Top 5 Wednesday: Summer Reads

Greetings Fellow Book Dragons!

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme within the book community that was created by Lainey of GingerReadsLainey, but is now hosted by Sam of Thoughts on Tomes.  If you’re interested in participating, find out more on the Goodreads group.

This week’s topic is Favorite Summer Reads!  The weather is heating up, so let’s chat about the books that remind you of summer and/or are your quintessential summer reads!

So in no particular order, here are my selections:

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour

While I have some problems with this book, the road trip aspect coupled with the playlists just screamed summer! Told in traditional narrative, there are also scraps along the trip that work to enhance the story as well. This is the quintessential young adult contemporary book.

Following Amy’s father’s sudden death, Amy’s mother has decided to relocate family from California to Connecticut and just in time for Amy’s senior year. Accompanying Amy on this cross country trip is Roger, the son of an old friend of Amy’s mother. She hasn’t seen him in years and is less than thrilled to be driving around with him. Slowly, but surely, she develops a crush on him and begins to come to terms with her father’s death. 

The Ruins

This is summer gone wrong!  And it’s a great book to pick up if you want to dip your toes into the horror genre, but aren’t looking to be totally freaked out. 

Trapped in the Mexican jungle, a group of friends stumble upon a creeping horror unlike anything they could ever imagine. Two young couples are on a lazy Mexican vacation–sun-drenched days, drunken nights, making friends with fellow tourists. When the brother of one of those friends disappears, they decide to venture into the jungle to look for him. What started out as a fun day-trip slowly spirals into a nightmare when they find an ancient ruins site . . . and the terrifying presence that lurks there.

The Martian

This one for me is a great summer read because of its fast paced action and adventure. I could not put this book down!  

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. 

Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first. 

But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

Summer is a great time to read contemporary and this is such an adorable series that screams summer even though it doesn’t take place during that time. This series is so adorable for not only the romance side of it, but also the family dynamics presented within the families. The final book was just recently released, so now is the perfect time for binge reading!

What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them…all at once?

Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control. 

The Da Vinci Code

I love this one for it’s fast paced adventure. Plus all the places you get to visit while running around with Professor Langdon is reminiscent to me of summer vacations spent traveling to historic sites with family.

And given that used bookstores receive a plethora of this book every year, you’re sure to find a good copy for relatively cheap!

So those are my favorite summer reads, what are some of yours? Let me know in the comments, so I can add to my summer reading TBR!


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