Need some great adult reads to add to your summer reading list? Last week, I shared my top 50 must-read YA novels for this summer, but if you prefer something a little more grownup, read on for 50 fab pics for your TBR pile!

Need some ideas for your summer reading list? These fabulously grown-up books will keep you reading all season long! Check out 50 titles across every genre!

My reading tastes are pretty much all over the place. I go on YA binges for months, then I’ll read a “grown up” book and get on an adult reads kick. I can also go from fantasy to mystery to medical thrillers and back in the blink of an eye.

If you’re the same, you’ll love this summer reading list for adults. It includes a little bit of everything, so no matter which genre you love most, you’ll find something perfect!

*One quick note before we start: the links below are affiliate links. If you make a purchase through them, I earn a tiny commission at no extra charge to you.

Summer Reading List for Adults

Same rules apply here as with my other summer reading lists:

  • Some of these books are part of a series  and they may not be the first one in it. I’ve noted the series name, though, so you can start from the beginning.
  • The majority of these books either came out in the last 90 days or are coming out before the end of the summer.
  • I’m breaking it up into genre chunks to make it easier for you to navigate. Check out my top pick in each genre!
  • Also, I abhor when people put science fiction and fantasy together because they’re vastly different things, so each gets its own section.

Fantasy

  1. What the Wind Knowsir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=bafda3e27f41fe1fb344d16bdd26aa7a& cb=1556979526662 Summer Reading List for Adults: 50 Great Books to Add to Your TBR Pile by Amy Harmon
  2. The Priory of the Orange Treeir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=7f6a0adf3e56f3e2c558ca51ca9de100& cb=1556979657855 Summer Reading List for Adults: 50 Great Books to Add to Your TBR Pile by Samantha Shannon
  3. The Scribbly Man: The Children of D’Hara, Episode 1ir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=8356950175862fc8ae3596053eee99c5& cb=1556979704724 Summer Reading List for Adults: 50 Great Books to Add to Your TBR Pile by Terry Goodkind
  4.  Where the Forest Meets the Starsir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=f08c11f02a6fea9cadf09edd98db5207& cb=1556979754613 Summer Reading List for Adults: 50 Great Books to Add to Your TBR Pile by Glendy Vanderah
  5. The Bird Kingir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=7e6310128983ae5d94d70a7da4fa94e3& cb=1556979943996 Summer Reading List for Adults: 50 Great Books to Add to Your TBR Pile by G. Willow Wilson

It’s hard to choose a favorite from this genre, but What the Wind Knows is definitely high up there on my own summer reading list. It’s a genre-bender, so I wasn’t even sure where to put it. If you like time travel, romance, and historical fiction mashed up together, check it out. It has some incredible reviews and ratings!

Science Fiction

  1. Middlegameir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=6bfeee23f714d8e2417304edb66aef87& cb=1556979004849 Summer Reading List for Adults: 50 Great Books to Add to Your TBR Pile by Seanan McGuire
  2. A Memory Called Empireir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=f6e28d6a934f0cdef598ef87f1b22b26& cb=1556980345913 Summer Reading List for Adults: 50 Great Books to Add to Your TBR Pile by Arkady Martine
  3. Parable of the Sowerir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=6da473e56938e3297ae8b52a17f3e55e& cb=1556980781427 Summer Reading List for Adults: 50 Great Books to Add to Your TBR Pile by Octavia E. Butler
  4. The Luminous Deadir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=8125c120eda47cd221efcbc5dba40e30& cb=1556980816732 Summer Reading List for Adults: 50 Great Books to Add to Your TBR Pile by Caitlin Starling
  5. The City in the Middle of the Nightir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=663a7742062318a43458a05a06d30fbe& cb=1556980947422 Summer Reading List for Adults: 50 Great Books to Add to Your TBR Pile by Charlie Jane Anders

Middlegame by Seanan McGuire

I am definitely reading Middlegame by Seanan McGuire! I’m a HUGE fan, and this one sounds fantastic! It’s kind of a cross between fantasy and sci-fi, but I put it under this section because of the genetic engineering component (or at least that’s how it sounds in the blurb). Sorry, there’s no preview yet. There is, however, a “look inside” on the Amazon page.

Horror

  1. The Devil Aspectir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=9a9c2c0a1b4ac5321e89a9a0abcfee4c& cb=1556981575834 Summer Reading List for Adults: 50 Great Books to Add to Your TBR Pile by Craig Russell
  2. The Invitedir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=3241b097c3772f1eef879ab4fbb6413d& cb=1556981582107 Summer Reading List for Adults: 50 Great Books to Add to Your TBR Pile by Jennifer McMahon
  3. Cari Mora by Thomas Harris (May 21)
  4. Wanderers by Chuck Wendig
  5. The Hiding Placeir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=82bdb2b4cf20d3f849e7f3192e701904& cb=1556981907046 Summer Reading List for Adults: 50 Great Books to Add to Your TBR Pile by C. J. Tudor

I don’t read as much horror as I used to because I am more easily freaked out these days, but The Invited sounds good. Instead of moving into an already-haunted house, the couple in the story builds one out of special materials on a piece of land that already has a dark and twisted past. I choose horror based on whether or not something could happen to me. Since I’m not insane enough to build a haunted house, this one feels like a safe read for me!

