Top Five Wednesday: Summer Reads

WHAT TIME IS IT? Summer time! Okay well…not yet, but you wouldn’t know it judging by bookstores. Barnes & Noble and other retailers are stocking up on their summer reads. So I thought I would take part in this week’s Top Five Wednesday prompt: Summer Reads. Now, some of the books I listed aren’t necessarily books that take place in the summer. In fact, quite a few have no trace of summer or summer vacation in them at all, but for me, they strongly remind me of the hottest season. So kick back, soak up some rays and enjoy this week’s post.

The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

Growing up in the early 2000’s was quite a magical time in my life. I had the privilege of being the first generation to experience the Harry Potter novels. This of course meant that I spent my summers devouring the latest novel in the series. Even though summer vacation only plays a minor part in the series, Harry Potter is still, to me, a summer book. I remember getting the books the day they came out and spending all day on my porch reading them. Every summer I try re-reading the books to capture that moment again, but nothing beats the first time I ever cracked the spine of those books.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Though To Kill a Mockingbird deals with some heavy topics like racism and segregation, I still classify it as a summer read. It’s THE book I re-read every summer. There is just something so relatable about Lee’s writing, something so breezy and southern in her prose. It makes me feel comfortable and relaxed. I love sitting on my porch when there’s a nice breeze and read about Scout and Jem leaving gifts for Boo Radley in the tree. I have yet to read Go Set a Watchman, but I’m hoping it’s a book I can add to my summer list.

The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan

Like Harry Potter, The Heroes of Olympus series is another one I devoured over the summer. Riordan’s books are so lighthearted and fun that it’s hard not to get swept up in the adventure. Sometimes, you need a levity and Riordan’s novels have it in spades.

Ready Player One by Ernest Kline

I first read this Willy Wonka meets the Matrix novel two summers ago. It’s such a fun and imaginative book that it’s hard to associate it with any season other than the summer. Sure, it’s a novel about the addicting power of the Internet and how we, as humans, are losing our grip on reality, but it’s so darn fun that it’s easy to forget that the book is trying to make a political statement.

Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella

Baseball and summer go together like macaroni and cheese. You can’t have one without the other. My favorite baseball novel, Shoeless Joe is the perfect mix of baseball, fantasy, nostaliga and adventure. I think it would be hard to enjoy it in any season other than summer. There’s just something so magical about reading the novel when the sun is shining bright and the gates of ballparks are stretched opening, welcoming us home with open arms.

Well that’s it for this week’s Top Five Wednesday! Make sure to like, comment and follow if you haven’t already.

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