My 5 Least Appropriate Summer Reads

12 Jul

Summe reading gives off the idea of sitting on a beach with a nice, light book in your hands that you’ll read a few pages of between sunbathing and splashing about in the water. These books are usually fun thrillers or heartfelt dramas. Many bookstores put them on an endcap so you can find them.

Well, I’m terrible at seasonal reading. I never read ‘Christmas’ books in the winter and my summer reading books are whatever’s next on my TBR. I went through my Goodreads history and pulled the five least summer-y reads I’ve read during the summer months. Here’s a countdown.

5. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
There’s nothing overly un-summery about this book, to be fair. However, I’d challenge you to find a lot of other people who want to listen to satirical plays while they’re doing outdoor summer runs. I bet I’m in the minority of this one. It does hit the mark for being short and ‘light’ in topic, but I think I’m a bit non-traditional in this pick.

4. The Bohemians by Ben Tarnoff
I can blame this one on the book club. This was a pick for a summer month but the topic was far too dense and a bit dry. It didn’t keep me reading long at the poolside before I fell asleep so I’d say this one puts you at risk of a sunburn. Best to avoid it while working on a base tan.

3. Critical Chain by Eliyahu Goldratt
My most recent fumble. There’s no time to read a business book than during the two months you get between semesters from business school. Interesting, yes, to be sure. What I wanted to spend my time off reading, not so much. I’m the only one to blame here. But like I said, it was next on my list so I read it. I have no method to this madness.

2. A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
Before I get murdered for having this on my list, please read on. The topic of these books is great for summer reading. It’s engaging and gives you great things to talk about with your friends who also like dead characters and dragons. However, holding one of these bad boys up on the beach is a wrist workout and a half. It’s hard to keep one of these babies supported with a pillow, let alone your poor hands. These are better suited for winter reading when props to keep the weight up are abundant on the couch and snuggled in bed.

1. The River of Doubt by Candice Millard
This will forever go down as the least summer-y book I’ve read in the summer. It’s a great account of Teddy Roosevelt traveling down a river in Brazil and the scientific mapping of a tributary of the Amazon river. The issue is that I had this book due to my book club and was so dedicated to finishing it before the meeting that I took it with me on my honeymoon to Mexico. So I’m sitting around a pool with all-you-can-drink service trying to concentrate on the timeline of the history and slogging through details so much that I forgot to look up and enjoy the ocean. My mom teased me. All the people in my book club teased me. And, of course, my new husband teased me (and likely reflected on a life-long promise he’d recently made). I don’t think I’ll ever live it down.

Are any of you as bad at this as me? What’s the least summer-y book you’ve read so far this summer? Let me know in the comments.

Until next time, write on.

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23 Responses to “My 5 Least Appropriate Summer Reads”

  1. Molly @ Molly's Madness July 12, 2018 at 3:31 PM #

    “holding one of these bad boys up on the beach is a wrist workout and a half.” 😂

    This post made my day! I’ve never though about doing anything like it, but it’s just brilliant!! I can never read the right books for the right season, no matter how I try. But I haven’t read any of these this summer, so I must be doing okay 🙂


    • Sam July 12, 2018 at 3:36 PM #

      Better than I tend to do! I’m glad I could make you laugh. Maybe I’ll have to read an actual summery read this year (yeah right). Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Book Admirer July 12, 2018 at 9:07 PM #

    I just got done with The Way of All Flesh by Samuel Butler, an anti-Victorian novel published in 1903. To be fair it was for book club and it was a good read but definitely not what I want to be reading outside.


    • Sam July 12, 2018 at 9:31 PM #

      Hahaha Book Club always screws things up! Two of these were because of book club. Our group really needs to pick more seasonably appropriate books. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Book Admirer July 12, 2018 at 9:44 PM #

        Seriously. Now I’m reading “Invisible Monsters Remix” by Chuch Palianuck. Talk about a complete 180 in subject matter. And it’s for a different book club lol.


