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Yes, I know. I need to get my stuff together and stop posting Top 5 Wednesday’s on Thursdays. My only excuse is that I was sick and had not pre-planned or drafted this post beforehand.
(Usually) On Wednesdays I post my “Top 5” which comes from a Goodreads group that creates topics for bloggers to write about. However, the moderator is taking a hiatus for the Summer (June, July, & August) so the topics are kind of up to bloggers at the moment. I’m actually REALLY excited about that because the group has TONS of backlogged topics from up to 6 years ago, so I’ve been sifting through them and am going to have a lot of fun with the next 12 T5Ws! I’ll be picking topics that I feel like I have a lot to say about.
For this week, I went back to the 2018 June topics and thought that Summer Reads would be a great way to start. It’s beautiful outside and seasonal depression is drifting away for many, so it’s time to bring out the lighthearted, fun, I-could-read-this-on-the-beach-or-in-my-own-backyard type of reads.
Since You’ve Been Gone – Morgan Matson
Morgan Matson is the queen of writing far too long Summer-y books. And we all love them. Since You’ve Been Gone is not only about a kick-ass Summer checklist, but it’s also about friendships, growing comfortable with solidarity, and going out of your own comfort zone. It’s almost 500 pages (oh my god) and is chalk full of Summer vibes.
The Unexpected Everything – Morgan Matson
Like I said, she’s the queen of Summer novels. Honestly, all of her novels might be worth putting on this list, but I’ve only read these two, so I couldn’t tell ya about the rest. Though I liked Since You’ve Been Gone more, this has even more of a Summer feel to it. There’s lots of dogs, great friendships, family drama, a whirlwind Summer romance, and, of course, finding one self in the unexpected. Andy’s story is fun and fairly light, so it’s perfect for the Summer.
The Summer I Turned Pretty – Jenny Han
I’d actually recommend this entire series as good Summer reads, unless you’re only interested in tackling stand alones for now. The first book takes place on a beach (in North Carolina) and has the whole ~one girl, two boys, who shall she pick?~ thing going on. I usually am not very into those type of books (love triangles annoy me) but this series has a lot more going on, too. It’s pretty possible that you’ll cry at some point if you read the whole series, but I swear it’s a great choice to take on vacation.
Beauty Queens – Libba Bray
I have a lot of love for this book. It’s a little wacky sometimes, but that’s really the whole point. Libba Bray is a satiric genius and I love that she chose to write something so funny and inclusive at the same time. Not only is this a great Summer read, but it’s also good for Pride Month! There is trans rep & also lesbian rep, I think (it’s been a while since I read it so don’t hold me to it). You’ll spend most of your time laughing, so it’s a definitely a good book to reach for on a Summer day when you’re needing a pick-me-up.
Keeping the Moon – Sarah Dessen
Did you really think I’d write a whole post about Summer reads and not mention something written by Sarah Dessen? Much like Morgan Matson, she is the queen of Summer books. Keeping the Moon takes place in a beach town called Colby (also in North Carolina). The main character is staying with her aunt for the Summer and is nervous. However, she meets Morgan & Isabel at her new job, and suddenly, the Summer isn’t so bad. I love a good friendship book for summertime. Really, it’s too hot for romance.
Do you like reading Summer-y books? What are some of your favorites? Talk to me (: