So, this is my first time participating in #5OnMyTBR. The theme is picking the five most summery reads on my TBR, which was fun to pick out because summer could mean different things for different people. I ended up selecting a pretty good diversity of books, although leaning a bit towards contemporary. In general though, books that are either light and fluffy or quick and entertaining fit the summer theme for me. I will be ranking the books in the list from most summery to least summery.
1) Second Chance Summer // Morgan Matson
Second Chance Summer is definitely the most summery book on my shelf, as evident by the cover and the title. It follows a girl who returns to the summer house she hasn’t visited in a while, and seems like a great coming-of-age story set by the beach. It screams summer to me.
2) We All Looked Up // Tommy Wallach
We All Looked Up reminds me a bit of No Safety in Numbers, which is the first book in a trilogy I binged while on a summer vacation a year ago. That might be part of the reason I view this as a summery read, but the cover and synopsis give me a summer feeling as well. Watching the night sky is definitely a summer thing for me, and the themes of carpe diem in the novel’s description remind me of summer freedom.
3) The President Is Missing // James Patterson and Bill Clinton
Other than contemporary, thrillers jump out as a summer read for me, mainly because they are addicting as a beach read. In fact, one of the critic blurbs for The President is Missing stated that it is a top-tier beach read. This just sounds like a really fascinating political thriller that I’m not going to want to put down.
4) Dive Smack // Demetra Brodsky
We Were Liars is the ultimate beach-read in my opinion, and Dive Smack gives off similar vibes to that book for me. Although I do not think the book is set during summer or in a beach location, it sounds like a short, gripping thriller that would be a one-sitting type of read.
5) Four Dead Queens // Astrid Scholte
Fantasy isn’t exactly a summery genre for me, but Four Dead Queens combines fantasy with a mystery/thriller element that gives me binge-beach book vibes. Also, this is a standalone, so it’s a story you can read in one sitting on vacation, outside, etc.