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What Do You Consider a “Summery” Book?

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!

6 thoughts on “What Do You Consider a “Summery” Book?

  1. I never had to read “required” books over the summer, so for me summer reads have always been books that are fun, and entertaining, and often light, sometimes romantic, or adventurous, and even better if they have a beach or island setting. 🙂

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    1. Oh, lucky! I had pretty good luck in my required reading though so I can’t really complain. I’ve seen romance being popular during summer as well! Hadn’t thought much about beaches and islands, but I can definitely see those being for summer!

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  2. I never had required reading either, but I have always enjoyed reading books set in the season I’m in. That doesn’t mean I don’t read ones that aren’t, but I tend to enjoy them even more when I do. They usually become more memorable, as well. I read We Were Liars at the beach on vacation, and I have such fond memories of that book. The sound of the waves, the sand, the hot sun, they all enhanced my experience. If that makes sense! 😉 Great topic!

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    1. I’m impressed that there’s people out there who didn’t have required summer reading. So I’m curious, what about books that don’t explicitly state the season? Do you use context for when it takes place, or are those books you tend to read whenever?

      And that makes perfect sense! I think it’s really cool that it helps you better experience/enjoy a book. I don’t read outside much myself, but maybe I should start trying something like that and seeing if I can get a sense of what you’re experiencing! We Were Liars is actually on my TBR, but I don’t think I realized it was a summer book.

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      1. You know, I think it’s mostly a subconscious thing for me. If it’s obvious a book is set in winter or snow, I tend to skip over those books in the summer. Unless they’re ARCs, of course. The same for summer-y, desert, dry season books in the winter. If it’s not obvious, I’ll usually do a little research and see if I can figure it out. I’ve never even really thought about the fact I do that. Ha!

        Yes, We Were Liars is set during the summer on a private family island. 👍

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