Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 Summer Reads

In the past, I avoided posts like these, recommending books based on seasons. Even more winter themed books, unless it is set during Christmas, I will read in the summer and vice versa.

Thanks to Top 5 Tuesday, I’m going to test my book recommendations skills by suggesting five summer reads. All of these have similar qualities: fast-paced and action-packed. The kind of books to keep you entertained during summer vacation. Or, in our current scenario, a quarantine.


City of Saints and Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson

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Set in Kenya and the Congo, City of Saints and Thieves follows a teenaged thief, Tina, set out to take revenge on the man she believes killed her mother. When she and her gang break into the man’s house, she finds evidence that sends her whole world into a tailspin. This book gets dark, really dark, but the action starts right on the first page. And you can travel to exotic Kenya while stuck at home.


The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

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The Forbidden Wish is a fun desert fantasy romance you can read at the beach or by the pool. It is also a retelling of Aladdin told through the perspective of the genie, a girl. And did I mention there is a badass princess with a squad of equally badass lady assassins? Have I sold you on this book yet?


Daughter of the Pirate King duology by Tricia Levenseller

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If pirates do not equal summer, not much else will. Plus, there are sirens and a fun crew of lady pirates. Throw in a steamy romance and lots of blood and action, the Daughter of the Pirate King duology is great to read over a weekend when you’re stuck inside with the AC.


Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

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Most people associate historical fiction with winter instead of summer. While Code Name Verity is a World War II novel and not exactly what you would call “lighthearted,” it’s the kind of book that sucks you in. Two female pilots and best friends fight to get back to each other after one is lost after a crash and held hostage by the Germans. Besides all the suspense, the ending will make you sad. But you will be sweating so much it won’t matter.


Anything by John Green or James Patterson

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I put these two authors in the same slot on this list for the same reasons. Their books do not have much depth to them, but they are quick, entertaining reads. If your brain cells are fried—like mine after such a crazy semester—these authors have the kind of books you read when you just want to read. Ideal summer books.



What is your favorite summer read?


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