Summer is a time of warmth, poolsides, humidity, sunshine, bonfires, roadtrips, and, perhaps best of all, time with no school. This is actually my first summer for three years where I haven’t been taking summer classes. And I’m doing an internship and I’m technically taking a class at BYU to get credit for the internship (but all I have to do is write an essay every week, so it doesn’t really count). But I’m at home! When I come home from my internship and my job, I have all the free time in the world. I don’t have to worry about hours of homework and readings for classes. Blegh. I’m getting annoyed thinking about it. So let’s live in the moment: here. Here where I’ve been reading like crazy. Where I can grab a book and take it poolside and just read in the sun with no worries besides my easily-burnt skin. Ah, the beauty of such a thing. So here are my top ten books on my to-read list this summer! FYI Click on the pictures to be taken to the Goodreads page.
I just finished and reviewed the first one a few days ago and it was seriously so beautiful. I loved it so much, so I can’t wait to get my hands on the last two and find out what happens in this beautifully-imagined and unique world. Read my review of DoSaB here.
I’ve heard such wonderful and beautiful things about this book that I ordered it right away! Actually I ordered it all the way from London because I like the UK cover better. Does that make me weird? Oh well. It was free shipping, sucker.
Anyways, it’s described as a “hugely imaginative, engrossing and vivid fantasy novel, inspired by folk and fairy tales.” It sounds like it’s right up my alley. And it’s currently sitting on my bookshelf, so it’s up on that list!
This is a debut novel from A.N. Willis that gets published next week. I got it for review and am excited to try it out and see how I like it.
Basically it’s a parallel universe book. And when I was thinking about this concept, I realized I don’t think I’ve ever read another book with parallel universes! I’ve seen some movies…but no books come to mind.
Also whenever I see the cover, all I notice now are the weird faces she’s making in the reflections.
The Winner’s Crime
I just read the first in this series, too, and really enjoyed it! The first is The Winner’s Curse and it’s just a really enticing story. Albeit with an obvious love interest.
Buuuuuut I’m excited to read the sequel and see how the story turns out. There are some secondary characters that I have a feeling are going to play bigger roles in this one, and I always love when that happens.
Ah, I guess this summer is just the summer of sequels. I’ve started a lot of great series recently and this one is on the top of that list. I read and reviewed The 5th Wave here…and I loved it. The very poetic language kind of turned me off at first, but by the end I didn’t care because the story was fantastic.
I hope I enjoy the sequel just as much!
I received this one for review and am super excited! Again this is a debut author and this book has been receiving really good reviews! It doesn’t get published until September but it’s on my list of things to read soon.
So hopefully I’ll enjoy it! Also it says “he narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more,” which can be really interesting and creative if done well!
I received this one for review, too, but it’s been sitting on my shelf awhile now. I’m hoping to read it soon and do a giveaway also because they accidentally gave me two copies! But this one just became the 2015 Oprah Book Club book. And of the few that I’ve read on that list, they’re usually really good. Full of historical stories and beautiful language and imagery.
And I’m sure this one will be just as good!
I just read my first Rosamund Hodge book, Cruel Beauty, last week and I actually really loved it. I didn’t end up reviewing it but it’s a Beauty and the Beast retelling that is super unique and mixed with Greek mythology.
Crimson Bound is a Red Riding Hood retelling (not a sequel to CB) and I’m very, very excited. I’ve always loved fairy tale retellings and I love when authors can take the original story and make it new and their own.
This one came out earlier this year and I have it checked out from the library right now. I’ve heard really, really great things about it.
And the main character’s name is Johanna….which is my middle name, so waddup. Basically I’m the main character of this book.
Just kidding, except not really.
These are my ten next-to-be-read books! What are you reading this summer? Have you read any of these and liked or didn’t like them? Let me know!