Hello woooorld! Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey (but is now hosted by Sam at Thoughts on Tomes) which features a different theme every week. You can visit the Goodreads group for the topics and other information.
The topic for this week is Summer Reads! For me this includes books that are set in summer, books I read during summer, and books that remind me of summer somehow.
This topic is quite ironic because it’s supposed to be summer but it’s raining. The weather here in our country is so weird. Just two days ago, it was very hot outside but yesterday and today the downpour won’t stop. Give me the sun, please!
I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson
Now, I haven’t read this one yet but I’ve read a number of good things about it from other blogs. I chose this because it looks like a great read and the ‘Sun’ in the title reminds me of summer. Also, ❤ the cover!
Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah’s story to tell. The later years are Jude’s. What the twins don’t realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.
Paper Towns by John Green
Paper Towns remind me of summer probably because it is set mostly during the end of the school year. And we all know what comes after the school year — summer vacation! ☀☀☀
Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew…
The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood
Another book I have yet to read, but the title contains two concepts that I like — square root, and summer! I’ve heard the story also involves time travel and some physics so I might give this book a try someday.
Gottie H. Oppenheimer is losing time. Literally. When the fabric of the universe around her seaside town begins to fray, she’s hurtled through wormholes to her past:
To last summer, when her grandfather Grey died. To the afternoon she fell in love with Jason, who wouldn’t even hold her hand at the funeral. To the day her best friend Thomas moved away and left her behind with a scar on her hand and a black hole in her memory.
Although Grey is still gone, Jason and Thomas are back, and Gottie’s past, present, and future are about to collide—and someone’s heart is about to be broken.
Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen
As far as I remember, the story isn’t set in summer but whenever I think of this book, I think of summer. Maybe because of the orange-y cover, or maybe because of the the little sunshine that is Julianna Baker. If you haven’t read this book yet, please please please do so. 🐥🐥🐥
The first time Juli Baker saw Bryce Loski, she flipped. The first time Bryce saw Juli, he ran. That’s pretty much the pattern for these two neighbors until the eighth grade, when, just as Juli is realizing Bryce isn’t as wonderful as she thought, Bryce is starting to see that Juli is pretty amazing. How these two teens manage to see beyond the surface of things and come together makes for a comic and poignant romance.
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
The last book I still haven’t read, too. I don’t even know if it is set in summer but ugh, that cover! The cover picture the very place I want to go whenever I experience the scorching heat of the summer — the beach!
A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
Have you read the books I mentioned? Would you recommend the three I haven’t read yet (I’ll Give You the Sun, The Square Root of Summer, and We Were Liars)? What are the books you associate with summer?
So… that’s it for me this week. Thank you for reading and have a nice day! 🌻