Suspenseful Mysteries & Thrillers

  1. The Silent Patientir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=2d859ff726420d371a846c2d57b6383e& cb=1556982153058 Summer Reading List for Adults: 50 Great Books to Add to Your TBR Pile by Alex Michaelides
  2. My Lovely Wife ir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=2705d6ee021dbda9e66e0382316b1ff3& cb=1556982188333 Summer Reading List for Adults: 50 Great Books to Add to Your TBR Pileby Samantha Downing
  3. An Anonymous Girlir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=efdd73cd66e731e84b05532537f3d680& cb=1556982266451 Summer Reading List for Adults: 50 Great Books to Add to Your TBR Pile by Greer Hendricks
  4. Butterflies Should be Freeir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=ceac69bdbadfffc951ccaa15919eb410& cb=1556983316951 Summer Reading List for Adults: 50 Great Books to Add to Your TBR Pile by Lee Wardlow
  5. Saving Meghanir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=c5082836e00c075c96e3ee988424d94f& cb=1556983475547 Summer Reading List for Adults: 50 Great Books to Add to Your TBR Pile by D.J. Palmer

If you love a good psychological thriller as much as I do,  An Anonymous Girl sounds like a great read! Jessica Farris signs up to be part of a study on ethics, but when the doc takes his experiment from an exam room to the real world, Jess has a hard time figuring out what is part of the study and what’s real…or who to trust! ir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=90b81423de2f9cbf4d4d9cb206b605be& cb=1556982341534 Summer Reading List for Adults: 50 Great Books to Add to Your TBR Pile

Historical Fiction

  1. Lost Rosesir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=0c2edb29e3819cd4d01bf1766b08275d& cb=1556984213424 Summer Reading List for Adults: 50 Great Books to Add to Your TBR Pile by Martha Hall Kelly
  2. Finding Dorothyir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=4023d311b2bdb63417342c4a217bc08c& cb=1556984223791 Summer Reading List for Adults: 50 Great Books to Add to Your TBR Pile by Elizabeth Letts
  3. The Chef’s Secretir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=99f4bdfba69b0bba77d82ad8ecb42dba& cb=1556984231697 Summer Reading List for Adults: 50 Great Books to Add to Your TBR Pile by Crystal King
  4. Wunderlandir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=3e81bedc3a2c48f981cf5d5cd3c55982& cb=1556984237535 Summer Reading List for Adults: 50 Great Books to Add to Your TBR Pile by Jennifer Cody Epstein
  5. The Beantown Girlsir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=0b30cdd59e1820fb41e794aa75f3acf1& cb=1556984303055 Summer Reading List for Adults: 50 Great Books to Add to Your TBR Pile by Jane Healey

I’m not a huge fan of historical fiction, to be honest, but Finding Dorothy sounds interesting. Although written as fiction, it’s closely based on the real story behind The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, as told by Baum’s wife, Maud.

Contemporary Fiction

  1. The Last Letterir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=10dc62a10139b2d8f4029477adbba177& cb=1556985011171 Summer Reading List for Adults: 50 Great Books to Add to Your TBR Pile by Rebecca Yarros
  2. Weathering the Stormir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=ea30f45efd2d3b56148130f3a196d1b3& cb=1556985017252 Summer Reading List for Adults: 50 Great Books to Add to Your TBR Pile by Suzie Bronk Hunt
  3. Joy: And 52 Other Very Short Storiesir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=ee5b786c574207033b8fa7911a9b4df4& cb=1556985023643 Summer Reading List for Adults: 50 Great Books to Add to Your TBR Pile by Erin McGraw
  4. The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoesir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=5fe29c9709becbe9af28728a7d481875& cb=1556985033642 Summer Reading List for Adults: 50 Great Books to Add to Your TBR Pile by Ruth Hogan
  5. Stray Cityir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=a395bc5de46db6088d3e04eb8942798b& cb=1556985164426 Summer Reading List for Adults: 50 Great Books to Add to Your TBR Pile by Chelsey Johnson

Contemporary fiction covers such a wide range of styles, so it’s hard to pick a top read from this section. It’s also not really one of my preferred genres. That said, I think The Last Letter sounds good if you want a cry, or Stray City if you want a laugh.

Romance Books

  1. The Time Collectorir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=22c82858467ed452fc2959778233cf83& cb=1556986108137 Summer Reading List for Adults: 50 Great Books to Add to Your TBR Pile by Gwendolyn Womack
  2. Wild Country (World of the Others, The Book 2)ir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=daa771ea67887f86b00290720302743e& cb=1556986135368 Summer Reading List for Adults: 50 Great Books to Add to Your TBR Pile by Anne Bishop
  3. Meet Cuteir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=ca138831255ea524df6f913690796716& cb=1556986315926 Summer Reading List for Adults: 50 Great Books to Add to Your TBR Pile by Helena Hunting
  4. The Cliff Houseir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=3bac805d0e45cd7532cdea363b7a5484& cb=1556986406294 Summer Reading List for Adults: 50 Great Books to Add to Your TBR Pile by RaeAnne Thayne
  5. Cold Perilir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=47dd7abcae59e2c008c01b0e27e54cc9& cb=1557054549372 Summer Reading List for Adults: 50 Great Books to Add to Your TBR Pile by Emily Jane Trent

When it comes to the romance genre, I prefer mine on the side with a huge helping of suspense, fantasy, or the paranormal as the main course. The Time Collector is a thriller, but it also has elements of the paranormal, making it a natural top choice!

