Top 5 Books Set in Summer

This Top 5 Wednesday series is inspired by the weekly meme on Goodreads which you can find here. I no longer follow the topics and instead use my own.

Hi lovelies! It’s definitely summer here in England and is actually warm for a change 🙂 It’s made me think about books I relate to the summertime and books I would love to be re-reading if I wasn’t in the middle of my TBR for YALC!

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The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, messy, affectionate. And every day from her rooftop perch, Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs up next to her and changes everything.
As the two fall fiercely for each other, stumbling through the awkwardness and awesomeness of first love, Jase’s family embraces Samantha – even as she keeps him a secret from her own. Then something unthinkable happens, and the bottom drops out of Samantha’s world. She’s suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?

I absolutely loved this book, and it was so unexpected because when I picked it up only last year I thought I wasn’t bothered by contemporary anymore. Turns out I was wrong!

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Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it.
Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.
But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them?
Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated.
Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited.
But what if they can’t quite nail a first date . . . or a second first date . . . or a third?
What if Arthur tries too hard to make it work . . . and Ben doesn’t try hard enough?
What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play?
But what if it is?

Another more recent contemporary I’ve really enjoyed, along with any of Adam’s or Becky’s books.

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Amy Curry is having a terrible year. Her mother is moving all the way across the country and needs Amy to drive their car from California to the East Coast. But since the death of her father, Amy hasn’t been able to get behind the wheel of a car. Enter Roger, the son of an old family friend, who turns out to be unexpectedly cute.

Originally I wanted to discuss summery covers, and this was the first one to come to mind. If I didn’t have such a long TBR this would be my first re-read for sure.

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Last summer, Gottie’s life fell apart. Her beloved grandfather Grey died and Jason left her – the boy to whom she lost her virginity (and her heart) – and he wouldn’t even hold her hand at the funeral! This summer, still reeling from twin heartbreaks, Gottie is lost and alone and burying herself in equations. Until, after five years absence, Thomas comes home: former boy next door. Former best friend. Former everything. And as life turns upside down again she starts to experience strange blips in time – back to last summer, back to what she should have seen then…
During one long, hazy summer, Gottie navigates grief, world-stopping kisses and rips in the space-time continuum, as she tries to reconcile her first heartbreak with her last.

The Square Root of Summer is such an underhyped one for summer! I distinctly remember reading this in the late summer sunshine a few years ago and really enjoying it.

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Jonah never thought a girl like Vivi would come along.
Vivi didn’t know Jonah would light up her world.
Neither of them expected a summer like this…a summer that would rewrite their futures.
In an unflinching story about new love, old wounds, and forces beyond our control, two teens find that when you collide with the right person at just the right time, it will change you forever.

This is another book I relate to a memory – as I read it on holiday and I remember the gorgeous sunny weather. It’s the perfect holiday read with more depth!

What do you like reading in summer?

-Beth

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Beautiful Quotes #126 / With Malice

Beautiful Quotes is a weekly meme hosted by me, where I post some of my favourite quotes. Any other bloggers are welcome to join me in this and just link my blog!

Hello lovelies! All being well, I should be sunning myself in Greece right now. I’ve set up posts to queue this week, but I’ll hopefully still be online some of the time!

I thought I’d go with something summery with a twist for today’s Beautiful Quotes. How about a mystery set in gorgeous Italy?

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“we can still be good people, even if we don’t say or do good things all the time.” 
― Eileen Cook, With Malice

-Beth

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Beautiful Quotes #125 / How To Be Bad

Beautiful Quotes is a weekly meme hosted by me, where I post some of my favourite quotes. Any other bloggers are welcome to join me in this and just link my blog!

Hi all! I’m back with another summery read today. I guess summer must be on my mind at the moment! The weather is definitely getting warmer in the UK, although April showers turned out to be abundant this year for us. I must also be thinking about summer because I go to Greece later this week! I’m super excited because it’s a new destination for both myself and my boyfriend and it looks so beautiful.

I’m gathering up books to take with me and I was thinking about summer road trip books! Here’s one I really enjoyed (and is also the book that made me want to visit the Epcot centre).

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“You better live this life of yours while you can—real living, the kind where you get a little dirt on your halo—’cause, babe, not one of us knows how long we got.” 
― E. Lockhart, How to Be Bad

-Beth

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Beautiful Quotes #124 / One Italian Summer

Beautiful Quotes is a weekly meme hosted by me, where I post some of my favourite quotes. Any other bloggers are welcome to join me in this and just link my blog!

