Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s theme is:
June 19: Books to Read By the Pool/At the Beach (This can also serve as your summer TBR)
Since I haven’t got any pool or beach holidays planned for this summer year, my take on this week’s theme is books to read over summer (no matter where you are).
Running With Lions // A queer sports romance about a high school football team who spend their summer at a camp, getting ready for the new season. (And falling in love a tiny bit.)
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue // LGBTQIA+ historical fiction and one of my favourite books of last year. Young aristocrat Monty, his best friend Percy, and his sister Felicity go travelling through Europe for the summer on Monty’s ‘Grand Tour’ before he must settle down and learn to run the family estate. Pirates, highwaymen, and shenanigans ensue.
When Dimple Met Rishi // Cute summer romance between two Indian American teens who go to a tech summer school and try and win the top prize for designing an app.
You Know Me Well // Lovely queer story about friendship and romance during Pride in San Francisco. Super uplifting ending.
Queens of Geek // I’ve not read this yet, but it has such a summer vibe to it. Maybe it’s because it’s set during a convention, and a lot of those happen during summer, or maybe it’s the bright colours of the front cover. Either way, I’m hoping to pick this up as a summer read.
Since You’ve Been Gone // Summer break mystery story about a girl who vanishes just before summer, leaving her best friend with a lot of questions and a to-do list of tasks she’d never normally dare to try.
Wanderlost // This is a summer-adventure-gone-wrong tale, about a girl who’s meant to be leading a tour group through Europe, but gets hopelessly lost when things go wrong. It doesn’t help that she’s begins falling for a guy, while pretending to be her sister.
The Language of Thorns // There’s something about this collection that makes it feel inherently summery. It could be because one of the story is written about the sea, or it could be that because they’re all uplifting fairy tale-type stories with an essence of summer. Either way it’s a good book to read when it’s warm and light.
The Upside of Unrequited // This isn’t set during summer, but there’s something about the diverse, LGBTQIA-positive tone that makes me want to read it then. It’s a sweet, uplifting romance story that brings a smile to my face, and if I was going to re-read it, I’d definitely want to do so in the sun, while sitting outside with a smoothie.
Two Boys Kissing // Cute romance between two boys where they spend their time being soft and getting to know each other? Check. Outdoorsy summery vibes for the warm months? Check.
Which books do you associate with summer? Are there any books that you’ve specifically chosen to read in the coming months because they have summer vibes?