The Top Ten Tuesday tag is hosted by Jana, @ThatArtsyReader, and you can find the upcoming prompts here. Today’s prompt is “Books That Give Off Summer Vibes.” Tree and I did something similar to this last summer [check out our Favorite Summer Reads], but I’ll try to keep the crossover to a minimum.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the YA Summer Lit Queen, Morgan Matson. Honestly all her books follow very different stories, and yet they all have that quintessential summer vibe. The really set the summer mood. I reread a few of her books every June.
2. Meet Me at Midnight by Jessica Pennington
This is a new favorite in my deck! I totally thought this rivals-to-lovers lakefront summer romance was going to be cheesy to the max, but it ended up being phenomenal. You can check out my full review here, if you’re interested.
3. Sleepaway Girls by Jen Calonita
Sleepaway Girls is a total middle grade throwback that made me jealous I never got the chance to experience summer camp myself.
I don’t know how many of Kasie West’s books actually take place during the summer, but all of the ones I’ve read have such a light & airy feel to them. It always makes me feel like it’s summer.
5. Geekerella by Ashley Poston
This is a fun geeky twist of the Cinderella fairytale. Elle just wants to spend her summer binging old episodes of Starfield, avoiding her step-sisters, maybe see the Con her dad started all those years ago.
6. the Lumberjanes comics by Noelle Stevenson & Shannon Watters
Lumberjanes is quite the unique little comic series. It follows a group of girls away at summer camp. Everything is fine until some weird magical occurrences start happening all over camp.
7. Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riodan
Another magical summer camp story, but this time with Greek gods and demigod children! Oh, and wild parent-less adventures across the country.
8. Say You Still Love Me by K.A. Tucker
This romance is cute because it’s split between two POVs; current day & 13 years ago at summer camp where the MCs originally fell in love. I really enjoyed how this story was told in alternating chapters. [Find my full review here.]
Sarah Dessen is also a Summer Lit Queen, but I feel like her books haven’t aged as well at Morgan Maston’s have. They’re just slightly on the young side of early YA, you know? I do love how all of her books have secret cameos for characters from her previous works.
10. Well Met by Jen DeLuca
Can you say “summer renaissance faire is the ultimate summer vibe”? Because I can. There’s something so fun about getting dressed up in period clothing and playing a character. Plus there’s romance and woo-ing!
This ended up being a more varied list than I expected. Have any of these books crossed your shelves?