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Top 5 Wednesday: Summery Starts

Top 5 Wednesday

This blogging prompt is hosted by the Goodreads Top 5 Wednesday group

Today’s T5W prompt is Summery Starts

As of June 20th, it’s officially summer! To herald in many people’s favorite season (even though mine is Fall), what are five books that get you in the summer mood?


Weekend Away

1. The Weekend Away by Sarah Alderson

I actually won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway! It’s also apparently soon to be a Netflix Original Movie (if anyone has more info on this, let us know in the comments!).

Tagline: “Two friends go on holiday. Only one comes back.”

It’s still sitting on my TBR shelf so I can’t speak to how good it is yet, but this summery weather is definitely getting me in the mood to read it!

Malibu Rising2. Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I’ve seen this one floating around the book community on various social media lately, so it must be pretty good. I haven’t yet bought it, but THAT COVER! Oof. Makes me want to jump in the car and drive to the beach (15 hours away).

Reading the blurb, it sounds like it’s about a house party in California and a wildfire that changes the lives of each of the characters. Intriguing!

Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

3. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

This one gets me in the summer mood because I have my Freshmen read The Hunger Games as their summer reading book each year. Therefore, have to read the first book of the series each summer to prep.

But now that there is a NEW Hunger Games-ish book (spin-off and prequel to the series), I’m actually excited to get back into the series. Currently, this book is sitting on my bookshelf, staring at me, waiting for me to crack it open. Wish me luck!

Lord of the Rings, The

4. The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien

This may seem like a strange choice, but summer is when I’m finally able to catch up on my reading. And… Confession… I’ve never actually read the LOTR series…

I know, I know! Blasphemy. I’ve seen the movies–haven’t read the books.

But last summer, I was able to finally read The Hobbit. Not quite my style exactly, but I did feel accomplished after getting that out of my way. Now, I’m ready to start LOTR and remove it from my nearly 2-decade long TBR!

House in the Cerulean Sea

5. The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

This one puts me in the summer mood, not only because the cover shows a beautiful sky and potentially refreshing ocean in which to take a dip, but also because of its general good mood the story puts me in.

Learning about the children and Linus’s growth and evolution gives me all the good feels. Perfect novel for a pleasant summer/beach/airplane read to keep you entertained and in a good mood!

If you want to read more, here is my 4.5 star review!

Which books are perfect as a summer read? Have you read any of the above, yet?

Let me know in the comments below 🙂

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