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Top Five Tuesday

Happy Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s TTT is a Summer Reads Freebie.

May 23: Summer Reads Freebie: In preparation for Memorial Day (which is always the unofficial summer kickoff for me), let’s rec some summer/beach reads: books to go in your beach bag, best books set in summer, books with summer-y covers, best beach reads for people who don’t enjoy contemporary/realistic reads, best beach reads for fans of X genre, etc. etc.

Confession – I am not big on summer/beach reads. Why? Well, as a reader I tend to lean towards the fantasy genre, as opposed to contemporary reads. I like fiction that allows me an escape from reality and for me, a snowy winter is far more exotic than a sunny beach (I live in Australia!).

That being said I have read some great books that take place in summer so I have included my top five here:

My Life Next Door

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This is my favourite Americana/summer read. It is so sweet and captures what I imagine it would be like to live in a small, beachy American town.

Hot Milk

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This book was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and is one of the most accessible pieces of literary fiction I have read. The summer is an ever present, sometimes smothering force and the symbology of the ocean and sea creatures (re: Medusa jellyfish) is well used.

Blueback

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A sweet story with a strong ecological message. Not all of this book was set in summer, but most of this story takes place near or in the sea.

Bright Young Things

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The events of this book are described as taking place over “one hot summer” so I thought I should include it. The writing is addictive and full of roaring twenties glamour.

What I Thought Was True

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I haven’t actually read this one, but I love Huntley Fitzpatrick’s writing style so I am looking forward to trying it. It is set in summer and looks like a sweet, beachy read.

What are your favourite summer reads?

Thanks for stopping by!

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6 thoughts on “Top Five Tuesday

  1. I have a friend in New Zealand and she was complaining about how chilly it was the other day and I’m here in the desert southwest of the US and am sweltering. I thought it was kind of amusing. If you haven’t read it, try Terry Brooks’ Magic Kingdom for Sale. It’s both fantasy and light-hearted.

    Here is my Top Ten Tuesday

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