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Summer Reads

Hey Guys!

Those that have followed me for a while will know that during each season I make a series of posts, each one relating to a specific thing in that season. For instance, spring candles, autumn nails, ect ect. And today it is time for my summer reads. This is kind of like a recommendations post but also like a wrap up of sorts. Basically, in this post I will talk about the books that I have read so far this season and loved, the ones that I think are good to read during this season. A lot of the time they are set during the season, so most of the books on this list are set during summer time. I really hope that makes sense.

During the summer I tend to read a lot of contemporary. I feel like they are just the best genre to sit down with in the sun. they are usually quiet light and easy to get through, which I think is why I like them in the summer. I like a good easy read while sitting in the sun. there are also a lot of contemporary set during the summer time. But, that being said, I have been reading a few other genre’s as well. But, that is enough waffling for one day. Lets get to the actual post already.

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Nick And Noah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

This is a brilliant little YA contemporary that you will want to read in one sitting. It is only 200 pages, but it is brilliant. In this book you follow two teenagers, Nick and Noah, over the course of just one night. Over this night you watch them meet, and start to fall for each other in a epic adventure around NYC. I loved this book. The characters are so real and relatable, the storyline is really gripping, I adored it. It also has some brilliant LGBTQA+ representation in it, which just makes it even better. Go diversity!

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Spellslinger by Sebastien De Castell

welcome to a world of magic and tricks. This is the first book in a new fantasy series and it is incredible. It has instantly become one of my all-time favourite books. In Spellslinger you follow 15 year old Kellen as he navigates his way through a world where magic is everything. But he has an issue, his is disappearing. You follow him as he tries to uncover the secrets of his magic, untangle a web of lies surrounding him and try to survive long enough to save his sister. This is a fast paced, adrenaline fuelled book that will leave you itching for the next one. A must read for any fantasy lover.

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Wilde Like Me by Louise Pentland

When you read this book, you will fall in love with Robin Wilde. This brilliant debut follows 20 something, single mum Robin over a year of her life. You see her deal with everything from mummy issues to dating and the book even touches on elements of mild depression. This book is sweet and funny, daring and brilliant. It has highs and lows and many funny moments. I read this in just two days, it was such a good book and I cannot wait for the next one. It is the perfect summer read.

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A Darker Shade Of Magic Trilogy by V E Schwabb

This is one of my all-time favourite trilogies (and yes, I have already put this series in a reads post, but it is so good, it deserves to be in another). This multi-verse trilogy puts a whole new spin on the magical universe. It is fast paced and dark, sexy and funny, and full of incredible characters. You follow a magician called Kell as he finds himself on a deadly adventure with an unlikely ally in the form of a young cut-throat called Lila. You cannot help but love this trilogy. It keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time. This is one of the best magic based stories that I have read in a long time.

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Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

You need to read this book. Follow 16 year old Vivian through most of the junior year at East Rockport High. At this very corrupted school, the football team are hailed as gods, allowed to do as they please with no repercussions, not even by teachers. Viv has had enough of ‘make me a sandwich’ comments, strictly enforced dress codes that only target girls, being grouped in hallways and all the other stuff that is going on at her school. So, taking inspiration from her ex rebel mother, she starts a zine called Moxie and triggers a revolution. This is a brilliant book. It explores feminism and girls rights and the idea that one girl can cause a change. I read this in just one sitting. It is brilliant. Everyone needs to read it.

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Billy And Me by Giovanna Fletcher

This is a really surprising story about a 20 something woman, who lives in a little village in Kent and works in a bakery, who falls in love with a world famous movie star. On the surface you think that this story is going to be a bit shallow and predictable, but in reality it was so much more then I was expecting. The characters are so real and three dimensional, the storylines are a lot more complex than I thought they would be, there are a lot of hard hitting storylines throughout, all in all, it is so much more than I thought it would be. It is the perfect book to curl up with and just lose yourself in. I laughed, I cried, I fell in love.

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Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

This is the story of a 17-year-old girl’s suicide. After Hannah takes her own life, tapes suddenly start arriving on her classmate’s doorsteps, on them, Hannah’s reasons for ending her life. Throughout this book you see how people’s actions have consequences, how everything is all linked together and entwined. And how everything can snowball. This is a heart-breaking story and is well worth a read. You will laugh and cry and really connect with the characters. I do suggest listening to this one, is because of the format of the book. The book is told from Clay’s (one of the people who has received the tapes) POV but is primarily Hannah speaking. The audiobook is read by Debra Wiseman and Joel Johnstone who each take a POV. This just makes the story a lot easier to follow and much more enjoyable. There is also something about listening to this that just feels right. Plus, they are both amazing actors who really help to bring the story to life and to connect you to the characters. But however you read it, this is one of those books that you just cannot put down.

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A Court Of Thorns And Roses by Sarah J Maas

This Beauty And The Beast retelling is one of my favourite books that I have read this year. It is fast paced, action filled and so interesting. I couldn’t put it down. In this story you watch teenager Feyre trade her freedom for the lives of her family. Forced to leave her human life behind her, she is taken to Prythian, the fairy world. While there she discovers the secrets of the world, makes friends and slowly falls in love. This is a brilliant story. It is so gripping; I couldn’t put it down. If you haven’t read this series yet, you need to.

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The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord

In this lovely little book, you will follow 17-year-old Lucy over her summer as she works as a counsellor at Daybreak summer camp. A camp for troubled teens. Lucy has to learn how to handle trans teens, children who have lost a parent, the aftermath of abusive families, teen pregnancies and more, all while dealing with her own mother’s cancer. Throughout this book you watch Lucy struggle with life, question her religion and grow up. This is a wonderful, if heart-breaking book. I couldn’t put it down. If you want a book to just curl up with and lose yourself in, this is the one for you.

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The Upside Of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

This is hands down the best contemporary that I have read in ages. This story follows 17-year-old Molly over the course of one unforgettable summer. She is the girl who has had 26 crushes, but never done anything about it. this story follows her as she develops crush 27, makes new friends and generally starts to discover who she is. This is a beautiful story full of brilliant characters, and realistic storylines. I have never related to a story as much as I did this one. It is sweet and funny and so good. It is the perfect summer read.

And that is it. Those are my summer reads. All of these books have full reviews for them in case you were interested in learning more about any of the books (all my reviews are spoiler free). I swear, everything that I have read lately I have absolutely adored. I seem to be on a major run of incredible books recently. This summer, although I have been reading a lot of contemporary books, I have still been reading a fair amount of fantasy as well, which I don’t usually do during the summer. What have you been reading so far this summer? Anything I should give a try? I hope that you have enjoyed today’s post and I will see you all again very soon.

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