Books for When You’re Missing Summer (Or You’re Australian)

Posted November 18, 2016 by Both in Features, Tea Party // Random Thoughts / 7 Comments

It’s been a long, long time since we’ve had a drop of summer upon us. For us pure winter gals, this is kind of great. But autumn days can get kind of dark and gloomy, and sometimes you need a little light in your life.

Confession time: we never actually got around to posting our summer books post (because we are so very organised *nods*). SO we’ve decided to turn it into a post for when you’re missing summer! We are such geniuses. *high fives self* This is especially convenient for those living in Australia, since they are just around the corner of summer. You’re welcome, Australian readers.

For me, a “summery read” means either contemporary or chicklit. They are usually light-hearted and make me smile, which is just the recipe you need for a nice summer’s day. These books have definitely magicked more than one smile on my face.

summer books

Wanderlost by Jen Malone // This one is perfect for when you’re stuck at work and are experiencing severe wanderlust. Let Wanderlost take you around Europe for a while, walking the cobbled streets of Venice and sniff up some Dutch culture. Also comes with a sickeningly adorable romance, as well as some really cute old people.

On the Fence by Kasie West // Also my first Kasie West book, On the Fence was the ultimate summer read for me two years ago. I believe I read it in a day, and it was so much fun and cute — it made me laugh and gave me all the fuzzies. Definitely a book that’ll make you feel warm.

The Deal by Elle Kennedy // This (and the entire Off-Campus series, for that matter) is the best feelgood read. It is fun, it is sexy, and it will make you laugh out loud on so many occasions. These are fast, no-bullshit reads and ones you can re-read over and over.

When We Collided by Emery Lord // Maybe not as obvious because it deals with more serious topics, such as bipolar disorder and grief, but it did really have that “summer vacation” feeling for me, and the characters made me smile on many occasions. Vivi was a total doll, and her love for life was infectious.

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion // You know those books that you pick up, read one page of, and you just know you’re going to absolutely adore it? This is that book for me. Really fun and easy read, though not without a few headdesks, but ultimately really charming.

One Million Lovely Letters by Jodi Ann Bickley // A non-fiction to end the list; this is about a woman who became disabled after being bitten by a tick, but ended up changing her life by sending people from all over the world kind and supportive, hand-written letters. This girl is a gem.

Have you read any of these? Don’t hesitate to leave your summer recommendations in the comments!

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7 responses to “Books for When You’re Missing Summer (Or You’re Australian)

  1. Oh, I so love the whole Off-Campus series – so beautiful to come back to whenever one is in a bit of a slump & needs some cheering up. I’d also 100% recommend Open Road Summer by Emery Lord; it’s such a gorgeous escape into road trips & best friends & first loves, truly the best combination. <3

  2. I absolutely fell in love with the Deal and it’s characters! The rest of the series is just as great. It’s actually Summer over here in South Africa, so it was definitely the perfect post for me ;). I still have yet to read When We Collided but I have been dying to since I really enjoyed Emery Lord’s book Open Road Summer! I definitely recommend all the Jenny Han books, Katie McGarry and Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway, they’re really great contemporary authors/reads! 🙂

    • Ohh I didn’t know that! I thought it was just Australia that was being special 😉 but yes, then these books are perfect for you! Open Road Summer seems to be a favourite – probably because it has “summer” in the title!

  3. Cait @ Paper Fury

    WELL CLEARLY THIS POST IS FOR ME. *thanks you in all my Australianness* And yesss I want to read On the Fence so bad! I’ve read two Kasie West books and loved one and hated the other hhaha, so obviously I need to read more to see where I stand.? #bookwormlogic And I really want to read The Rosie Project considering it is, in fact, Australian. WOOOOO. Why haven’t I read it yet. What is this life.

    • I MAY HAVE THOUGHT OF YOU. See how thoughtful I am? *nods* Which one did you love and which one did you hate? Oh The Rosie Project is such fun.

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