The Summer 2020 To-Be-Read Books I Hope to Enjoy


Another season is rapidly approaching and of course, this means one thing: time to talk of the summer 2020 TBR books to read.

On my summer 2020 TBR is a collection of books yet to release and some on my shelf because I like the idea of reading “current” releases while adding in some books I already own. Helps me feel a little more accomplished even if my shelf doesn’t reflect this (because the rate at which I read vs. the new book purchase ratio is TERRIBLY lopsided).

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Do I think I will read all 15 (or any??) of these? Nope.

Like always, I rarely, if ever, read the books on a TBR, but it’s still one of the most fun lists I create each new season, so… I refuse to skip out on this. Let’s get to list-ing.


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1: The Betrothed by Kiera Cass

To be honest, I have read this book already, but I placed it on this list in my smidgeon of pre-planning, and decided to leave it because it makes me feel a tiny bit better to know I read ONE book on a planned TBR. Maybe this will inspire me to change this patter? Goodreads

2: The Game Can’t Love You Back by Karole Cozzo

Recently watched the Freddie Prinze Jr. film Summer Catch, and while I am 100% not a sports fan, the movie is so cute. Then, seeing this book on my shelf reinforced how long its been sitting there, which made me want to read it. Goodreads

3: Jo & Laurie by Melissa de la Cruz and Margaret Stohl (June)

Cannot wait to read this one. I’m not one for this ship per se, but I am curious to read a reality where Laurie does win over his beloved Jo, and I 100% do believe he genuinely loves her; I also find it fascinating and sad that the BBC version depicts him as still loving her post-marriage. How does the book portray him? *asks the girl who hasn’t read the novel* Goodreads

4: Love and a Little White Lie by Tammy L. Gray (August 4)

Haven’t read all of Tammy’s backlist titles, but I’m curious about this one and excited to see she has a novel releasing with Bethany House! Goodreads

5: It’s Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han

Not only has this one been on my shelf for a long time, but as I did read book one late year, it only seems right that I’d pick up the sequel (it’s likely too presumptuous to hope to read book three) as well. Goodreads

6: Beach Read by Emily Henry

I mean is there a more perfect (at least in theory??) read to enjoy during a summer TBR? Goodreads

The Summer 2020 To-Be-Read Books I Hope to Enjoy. Sharing my picks for the usual summer 2020 TBR list! What made your list? Text © Rissi JC
7: You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle

Been hearing all the good things about this romcom book, and yet I haven’t read it. Here’s hoping I remedy this soon. Goodreads

8: Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

Because every now and then a good mystery is need. But I also don’t want to think about how many times I’ve had this on a TBR. Goodreads

9: In Between by Jenny B. Jones

I’ve had this ‘Katie Parker Production’ series on my shelf for quite some time now, but it’s only been recently that I realized (again) I’ve yet to read these books – and I do love a good Jenny B. Jones novel. The catalyst for this is the recent cover re-models. They’re awfully cuuute. Goodreads

10: The London Restoration by Rachel McMillan (August)

Sounds as if this historical novel will be a lovely read; it’s about a woman who works in secrets in WWII and the impact it has on her relationships. Plus it features a favorite trope – a love story post marriage! Goodreads

11: The Crushing Depths by Dani Pettrey (June)

Really liked Dani Pettrey’s first Coast Guard novel, so reading book two is a HIGH priority. Goodreads

12: Minutes to Die by Susan Sleeman (August 4)

I enjoyed book one in this series, so am curious to read what comes next in this Homeland Heroes mystery series. Goodreads

13: Some Bright Someday by Melissa Tagg (August)

Perhaps in actuality I should place Melissa’s prior release (Now and Then and Always) on this list given I haven’t yet read it. *shrugs* Either way, hopefully I’ll read one of her novels this summer. Goodreads

The Summer 2020 To-Be-Read Books I Hope to Enjoy. Sharing my picks for the usual summer 2020 TBR list! What made your list? Text © Rissi JC
14: Listen to your Heart by Kasie West

This one has been on my shelf for a while now, but I’m in that weird place, torn between reading this book (which looks quintessential summer-y) and not reading it because that means I’m one (of two) book closer to not having any new novels by Kasie to discover. Goodreads

15: Would Like To Meet by Rachel Winters

Like Sarah’s rom-com, this is another I’ve seen some good reviews on. Luckily I have it on my shelf. Plus, who doesn’t love the idea of a romance that “acts out” various iconic romantic-comedy scenes just to inspire creativity? Goodreads

Have you read any of these? Do you want to? Which do you recommend? What’s on your summer 2020 TBR list? Comment all of your thoughts in the comments; I look forward to chatting.

Thank you for visiting!


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  1. I’m the same way with TBR’s. They’re fun to make but I don’t always find myself sticking to them! Oh well… again, they’re fun. :) I did really like Truly Devious!

  2. I have neither read Little Women nor seen any of the screen productions of it, but Jo & Laurie is on my list this season too. Most of my books this season are older though. The fall TBR will definitely have a few pre-orders on it though.

  3. I adored the Katie Parker Productions series but I’ve never seen anyone else mention it! It has some of my favourite characters and just the sweetest relationships. You’ve made me want to reread it now! I hope you get to it and love it as much as I did.

    1. Aww! This is so good to know, Sophie. Thanks for sharing. I love Jenny’s “Save the Date” and “There You’ll Find Me” so I’m eager to read some of her older YA titles, too. Also, I like to hope this series will come to paperback given it now has a cover re-do. ;) Glad you stopped by – thanks!

  4. LOVED Listen to Your Heart! It’s so cute :-) I started Would Like to Meet on audio (through my library), but it was due back before I got very far. Audiobooks take me forever–would much rather just read a book–but audio was the only version available. I liked what I heard, and I have it on hold again. And, of course, Dani’s and Melissa’s are on my list of “must get my hands on” books.

    1. YAY! You know me and Kasie West books; I think they’re all SO cute. I don’t tend to “read” audiobooks. I’ve listened to a couple, but just cannot get into them. YES! Cannot wait to read Dani’s or Melissa’s. Hopefully we’ll learn more about Melissa’s soon. :)

    1. Thanks, Nick! I hope to enjoy both of these and since contemporary romcoms is always a favorite genre to read, I have high expectations. :D

  5. I have always been so conflicted about Jo and Laurie’s relationship, so I am so curious to see what Melissa de la Cruz and Margaret Stohl do with their story!

    1. I don’t really have a feeling one way or another, but did feel Laurie still loves Jo (post marriage) in the BBC version, which is interest. Like you, I too will be curious to see what comes of this novel. :) Thanks for the visit.

    1. Ooo! This makes me all the more excited to read “Listen to Your Heart.” It looks darling, so all around, it has all the makings of being a new favorite. :) Thanks for the visit, Alicia.

    1. I read the first book of Jenny’s ‘Summer’ series and am hopeful I’ll get to read at least book two if nothing else this summer. We’ll see!! So glad to know “Beach Read” is good. It feels (and sounds) like the ideal summer-y read. :) Thanks for the visit, Dedra.

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