Hey guys, Hocks here!
I was looking at the Top Ten Tuesday post for this week and it was about books that gave off a summer vibe. It got me thinking.
I mean, if you look at the summer reads on Goodreads right now, you’ll find The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Hann. Makes sense, right? It has the word “summer” in the title. It’s obviously focused on summer.
You’ll also find Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff on some “summer read” lists. That makes a lot less sense to me. Isn’t this a science fiction novel? Does it even take place during the summer? (I haven’t gotten to read it yet.)
But that begs the questions:
Why do we associate certain books with certain seasons? I mean, obviously I understand when books are very specific or keyed-in to the season it takes place in. But…Why are there some people who [usually] read these books only in certain seasons?
I’ve always wondered. I’ve never understood.
When I think “summer book”, it’s whatever was on the school’s required reading list for that summer.
I have never associated a book with a certain season, nor have I read a book and thought I should have read it during a certain season. Nor have I ever read a book because of the current season.
Do I think it’s a bad thing to associate books with seasons?
Not at all. In fact, it’s really interesting to see.
I’ve also noticed a lot of summery books tend to be contemporary.
For me, my summer was finally my time to be away from school and people. Why would I want to read about schools and teenagers and “normal” things during the summer!? Which I suppose would explain the lists with books like Aurora Rising. My summer reading was usually school assigned or fantasy. Not anything I feel like would be classified as summery.
So, I’d like to hear your thoughts! What exactly makes a book “summery” to you?
While I can’t recommend any summer reads, I hope you’ll find something to read and enjoy!