnam War through the lens of a conflicted communist sympathizer.

Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life: This biography is not only a self-portrait of a lifelong surfer, it's also an adventure that weaves together the author's own story with history.

The Underground Railroad: The author reimages the Underground Railroad as an actual railroad and tells the story of slaves during the pre-Civil War era through Cora's harrowing experience seeking freedom.
The Sympathizer

Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life

The Hangman's Daughter

Addicted to YA

Membership: 24,000 members

Focus: Young Adult books.

The Group's Summer Reading Picks:

A Court of Wings and Ruin: This is the third book in a popular series and people have been very excited for its release. It seems like almost everyone has read or at least heard of Sarah J. Maas.

Strange the Dreamer: So many people really loved Daughter of Smoke & Bone because of Laini Taylor's beautiful writing. The book has had some mixed reviews, but a lot of people seem to love it.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children: This book has come highly recommended for years. It's a bit different from the typical summer read because it can be creepy and spooky.

A Court of Wings and Ruin

Strange the Dreamer

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Dragons & Jetpacks

Membership: 1,400 members

Focus: Science fiction & fantasy.

The Group's Summer Reading Picks:

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet: A perfect example of modern science fiction, yet it's so wonderfully character driven and has some amazing relationships. Pretty much extremely positive feedback from the group all around!

Age of Myth: Most of our members have read at least one of Michael's books, and I'm pretty sure we have some of his biggest fans in the group. So imagine our delight when he chose to join our group himself, and he posts on a regular basis too!

Retribution Falls: This is THE perfect book to fill that Firefly shaped hole in your life (yes even though the show was cruelly canceled more than 10 years ago). Sir Lancer, our resident 'Ultimate Recommendations' moderator, cannot recommend this book to enough people—so get reading!

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

Age of Myth

Retribution Falls

Happily Ever After Cafe

Membership: 3,000 members

Focus: To share our love of 'happily ever afters.'

The Group's Summer Reading Picks:

A Man Called Ove: The group focuses mostly on romance and the happily ever afters, but they're willing to expand their reading horizons. This story invokes a variety of emotions guaranteed to bring hours of summer pleasure reading.

The Hating Game: A contemporary romance featuring an unlikely couple who hate each other. It will certainly bring a smile to your face as you read.

Devil in Spring: Lisa Kleypas has consistently produced quality novels that have earned a myriad of fans. This newest historical romance is no exception and will transport you back to another time and place.

A Man Called Ove

The Hating Game

Devil in Spring

Chick Lit Book Club

Membership: 3,500 members

Focus: Reading chick lit books for fun and relaxation.

The Group's Summer Reading Picks:

The Teashop on the Corner: A delightful novel about second chances.

Maybe in Another Life: This novel is a fun and interesting read that chronicles a great friendship, as well as love, choices, and fate.

The Marriage Lie: A good, easy read with a strong, sympathetic woman as the main character. Although it has some romance, it's more of a domestic thriller that hooks you from the beginning.
The Teashop on the Corner

Maybe in Another Life

The Marriage Lie

Be sure to check out more of our summer reading coverage here.


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message 1: by Rinn (new)

Rinn Thanks for featuring Dragons & Jetpacks! :)

message 2: by Bentley (new)

Bentley Thank you goodreads for featuring the History Book Club - very much appreciated.

message 3: by Paul (new)

Paul Another thank you for Dragons and Jetpacks . And great choices all round.

message 4: by Amber (last edited Jun 12, 2017 09:21AM) (new)

Amber Our June group read for fiction at the Reading for Pleasure Book club here on goodreads is going to be Stardust by Neil gaiman and East of Eden is our classic for the month to end the may/june bimonthly classic group read. Our non-fiction bi-monthly group read for June and July coming up will be When Breath Becomes Air. We'll start nominating for our next bi-monthly classic for July and August with our July fiction group read coming up on June 1st so feel free to join us. So these are our Summer group read picks so far.

Here's the link so you can join up with us:

Congrats to the goodreads book clubs that got featured though!

Update 6/12/17-BTW, Thanks for choosing our group as a featured group this month! It is an awesome thing to see on the groups page.

Carol She's So Novel꧁꧂ Glad to see GR giving groups some love. :)

message 6: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Awesome recommendations!!!

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