  3. Hunida July 12, 2018 at 10:22 PM #

    I love the idea of this post, Sam! I never read books by the season either. I always just choose randomly from my TBR. This summer the least summery books I read so far A Child Called “It” & Girl In Pieces.


    • Sam July 12, 2018 at 10:34 PM #

      A Child Called It has no good reading season. I hope it was eye opening for you. I still have vivid memories of it and I think I read it 15 years ago. Enjoy your un-summery reads!

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      • Hunida July 12, 2018 at 11:00 PM #

        Have to agree with you there!! It was definitely eye opening for me!


  4. Sharon Taylor July 13, 2018 at 7:49 AM #

    Enjoyed the movie Darkest Hour so checked out Churchill’s Trail to cover the 1930s or 40s reading challenge. Long and pretty dry. Fun read was Candide. Voltaire offended just about everyone but he did have a wit.

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    • Sam July 13, 2018 at 4:55 PM #

      Offending everyone can be good fun. Great progress with the challenge! I’ve struggled a bit to get some older time periods. I’ll have to start focusing more come fall. Happy reading!


  5. Rae Longest July 13, 2018 at 11:04 AM #

    Book Clubs are deadly to summer reads! My club right now is reading two books concerning Death, one non-fiction, the other a memoir about the author’s father’s battle with Altzheimer’s and his subsequent death. Hardly summer-appropriate.


    • Sam July 13, 2018 at 6:48 PM #

      Wow! You’ve got some dense, depressing reads. Good luck getting through them. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Cozynookbks July 13, 2018 at 5:53 PM #

    Actually, I think I’m doing pretty good right now with reading Summer at the Shore, but I’m so tired of the summer heat here in the South, that I’d rather read a book that takes place in wintertime. 🤦🏽‍♀️


    • Sam July 13, 2018 at 6:54 PM #

      It might be a good time for a Christmas read for you! I can see being sick of the southern heat by now. I’m enjoying a wonderful Midwestern summer! Happy reading!


  7. Jo @ Booklover Book Reviews July 13, 2018 at 8:57 PM #

    I don’t read seasonally either… and other than as a child, I can’t recall reading a ‘Christmas book’. I loved Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest — it is just delightful in any season.


    • Sam July 14, 2018 at 8:30 AM #

      It sounds like I’m not alone. Glad to hear that! It was a fun read to be sure. Probably not great for runs though haha. Happy reading!


  8. Aislynn d'Merricksson July 14, 2018 at 5:52 AM #

    Oh, I’m so bad at ‘seasonal’ reading too! I read what I want, what I’m interested in, it what I’m committed to reading for a review place


    • Sam July 14, 2018 at 8:32 AM #

      So glad others have problems reading seasonally appropriate books! It’s more important to read what you like. Happy reading!


  9. deaddeerblog October 15, 2018 at 6:30 PM #

    Thank you for this (now) unseasonal post; I have just done the same, sort of! Spending this autumn reading (and re-reading) The Summer Book by Tove Jansson, it is absolutely brilliant, possibly the best book I have ever read – I’ve just read it four times straight ….


    • Sam October 15, 2018 at 8:56 PM #

      That’s high praise! I’m terrible at reading things when they’re seasonally appropriate. I don’t know how others do it. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

      • deaddeerblog October 15, 2018 at 9:17 PM #

        Thanks – if you interested I have written a review of it, although you’d probably need to know the book to understand it, which is an odd thing to say about a review!: In the comments under it I linked to some (better) reviews around … if it isn’t bad form to link to myself here, then its at If it IS bad form, please delete this comment, and happy reading yourself, thanks!

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  10. Maciej Nowicki October 18, 2018 at 8:21 AM #

    Great reviews 🙂
    Short but comprehensive.
    Two weeks ago I was thinking about reading “Critical Chain” by Eliyahu Goldratt


    • Sam October 18, 2018 at 9:16 AM #

      I recommend it, it’s a great read!


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