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Top 7 Summer Reads of 2017

by Aleen @ Lampshade Reader

I really can’t believe that summer is already over. While it had its ups and downs along with blogging and reading blahs, I was still able to find some incredible reads. Even though I couldn’t make it to the beach or be pool side as often as I wanted, I chose my top 7 summer reads that made me forget where I was for a few hours.


These aren’t listed in order of what I liked better, just that they were my top 7.

1. The Cajun Doctor by Sandra Hill

Contemporary Romance

cajun doctorI went into this book having never read a book by Sandra Hill. My mom gushes about her and I know many in the book blog community love her books too. If you love a good romance full of humor, shenanigans, and kookie characters, then I’m sure you will love this. Heat level: HOT See my review for The Cajun Doctor here.


2. A Stardance Summer by Emily March

Contemporary Romance

a stardance summer

Despite there being 13 books in this series, I jumped in at #12 last year and managed not to be confused. I eagerly signed up to read this one and it did not disappoint. This has all the small town romance charm and heartwarming characters. Heat level: WARM. See my review for A Stardance Summer here.

3. Lost and Found Sisters by Jill Shalvis

Women’s Fiction

You really can’t go wrong with a Jill Shalvis novel. While this one was a slightly different vein than her usual funny romances, this still had the charm. This one focused more on the relationship between sisters, while the romance aspect took back seat. It still had the character growth, and the much needed drama. Heat level: MILD. See my review for Lost and Found Sisters here.

4. Before I Knew by Jamie Beck

Contemporary Romance

Before I Knew by Jamie Beck

A new series by one of my favorite authors, Jamie Beck, was exciting to delve into. Perhaps at times a little sluggish to read i.e.: It was kind of slow going, it really focused more on character growth and dynamics. Another family centered drama that was entertaining to read. Interesting to find out where the Cabot’s go from here. Heat level: WARM. See my review for Before I Knew here.

5. Neptune’s Daughter by Terry Lynn Thomas


Neptune's Daughter

Normally mysteries go well in cooler weather, perhaps even close to Halloween. But to me this one was a perfect summer read, because it still took me away to a place where the characters were hot and without air conditioning.Β  Set during WWII, the ghostly undertones provided a great escape and a nice mystery. Heat level: MILD. See my review for Neptune’s Daughter here.

6. Primrose Lane by Debbie Mason

Contemporary Romance/Suspense

Another author that I practically get giddy for is Debbie Mason. So of course I was all over Primrose Lane. This one is book #3 in the Harmony Harbor series and I do recommend reading this series from the beginning.Β  Finn did seem like a class A jerk at times and a little judgemental, but he was a scruffy bear that just needed to be tamed just a little bit. I’m enjoying this series a lot, but it’s a little different than Mason’s Christmas, Colorado series, which seemed a little bit more light-hearted. Heat level: WARM. See my review for Primrose Lane here.

7. Map of the Heart by Susan Wiggs

Women’s Fiction

map of the heart

A warmhearted, family focused story that went back and forth between present day and WWII. While I did enjoy the drama that was unfolding in the present day setting, I found myself enjoying the WWII setting a lot more. I connected with those characters better. A lot of issues are presented in this story, so it was a little heavy at times, but overall, not a bad standalone read. Summer read well because the characters go on summer vacay in this story. πŸ˜‰ HEAT LEVEL: WARM. See my review of Map of the Heart here.


Well, there you have it! I hope from this list you can find new reads, even if summer is winding down to a close. It’s never too late to enjoy a book in my opinion.

Have you read any of these? Do you have a standout summer read in 2017?

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I adored Lost and Found and actually have one or two of these on my wishlist. I am so not ready for summer to be over, but have been craving paranormals, suspense, and mystery…so I guess it is. πŸ™

Lily B

I want to read all of them, especially the Mason, Wiggs and Shalvis book. I really need to give March and Hill a try

Geybie's Book Blog

Thank you for sharing. Yay, they all sound great!! ❀️

Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

I did enjoy A Stardance Summer (and need to write my review!) I started Map of the Heart but for some reason, I was having a hard time getting into it. I usually love Susan Wiggs so I will probably try again.

Jess@Fairday's Blog

I haven’t read any of these- but I have read some books by some of these authors. So glad to hear you read some good books this past summer. How can it be over already? πŸ™‚


I totally agree – you can’t go wrong with Shalvis, and I am glad to see her’s was one of you standout summer reads.

Vanessa @ Blushing Geek

Haven’t tried any of the books in the list yet but I have been meaning to try the one from Jill Shalvis.


September may drag me kicking and screaming into fall but I don’t have to like it!!! πŸ™‚


I knew this was September 1st but it didn’t really hit me that summer was OVER until this post lol

I’ve read a lot this summer but honestly, most of it was a bleh blur of books. I don’t even remember 1/2 of what I read.

I’ve completely caught up on review reads though so hopefully fall will be better as I get back to reading my own books.

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Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

I loved the Jill Shalvis book. I thought it was just such an entertaining read. I also read The Cajun Doctor but wasn’t as impressed as you. Thanks for sharing your top picks!

Mary Kirkland

A couple of those sound like books I would enjoy.

Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog

I have the Jill Shalvis book I still need to get to. I have wanted to read something by Emily March for a while now. Glad I can jump into that series with no issues.

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