22 Superb Summer Reading Book Lists for Mom

Written by Michelle Watson

May 15, 2023

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Some books are just better when you read them in a bathing suit. (Just kidding! I hate wearing bathing suits.)

How about this instead? Some books are just better when you read them with sand between your toes. Or lounging in a hammock. Or by the light of a campfire.

Ahh…summer reading bliss.

Let’s decide what to read, shall we?

Since we all have different tastes, I’ve decided to give you a megalist of book lists. Yep, this is a list of lists—plus a gallery of my personal favorite summer books for moms at the very end of this post.

You’ll see lists of classic books, romances, mysteries, travel-themed lists, and summer-themed roundups.

Click on the lists that appeal to you, and jot down the titles that capture your fancy.

Also, if you haven’t already, grab your Summer Reading Challenge Printable Pack. It’s free and loaded with fun trackers, book logs, and such. I designed this for you AND your family, so it’s kid-friendly.

22 Summer Reading Book Lists for Moms

These book lists originate with some truly wonderful women from around the world! In addition to finding some great books, I hope that you also find some virtual book buddies to follow.

Please don’t skip 👇

I haven’t read every book on each of these lists—impossible. But I made an effort to include lists by a variety of readers, even those who have tastes that differ from my own. However, I must say that the majority of these lists DO come from sources that I trust, although I can’t endorse every book that you’ll see recommended. Hope you’re okay with that! 

If you scroll to the bottom of this post, you’ll see a gallery of books that I have personally read and think are worthy of your poolside reading time. 🙌

7 Books to Pack on Your Next Beach Vacation

By Elsie at Tea and Ink Society

10 Page-Turning CLEAN Beach Reads

By Kristin Wynalda at Big Books Little Ears

The 2023 Minimalist Summer Reading Guide

By Anne Bogel at Modern Mrs. Darcy

Backlist Fiction Books For Summer

By Lynn at From Our Bookshelf

20 backlist favorites from 10 years of the Summer Reading Guide

By Anne Bogel at Modern Mrs. Darcy

My Summer Reading List for Christian Women

By Leigh Ann Dutton at Intentional By Grace

39 New Books To Add To Your Beach Bag For Summer 2023

By Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner

Nonfiction Books For Summer

By Lynn at From Our Bookshelf

5 Haunting, Suspenseful Summer Page-Turners

By Elsie at Tea and Ink Society

Books to Ignite Your Wanderlust: 12 Books for Armchair Traveling

By Elsie at Tea and Ink Society

An Ultimate List of the Best Beach Reads, According to Readers

By Emma Cubellis for BookBub

The Ultimate Book List for Homeschool Moms

By Jessica at The Waldock Way

Sarah MacKenzie’s Mama Favorites

By Sarah at The Read-Aloud Revival

22 Can’t-Miss Books for Busy Christian Women

By Beth at Smart Mamas Read

17 Classic Novels to Read Based on Your Mood

By Elsie at Tea and Ink Society

A Summer Reading List for the Mom Who Likes Variety

By Mary Hanna Wilson from Celebrate a Book

Christian Books to Read in 2023

By Lynn at From Our Bookshelf

17 Best Clean Romance Novels to Love in 2023

By Beth at Smart Mamas Read

Clean Romance Books and Authors

By Lynn at From Our Bookshelf

Cozy and Clever Books for Teens and Adults

By Hayley at Redeemed Reader

Memoirs That You Can’t Put Down

By Lynn at From Our Bookshelf

12 More Books Like The Hiding Place

By Beth at Smart Mamas Read

Best Page-Turner Books, According to 12 Devoted Readers and Authors

Compiled by me right here at The Book Devotions

Michelle’s Summer Reading Book List for Mom

Here are a few of my personal favorite books that I think pair well with ice cream cones, beach blankets, and camping chairs.

Behold, my personal summer reading book list for mom.

Get Free Summer Reading Challenge Printables

Here’s a FUN and FLEXIBLE way to read with your family this summer. Printable reading trackers, challenge grids, reward ideas, and book lists. And it’s free.

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What’s on your summer reading TBR?

Leave me a comment with the books you’re planning on reading this summer! I’d LOVE to know what’s on your reading radar.

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  1. Lynn

    What a great list of both books and book lists! Thanks for including me. I just added at least three books to my to be read list and I only made it through a couple of the lists. Several of the books that you have on your list and have read are ones that I read and loved too. I am currently reading Shell Seekers and am really enjoying it. It is a great book for summer. I can’t believe it took me so long to read it.

    • Michelle Watson

      I know! Rosamunde Pilcher’s best books are LONG. I have Winter Solstice on my shelf and have yet to read it. I love your book lists, Lynn! Thank you for sharing your reading life!


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