Summer time is always a great time for reading for me. I’m done with the school year. There are no exams for me to worry about. All my revision is packed away. I have ample amounts of time to dedicate to reading and I make the most of it. So, here are my summer reads of 2017!
A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard
This book kicked off my summer reading and I started it just as I had finished exams. It really got me back into reading. It was a great way to get back into reading since I hadn’t picked up a book in a while with revision going on. It’s such a gorgeously written book! I would definitely recommend it.
Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Sometimes fantasy books take me a little longer to get into but I had no problem immersing myself into this book. It willed me to keep turning the page. The more and more I got through it the less and less I was looking forward to reaching the end. It was a beautifully crafted book and I wasn’t reading to reach the ending. I can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel.
The Upside of Unrequited & Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
The Upside of Unrequited is Becky Albertalli’s latest book and it was sitting on my bookshelf for ages. It’s one of those books that I know I could read over and over again. Albertalli’s writing always feels so effortless. It’s what led me to then rereading Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda which has been a firm favourite of mine ever since I’ve read it.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
This is probably the most important book that I’ve read this year. The topic that Angie Thomas has put into this book is so important for people to read about. It ripped my heart apart whilst I was reading it but I still loved every single word. This isn’t a book that I would let people put off reading. You need to go and pick this book up if you haven’t already!
Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Mass
This is the second instalment in the Throne of Glass series. I love the first book so much and there was a massive gap between me reading the first and second one but it didn’t disappoint. I hooked from start to finish. Along with Caraval, this really put me back into the mood to read some more fantasy.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Another reread of the Summer but such an amazing book. Whilst I was waiting on my A Level results, it was just nice to read about someone else starting university. I always found Fangirl to be a really feel-good sort of book because I love seeing how Cather grows throughout the story.
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
This was in the same boat as Crown of Midnight since I had read the first book in The Grisha Trilogy but hadn’t gotten around to the rest. Seige and Storm was amazing! The description in the book never failed in grasping my interest. I’m so excited to getting around to reading the last book in the trilogy.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Since Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was celebrating it’s 20th birthday and I had boguht the Hufflepuff cover, I couldn’t help but read this. As usual, I was transported into my happy place. Now, I just need to make my way through the rest of the series again.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
I have a bit more of an in depth review about both of these over here. To summarise though, I loved reading both of these stories. It was the perfect type of escapism. I can’t believe it took me this long to read but it was completely worth the wait.
Paper Towns by John Green
This is the only book this Summer that I really didn’t enjoy reading. I didn’t really like any of the characters and it felt very similar to Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars. It was just really disappointing to read, especially when I got to the ending. It felt as though there was a lot of build up for nothing really.