Top Ten Tuesday: Summer in March? Why not?

nfn tttIt’s Tuesday, and Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) is here once again! There was a bit of twist to this week’s theme, because we had to fill in the blank: Top Ten Books for Readers Who Like INSERT THING HERE. I was going to do a specific genre, book, or TV show, but then I got to thinking about what I really want right now. And that, my dear bookish friends, is warmth. Particularly SUMMER TIME WARMTH. Here in New Hampshire, my heating blanket has certainly been getting a workout. We’ve gotten three or four feet of snow in the past few months, and all I want is a little sunshine. So here are 10 books for readers who like summer!

paper towns cover1. Paper Towns by John Green

This book always makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside. It doesn’t take place in the summer necessarily, but the main characters are graduating from high school so it all has the feelings of freedom and new beginnings that summer tends to have as well. And it’s set in Florida, so it’s bound to be warmer than here in New England!

we were liars cover2. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart 

I know that this book tends to have a polarizing effect for some reason (people seem to either LOVE it or HATE it) but I really enjoyed it. It’s your typical summer setting- a beautiful island in the summer months- but the story itself is anything but ordinary. It’s best to go into this one knowing very little of what it’s about, so it’s perfect to just dive right into.

the moon and more cover3. The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

This is one of my favorite Sarah Dessen books, mostly because the main character is so much more independent than some of the girls in her other novels. She doesn’t need a guy by her side in order to be happy, and that’s a character trait I really admire. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Dessen book without some romance, but it’s not as overwhelming as in some of her other ones. If you’re in the mood for a romance with a little something more to it, give this one a try!

outcasts of 19 schuyler place cover4. The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place by E.L. Konigsburg

My oh my, do I love this book! I mentioned it in my last TTT post as well, but I couldn’t resist talking about it again! This is such a heart-warming, empowering, unique summer camp story, and every time I read it (and I’ve read it upwards of five or six times) I love it even more.

WHERE THINGS COME BACK by John Corey Whaley

5. Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley

Another favorite of mine! This novel is quirky and incredibly unique, but it’s a great summertime read. There are two plot lines with alternating perspectives that seem completely random- the first time I read it I had absolutely no idea how they were connected at all, but then the ending happens and BOOM they intertwine. It’s fantastic! And isn’t the cover gorgeous?!

Jellicoe-Road-by-Melina-Marchetta_thumb6. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

THIS BOOK, PEOPLE. I seriously cannot explain to you how much I love and adore this book. There’s something about it that makes me keep coming back to it year after year after year. I usually reread it in June or early July each year, and I always look forward to returning to Taylor and Jonah Griggs and all of the Townies and Cadets and everyone. If you’ve never read this book, I HIGHLY recommend it!

this is what happy looks like cover7. This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

What happens when the lives of a movie star and a normal girl suddenly- and accidentally!- collide? Find out in this lighthearted and heart-warming story set in a waterside town in Maine. It’s an idyllic summer setting, and the romance is adorable!

honey baby sweetheart cover8. Honey, Baby, Sweetheart by Deb Caletti

I read this book years ago, but it still sticks in my mind as a great summertime read. It’s one of those stories that leaves you feeling all happy and positive. Deb Caletti is an excellent writer of romances, and I don’t know why she’s not more popular! She’s written a bunch of YA novels, so go check them out if you like the YA contemporary/romance genre!

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson cover9. Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Nothing says summer like an epic road trip! The romance between Amy and Roger is sweet and adorable and just written so well. This isn’t a superficial story, either- there’s a lot of meaning in it, which is really refreshing in this particular genre.

the summer i turned pretty cover10. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

 So here’s the deal with this one: it seems like everyone else LOVES this trilogy, but when I read it last summer I just thought it was okay. (To read my full thoughts on it, click here!) But since so many people love it and it really is the perfect summer setting and atmosphere, I thought I would include it in this list anyways. Who knows? Maybe you’ll love it!

I hope this Top Ten Tuesday list has added a bit of warmth to your reading, especially if it’s cold where you live!

What are your favorite summer books? What do you think about the books on my list? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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19 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Summer in March? Why not?

    1. I agree- although I didn’t enjoy it as much, it was a lot more meaningful than I originally thought it would be. My main problem was Belly because I thought her personality was annoying and immature, but that’s just me. Maybe I’ll like Jenny Han’s other book more? Thanks for commenting! 🙂

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  1. Definitely getting excited for summer now! Bye bye cold, frosty days and hello sun, sea and sand! I love light hearted, cute, summery reads now and again. Amy & Roger’s Detour was such a good book and it’s inspired me to stop at a few places mentioned on my US road trip this summer (Yosemite sounds amazing!). We Were Liars was such an amazing book – that twist just shocked me! Jellicoe Road is a book that’s been on my wishlist for a while now, so I really should read it! Great choice this week 🙂

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    1. Jellicoe Road is definitely a must read! It exudes that summertime feeling, encompassing both its freedom and its temporariness. I hope you enjoy it if you decide to pick it up. Thanks for commenting! 🙂

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    1. YES! Thank you, oh my goodness it seemed as thought I was the only one who didn’t absolutely fall in love with this trilogy. I definitely thought she should have chosen the other guy, considering he actually liked her all that time. So frustrating!

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  2. Ah, summer! I truly do love it (but then it feels hot all the time and I seek winter again…). I’ve read The Summer I Turned Pretty and yep, it’s definitely a summer book! 😀

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  3. I LOVE this topic. Summer books are welcome in my reading pile as I watch the snow slowly melt! I know many people thought The Moon and More was only so-so, but I enjoyed it a lot. Sarah Dessen knows her way around romance! John Corey Whaley’s Where Things Come Back has been on my TBR list ever since I read – and adored – Noggin; you just reminded me to put it on hold at the library 🙂 Terrific list!

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    1. Thanks! 🙂 Where Things Come Back is SO good! If you liked Noggin then you’ll probably really like it because it has John Corey Whaley’s same quirky style and personality. If only summer would come sooner!

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  4. Sarah Dessen is like the QUEEN of summer romances (though I think Morgan Matson is going to ber her successor, as summer novels seem to be her thing as well!) I really need to read Paper Towns before the movie is released, but I haven’t had much luck with the other things by John Green I read, so I’m a bit wary (I’m an outlier and wasn’t overly impressed with TFIOS)

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    1. I have to say that TFiOS didn’t overly impress me when I first read it because I had loved his other books so much more prior to that. Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns are better than TFiOS, in my opinion. I hope you enjoy them if you give them a try! 🙂

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