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Top 5 Wednesday: Summer Reads

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam. 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!

I’m so excited by this week’s topic because it really takes me back to my childhood. Back in those blissful days before adult responsibility, summer was a time for me to lounge about the house or by the pool with my nose buried in a book. For weeks on end, pretty much all I did was read one book after another. Unfortunately, thanks to working and writing, I’m not able to do that this summer, but a girl can dream, can’t she? Here are five books that either take place in summer or make me have that dreamy summer feeling, that I think you will enjoy.

Along for the Ride
Sarah Dessen


This is Auden’s last real summer, the summer before her senior year, and she chooses to spend it with her father and his new family, the one he started building after he left her mother. There’s Heidi, Auden’s new young-enough-to-be-her-sister stepmother, and Thisbe, the screaming colicky half-sister Auden doesn’t quite remember asking for. And her father, always absent, even when he’s home.

Auden roams the streets of Colby when her insomnia strikes, and through this connects with Eli, another loner who just can’t sleep at night. Together they whittle away at the long list of things Auden hasn’t done, helping her enjoy the freedom and spontaneity of being a teenager while she still can.

This book really resonated with me because I don’t feel like I really experienced a typical teenaged existence. My anxiety, undiagnosed at the time, often kept me withdrawn from people my age, so I spent a lot of my time alone. It was nice to live vicariously through Auden as she learned how to have a good time, and the romance is just entirely too sweet. That, and the fact that it takes place in a town by the ocean, makes this book the perfect read for summer!

My Review

Quenby Olson


Seventeen-year-old Olivia Davies leaves her home in the US to spend the summer with her father in London after learning he will soon be remarrying. She’s shocked to find out that Emmy Balfour, her sweet bubbly stepmother-to-be, is only a few years older than she is. To make matters even more complicated, Emmy’s disapproving brother Ian seems to be judging every move Olivia’s father makes. We follow Olivia through every twist and turn the summer brings her, including wedding planners, the aristocracy, and the cruelty of bridesmaid’s dresses, all while she tries to come to terms with how much her life is changing.

This book is great for the summer. It’s whimsical, it’s fun, and it takes place in London, not to mention the glorious hat tips to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. If you’re looking for a quick, funny, romantic escape from reality this summer, Knotted is a great choice.

My Review

In Another Life
Julie Christine Johnson


After the unexpected death of her husband, historian Lia Carrer relocates to southern France, determined to rebuild her life and restore her soul. Instead, she finds herself thrown in the middle of a centuries-old web of betrayal and deceit, and strangely falling in love with Raoul, a man who shouldn’t even exist. Could the Cathars, a group of medieval heretics Lia has spent so much time studying, have been right about reincarnation?

This is a great summer read, even though most of it takes place in the dead of winter. Time travel (kind of), age-old murders, love that travels across the space of time–this book is perfect for an escape, and is guaranteed to give you that warm, pleasant, summer reading feel.

My Review

The Truth About Forever
Sarah Dessen


When her boyfriend Jason leaves for Brain Camp, Macy knows her summer is going to be long, hot, and uneventful. In his absence, she’s inherited his boring job at the library, where she spends her days flanked by snobby know-it-all girls who wonder–sometimes aloud–what exactly Jason sees in her. She spends her nights studying for the SATs, going to an early yoga class, and avoiding discussion of her father’s death at all costs. But then, she stumbles into a job with Wish, a catering crew made up of unapologetically broken, chaotic people. And then her sister Caroline decides to renovate the family’s neglected beach house, which has lain unused and unvisited since their father passed away. And then, there’s Wes. Quiet, hot, truth-telling Wes.

For much the same reasons I recommend Along for the RideThe Truth About Forever is an excellent summer read. Not only does it take place during the summer, which is an added bonus, it really takes me back to my own sheltered, anxiety-riddled teenage years and helps me imagine what things could have been like. This is a quick read you won’t want to put down.

I hope you enjoyed this week’s T5W! I’ll see you next time.



Olivia Ard is the author of women's fiction trilogy The Bennett Series and Readers' Favorite 5-Star recipient 'Tis the Season. She is pursuing a second degree in sociology. She and her husband JD live in Central Alabama, where they await their miracle baby's arrival this November with joyful expectation.

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