Friday Favorites: Summer Reads

Hello, hello, and happy Friday to you all! Well, I’m hoping fore a happy Friday at least. I find out tonight if I’ll be called in for Jury Duty next week, so I’m putting as many positive vibes out there for NO JURY DUTY ON MONDAY! If I have to go in for Jury Duty on Monday it will throw off my whole work schedule for the week and I’m hoping to avoid that.
But enough about that non-sense, let’s get to the books!


Do you do seasonal reading? I know some people tend to lean more towards contemporaries during the summer months, but I’ve never really found myself doing that. I actually want to read books that make me think of autumn and winter during the summer, so I can forget that I am slowly melting away in the harsh heat of California.

So, here are my favorite mostly not summery summer reads!

The Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden – Yes, I’m starting this list with a series I haven’t even read yet. I know, I’m the worst. But I can all but guarantee this is going to be a favorite series considering how delicious wintery it sounds. I’m planning to finally dive into it in August because that’s the month when I really need thoughts of winter to get me through. I have heard so, so many good things about these books and I am dying to find out just how much I love them.




These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling – Okay, yes, technically this book is set in the summer. But when I read it I constantly got autumn vibes. I think when I read witchy books, my brain defaults to autumn. This book definitely has a contemporary feel, but it’s still very witchy and I loved it more than I expected!






Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling – While each book in this series starts in the summer, we get to experience all the seasons as Harry stumbles though his school years. I always struggle with wanting to reread these books in summer or winter. The only reason I’m not rereading these during summer this year is because I ended up with a whole bunch of other rereads on my plate and Harry got pushed back. But these are fantastic books to get lost in while gradually succumbing to death by summer sun.




Sweep Series by Cate Tiernan – Oh, these wonderful, overly dramatic witchy books are among some of my all-time favorite books. The follow Morgan as she learns about her true heritage and finds out she is a witch. Also, BOY DRAMA AND DARK MAGIC! My favorites! It set in the east coast (Massachusetts I think?) so we get some quality autumn and winter vibes. While this series has one of my least favorite tropes (“I’m such a plain girl but all the boys love me!”) and is dripping with teen drama, I still love the atmosphere, the wiccan aspects, and well…I kind of love the teen drama too!




The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher – Apparently my anti summer feelings are pretty firmly rooted in witch/wizard books. While this extensive urban fantasy series ranges all over the seasons, it starts with a storm and y’all, there isn’t anything I love more than a good storm. Sadly, my area of California is not known for summer storms, but I love getting to experience the magic of storms through reading.


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4 thoughts on “Friday Favorites: Summer Reads

  1. dinipandareads

    The Bear and the Nightingale is actually a pretty great summer read and I feel like These Witches Don’t Burn would be perfect! I still have to read it (it’s on my TBR) but hopefully I’ll get to it this summer! 😉 Great list!

      1. dinipandareads

        Fair enough. Totally know the feeling. I’m supposed to be focused on a group read right now but I picked up Daisy Jones on a whim this morning and … i’m stuck on it 😂

  2. Joanna Nicole

    I loved The Bear and the Nightingale! I am still working my way through Harry Potter for the first time but hopefully I will have them all done by the end of this year. Fingers crossed!

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