 

Survival & Apocalyptic Fiction

  1. Winter Worldir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=25d9830bae1d2c796c08fd5dd4bb2491& cb=1556980387708 Summer Reading List for Adults: 50 Great Books to Add to Your TBR Pile by A.G. Riddle
  2. Where Hope Remains: A Post-Apocalyptic EMP Survival Thrillerir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=66ff4e30857dd76eadf7bc7ca6d94db3& cb=1556986644099 Summer Reading List for Adults: 50 Great Books to Add to Your TBR Pile by Nick Oetken
  3. Sky Fall: A Post Apocalyptic Survival Thrillerir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=05bb03e56c2186d94c19c682864283ab& cb=1556987038863 Summer Reading List for Adults: 50 Great Books to Add to Your TBR Pile by Logan Keys
  4. The Lightest Object in the Universeir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=bb40d8986ae7f15b2f6bf41e328653f9& cb=1556987068763 Summer Reading List for Adults: 50 Great Books to Add to Your TBR Pile by Kimi Eisele (July 9)
  5. The Chaos Functionir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=bad2cc4503331d913d71f100b059deaf& cb=1556987179402 Summer Reading List for Adults: 50 Great Books to Add to Your TBR Pile by Jack Skillingstead

I really liked A. G. Riddle’s The Atlantis Gene...right up until I found out what the antagonists really were. Then, sadly, I lost interest. However, I did enjoy his writing style, and Winter World sounds more like my type of story. The premise kind of reminds me of a combination of The Day After Tomorrowir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=c70824d6f3b08ac0eec69d88bc449e6f& cb=1556986924812 Summer Reading List for Adults: 50 Great Books to Add to Your TBR Pile mixed with a little Deep Impactir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=73e65c1c92004cd7c86e8f677dc3f783& cb=1556986916856 Summer Reading List for Adults: 50 Great Books to Add to Your TBR Pile (two of my favorite disaster movies).

Biographies & Autobiographies

  1. The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the Worldir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=a6a6048ac80a2f5240e17abbbbdff8ed& cb=1556987877016 Summer Reading List for Adults: 50 Great Books to Add to Your TBR Pile by Melinda Gates
  2. Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir by Ruth Reichl
  3. First: Sandra Day O’Connor by Evan Thomas
  4. I Miss You When I Blink: Essays by Mary Laura Philpott
  5. The Stan Lee Story XXLir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=ebdfbac8c7567a71d8757a7f659dcd8d& cb=1556987882794 Summer Reading List for Adults: 50 Great Books to Add to Your TBR Pile by Roy Thomas ( July 16, 2019)

The Stan Lee Story XXL Hardcover – July 16, 2019 by Roy Thomas

At the top of my list is the Stan Lee Story, but the book is really quite expensive (it’s also really quite robust, so there’s that). I added it to this list because it’s definitely a must-read if you can afford it (or borrow it). If it’s not in your budget, there’s another book coming out in October called A Marvelous Life: The Amazing Story of Stan Leeir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=9e12d2a28b38a7876d5dac896fe4de17& cb=1556987992301 Summer Reading List for Adults: 50 Great Books to Add to Your TBR Pile that’s a little more in the normal book price range.

 

Other Non-Fiction

  1. 100 Parks, 5,000 Ideas: Where to Go, When to Go, What to Seeir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=2649596f90a938b5a23ee39959ff3a02& cb=1556988213404 Summer Reading List for Adults: 50 Great Books to Add to Your TBR Pile by Joe Yogerst
  2. Marvel Encyclopedia, New Editionir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=f5dd248f9af9cc1ec1cac5a91771e135& cb=1556988239768 Summer Reading List for Adults: 50 Great Books to Add to Your TBR Pile by Stan Lee and DK
  3. Lessons From Lucy: The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dogir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=79e0ea8a10c7fb1f534b963ca5c681f3& cb=1556988307205 Summer Reading List for Adults: 50 Great Books to Add to Your TBR Pile by Dave Barry
  4. #IMomSoHard by Kristin Hensley
  5. Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World’s Greatest Nuclear Disaster by Adam Higginbotham

I will definitely be reading Lessons from Lucy. I think we humans can learn a lot from our dogs! Don’t worry, from what I can tell, it’s a happy book. Not like Marley and Me, which left me traumatized for life!

I hope you enjoyed this adult summer reading list and found at least a few great titles to add to your TBR pile!

What’s on your summer reading list this year? I’d love to hear your recommendations!

 

 

 

 

 

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