Top Ten Tuesday: Summer Time and the Reading is Easy

May 23, 2017 TTT 27

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and Bookish and it’s a book listers dream  post!  Today I’m dreaming of summer because I love long summer days, and longer summer books.  Summer Time and the Reading is Easy.

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Summer Time and the Reading is Easy:

I love to read outdoors, sunning myself, reading a little, dozing a little.  It’s my idea of a perfect few hours.  So that means I like books that I can pick up and put down easily.  It’s not the time when I need to remember every single detail, and work out just who the psychopath killer is, or want to memorise complicated fantasy worlds.  No I just want all the contemporary novels.

The ones with fab locations:

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane MoriartyThe Things I Should Have Told You by Carmel Harrington


Lone Star:   Eastern Europe is not your typical destination for a tour of Europe, so I absorbed every aspect. The exotic food, the chaotic travel system, the chilling holocaust camps, the lingering influence of the Iron Curtain; I gobbled up all the details and made a mental note to add some of these counties to my travel bucket list.

Truly Madly Guilty : When it comes to Liane Moriarty books, I’m declaring myself an expert on her style!  Well I have binge read them all.  And her style is a casual breezy tone and relatable characters.  This book has in abundance.

The Things I should have told you : Imagine travelling around Europe in a camper van.   Imagine yourself living in a tiny enclosed space with a moody teenager, a boisterous little boy and a wife that has drifted away from you. That’s the premise of The Things I should have told You by Carmel Harrington.

The ones with memorable characters:

The Forgotten Garden by Kate MortonFlawed by Cecelia AhernThe Boy Most Likely To


The Forgotten Garden : Powerful and wise, with a slow tantalising reveal of long forgotten family secrets. My review in one word…AMAZING

Flawed : OK this is a dystopia.  But the world building is easy to grasp, and I loved the character development as the plot progressed.  With a swift pace and interesting family dynamics, it earned it’s place on the list.

The Boy Most Likely To : Huntley Fitzpatrick has a way of making characters spring to life and set you firmly on their side. They aren’t perfect, they mess up and continue to mess up.  But, they grow in front of your eyes until you are smiling with pride for just how far they’ve come.

The ones with fab plots:

The Secret by the Lake by Louise DouglasBook Review: Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid


Summer Haikus:  Set in Japan, this book is super kawaii cute.  The characters felt very lifelike and I thought by the end of it that I knew them personally.  I even wanted to watch Isa’s YouTube channel,and felt saddened that it only existed within this book.  Highly recommended!

The Secret by the Lake: Oh guys, The Secret by the Lake by Louise Douglas was a spine-chiller and a half! All the way though, I felt spooked.  A dead giveaway was that the hairs of my arms were standing to attention.

Maybe in Another Life:  You know the way when you read a 5 star book that you don’t have to think twice about the rating. It just is 5 stars! Well that’s how I feel about Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid. From the very first few pages, I knew that I loved the flow of the book, the characters, the plot, everything


Talk to Trish:  What genre do you prefer to read in the summer?  What’s your favourite book that I should read this summer?

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27 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Summer Time and the Reading is Easy”

  1. S. J. Pajonas

    Oh wow. Thank you for including SUMMER HAIKUS! I actually clicked on this post to comment that I love love love summer reading in general. I always equate summer with reading, since I was a kid. 🙂 I didn’t expect to see one of my own books in the list! xo
    S. J. Pajonas recently posted…Sunday Update – May 21, 2017

  2. Susan (Bloggin' 'bout Books)

    Yes! Liane Moriarty and Kate Morton are both perfect authors to read during the summer. Love them both. I hadn’t heard of THE SECRET BY THE LAKE before, but now it’s definitely on my TBR list. Thanks for the rec!

    • trish

      I only discovered Liane Moriarty and Kate Morton last year, and I’ve since binge read every book they ever wrote!

  3. Rita @ Paging Through Books

    Ooh, I love the way you’ve set this list up into individual categories. Haven’t read any of these, but I have several on my radar or wishlist already. I’ve been wanting to read a Carmel Harrington for awhile since seeing her books here, and Taylor Jenkins Reid too. Lianne Moriarty is such a good author– I’ve read two by her– don’t know why I haven’t gotten to this one.

    I read many genres over the course of a year, not really specifically for the seasons (except holiday books near Christmas), but I do have long-term moods dictating what I should read, and right now I’m looking for more mellow or lighthearted reads since my actual life is kind of stressful.

    Perhaps you’d be willing to take a chance & read a mild, but serious, British mystery series (no explicit violence, just off-scene murder) with a grumpy mid-aged archaeologist professor? It’s the Ruth Galloway series by Elly Griffiths; I adore it. You lose yourself in the setting–the atmospheric swampy coast, the small-town campus, and the beaches of Brighton. Also Ruth is such a pip (love her internal dialogue). Maybe it’s not your cup of tea, but why not try the first one out and see 🙂
    Rita @ Paging Through Books recently posted…Recent Reading Thoughts

    • trish

      Thanks for that recommendation Rita! I just reserved The Crossing Places in the library for June. And it’s the audiobook too, so I’ll definitely get it read. I think the setting sounds fab, and you know I enjoy mystery.

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