Book Title Buzzwords | SUMMER

Book Title Buzzwords

I love noticing title trends in the YA world (and in adult books too!) and I can also tell that there are certain words I latch onto. Book Title Buzzwords features books that I’ve read (or want to read) that follow some recent trends! 

I don’t even know where spring went but it’s almost summer! The weather is getting warmer quickly here in the Midwest (and then in traditional fashion, I’m sure it’ll come right back down) so we’ve all got summer on the brain! If it’s not a buzzword in books right now, it sure is around town. Here are some of my favorite “summer” titles and ones I still need to read!

SUMMERTIME, SUMMERTIME

open road summerOPEN ROAD SUMMER by Emery Lord | Bloomsbury | April 15th, 2014

OPEN ROAD SUMMER was my first Emery Lord book (well, it was her first Emery Lord book too since it was her debut… ha!) and I totally didn’t expect to love it like I did. I knew it involved a lot of country music and a country pop star and since I’m not a country fan, I was very hesitant. I don’t know why since it’s not like the book was forcing me to listen to the music but anyhow… I read it. I loved it. I treasured it. Emery Lord knocked it out of the park with her debut and I’ve loved all of her books since! It’s the perfect summertime read full of best friends, road trips, romance, ice cream, fairs, and redemption. I love, love, love the friendship in this book and the romance was totally swoony too!
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THE SUMMER I BECAME A NERD by Leah Rae Miller | Entangled | May 7th, 2013

I probably wouldn’t have read this book if we hadn’t read it for the Selective Collective and I surely wouldn’t have known about it if I wasn’t a blogger so that makes me even more glad that the stars aligned for me to read this one. I simply ADORED it. The book is so stinkin’ cute from start to finish and I loved that it was about a cheerleader who’s secretly a huge nerd and not a nerd who wants to be a popular girl. Who knew LARPing could be so cool? The cover is not my favorite and it’s a weird stock image with weird font so if you’re not a fan of the cover, don’t let it fool you. The inside is purely awesome! (The German cover is actually super cute and it’s called “Flirt mit Nerd” which literally means Flirt with Nerd and I love it.)
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summer of sloane erin l. schneiderSUMMER OF SLOANE by Erin L. Schneider | Disney Hyperion| May 3rd, 2016

SUMMER OF SLOANE was another great summery read, both in title and in season! There’s so much in this book about family, friendships, and relationships developing in both. I did enjoy the romance but I actually really liked what this book did for Sloane’s family and her friends. She has old friends who she may never fully reconcile with and new friends (who are old kind of very old friends) who become like a family. I really appreciated all of the relationships in this book and I also LOVED that it took place in Hawaii! I’ve never been but the book almost made me feel like I was there (and yes, I totally do need to go someday).
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SUMMER GIRLS…

TWENTY BOY SUMMER by Sarah Ockler
I loooove my first Sarah Ockler book (THE BOOK OF BROKEN HEARTS) but then had a series of misses or less than stellar reads so even though I’ve had this book forever, I still haven’t read it. Someday!
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THE SUMMER I TURNED PRETTY by Jenny Han
I still haven’t read a Jenny Han book (but hey, I finally read a Morgan Matson so can we lay off?) and this title and character just kill me. THE SUMMER I TURNED PRETTY just sounds grammatically incorrect and the girl’s name is Belly? I couldn’t get over it so I never started it.
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SECOND CHANCE SUMMER by Morgan Matson
I don’t know if I’ll ever get to this one due to its content (it sounds too sad for me) but it’s still on my reading list and has been for years!
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TWO SUMMERS by Amy Friedman
This book sounded cute, light, and just plain fun. It seems to have mixed reviews but I still have an ARC of it that I’d like to read! 
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What are you favorite “summer” books? Have any of these titles caught your eye for some summer reading?