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Top Five Tuesday: Summertime Reads

Today I’m participating in my first ever blog meme! This one is Top Five Tuesday hosted by Bionic Book Worm and the topic for this week is Summertime Reads. I’ll be honest, I absolutely hate, hate, double hate summer. You could even say I loathe it entirely. The heat, humidity, the clothes, the blinding sun ruining my good mood everyday (I’m only half kidding about this one), what’s there to like? The summer solstice is just the beginning of my official countdown to autumn, when it’s brisk and I can wear sweaters and hats with pompoms on top. 

I don’t really change my reading habits in summer. If I were still my preteen self, I’d be recommending a whole load of Lauren Oliver books and possibly The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, which I read and loved around that age. I think summer is a time for fun, lighthearted reads but today I’m recommending some books that may not fit that description perfectly because, as you may know, I mostly read YA fantasy and historical fiction. 

These are in no particular order.

 

1.The Diviners by Libba Bray

I never see this series talked about anywhere but I really enjoyed the first two books and need to get the next one soon. They feel young in a good way and I think fans of YA fantasy/paranormal books will find that this series really stands out as something special. I read them a few years ago and was enraptured by the 1920s New York City setting and the paranormal happenings. The characters were great and the plots were fun. That’s why I’m including it (and the second book, Lair of Dreams) on this list—they’re fun and unique with great use of ‘20s slang which is really lacking in every other book and real life. 

2. The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It goes between different decades and different lives with a daughter learning about her mother’s life as a young woman. It’s a really interesting story with an incredible twist at the end. I do love a good historical fiction novel during the summer when the weather’s warm and I feel relaxed, especially one that takes place in England. The English countryside always makes me think of spring but we’ll pretend it’s summer.

3. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

This is another book I’m including because it’s a light, fun YA read. It focuses on time traveling escapades and is another series that, while it’s exciting, doesn’t have the same darkness or seriousness often found in fantasy. I loved the characters and the stories and I think these are great books to read by the pool in the summer.

4. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

This may be a strange one to read during the summer because it is neither light nor quick nor fun. It’s one of my favorite classics, though and I love settling into a book like this and summer is the perfect time to do so. 

5. The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

I love this collection of tales from the Grishaverse so much, even more than I thought I would going into it. You should read some of her other books in the Grishaverse (The Grisha Trilogy, Six of Crows) before reading these stories, but it’s not technically required since they’re unrelated. These stories are just incredible and a book of short fairytales is a perfect read for summer. 

Have you read any of these? Do any of them sound like your cup of tea? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading!

Madison

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