Hi friends! Summer breezed by way too quickly, but I did get to enjoy tons of beach time with my family and catch up on some reading. This past summer, I made my way through quite a few books on my 2018 reading list. I got to meet the authors of two of my favorite books of summer, and I branched out into more adult fiction instead of just young adult. I’m sharing all the books I read in summer 2018. Want to see a full review of any of these? Let me know down below! To keep up with my current reads, feel free to follow along on Goodreads.
I reread this adorable book every single summer. There’s a full review of this one up on the blog here, and I highly recommend it! Food, Italy, a sweet love story and a mysterious journal–what more could you ask for in a YA novel? Jenna Evans Welch has a beautiful writing style and manages to capture lots of what it means to be a teenager.
This was one of the most beautifully written, complex and intricate stories I’ve ever read. You know a book is good when you stay up way later than intended. This book zooms in on two very different families in a seemingly perfect town. It breaks down humanity so well and lets us get a glimpse into how we become who we are, and how underneath it all, we all crave such similar things. The book focuses on what it means to be a mother, where family comes from, and how our paths cross in unexpected ways.
If you know me or read the blog, you know how excited I was to meet Siobhan Vivian and Morgan Matson this summer. I attended their book tour event at my favorite bookstore in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware called Browseabout Books. Stay Sweet is the perfect summer book. With strong girl-power themes, a historic and overall amazing ice cream shop, and a sweet coming-of-age plot, you can’t get more sunshine summer vibes than this book!
Morgan Matson is one of my all time favorite authors. Her books are all AMAZING, and her newest Save the Date is no exception. A full review of this one and Stay Sweet + recapping the book signing experience is on the blog!
I LOVE THIS BOOK. Honestly, Dumplin’ is a book every young girl should have to read. Confidence shouldn’t be about how you look, it should come from within. Every character is so vivid and relatable and I can’t recommend this enough. Looking different is hard, and being okay with who we are and accepting our differences as positive couldn’t be more important. I also love the friendships and complex dynamics captured in this book.
With such high expectations going into this one, I definitely was not disappointed. We have another shining star by Jenna Evans Welch, set in Ireland this time around. Our main character has been troubled about a secret relationship gone wrong with a terrible boy. She embarks on a roadtrip with her brother, who she’s not on the best terms with, and unexpectedly learns to cope with a broken heart. Such great friendships come into play in this book, and characters I loved in her last book made appearances!
This book was one of my favorites of the summer. I usually stick to either YA or more inspirational books, but recently I’ve been venturing into adult fiction. Alexa and Drew meet each other in an uncanny turn of events, and Alexa spontaneously agrees to be Drew’s fake girlfriend and date to the wedding of his ex-girlfriend. Of course, there’s a magical connection there, and the most frustrating and adorable love story ensues. There’s distance, two powerhouse careers, and of course, internal confidence issues to consider. I loved this book and can’t wait for her next one to release!
I have such absurd amounts of love for this book. The characters couldn’t be any cuter or more vivid. Dimple has no interest in “traditional” Indian marriage ideals, and Rishi is the complete opposite. He wants so badly to honor his family and fulfill his destiny. What Dimple doesn’t know is that her parents agreeing to send her to a lifelong dream summer camp is a sneaky opportunity for her to meet her arranged marriage partner. Even with a tumultuous (and hilarious) beginning to their story, they become friends, and even a little more. I love how chock-full of good things and creative plot pieces this book is! Sandhya Menon has so much talent.
Obviously I have a theme of reading many books by the same author, but hey–when you find someone with talent, stick with them! This novel tells the story of a girl who is bold, outgoing, and borderline immature–who knows how to have fun and is beyond loyal. Her town is slowly sinking underwater, and she’s going to soon leave the home and people she’s known. I loved the ending of this book. It was much more realistic than I expected and the love story worked out in an interesting way.
I’m going to keep this short and sweet: read this book. Films, passion, an adorable nerdy male love interest who is beyond sweet. A powerful protagonist learning to embrace her own confidence. A case of mistaken identity and an adorable love story. Figuring out who you are and how to deal with coming into the light.
This book was LONG, but if you have any love at all for the royal family, you will enjoy this book. It’s equal parts frustrating and sweet. The main character is quirky and bold, and we get to see her go through periods of change and trials that are relatable even to us non-royals. Basically a re-telling of the royal love story but with much more trial-and-error. I did enjoy this in the end! Just prepare yourself for a loooong ride.
Okay, so I totally missed the bandwagon for this one by a few (a ton of) years, but it was really good! I think it’s definitely targeted toward a younger audience, but I still enjoyed it. This dystopian novel explores what happens when everyone under 14 suddenly develops distinct abilities, and begin to be imprisoned in government-run camps. I really liked this book! In all honesty, I probably won’t read the sequel because I can tell it would infuriate me, but I recommend this if you like young adult dystopians with sudden power themes.
This book was my most anticipated book of 2018, and I saved it up as long as I could. Buy this book, read this book, love this book! It’s an anthology of the stories of people who were destined to meet. Meet cutes are my favorite thing ever, especially when well done, and every single one of these stories are perfectly written! Plus, they’re very diversely representative of love stories coming in different shapes, sizes, colors, and personalities.
What books did you read this summer? Comment below and let me know! I’m always looking for more good books to add to my list.