Top Five Wednesdays started on Goodreads back in 2013. At the beginning of every month Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes posts a topic for each Wednesday and bloggers, vloggers and overall book fans are encouraged to respond with their top five.
This week is top five summer reads—all of my picks ended up being contemporaries because those just scream summer to me for some reason. Let me know what you think in the comments!
When Emily’s best friend Sloane disappears for the summer all she leaves behind is a to-do list. Apple picking at night. Dance until dawn. Go skinny-dipping. The tasks are very un-Emily, but with the help of Frank Porter she hopes to complete the list and get her best friend back. I just finished this and it is so cute and so perfect.
Washed-up child prodigy Colin has dated nineteen Katherines, and every one has dumped him. He takes off with his best friend on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which will predict the future of any relationship and finally win him the girl. Road trip books are perfect for summer and this John Green contemporary doesn’t disappoint.
Auden is off to spend the summer with her dad and his new family in the charming beach town where they live. There she meets Eli, a fellow insomniac and loner trying to deal with the guilt he feels for the death of a friend. I really like this book for summer—it involves a lot of bikes and boardwalks—but really anything by Sarah Dessen is perfect for the beach or a lazy day outside in the sunshine.
In the summer before Cullen’s senior year, a birdwatcher thinks he spots an extinct species of woodpecker in Lily, Arkansas. The rediscovery sends Cullen’s hometown into an absurd frenzy, but nothing is more startling than Cullen’s gifted fifteen-year-old brother Gabriel disappearing. I didn’t know anything about this book when I picked it up the first time—it was kind of a cover buy—but I was pleasantly surprised at the how unique and touching it is.
Samantha Reed has always watched the Garret family from the safety of her window, until one evening when Jace Garret climbs up and gets her. She spends the summer falling for him and his loud, messy, and fun family that is so different from her own. This book is an amazing summer contemporary. The Garrets are lots of fun and the romance is super cute. You can check my review out here.