Top 5 Tuesday

Top 5 Tuesday – Summer Time Reads

Good morning my lovelies,

A number of blogs that I follow take part in Top 5 Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm and I thought that I would join in the fun this month too.

Shanah comes up with the topics a month at a time so that we’ve got some thinking space. If you’re interested in participating in Top 5 Tuesday, all you have do is write up your post and pingback to one of Shanah’s posts. Make sure you pingback to her posts and not just her blog so she can add you to the list.

This week’s topic is…

So what do you class as a Summer read? For me, summer reads are those books that are light entertainment; the sort of books I can pick up while I’m sat outside in the warm sun with a glass of something chilled beside me. So today, my list is going to include a lot of fluff, cozy-ness and books that make me smile. 🙂


An American Town Full Of Cozy Paranormal Romance

Kristen Painter is still a new-to-me author and although I’ve only read the first book in the Nocturne Falls series, I will definitely be reading more.

I loved her writing style, finding this book very easy to read. I enjoyed all the characters that Ms Painter created, the town of Nocturne Falls was inspired and I loved the plot and its twists and turns that we were taken on.

There is absolutely no offensive content within these pages – language, violence or sex – and so I can recommend it to lovers of charming, paranormal romance tales that enjoy a sprinkling of humour and a happily ever after ending of any age.



Amazing Magical Adventures In A Quintessentially English Village.

I really love Holly Bell’s writing style; it’s easy to read with intelligent prose and engaging plot-lines that is sprinkled with gentle humour. Her series centres around the purely fictional Sunken Madley which Ms Bell has populated with a host of captivating characters that I found completely believable.

I have fallen in love with our main characters and am enjoying watching them grow throughout these books; our resilient heroine Amanda Cadabra has got all the qualities that I look for in a female lead (she’s definitely got gumption) and Detective Thomas Trelawney is intelligent and a worthy hero. I can’t talk about our main characters without mentioning my favourite feline, Tempest; he’s Amanda’s familiar and just steals the scenes that he’s in.

There is absolutely nothing offensive within these books – language, violence or sex – and so I can recommend the series to lovers of charming, paranormal tales who enjoy a sprinkling of humour and a happily ever after ending of any age.



A Magical Town With Plenty Of Paranormal Mysteries.

April Fernsby is a new-to-me author and although I’ve only read the first book in the Brimstone Witch Mystery series, I found her writing style easy to read, the cast of characters plentiful, the plot was fast but engaging and I loved her thesis for this series – a magical town of Brimstone that’s residents are all mystical/paranormal beings. I will be reading more!

I love reading stories where the heroine is intelligent, resourceful, resilient and has oodles of gumption; Cassia isn’t there yet in this first book but I think that as the series progresses she may become so.

This book is comfortably within the cozy mystery genre; there are absolutely no scenes that could cause offence. The mystery itself is far from sophisticated however it’s not without its twists and turns.



The Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries series is a ghostly murder mystery series set in modern America – Sugarland, Tennessee to be exact – and features the town’s residents, both living and deceased.

I love Angie Fox’s writing style; I find her books very easy to read and I like the way she weaves all the elements of her stories together; the mystery, the prejudice Verity’s ghost whispering brings out, the strained relationship between Verity and the rest of the townsfolk of Sugarland who are loyal to the Wydell family, and, of course, the ghosts and their issues.



A Cozy Mystery Series With A Sprinkling Of The Supernatural.

Tricia O’Malley is a new-to-me author and although I’ve only read this first book in her Althea Rose Mystery series, I liked her writing style, the pace her plot developed and the subtle mix of magic and the paranormal that she added to her world.

I enjoyed this book; it was good. One Tequila has proved to have many of the elements that I look for in an engaging story; a good mystery thriller, humour, a great leading lady, a good set of supporting characters and it even had some romance and a sprinkling of magic and the supernatural.



So, now you’ve read my post, why don’t you hop along to some of the other amazing blogs taking part in this week’s Top 5 Tuesday. If you’re taking part too, don’t forget to leave your comment below with a link to your Top 5 Tuesday post so I can visit your blog and check out what your top 5 are.

Enjoy the rest of your week.

Bye for now. x

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(5) Comments

  1. Ooo i love all the cozy paranormals! They are always fun to read or listen to 🙂

  2. I so agree about your take on summer reads. It’s the time for light entertainment – nothing too dark or heavy. All your picks seems to fit that perfectly! 🙂

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  4. Beware Of The Reader says:

    I so love that list with witches!! And yes I share your definition of summer reads!

  5. All of them sound fun. I like reading series during summer holidays

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