Summer is here! Are you headed to the beach? Maybe you’re going on vacation and have a long drive or flight ahead of you. Or, you might just be staying home and looking forward to relaxing! In any case, you need something fun to read, right? Here’s a list of some of my top recommended summer reads.

At the top of my list is Kathy Tyers’ Firebird series. No surprise given my love of good Space Opera! I read the first three books when Munchkin was just a baby, and was absolutely pulled in by the story, the characters, and the message. Kathy does a phenomenal job with world building and character development. When Marcher Lord Press re-published an annotated edition of the first three books and then published the next two, I ordered them. When Enclave Publishing re-released the first three books individually, I ordered them too. I have the books in both print and digital formats, and I re-read the series about once a year. It’s just that good. The first book in the series, Firebird, is currently free in the kindle format. Be forewarned though, once you read it, you’ll be hooked!

Next up is Unseen by John Michael Hileman. John writes intriguing speculative fiction and there’s always a plot twist! Whenever he comes out with a new book, I end up staying up too late because I’ve got to read just one more chapter… I’ve enjoyed reading each of his books, but Unseen is still my personal favorite. I was taken totally by surprise when we finally find out what’s really going on, and I’ve got to admit that the ending still makes me cry!

Rachel Hauck’s Royal Wedding Series isn’t my usual fare when reading contemporary fiction. But at the heart of each modern day fairy tale, is a story of faith. The characters are not only memorable, they are relatable, dealing with complex things like grief, fear, uncertainty, guilt, and grappling with their relationship with God. Each book could be read as a stand-alone novel, but it’s much more fun to read all of them together since certain characters make an appearance throughout.

MaryLu Tyndall’s Legacy of the King’s Pirates is a series that I fell into quite by accident, and I’m pleased that I did! Who doesn’t love adventure on the high seas? Even better are the themes of redemption found throughout her books. With five books currently in the series, it’s perfect for anyone who wants a nice, long series to immerse themselves in. All of the books were wonderful, but I think perhaps book 4, The Ransom was my favorite. The first two books definitely need to be read together, but the others can be stand-alone stories. I’d recommend buying the set though, because once I started the series, I had to read them all! (MaryLu’s Charles Towne Belles series is another one to check out too!)

I must confess to a certain infatuation with stories of castles, knights, and chivalry. That’s why Tamara Leigh’s Age of Faith series is on my list. Another five-book series that will give you plenty of summer reading! One of the things I loved most about the stories was how they showcased the power of forgiveness. Each book is about one of five siblings, and in my opinion, best read in order.

So, what novels are on your summer reading list?