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Bookish: Top 5 Tuesday – Summer Time Reads

Top 5 Tuesday.jpgThis week Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm has asked us to get all ‘seasonal’ and provide our Top 5 Summer Time Reads.

Now I’m going to be a wee bit naughty and instead of choosing 5 books that I’ve read in summer/ remind me of summer/ are set during summer etc. I’m going to select the top 5 books that I aim to actually try and read this summer.

Ha. Because I do so well with my reading goals.

The reason that I’m tackling this subject slightly differently is because I’ve already done a Top 5 Summer Reads here where I went the route of selecting books that remind me of summer either because of the book content or that’s the season when I read them.

Now, usually what I would do is provide my 5 selections and explain underneath each one why it’s on the list but I’m going to do things differently this time around.

Why? Because I have a goal.

Some background first!

I don’t like summer.

It’s not my favourite of seasons because I get too hot, get sunburned, get dehydrated and everyone on our crappy public transport system is grumpy because of those exact same reasons. They also tend to have a wee whiff of B.O which only serves to make me grumpy.

For summer I probably should be reading books that involve punting on the river or something but it’s usually during the summer months that I want to read books about rain or snow.

I’m not miserable I swear it. I just happen to love, love, love, love, love autumn, winter and spring.

I feel that in summer all the books are about holidays and being outdoors and hot steaming temperatures and frankly I have enough of those when I’m kicking off the sheets trying to sleep.

I said I’m not miserable didn’t I? I’m aware I’m coming across like an anti-summer grumpus.

As mentioned, what I’ve decided to do instead is select 5 books that I aim to read this summer (June, July, August) as part of a ‘Mini Magic Challenge’ that I’ve created for myself.

Magic and witches and all things magical realism are not just for those cool autumnal evenings. Oh no. Magic is for life, not just for Christmas.

My Top 5 Summer Time Reads on this list include books featuring magic or witches or witchcraft of some kind. One of them even has ‘winter’ in the title because I am a contrary madam.

I have these books on my TBR anyway and I figured if I set myself a challenge I may actually read them!

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the girl who chased the moon




the thinking woman's guide to real magic






spinning silver







What are you summer reads? Are they a little less ‘winter’ and ‘witchcraft’ and more seasonally appropriate?

Have you read any of the above?

Do you spend the entirety of your summer jumping from shadow to shadow like some medieval vampire forced to socialise outside?

Come tell me about it!


17 thoughts on “Bookish: Top 5 Tuesday – Summer Time Reads

    1. Hahaha! Oh yes, that’s a game changer for sure! I think if I didn’t get the train I would like it a lot more but I have to walk in the heat and get on a carriage with people who have also walked in the heat. I shudder just thinking about it now! When’s autumn darn it?


  1. Nice picks! I absolutely loathe summer too (fall is my favorite, though winter has slowly crept up on me), but summer is admittedly the most efficient time for reading. I am excited for you to read Circe (the prose is just *mwah*), and I was thinking about picking up Spinning Silver too! Girl Who Chased the Moon too seems like a rather sweet read. 😉

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    1. Give me all the autumns and I’ll be a happy woman. If I could travel the world season chasing I would do!

      I’m really looking forward to Circe because I enjoy Greek Mythology very much too so I’m hoping it will tick many boxes!

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  2. “Magic is for life, not just for Christmas.” YES! I love your take on this topic and the idea of a magic challenge! I’ll take any reason to read books about magic and witches ❤️

    I actually adore summer, but Norwegian summers aren’t unbearably hot and I can ride my bike to work – so I can see how our perspectives might be different. I read a lot more contemporaries and lighter books in the summer, cause I do a lot more of my reading in public and I find them easier to dip in and out of. I’m way too easily distracted 😂

    I look forward to hearing your thoughts on Circe and Wintersong! I really enjoyed them both 😊

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    1. Same – I don’t need the excuse, I just love magic and witches!!

      To be fair the UK summers aren’t that hot either, I just really can’t handle temperatures beyond a certain point. I’m suited for the cooler seasons and it doesn’t take me long to burn in any kind of sunlight.

      I’ll let you know!


  3. I’ve read Wintersong and enjoyed it more as a thematic read than a straightforward story, which is why I’ve never read the second book in the duology. I don’t want to get too into it because I don’t want to influence your reading of it, but maybe you’ll see what I mean when you read it.

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