The only time I usually do seasonal reads is at Christmas. Sorry to mention that so early in the year, however, we are technically closer to Christmas 2022 than we are last Christmas so…
Anyway, I digress. This is a post about summer reads so there is no need to worry about the festive season just yet. I’m not usually much of a seasonal reader, but I’ve recently got a few books that seem ‘summery’ so I thought why not?
Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Everything about this book screams summer, the beach and hot weather. Not something I’m used to in the UK but I’m more than happy to live vicariously through these characters.
This will be my second book by Taylor Jenkins Reid, my first being Daisy Jones & The Six, and I’m super excited to check it out.
Goodreads synopsis: Malibu: August, 1983. It’s the day of Nina Riva’s annual end-of-summer party, and anticipation is at a fever pitch. Everyone wants to be around the famous Rivas: Nina, the talented surfer and supermodel; brothers Jay and Hud, one a championship surfer, the other a renowned photographer; and their adored baby sister, Kit. Together, the siblings are a source of fascination in Malibu and the world over—especially as the offspring of the legendary singer, Mick Riva.
The only person not looking forward to the party of the year is Nina herself, who never wanted to be the center of attention, and who has also just been very publicly abandoned by her pro tennis player husband. Oh, and maybe Hud—because it is long past time to confess something to the brother from whom he’s been inseparable since birth.
Jay, on the other hand, is counting the minutes until nightfall, when the girl he can’t stop thinking about promised she’ll be there.
And Kit has a couple secrets of her own—including a guest she invited without consulting anyone.
By midnight the party will be completely out of control. By morning, the Riva mansion will have gone up in flames. But before that first spark in the early hours before dawn, the alcohol will flow, the music will play, and the loves and secrets that shaped this family’s generations will all come bubbling to the surface.
Songs in Ursa Major by Emma Brodie
I don’t know much about this book, but the cover does say sun-soaked summer fun so I reckon it’s a safe choice for warmer weather. I’m loving this type of book right now and I just know it’s going to be right up my street.
I cannot wait for the summer vibes that this is for sure going to have. Also the cover is beautiful.
Goodreads synopsis: The year is 1969, and the Bayleen Island Folk Fest is abuzz with one name: Jesse Reid. Tall and soft-spoken, with eyes blue as stone-washed denim, Jesse Reid’s intricate guitar riffs and supple baritone are poised to tip from fame to legend with this one headlining performance. That is, until his motorcycle crashes on the way to the show.
Jane Quinn is a Bayleen Island local whose music flows as naturally as her long blond hair. When she and her bandmates are asked to play in Jesse Reid’s place at the festival, it almost doesn’t seem real. But Jane plants her bare feet on the Main Stage and delivers the performance of a lifetime, stopping Jesse’s disappointed fans in their tracks: A star is born.
Jesse stays on the island to recover from his near-fatal accident and he strikes up a friendship with Jane, coaching her through the production of her first record. As Jane contends with the music industry’s sexism, Jesse becomes her advocate, and what starts as a shared calling soon becomes a passionate love affair. On tour with Jesse, Jane is so captivated by the giant stadiums, the late nights, the wild parties, and the media attention, that she is blind-sided when she stumbles on the dark secret beneath Jesse’s music. With nowhere to turn, Jane must reckon with the shadows of her own past; what follows is the birth of one of most iconic albums of all time.
The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4) by Maggie Stiefvater
This one sticks out like a sore thumb on this post. Nothing about the cover or name screams summer, however, I’m pretty certain the entire series takes place over the summer months. If not I’m not too bothered I just really want to read this soon.
Goodreads synopsis: The fourth and final instalment in the spellbinding series from the irrepressible, #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater.
All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love’s death. She doesn’t believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.
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