Top 5 Tuesday – Top 5+ Books that Remind me of a Season

Happy Tuesday,

It is time for another Top 5 Tuesday, and this week we are talking about seasonal reads. Summer reading is definitely in full swing. I have the new MMD Summer Reading Guide up and have placed my holds.

But summer is not the only season, and as tempted as I was to just pick Summer reads I have decided to give a few picks for each season. I have actually been doing a version of this question for several years now picking a best seasonal read (or three) on my seasonal wrap-ups. I decided to pick books for each season (no I did not pick 5 for each season), I wanted not just books that happen to be set in a particular season, but books that really feel like the atmosphere of the season.

Spring

Spring has probably been the hardest season for me to define a feeling for (Summer, Autumn and Winter all feel pretty distinctive to me at least). If I read more contemporary YA I might be picking the end of the school year books, Prom/Graduation books but I only occasionally pick up those books these days. Which leaves me at a bit of a loss of how to define the feeling of a spring book but I really found it this year when I read I Love You So Mochi (yes, ironically it is a YA contemporary). This book is set over spring break in Kyoto and you can almost see all the flowers when you read the book, there is a tread of new beginnings and the end of the school year is in there too.

I also think that The Lost Book of the Grail has a definite sense of spring in it, it is set in spring but the connection with the season is more than you get in most books. I also fell like Austen books are spring books (not Northanger or Persuasion but the others) something about the English countryside that just feels like spring/early summer, I am always surprised when I read on of them and the mention that it is any other time of year.

Summer

I have some very strong opinions on what makes a book feel like a summer read, and I know I am not the only one. Summer reading is a huge thing and I am a big fan of those classic summer beach reads, frothy romance, seaside settings and maybe a lavish destination wedding (I would also love to find a tropical Island book that could join my list).

My top pick for summer is the Embassy Row Novels by Ally Carter, part YA fiction part international spy thriller complete with teen drama, mysterious deaths, secret societies, international intrigue set on the Mediterranean. I also love Emily Henry’s books and they are perfect summer reads, I love Beach Read and Book Lovers and I would have a hard time to choose between them. Dial A for Aunties is another contemporary rom-com that really feels like summer, southern California, lavish wedding need I say more? For the same reason the Crazy Rich Novels are another good choice for a summer read. I also adore The House in the Cerulean Sea, it is actually supposed to take place in early fall, but it really feels like a summer read for me, I mean just look at that cover.

Fall

I like books with a good spooky vibe for a good fall read, nothing too scary, and campus novels also have great fall vibes. There is a lot of fantasy that I enjoy that are perfect for the season, my top pick is Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson, all of her books really are fabulous fall reads but Sorcery of Thorns is my favorite. I also really enjoyed The Black Witch which has just fabulous autumn vibes, it is so atmospheric, fantasy and a campus novel as well. Vampire Academy would be another good choice or A Darker Shade of Magic.

I also really associate pretty dense academic non-fiction with fall reads as well, partially just because it is back to school season, but also because I read Thinking, Fast and Slow in the fall two years in a row and now it is just stuck that way. I also used to have that association with historical romance but I read those all year around now.

Winter

I have a pretty clear idea of what a good winter read would be in my head, but I have had a hard time actually finding books that feel right and that I also like. Snowy forest would be good, somewhere with a cozy fire and a mystery is a nice addition as well. There are also the Holiday novels, I have been on the hunt for a good Holiday Romance to add to my favorites list but I have not had much luck finding one so far (I would love some suggestions).

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a classic pick and has great winter vibes, and I just read Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien at the end of last year which is another good choice. For a good book set during the holidays Anxious People is set at new years and a good locked room mystery is a great set up for a cozy mystery. My favorite Holiday story is probably Castle in the Clouds by Kerstin Gier, YA heist book, snowed in at a Swiss mountain chalet, a holiday party and guest who aren’t quite what they seem. I also really like the Kanin Chronicles by Amanda Hocking which are set in northern Canada so plenty of snow and winter vibes.

Happy Reading Everyone!


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