Earlier today, I came up with the idea of sharing with you my top 5 books for summer. Some of these books I may have already displayed on my blog as a book review, in which case you can find out more about it, but with every one, even ones with special posts, I will explain why I have chosen it and what it is about. These should be able to inspire you to 1. Read more over the summer, and 2. Check out some new books. I love each of these, and if you decide to give them a try, I hope you do too.
I Capture the Castle- By Dodie Smith: I love this book for many reasons, it has relatable characters, an interesting, engaging plot, and an old and modern feeling at the same time. It was written in 1948, and therefore is in language we wouldn’t necessarily use now, but it is reasonably easy to understand. I think I found it after watching the film, which is surprisingly almost as good, and so a great place to start if you aren’t up for reading the book. I find it summery because it sort of visits all the seasons, and has a fresh cleanish feel about it.
Feeling Sorry for Celia- By Jaclyn Moriarty: This book consists of letters from different people, and is about writing to PenPals from different schools. I’m not really sure why I chose this as a summery book, it is certainly enlighten, happy, and mostly an enjoyable summer read. I love its format, swapping between characters to get to know others better. It has characters with a lot to say, many personalities and good intentions.
The Year Of The Rat- Clare Furniss: This wasn’t my immediate thought when I wanted to come up with books, but I read it recently and thought it deserved a place on here. It’s topic isn’t all flowery and summery like others and has some depressing topics to deal with, but also shows hope and calmness when needed. It takes place in all the months of the year, and has a story you are likely not to forget. Its really moving, and you feel as if you are growing with the main character, Rose.
Ingo- Helen Dunmore: I read this quite a while ago, but I now see why it is summery. It takes place by the sea, which gives it a summery, holiday feel, and also is based on mer-people, which also people relate with summer and the sea. I love it because I never seem to read books like it any more, the type of fantasy, unreal books. But this was different, I guess like most fantasy authors, Helen Dunmore had tried to make the mer aspect seem as real as possible, and she succeeded. It was well written, had interesting topics, if a bit sad. It is written for children younger than me, maybe 11+, but it can still be enjoyable for all ages.
Infinite Sky- C. J. Flood: This book came in set of coming-of-age books I got for christmas about 2 years ago, and I can certainly give it a well earned 4/5. It can sometimes seem like a harsh, worrying book, as the topic is not a fun, jokey one, but it holds together and all ends well. The characters have their ups and downs, with different emotions, thoughts and worries between them. It also seems summery because of the changes in atmosphere because I don’t know about you, but I have mixed feelings for summer, sometimes its great and sunny, everyone enjoying themselves, but then its sticky and humid, staying inside. The plot of the characters is a bit like that.
I tried to pick out authors and books that you may not have heard of, as I like encouraging others to read books that aren’t necessarily popular. If I say put a book like the Hunger Games on my list, it would be useless as pretty much everyone has read it already, and that is not the point of introducing others to books! Soon, I hope to blog about books I want to read over the summer, so comment if you have any suggestions, bye for now,