As a teacher, summertime is a reading mecca for me. I always have a giant stack of books that I want to get through in those few short months. Because I’m from Texas, I want some light summer reads that’ll help me survive the heat. I don’t normally read heavy books with large page counts…but sometimes I do just because I have the free time.
I’ve come up with a list of 5 books that I think would be cool for the summer. I’ve got a variety – some light and easy, others thoughtful and a little deeper.
Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories by Stephanie Perkins and others
I’m so excited for this book! I really enjoyed the previous anthology that Stephanie Perkins put together with her best writer friends. [Read my review for that HERE!] This collection of summertime stories has some different author than the holiday set, including Libba Bray, Leigh Bardugo, and Cassandra Clare. I preordered it…that’s how excited I am. It’s sitting on my kitchen table, awaiting the end of school. I really love anthologies like this, except for when I find a story that I love and it ends…there’s always a couple that I want to see as full length novels!
Anything by Sarah Dessen
I’ve only read a few of Dessen’s books, but I’ve decided that this will be my Summer with Sarah. Can I get a hashhtaggg? A friend of mine told me that her books aren’t sequels or even companion novels, really, but you do see familiar characters pop up every once in a while. I know that if I spread these books out over a year or longer, I won’t notice those little Easter eggs, so I’m going to just marathon them all! Her books always deal with very real issues and situations, but they aren’t terribly heavy or dense. They’re always entertaining and have funny moments. Plus, Dessen really knows how to write a hunky dude. Starting this weekend, I’ll be reviewing Sarah’s books every Sunday!
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
This is a book that takes place mostly during the summertime months. The two main characters in this story are boys, so this book pick is different from the others I’ve listed. The story happens in El Paso, Texas, and when the main character mentioned Chico’s Tacos, I died a little. Heaven. #Memories Anyway, this is a story of self-discovery, friendship, and family. It’s not a light, fluffy read, but it’s one that’ll stay with you. Great for summer!
Anne of Green Gables series by L. M. Montgomery
I always think of fields and summertime and friendship when I think about ol’ Anne and her adventures. I love these books. I think they’re so funny and full of heart, taking me back to a simpler time. These aren’t exactly beachy romance books, but they’re lighthearted and memorable. I’m a fan!
A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall
This book doesn’t take place during summer; it happens at a university. But it’s so different from anything else I’d read before and I swallowed it up. This is a book about writing and words…and there are a few strange narrators. We see the perspective of a bench. And the perspective of a squirrel. Need I say more?
What books would you recommend for the summertime? Let me know in the comments!
Happy reading! – Caitlyn