Top 5 Wednesdays – Summer Reads

Hi everyone and welcome to Top 5 Wednesdays! Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted on a Goodreads group. If any of you would like to join, I’ve included the link here.

Today’s topic is Summer Reads i.e. books that remind me of summer and that get me through the holidays! Here we go –


THE BOOK THIEF BY MARKUS ZUSAK

The Book Thief is a perfect summer read for me because the characters in it are children. Liesel and Rudy have the imagination and outlook on world that is childlike and beautiful and despite the World War setting, makes it a great summer read.

It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .

Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.

This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.


WE WERE LIARS BY E LOCKHART

I think this book reminds me of summers primarily because the Sinclairs spent their summers in the family mansion where this story is narrated. What gives it even more of a summer feel is the mention of homemade icecreams, beaches and holidays.

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.


PERCY JACKSON AND THE LIGHTNING THIEF BY RICK RIORDAN

This book is on my summer reads because it is one of those comfortable and laid-back books that just help you relax. It also has a very summer-y feel to it because the demigods usually go to Camp Half-Blood in the summers.

Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse—Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena—Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.


ELEANOR AND PARK BY RAINBOW ROWELL

 

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Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.

Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.

Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.


PAPER TOWNS BY JOHN GREEN

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Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew…


And that’s all for today! Hope you have a great day!

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10 comments

  1. I definitely agree with Paper Towns (because it also made my T5W list XD) – I love a good road trip story and they’re especially fun to read in summer! And Eleanor & Park is so easy to binge-read, I can see why you’ve put it on your list! Great choices 😀

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