Hello all! I know I usually do a little bit of a personal update with these posts but today we have a mega one. I know I’ve been a bit off the radar and on-and-off on the blog and social media recently but I’ve had very good reason too! I know I’ve been mentioning this for a while so today is the day I spill my big news…I moved house! My boyfriend and I have been in a small flat for the past year and we recently moved into a bigger place. So of course it’s been an extremely busy couple of weeks jam-packed with shifting boxes and sorting.

One of the many upsides of this is I’m able to have my bookshelves in our guest room! I’ve organised my books in a different way to how I used to have them (hence the ‘my shelves‘ page needs a MAJOR overhaul. And might have to go offline for a bit), but I’m so in love with them.

We now have a cute little garden, and our main focus this weekend has been sorting that out. It’s been a beautiful, summery weekend and I thought I’d reflect that with a summery book, so today we have a quote from One Italian Summer by Keris Stainton.

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‘You’re eighteen. You have to start living your own life. That doesn’t mean we won’t be a family it doesn’t mean we’re not going to be okay.’
Keris Stainton, One Italian Summer

-Beth

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Let’s Discuss! Vacation Reads

What defines a vacation read? For me, the perfect holiday book is fun, lighthearted and easy to read. Contemporaries are the best for long summer days on the beach, and today I’m sharing some of my ideal vacation reads with you.

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Classic movie fan Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online as Alex. Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush.
Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new archnemesis. But life is a whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever it is she’s starting to feel for Porter.
And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex…Approximately.

I love Jenn Bennett’s books, and what could be more holiday-ready than a book set on the California coast?

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Taylor Edwards family might not be that close – everyone is a little too busy and overscheduled, but for the most part, they get along just fine. Then Taylor’s dad gets some devastating news, and her parents decide that the family will spend one last summer together at their old lake house in the Pocono Mountains.

Matson might just be my favourite contemporary author, and I’d recommend any one of her books for vacation.

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The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, messy, affectionate. And every day from her rooftop perch, Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs up next to her and changes everything.
As the two fall fiercely for each other, stumbling through the awkwardness and awesomeness of first love, Jase’s family embraces Samantha – even as she keeps him a secret from her own. Then something unthinkable happens, and the bottom drops out of Samantha’s world. She’s suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?

This one is one I read more recently, and a contemporary I absolutely loved. If you’re looking for lighthearted with a twist, look no further.

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Jesse, Vicks and Mel couldn’t be more different. Jesse, a righteous Southern gal who’s as thoughtful as she is uptight, is keeping a secret that she knows will change her life forever. Vicks is a wild child: seemingly cool, calm and collected on the outside, but inside she’s furious at herself for being so anxious about her neglectful boyfriend. And Mel is the new girl in town. She’s already been dismissed as just another rich kid, but all she wants is to get over some of her fears and find some true friends. 
But for all their differences, the girls discover they’ve got one thing in common – they’re desperate to escape. Desperate to get the heck out of Niceville and discover their true ‘badass’ selves! Even if it’s just for the weekend … One ‘borrowed’ car later, it’s time to hit the road and head for Miami. Hearts will be broken, friendships will be tested, and a ridiculously hot stranger could change the course of everything.

This one is definitely due a re-read but I adored this book! It’s the book that started my dream of going to Epcot which I’m still wishing and dreaming about.

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Sophia has spent her life ping-ponging between different countries and schools, so, in theory, saying goodbye should be easy. But now she’s leaving Tokyo – the place that finally felt like home. The only way she can get through this is to make her final week perfect. Then Jamie Foster-Collins shows up, just in time to ruin everything. Jamie and Sophia used to be friends . . . and his return stirs up feelings she thought she’d forgotten. Suddenly, hours and minutes become meaningless. Only time spent together, exploring the hidden streets of the city they love, is real.

I’m pretty sure I read this while I was on vacation in Madeira last year, and it was just perfect.

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It’s been a year since Milly, Elyse and Leonie’s dad died, and a year since their last trip to Rome. Summer’s here again, and once again they are heading with their mum to Italy – but what’s it going to be like going without Dad? Rome still holds its familiar charms – the sun is still as warm, the gelato as delicious, the people as welcoming. But nothing is quite as it once was … 
With grief still raw for all of them, Milly is facing the additional awfulness of having to see Luke again – gorgeous, gorgeous Luke, who she had a fling with last year, and who she made a total fool of herself with – or so she thinks. What’s going to happen this time? What’s more, things between Milly, her sisters and their mum are rocky – Leonie is being tempestuous and unpredictable, Elyse is caught up with her new boyfriend, and Milly feels like she just doesn’t know how she fits in any more. 

