Eight Books for Your Stay-at-Home Summer Reading

Rachel Sandell Book Publishing, Team

As summer nears, the world is still being impacted heavily by coronavirus disease. Many hard-working people have fallen on difficult times, and there isn’t much to do to make it better besides wait. Yet, individuals across the country and the world are doing their best to provide much-needed positivity, and we here at The Scribe Source know exactly how to contribute. What makes a book nerd’s summer a little brighter? A summer reading challenge!

We are stocking up on some of our favorite books to share with you, a wider range of genres to feed your bookish hunger. If your TBR list is looking bare, then we’ve got you covered!


The Galleons, by Rick Barot; recommended by Rachel Sandell (poetry)

Written by an insightful, award-winning poet, The Galleons: Poetry is the culmination of twenty years’ worth of writing experience, raw emotion, and a widening contextual scope of post-colonialism. Barot gets up close and personal to the experiences of his Filipino-American family; exploring the relatable, raw, and moving aspects of the personal within a wider view of the historical. Full of tender care and brimming with emotion, The Galleons is a poetry collection that will feed your brain and your heart during the stagnant months of summer. 



The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, by Becky Chambers; recommended by Emily Fahey (science fiction)

On the subject of understanding and immersing oneself in diverse cultures, A Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet combines science fiction with the importance of compassion and understanding. The first book in the Wayfarers trilogy, Becky Chamber’s debut space opera novel follows a ragtag crew of colorful characters as they embark on zany adventures and thrilling mishaps through space. If you have a soft spot for found family and love—but you also have a taste for adventure—this science fiction extravaganza is just the book for you!



Salt to the Sea, by Ruta Sepetys; recommended by Sheralee Cochran (fiction)

A healthy mixture of the historically accurate and the fictitious, Salt to the Sea tells the story of the Soviet submarine Wilhelm Gustloff and its sinking during World War II. The story is told from four different characters’ perspectives, each with a unique voice and a fresh take on the tragedy, and whose stories are inevitably tied together. If you love the factual accuracies of historical stories, and at the same time yearn for the fresh perspective of fictional characters, this book covers both bases and leaves you with an impactful story that will not soon be forgotten.




Reading Lolita in Tehran, by Azar Nafisi; recommended by Emily Fahey (memoir)

In the Islamic Republic of Iran, seven women meet to read classic Western novels, despite the danger. Amid attacks on freedom of expression, these women continue craving and searching for knowledge, allowing their own personal stories to merge with those of the classic authors they read. While this memoir has been around for a while, it is never too late to experience this love letter to literature, which shines a light on how literature can help us come to terms with life’s difficulties. This engaging book will stimulate the mind and provide insightful questions to ponder during the summer months.



Weave the Lightning, by Corrie L. Lee; recommended by Rachel Sandell (fiction)

This brand-new YA fantasy novel follows the story of a circus performer who must hide her storm-affinity magic from Bourshkanya’s secret police. But when the son of the Supreme-General flees the wrath of the empire for his inability to control storm magic, his presence threatens to get her discovered. Set in a Russian-inspired fantastical world, Weave the Lightning is the perfect read to satisfy your craving for danger, magic, and revolution.




A Dress for the Wicked, by Autumn Krause; recommended by Karly White (fiction)

Set in an alternate version of Victorian England, a young woman gets the opportunity of a lifetime when the prestigious Fashion House starts allowing girls from outside the capitol to participate in its design competition. But the fashion world isn’t as pretty as she assumes, and she finds herself stuck in a corrupt system, with only her ambitions and passion for fashion to lead the way. Engaging and full of eye-popping fashion, A Dress for the Wicked is pure escapism, with a dark twist.




This Is How You Lose the Time War, by Max Gladstone and Amal El-Mohtar; recommended by Karly White (fiction)

In a world of time-travel, warring factions, and mysterious letters, two rival time agents fight for different futures for their side of the war. When an unlikely correspondence begins between the two of them, neither realizes just how quickly the taunting and teasing between enemies can grow into a bond so strong that it could change everything, past and future… unless their romance is discovered. Written in a lyrical style reminiscent of poetry, This Is How You Lose the Time War is a novella that will fill this bit of your time perfectly.



100 Days of Sunlight, by Abbie Emmons; recommended by Sheralee Cochran (fiction)

After a terrible car accident, Tessa loses her sight for 100 days. Unable to accept her new life without vision and horrified at the prospect of never seeing the world again, she refuses the help of Weston, the typist who wants to help her continue her poetry blog. Having lost his legs, Weston completely understands what Tessa is going through, but her blindness allows him to live normally and without pity. He doesn’t tell her about his condition, but when Tessa’s sight has the potential to return, he has the chance to face the prospect of being seen again. Heartwarming and full of hope, 100 Days of Sunlight doesn’t shy away from tragedy and finds its sweet spot where sadness and joy meet.



Whether you want to lay back and indulge in vivid fictitious worlds or spend your summer engaging your mind with nonfiction or fill your heart with poetry, summer is the perfect time to find new books. We hope you’ve discovered your new favorite read!


About the Author

Rachel is an avid editor and self-published author. When she isn’t knee-deep in her own stories of the mythical and magical, she can be found blogging about her favorite books, beta reading for other writers, or composing her own music. She joined the Scribe Source team in 2018.