Top Ten Tuesday: Books that Remind Us of Summer


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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. The feature was created because The Broke and Bookish are particularly fond of lists (as are we!). Each week a new Top Ten list topic is given and bloggers can participate.

 Today’s Topic: Top Ten Books that Remind Us of Summer

Okay, we admit it. We cheated. Today’s topic is supposed to be about books that are great beach reads. We don’t like the stigma of beach reads, and we will take any ol’ book to the beach (heavy or not). Instead, we are highlighting books that remind us of summer!


1. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

summer i turned pretty

This was a given. When I think about summer, I immediately think about this book.

2. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

truth about forever

Every Sarah Dessen book reminds me of summer. In fact, Sarah Dessen (as a person) reminds me of summer! She is very warm and kind.

3. Just One Day by Gayle Forman

just one day

This post-graduation trip to Europe captured my heart. I highly recommend it if you missed it!

4. North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley

north of beautiful

Based on the cover, I thought this was going to be a shallow, teen love story. It was much deeper than that and had themes of beauty, emotional abuse, identity and empowerment.

5. Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Amy and Roger's Epic Detour

This book was always popular in my classroom. I loved going on the road trip with Amy and Roger.


1. Death by Bikini by Linda Gerber

death by bikini

Not exactly a cheery book, but it is the first book I thought of when I read this topic (along with #2 which is also not a cheery book).  It does take place at a beautiful resort.

2. Party Summer by R.L. Stine

party summer

See, also not cheery, but definitely took place on a beach. Maybe this book is secretly why I am not a huge fan of beaches.

3. Baby-sitters’ Summer Vacation by Ann M. Martin

summer vacation

I emulated the BSC girls and this one was no different. I wanted to go to camp with my best friends and have all the fun they did.

4. Penguin on Vacation by Salina Yoon


I love Penguin and Crab! This book is not only a celebration of the beach (in a way), but of odd friendship and being okay with your home.

5. Cody and the Fountain of Happiness by Tricia Springstubb


This is a summer book if there ever was one! Cody is not going to waste a second of her summer vacation!

Which books remind you of summer?

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1 thought on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books that Remind Us of Summer”

  1. I loved Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour (probably because I love road trips!) and especially liked their playlists. And Justina Chen Headley is a great author – I keep meaning to read North of Beautiful but haven’t gotten to it.

    I read 20 Boy Summer years ago and enjoyed that – like you said with Headley’s book, I expected it to be shallow but it wasn’t.

    Great lists!


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