10 Books that Give Off Summer Vibes

Posted June 1, 2020 by Emily in bookish memes / 6 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

This Week’s Prompt

This week’s topic is “Books that Give Off Summer Vibes”. Summer always puts me in the mood to read contemporaries, so it shouldn’t be too surprising that most of the list are… wait for it, contemporaries. 😆

The List

1. Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

This book takes place in a California beach town. It may also involve a boardwalk, some surfing, and an outdoor movie festival.

2. Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

A summer road trip take one.

3. Breaking the Rules by Katie McGarry

A summer road trip take two.

4. Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson is the son of Poseidon, Greek god of the Sea. In my mind, sea = beach = summer. Hence why it gives me summer vibes despite the fact that I’m pretty sure the books don’t actually take place during that season.

5. Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

Another book that takes place in a beach town during the summer.

6. Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian

There’s ice cream on the cover. Need I say more?

7. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

Summer is literally in the title.

8. Two-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt

A summer road trip take three.

9. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

There’s an ice cream truck on the cover. Few things scream summer more than an ice cream truck.

10. The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

If I remember correctly, I think most of the book takes place in January? Which isn’t exactly a summer month in the US. Unless, or course, you go to somewhere like Hawaii, where the majority of the book takes places. That’s as summery as you can get!


The Queens of YA Contemporary are great at writing books with summer vibes – they account for 80% of this list. Christina Lauren, the Queens of Romantic Comedies, contributed 10%. The only fantasy book that made my list is the Percy Jackson series. Percy Jackson is also probably the only one on the list that doesn’t strictly take place during the summer.

What are some of your favorite summer reads?



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6 responses to “10 Books that Give Off Summer Vibes

  1. The Summer I Turned Pretty series is on my list to read, hopefully this summer!! I just need to get the 3rd book in my hands before I started reading!