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Top 10 Tuesday: Books That Give Off Summer Vibes

Top 10 Tuesday, originally created by The Broke and the Bookish, was always something I envisioned myself participating in way back in the day when I originally wanted to start blogging on a regular basis. Alas, I never did. Today, a Tuesday, I discovered that the tradition continues over on That Artsy Reader Girl’s blog, and I’m so excited to finally participate in this book blog tradition.

This week’s Top 10 Tuesday is all about books that give off the summer vibes. I must admit, I’m dreaming (and will continue to dream all summer long) about jetting off and sitting on some beach, somewhere. The pandemic has put a bit of a damper on those plans, but I’m excited to hopefully dive into some (or all, if I can ever get my reading act together) of these this summer.

The Beach Club by Elin Hilderbrand
I’ve wanted to read Elin Hilderbrand’s books every summer for as long as I can remember, and I never have. I’d love to start with her first book The Beach Club because I’m a sucker for starting things from the very beginning, both because I can check things off in order and because I like to, as a reader, get to know an author as they get to know themselves as writers.

Surfside Sisters by Nancy Thayer
I’ve had this book checked out from the library since before the pandemic started, and it’s still sitting on my dresser unread, but I love a good literary contemporary.

Close Enough to Touch by Colleen Oakley
This is another literary contemporary book that centers around topics about loneliness and isolation–feelings I’ve definitely had at points throughout the last three months.

Beach Read by Emily Henry
I’m not really sure this one needs an explanation, but just look at the title and the cover if you need one. One of my best friends, who just so happens to be moving in two doors down, promised to let me borrow this one, and I’ve heard so many awesome things about it!

When the Stars Lead to You by Ronnie Davis
This is a YA debut novel that has been described as a summer love story with important topics tackled (depression, mental illness, suicide) and features a biracial couple with a female lead who intends to become an astrophysicist. It sounds like an important book, and one I’d like to eventually get for my classroom library. I love authors who are willing to take risks, and I’ve heard Davis does.

Next up, we have books that comprise genres I love and gravitate towards.

I’ll Never Tell by Catherine McKenzie
This is a mystery/thriller about a girl who is murdered at a family’s summer camp and attempting to solve the murder two decades later. I love the mystery/thriller genre more than anything, and I’ve wanted to read this one since its release.

The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel
I think this one is a literary historical fiction novel, but I’m not actually sure. I’ve heard it includes some sort of “deal with the devil” plot line, and I love finding excerpts to cover in AP Lit that I can explicitly tie back to How to Read Literature Like a Professor.

Originals by Adam Grant
I originally saw and bought Originals in the airport on a trip to our summer beach cottage which is why it gives me “summer vibes,” but I never ended up reading it. I’d like to before the information it contains is completely outdated.

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
This title caught my eye on the Book of the Month picks for June 2020 (note: this is my referral link–I get a book credit if you use it to sign up). I automatically went with the early release Riley Sager title, but I immediately added this one to my library holds. This title is definitely literary historical fiction and sounds both incredibly relevant and thought-provoking as the novel features twin sisters who are black but choose to live their lives in different ways, including their racial identity. I know I need to do better about intentionally choosing to read more diverse books by BIPOC authors, and this is a new summer release that I intend to pick up and read.

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
If you know anything about me, you’ll know I’m obsessed with researching plane crashes, and I’m just as obsessed with reading fiction that features them–and this one is told in verse, something else I love.

What books give you “summer vibes”? Let me know in the comments below.


Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. Be sure to check out her weekly post to find other participants and upcoming Top Ten Tuesday topics.

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4 Responses to “Top 10 Tuesday: Books That Give Off Summer Vibes”

  1. Linda @ flourishreader

    Wow, there are so many nice contemporary novels here, Ashley! I enjoy reading fantasy books with a “summery” vibe such as An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir or The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson.

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