This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is Books to Read By the Pool/At the Beach. I’m not a big “swimmer” so usually if I’m forced to go near water I bring a book with me. I’m also not picky when it comes with what type of book to read by the pool or at the beach, so I’ve created a list with a wide variety of books that seem like the perfect book for a summer day.
Summer Days and Summer Nights by multiple authors: Any book with “summer” in the title seems perfect for a summer read. Which is why I have yet to read this short story collection. I didn’t think it would work if I read it last winter, so I’ve been saving it until now. If you like short stories or want to read a variety of authors, pick this one up.
Geekerella by Ashley Poston: For some people, summer means romance, part-time jobs, or geek conventions. For Elle in Geekerella, summer means all three of these things. Geekerella is a love letter to all the fangirls out there stuck working a part-time summer job dreaming about attending a convention and maybe finding summer love. It’s adorable and a perfect contemporary for summer.
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya by Nagaru Tanigawa, Noizi Ito, and Gaku Tsugano: This manga series doesn’t take place only over summer but there is an arc called the endless eight where the characters are essentially stuck in a time loop during summer break. Otherwise, this series is fun and full of so many crazy adventures it should cure anybody’s summer boredom.
The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord: This contemporary has a more serious tone than Geekerella, but it takes place at a summer camp and reminded me of my own experience at camp that I couldn’t help but fall in love with the characters and story. Plus, it doesn’t shy away from the hard issues.
Rick Riordan‘s books: Almost all of the Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus books take place over the summer since most campers at Camp Half-Blood only stay there during the summer. Which is why these books are perfect to read during the summer. Also, they’re chock full of enough monsters, magic, and adventure to sweep you away from those hot summer days at home.
The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson: If you’re more interested in dystopian novels, The Sandcastle Empire mainly takes place on a creepy Lost-esque island. The entire atmosphere gives the book a vibe that’s perfect to read during the summer.
Lumberjanes comics by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Waters, and Brooke Allen: If you like comic books, crazy girls who usually get into some kind of trouble, and a magical woods full of Velociraptors, an old woman who can turn into a bear, and time-travel portals, read the Lumberjanes. These comics are hilarious and full of adventures, but they also focus on friendship and relationships. The setting is perfect for a summer read.
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares: I haven’t read or thought about these books in a long time, but I also got this huge summer vibe from the series. Since the four girls are split up during their summer, the pair of pants works as a thread that ties their experiences together. It’s a cool concept for a contemporary story and a summer book.
Jane Austen novels: If classics are your thing, I’d suggest reading any of Jane Austen novels. Again, not all of these books take place only during the summer, but the romance paired with the English countryside makes for a wonderful story to read over the summer.
River of Time series by Lisa T. Bergren: This series starts with the Bettarini sisters spending their summer break in Italy before they travel back in time to Medieval Italy. Talk about a crazy summer vacation! I first read this series during the summer, and it always gives me a summer vibe.
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