Monday, May 22, 2017

TTT: The Books Of Summer

The delightful bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish host this weekly list challenge.  If you want to quadruple the size of your TBR AND find a bunch of great book blogs to follow head on over and check them out!

The topic this week is Summer Reads Freebie: In preparation for Memorial Day let's rec some summer/beach reads: books to go in your beach bag, best books set in summer, books with summer-y covers, best beach reads for people who don't enjoy contemporary/realistic reads, best beach reads for fans of X genre, etc. etc.

Summer camp. The beach. The mountains. Lemonade. Ice cream. Tomatoes. Sprinklers. Dining al fresco (or as we call it, eating outside). Picking berries. Sunshine and sun lotion and sweat. Vacation. Menial jobs. Sunsets. Road trips. Lake swimming.

Here are some books that hum with summer to me.  

Summer Locales
Ramona Blue (which actually takes place from the last day of one summer to the first day of the next, but is still infused with that summery beach town feel.)
Wind in the Willows (although I love the winter bits too.)
Dandelion Wine (so deeply nostalgic)
Prince of Venice Beach (living in a tree house is pretty darn summery)
The Long Secret (in which Harriet the Spy leaves the city to summer on Long Island)

Summer Jobs

The Upside of Unrequited (stocking shelves at knick-knack shop)
The Living (working on a cruise ship)
I'll Meet You There (front desk of a hotel)
Marcelo in the Real World (in the mail room of Dad's firm)

Summer Stories
Blueberries for Sal (picking berries)
Prodigal Summer (this HAS to be on a summer list)
Sunny Side Up (vacationing in Florida--yay!-with grandpa--boo!)

The Porcupine of Truth (a road trip ensues)
We Were Liars (a lifetime of summer memories and one that is strangely forgotten)

Summer Camp
Honor Girl (camp for good Southern girls)
The Haters (band camp)
Exit, Pursued by a Bear (cheer camp)

Just Reminds Me of Summer
The Silver Chair (my sister and I spent a summer reading it out loud together)
The Accidental Tourist (my high school bestie and I read this one while "laying out")
The Hero and the Crown (listened to this while recovering from a bike crash)
The Pox Party (read this just after school got out one summer, and started my Goodreads account with it)


  1. I love how you've tackled the list this week! :-) So many good choices!

  2. I like how you did this one, really evokes summery feelings. I should Wind in the Willows, I never have! Maybe a good summertime read for me this year.

  3. I'm feeling the summer-y vibes from here. I'm especially taken with Blueberries for Sal. I can smell the fruit, I think.

  4. Wow, you put a lot more thought into your list than I put into mine. The Upside of Unrequited and Honor Girl are on my TBR list. Hopefully I can read them soon!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  5. The Accidental Tourist!! I loved the book and the movie. Ramona Blue is coming up for me! Fun list!

  6. I love Blueberries for Sal! Summer always reminds me of summer reading so I tend to think of books like Crime and Punishment or Fathers and Sons (we read a lot of Russian authors my senior year of high school!). I like your list way better!

  7. Love how you put together this list. There are so many on this list that I want to read - hopefully this summer I will knock some off!


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