Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Bionic Bookworm! If you’re interested in participating, check out her wonderful blog to get the details and the prompts for each week!
Today’s Top 5 Tuesday prompt is Summer Reads! When I saw this prompt, three books immediately popped into my head, and I noticed that these books all had something in common: they feature things that shouldn’t happen in Summer 2020. Sticking with this inadvertent subtheme, I found two more summery books that feature things that unfortunately won’t be happening this summer.
Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch: This is the first book that I thought of when I saw this prompt. Love & Gelato is about a girl who moves to Italy for the summer to meet and stay with her father that she didn’t know existed. Every time I read this book, it makes me want to hop on a plane and travel to Italy. The descriptions of all the places the main character visits, and the food she eats, are amazing, and it gives me serious wanderlust. Unfortunately, there won’t be any international travel this summer, so everyone will have to travel through the pages of books.
Geekerella by Ashley Poston: Geekerella is one of my favourite books, and the story revolves around Elle wanting to enter and win the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball. I’ve never been to a con, but for some reason, they make me think of summer. This book also features a cute romance, which makes it perfect for summer. Unfortunately, it looks like there aren’t going to be any cons this summer, but some of them are turning into virtual events, which is exciting because it gives more people the chance to join in on the fun.
Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan: The cover of this book just screams summer to me. Carnivals are such a summer staple, and there’s just something special about seeing all the rides, the food, the games, and the people all having a good time. Hot Dog Girl takes place at a carnival, and the main character’s job is to dress up as a Hot Dog. I read this book last summer, and it brought me back to going to the carnival in high school. Since it looks like most carnivals are going to be cancelled this year, Hot Dog Girl might be able to fill the void for people who are missing them.
The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory: For some people, baseball is what summer is all about. The main characters meet each other at a baseball game in this book when Carlos saves Nik from an unwanted jumbotron proposal. This book is cute, and it’s full of summery things like food trucks and baseball games (well just the one). This was the first Jasmine Guillory book I read, and I thought it was a lot of fun, and it’s perfect for summer reading. The jumbotron proposal is also perfect for anyone who has desperately wanted to see someone say no to one.
Well Met by Jen DeLuca: I haven’t read this one yet, but it’s near the top of my summer TBR. It takes place at a Renaissance Faire, which just screams summer to me. The romance in this book also sounds cute, and summer is the perfect time to read all the cute romances. It’s also a fitting way to wrap-up my list since it looks like there won’t be any Renaissance Faires this summer.
How about you? What kind of books do you like to read in the summer?
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It is sad that a lot of normal summer events arent going to happen this year. I live in Rochester and we have the Lilac Festival which is in may. It kicks off the start of summer and it’s kinda depressing that it got cancelled among so many other things.
It’s so sad, it’s going to be a weird summer without the usual festivals and activities
It is for sure.. my mom works on a covid unit tho and last night she came home so sad because so many of her patients are dying and so while I really am going to miss all the festivals and stuff talking to my mom last night really drove home why we’re doing this. I just hope the world can return to normal sooner rather than later!
Bwahahaha yes the subtheme is indeed appealing as we are deprived of all of this!
It wasn’t even intentional! 😂
Love & Gelato is so great!
It’s one of my favourites!
This is such a great theme! I tend to read fluffy contemporaries in the summer, but to be honest I tend to read those in every season! In fact, I believe I read a few of the books that you mentioned on this very list in spring/summertime!
I also read them all year round! Sometimes you need fluff!
Love and Gelato is the quintessential summer book in my mind. I just bought Geekerella and am happy to see it’s on the list! Lovely post 😉
I agree! Everything about it just screams summer! I hope you enjoy Geekerella 💜