Any of you that have followed me for a while will know that each season I make a series of post relating to that season (nails, candles and photography). Well today I am going to be starting a new one. Reads. These will be books that I have been reading so far this season and really enjoying. They will mostly be based around the season when possible, so they are basically books that I recommend that you read in this season….I have no idea if any of that actually made sense, I hope it did. Oh well, let’s just start this and hopefully it will become clearer. So, here are my Summer Reads.
When We Collided by Emery Lord
This book is a stunning young adult contemporary. It follows two main characters, Jonah and Vivi as they spend their summer falling in love with each other. Vivi whirls into town, this vibrant, bundle of energy and turns Jonahs life upside down. All is not as simple as it may seem though. Jonah is still grieving his father, dealing with his mothers break down and trying to play parent to his three young siblings and Vivi has plenty of demons herself. This book is a lovely summer read. It is a beautiful story about love and loss, darkness and light. It is truly wonderful.
The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
This book has similar themes to the last one. It is also a young adult contemporary and again follows its main character, Lennon (aka, Lennie), as she grieves the sudden loss of her sister and falls in love. This book is incredible. You will laugh and cry, and completely fall in love with the characters. This story is beautiful. It is incredibly well written and just contains so many important messages. It is a slightly heavier read, in the sense that it is quiet dark at times, but it is well worth a read
Miss Peregrines Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
This book is perfect for those of you that prefer more fantasy based books (this is my usual preference). Miss Peregrines is this beautiful story of a young boy, well teenager, discovering a whole new side of the world and finally finding himself. You follow Jacob as he uncovers the secrets of his grandfather’s childhood and finds himself in 1940’s Wales, surrounded by children with extraordinary talents. This book is wonderfully creative. It doesn’t quiet live up to its hype, at least not in my opinion, but it is enjoyable none the less.
We Were Liars by E Lockheart
Set on a private island, you follow Cadence as she slowly uncovers the events that scared her family. This young adult contemporary will break your heart. It grips you from page one, pulling you in. You will not be able to put it down. It is a truly stunning book with so many twists and turns it will leave you dizzy. This is one of my favourite reads of the year so far. If you are only going to read one book this summer, make it this one (although word of warning, do not read any reviews before reading it. Just trust me on that one).
Summer Days and Summer Nights by Various (Edited by Stephanie Perkins)
This isn’t a actually a novel, this book is a collection of 12 short stories, by 12 different authors. Some of the authors include, Cassandra Claire, Stephanie Perkins, Veronica Roth and Jenifer E Smith among others. All of these stories are summer romances and they are brilliant. You will fall in love over and over again. Each and every story is just incredible. If you don’t have a lot of time to read or just want something very easy, this is the book for you.
Harry Potter And The Cursed Child by J K Rowling
I don’t really feel as if I need to say a lot about this one. Although this one isn’t set in summer time it is just a really lovely, easy read. Essentially this book, well play, is the eighth instalment in the Harry Potter series. It is set 19 years after Deathly Hallows and follows Harry’s youngest son, Albus. The play picks up at the epilogue from DH and follows Albus as he basically discovers who he really is. There are lots of twists and turns in the story, there is friendship and magic and I personally loved it. You will laugh, gasp and cry. There are also some life lessons in this, which is very J K. I read this book in a matter of hours. It is a very easy read.
Girl Online, On Tour by Zoe Sugg
This is the second instalment in the Girl Online series and set over the summer. It is a really nice teen contemporary. We follow Penny as she goes on tour with her rock star boyfriend, Noah. There are lots of ups and downs, twists and turns. This one is aimed at a younger audience then the others, but I found it quiet enjoyable (I am 20). This series is just very easy to read. There are relatable characters and interesting storylines. They are generally just enjoyable. (to understand this book you do need to have read the first in the series, which is set at Christmas).
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
This book is a very sweet young adult romance/contemporary It is by far the most easy going book I read this summer. You follow Andie as all of her well mapped out plans for the summer crumble, leaving her to pick up the pieces. What she never expected was to find her true calling in life and fall in love. The book is set during summer time and is just a lovely read. All the characters are very relatable and seem so genuine. The storylines are all very interesting They twist a lot and keep you interested I will warn you though that it took me quiet a while to into this book. It is quiet slow going at the start, but ultimately, you will be drawn into it. It is just a very sweet, summery romance.
And that is it. Those are my summer reads. All of these books have full reviews for them (most are already up, but the last couple that aren’t, will be going up this weekend) in case you where interested in learning more about any of the books (all my reviews are spoiler free). I am aware that there are a lot of contemporary books in this list, but that is purely because I have found myself very drawn to them this summer. Anyway. I hope that you enjoyed this post, I know that I really enjoyed writing it. What has been your favourite read this summer? I would love to know. I will see you all again soon.