Tuesday has come around once more and it’s the last Tuesday of the month. It’s almost summer! I have eight more days of school before I’m free to lounge around and read as much as I want. I cannot wait.
Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm. Each week, she posts a new topic and gives us all a chance to respond. This week’s topic is Top 5 Summertime Reads. I don’t actually have any summertime reads, so I’m changing this a bit to be the top 5 books I read every summer when I was a child. And, honestly, despite being many years away from childhood, these books still spark that summertime joy.
Boy-Crazy Stacey I was a huge Baby-sitter’s Club fan when I was a kid, and this and the super special where they went to Disney World were my favorites. It’s funny, because Stacey wasn’t even my favorite baby-sitter–Mary Anne was–but I loved this book. The idea of getting to go the the beach every day (and I already went once a week) without adults was just the best idea ever. I thought it sounded like heaven. Nowadays, I probably wouldn’t enjoy it (doesn’t help that I’ve moved to where the ocean is ice cold all year round), but as a kid, the idea was heaven.
Bummer Summer by Ann M. Martin was another favorite of mine. I loved stories about camp, because I never got to go to camp for longer than a week. I thought that staying at camp all summer sounded amazing, which is funny because I couldn’t last five days without getting homesick. I envied the freedom kids had in camp books, because at the camp I went to, we were watched all the time. I don’t remember much about this book except the main character’s father broke his toe, he had a new wife and a baby that didn’t have a name, and the girl didn’t like the outdoors or sports. Was this the book where she played volleyball and sprained her ankle, or was that another book? I read so many camp books, it’s hard to keep them straight.
Yours Till Niagara Falls, Abby by Jane O’Connor is another camp book. Once again, I don’t remember much about it. I think the main character, Abby, was supposed to go to camp with her best friend, but the friend ended up not being able to go. I vividly remember one scene where they go to the beach that has these stones shaped like chairs. The girls sat in them and got hit by the waves coming in from the ocean. I think there was also an obligatory poison-ivy scene, as well. I loved this book and read it over and over again. In fact, I’m pretty sure I still have a copy of it.
Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume isn’t really a summer book, but I read it every summer. Davey’s father, who managed a convenience story in Jersey City, is killed. Her mother falls into a deep depression and is unable to really function, so her sister-in-law and husband invite the family to come live with them in New Mexico. The book is all about grief and healing. It’s a bit of a heavy book for summer, but I loved it. I still do love it.
Who Stole the Wizard of Oz? by Avi is a huge summer time book of mine. As a kid, I tended to find books I liked and reread them to death, but I was having problems finding books to read one particular day and my mom suggested this one. I was resistant, because it was a mystery and mysteries scared me, but I ended up loving it. It follows Becky and Toby, twins living in a small town. Becky is accused of stealing the book The Wizard of Oz and four or five other books from the library sale. She and her brother investigate, trying to find who stole the books. In their course of investigation, they uncover a secret about the town and its inhabitants. It’s such a great book and I pull it out every once in awhile just to relive the magic.
So, those are my top 5 childhood summertime reads. What book say summer to you? Any childhood favorites? Let me know in the comments below!