Summer is flying by faster than I ever imagined. Soon enough, I’ll be entering the whirlwind of my freshman year of college. The summer spent living and working at the beach will be a distant, lovable memory as I get into the swing of things at school. With this in mind, it’s the perfect time to recap the books I’ve read so far this summer.
My go-to summer reads are books that make me laugh, cry, and jump for joy. The best summer reads have happy endings and make you feel a renewed joy for life! I never got into doing a specific reading challenge/goal for 2017, but I do love keeping track of what books I read and what I thought of them!
Each book below has a brief description of my thoughts, and you can click on the heading with the title to be taken to the Goodreads page for each book! If you’ve read any of these, let me know down below.
This is one of the most powerful, inspirational, transformational books I’ve ever had the privilege of experiencing. I have seen the world in a different, more beautiful light since reading about Courtney and her amazing family. It taught me so much about how we view ourselves, how we plan for happiness, and how we treat those around us. I highly recommend that everyone read this book!
I posted a full review of this one last month. I absolutely fell into the world of Flora Banks, a girl with an inability to form new memories. She tries to navigate her world after one memory sticks: kissing a boy. Check out my review here to get more information about this book and what I thought of it!
Morgan Matson is one of my absolute favorite authors, and I find myself reaching for her books throughout the summer. Her writing is amazing, and Since You’ve Been Gone is one of my favorites. Emily is a normal, slightly shy girl pulled along by her best friend Sloan. They have big plans for the summer, but then Sloan disappears with no trace, leaving a list of things for Emily to do before the summer ends. The supporting characters are what make this book spectacular. It’s a really fun summer read!
I also reviewed this book on the blog. I adored this fun, warm read! Alex, Approximately was really enjoyable and I loved the way the characters blossomed across the page so vibrantly. I felt like I was a part of the story! Check out my review here.
I have read this book a couple times. Summer is when I return to all my old favorites. This is one of the most well-written roadtrip, coming-of-age stories ever. Each character is facing a set of challenges unique to them, and I love how they are all connected. Every section of the story is gorgeous, and I will never stop loving this book.
This book is a combination of so many things-technology, greed, wealth, advancement, loyalty, and growing up. In the future world of the story, the entire city of New York is contained in a towering skyscraper reaching into the clouds. The book flips between 5 perspectives and is, at times, hard to follow. I did enjoy this book in the long run but I don’t know if I’d read it again. Also, I hated the ending. My favorite character ends up being in a tragic situation, and that really sucks!
This is the most wonderful summer read ever. It captures the magic of Italy, and falling in love, and family secrets in the best way. The characters are vivid, and although sometimes I found the plot twists and storylines to be predictable, it was still amazing to be transported to the scenery and journey along with the characters. I devoured this book last summer and it was one I made sure to re-read while relaxing this summer!
This book was so much fun, and I have never read anything like it! The story follows Charlotte Holmes and Jamie (James) Watson, the great-great-great-great grandchildren of Sherlock and his partner. They end up at the same boarding school, and are brought together rapidly when they are framed for a series of brutal murders styled after the stories of their ancestors. This book was literally so fun. I breezed through its vivid scenery and plot twists in an afternoon or two spent out in the sun, and I can’t wait to pick up the sequel!
To Be Read
I still have quite a few books I’d like to work my way through this summer. Before I start college, I want to soak up the chance to read just for fun, since I know that in college, I’ll be doing tons of academic reading but probably won’t have much time to read whatever I want. There are a few summer reads left on my list.
I definitely want to read Wonder by Raquel J. Palacio. I have heard about this book forever, but with my recent occupational therapy internship, I feel like I could connect to it on a deeper level. I watched the trailer the other day for the movie adaptation, and it looks amazing!
Last time I was at Target, I picked up the novel Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith. Basically, it’s about a girl who doesn’t believe in luck, but is in love with her best friend. When she chances to buy him a lottery ticket for his 18th birthday, and he wins, $140 million dollars, their lives both change immensely, and the world between the two of them gets a bit more complex. I’m really excited about this one, and I think it’s going to shine as one of my favorite summer reads once I finish it!
Do you have any summer reading recommendations?