Top 5 Wednesday: My (Not so) Perfect Summer Reads

(first, the title was not a reference to Sophie Kinsella’s new book, it just sort of happened and I realized the potential confusion too late to bother changing it)

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Samantha on ThoughtsonTomes, where your goal is to find 5 books, topics, or general things that fit the theme!  To find the full list of topics, information, and pretty much anything else regarding T5W, head over to the Goodreads Group.

I thought that this week’s theme was perfect, since I was debating doing a very similar post anyways, and it’s always fun to link up with the T5W crew and see what they’re blogging about!! I took a fairly basic approach to deciding which books would be in my top 5 summer reads– I browsed my physical bookshelf, Kindle bookshelf, and then Goodreads (just in case) and wrote down the books which I liked best!

Note that I normally define “summer read” as a light, fluffy book that you would be willing to take to the beach, after I wrote this list I feel the need to revise this working definition to make more sense to what I actually wrote.  All of the books below are ones that I think most teen –> adult females will generally enjoy (or men/anything in between who enjoy romance, family issues, and drama with minimal action sequences).  However, I couldn’t resist putting in books that are not quintessentially “easy” to read.  I take on big issues people, and a couple of my books might make you vaguely sad.  Still, you’ll fly through them because they’re amazing, and so in that respect they’re great books to push you through summer.

The Other Boleyn Girl (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, #9)1. The Other Boleyn Girl, by Philippa Gregory

I know, I know, this book is a tomb so it’s not the best to take with you.  But I recommend getting it on your Kindle or other eReader, because it’s such a fun book to read.  It follows the life of Mary Boleyn, and it’s super romancey and royal and I adore it.  Mary is super relatable in a weird, 1500s type of way, and plus it gives you some pretty decent insight into the time period, especially if you’re like me and know absolutely nothing about anything.  You can read my full review here if you are interested.

Girl Out of Water


2. Girl out of Water, by Laura Silverman

This is probably the most traditional summer read on my entire list.  When I wrote my original review, I actually wrote “a perfect summer read” so clearly it needed to be on this list.  Not only does it take place IN THE SUMMER but it has the cutest relationship you’ll ever see, an incredible family dynamic, and a light, enjoyable style of writing.  It also just came out this month, so you’ll be totally on top of the trend.  and Silverman is an amazing person just based on her Twitter, so it’s worth it to support her. (Read Review)


Not My Daughter3. Not My Daughter, by Barbara Delinsky

When I picked up this book from the library book sale rack last summer, my mom rolled her eyes, sighed, and told me I better not “get any ideas”.  It’s about high school girls who get pregnant all at the same time, and the way they sort of deal with it and all of the drama that follows.  It’s the type of book that although it’s about a sort of serious matter, it still has some light takes to the drama which will keep you happy and wanting more.  I don’t want to say anymore because I’m nervous of spoilers, but I can tell you that it’s worth the read if you’re looking for a light (but not cliche) read.


4. Gone Girl, by Gillian FlynnGone Girl

And this is where I really lose the whole summer read theme.  Gone Girl is a book about a WOMAN who disappears and her husband is accused of murdering her.  It’s told from the guy’s perspective first, then her’s, and I think it’s really neat the way it’s done, and it kept me on the edge of my seat.  For thriller lovers, this is a must read (and even a repeat read) that will guarantee to have the days of summer tick by wayyyyyy faster than you would want them to.  I love Gillian Flynn, and she didn’t disappoint with this book.



Image result for nineteen minutes5. 19 Minutes, by Jodi Picoult

For the final punch in the stomach, I choose a book about a school shooting, because what better time to read it than when you’re not in school, right? but seriously I had to choose it because despite it being thick and about a serious topic, it’s a wonderful, can’t put down read.  Picoult is so so so good at taking on real world problems, and it comes through in this book.  Plus, it has great family relationship and dating relationship drama, which I personally can never get enough of.


So, that’s all for today!! Hopefully you’ve enjoyed some of these nominations and not just rolled your eyes at me.  I’m super excited for summer to start, and this list and thinking back to what I read last summer has me unable to focus in Stats right now, but that’s okay… (I hope)

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What books are on your summer read list? Do you have any books that you read every summer? Have you read any of the books on my list? If so, are they totally terrible choices? Make sure you link your #T5W! 


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29 thoughts on “Top 5 Wednesday: My (Not so) Perfect Summer Reads”

        1. Hey just so you know this type of self promotion is really frowned upon in the blogging community and it won’t get many positive replies or views on your blog.


          1. Hey am sorry to make it look that way but I didn’t expect a follow back or likes I just wanted to know if what I had written was good enough(uk just constructive criticism or feedback). Btw thank you so much for rectification. I will surely keep this in mind. 🙂


  1. Another book to my TBR list (: I love your blog!

    Hi!! My name is Milli and I just started my new blog and wanted to make a few friends! I also have a booktube channel that you might find interesting. There is a giveaway on my blog!

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    1. Hi Milli!!!! Congrats on starting your blog!!!! I’ll head over and check it out, and I’d love to be your friend 🙂 I don’t really watch booktube though…


  2. WELL we have different reading styles. XDD But that’s cool! I can explore more awesome books. 😉 Haha, don’t get any ideas, Joce. 😉 😉 And I heard Girl Out of Water was a good read too! Might have to add that one to my summer TBR. 😛

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  3. I have only read The Other Boleyn Girl but I really love Philippa Gregorys books and I hope you will continue on reading them and about other Queens and Royals. Love the cousin wars series with The White Queen 😀

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    1. Forgot to answer your question haha this summer I will finally try and read The Carrie Diaries, it has been on the bookshelf WAY to long now

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  4. Out of the ones you’ve listed I’ve only read The Other Boleyn Girl and Gone Girl, I do enjoy both books 🙂 Jodi Picoult is an author I’ve been interested in reading but haven’t gotten round to picking up her works, the other books I’m not that familiar with.Great list 🙂

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