And lastly I couldn’t do this list without mentioning this great read! It really made me feel like I was in Italy, which I loved.

Which books do you love reading on vacation?

-Beth

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Beautiful Quotes #86 / Summer Days and Summer Nights

Beautiful Quotes is a weekly meme hosted by me, where I post some of my favourite quotes. Any other bloggers are welcome to join me in this and just link my blog!

Before I start I just to say I’m really excited at the moment as this blog is undergoing some changes! I’ve had ideas for a remodel for a while now, and with the help of my friend Courtney I’ve finally managed to get them underway. I’m loving the new look, but I’m not done yet so keep an eye out for more to come 🙂

On to today’s beautiful quote, and I’ve gone for a summer-themed book. It’s still very warm here in the UK and I thought I’d reflect that by going for Summer Days and Summer Nights. This book is a beautiful collection of short stories by different authors, and I’d definitely recommend it for a good summer read!

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“Probably falling in love is always a little like that: You discover that one other person who understands what no one else seems to, which is that the world is broken and can never, ever be fixed. You can stop pretending, at least for a little while. You can both admit it, if only to each other.”

This quote is from the last story of this collection, The Map of Tiny Perfect Things by Lev Grossman.

-Beth

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T5W: Summer Reads

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Lainey. You get a new topic every Wednesday, and you list your Top 5 books related to that topic. If you’d like to take part, join the Goodreads group, and add your name to the list of bloggers & booktubers!

Welcome to another T5W! I was so busy last week I unfortunately missed the topic, which was summer reads. And seeing as I couldn’t find enough books for the actual topic (bookish dads for Father’s Day), I thought I’d use last weeks topic!

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It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list.
On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try. But what if they could bring her best friend back?
Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough.
Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not?
Kiss a stranger? Um…
Emily now has this unexpected summer, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected), to check things off Sloane’s list. Who knows what she’ll find?
Go skinny-dipping? Wait…what?
 

I had to include a Morgan Matson books because all of her books are just so perfect for summer!

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Axi Moore is a “good girl”. When Axi invites her best friend, Robinson–with whom she’s secretly in love–to come with her on a cross-country road trip, she’s finally breaking all the rules. But they soon find that, however far they run, they can’t escape the heartbreaking troubles that brought them together in the first place.
In this madcap adventure full of love and loss, Axi realizes that her romance with Robinson might not have the happy ending she was hoping for….

Who doesn’t love a good road trip? And this one is definitely perfect for fans of Morgan Matson and Amy and Roger’s Epic Road Trip.

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Classic movie fan Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online as Alex. Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush.
Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new archnemesis. But life is a whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever it is she’s starting to feel for Porter.
And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex…Approximately.
 

Alex, Approximately is such a great read for the summer! It’s literally set in summer in California. What could be more perfect?

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Sophia has seven days left in Tokyo before she moves back to the States. Seven days to say good-bye to the electric city, her wild best friend, and the boy she’s harbored a semi-secret crush on for years. Seven perfect days…until Jamie Foster-Collins moves back to Japan and ruins everything.
Jamie and Sophia have a history of heartbreak, and the last thing Sophia wants is for him to steal her leaving thunder with his stupid arriving thunder. Yet as the week counts down, the relationships she thought were stable begin to explode around her. And Jamie is the one who helps her pick up the pieces. Sophia is forced to admit she may have misjudged Jamie, but can their seven short days of Tokyo adventures end in anything but good-bye?
 

And talking of different settings, how about Tokyo? I love that this book is set in Japan!

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Jandy Nelson meets Friday Night Lights: a sweeping story about love and family from an exceptional new voice in YA. With a grandmother from China and another from Ghana, fifteen-year-old Wing Jones is often caught between worlds. But when tragedy strikes, Wing discovers a talent for running she never knew she had. Wing’s speed could bring her family everything it needs. It could also stop Wing getting the one thing she wants.

Ahhh, this book! I read this book last summer and it is definitely one of the most underhyped books I’ve read in the past year.

Which summer reads do you recommend?

-Beth

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