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Monday, July 15, 2019

TTT: Books with "Summer" in the title

Top Ten Tuesday: 
Books I've read and want to read with "summer" in the title.
(Today's topic: Must-buy authors. Since I don't a. usually buy books and b. have any authors I must read, I opted to go off the board today.)

When I decided to make a list of books with "summer" in the title, I thought I probably have read many, many books and would have several titles to pick from. Not so. I have only read six books with summer in the title since I started keeping track in 2009, and two others before that time, so I decided to add a few titles which I would like to read.

1. This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki
A graphic novel, one of the best coming-of-age books ever written.

2. One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson
It is astonishing how many events that we still talk about happened in the summer of 1927. I am a huge fan of this author, too.

3. Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan
If you haven't discovered the art and whimsy of Shaun Tan, you are missing a rare treat.

4. The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson
An interestingly different  Sci-Fi novel.

5. Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
Very summerish but not my favorite novel by this author.

6. The Last Summer of the Death Warriors by Francisco X. Stork
This book really inspired me and I quoted from it often.

7. Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene
 I read this book before I started keeping track of them on Goodreads. Set in a summer during WWII. It is a heart-breaking coming-of-age story.

8. Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
If I have a must-read author, it is Kingsolver. This book carries a strong ecological message.

Books I want to read with "summer" in the title:


  1. I like what you've done with the list this week! :-) My TTT

  2. Morgan Matson's books always look fun. And I've got a Bryson book on my shelf that I won in a giveaway- I've never read him but have been wanting to. This one sounds good!

  3. What a fun topic. You've found some great books. I struggled a bit with the original topic, too, which may be why I totally forgot Bill Bryson and Barbara Kingsolver. Between various family members, we have almost all their books.

  4. I have apparently read twenty-five books with summer in the title. Some you don't have on your list that I would recommend are Summer of the Swans, The Summer Book by Tove Jansson, As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning by Laurie Lee, and The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale.

    1. I think I added THE SUMMER BOOK by Jannsson because of you. I should request it from the library before the end of summer.

  5. Wow there's a lot more book with the word "Summer" in it than I realized! Great take on this post :)

    -leelynn @ sometimes leelynn reads

  6. Nice change of topic today! And I like this list - I'm going to have to check some of these out.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

  7. Fun list! I'd have to put Rosamunde Pilcher's The End of Summer on my "summer" list; and Summer of My German Soldier still makes me a little sad.

  8. Barbara Kingsolver is a good choice. I like her work as well. And I had no idea there were so many books with the word summer in their titles.

    My TTT.

  9. Fun off topic way to list, Anne. Gotta' love finding books that have that summer-y vibe. :) Thanks for visiting Finding Wondelrand.

  10. I definitely want to try Prodigal Summer. I picked up The Summer Prince and unfortunately it wasn't for me. I hope you like it though. :)

  11. I love your unique topic this week! Last year I loved reading Summer Days and Summer Nights, a collection of short YA stories. I would like to read Without a Summer, which takes place during the Year Without a Summer (1816). Not too many books with summer in the title though.

  12. Oh, what a fun idea! "America, 1927," sounds like the perfect thing for me to check out since I recently soaked my brain in "The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt" and am primed to think about that decade.

    Morgan Matson made my on-topic list this week, but that book would also make my list if I did this topic. Scratch that, lemme real quick actually make the rest of that list, since it turns out I had 20+ choices:

    1. Wild Horse Summer - Hope Ryden
    2. Summers With the Bears: Six Seasons in the North Woods - Jack Becklund
    3. A & L Do Summer - Jan Blazanin
    4. The Summer of Jordi Perez - Amy Spalding
    5. Summer of the Wolves - Polly Carlson-Voiles
    6. A Song For Summer - Eva Ibbotson
    7. The Summer My Life Began - Shannon Greenland
    8. Summer Pony - Jean Slaughter Doty
    9. Summer Hawk - Deborah Savage

  13. From your list, I have only read Prodigal Summer and Summer of My German Soldier, both are so good!


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