Summer has arrived in the UK – and it is SO HOT. It feels so much worse here than anywhere else I’ve experienced, because there is no air conditioning anywhere, and it is humid, too. I’ve been hanging out at my local supermarket because it feels like that’s the only place where I don’t become a sodden, unhappy mess.
BUT ANYWAY. If you’re looking to read books that fit with the weather, or if you’re looking for a book to heat you up, this might be the list for you!
- Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale – this YA novel follows Babe the summer after she graduates from high school. It’s got everything that I personally associate with summer – small coastal towns, delicious seafood, and a tight-knit community. There’s a lot about being a local in a tourist spot, too, which I really connected with.
- Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno – oh mannnnn, I loved this one! Georgina lives on the island of By-the-Sea, where her magical family have lived for generations. This is the last summer she has there before she goes to college, and she (hopefully) comes into her magic. This is a book full of summer storms and 300-year-old birds.
- This One Summer by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki – this is a graphic novel about Rose and Windy, pre-teens who go to a lake house in Awago Beach with their parents every summer. It’s gorgeously illustrated with blue hues that really tell this quiet tale of hope and growing up. Please look into the trigger warnings.
- Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss – Silvie and her family are on a two-week vacation in the north of England to join an anthropology course set to reenact life in the Iron Ages. With each increasingly scorching day, Silvie begins to realise that her life isn’t quite as normal as she first believed, and that she might one day be able to attend university and escape her father’s tyranny.
- Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman – Rumi’s beloved sister has just died in a car crash, and so her mother sends her away to live with her aunt in Hawaii while she deals with her own grief. With the help of Kai, the surfer boy next door, Rumi slowly begins to express her grief. Hawaii itself almost feels like a character in its own right, especially due to the dialect used by many of the Hawaiian natives in the novel.
5 books that I think will be great hot-weather reads are:
- Hot Dog Girl
- Dress Codes for Small Towns
- Everything All At Once
- That Thing We Call A Heart
- The Bride Test
Do you have any recommendations for hot weather reads? Let me know!