OK, so summer isn’t technically over, but I’m back at school, so I am definitely not in the summery mood anymore!
This summer I got a lot of reading done, and that makes me so happy. I also just got back from a trip to Spain wherein I got a heck of a lot of reading done. Thus, I wanted to share with you all my favourite reads of this summer.
In no particular order:
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
I read Cinder last year, but this summer I managed to power through Scarlet, Cress, and Winter. I loved this series so much, and I’m actually quite annoyed it took me so long to get back to it after reading Cinder – it definitely gets better at it goes along, as unbelieveable as that is, thinking back to how phenomenal I though Cinder was.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
I read this on a whim – going into it without knowing anything at all, not even the synopsis – and I’m so glad I did. It was so great to learn about the characters and their histories as I went along rather than know it all going in. Frankly, reading this book was a magical experience. You can read my full review here.
Summer Days & Summer Nights by Stephanie Perkins
I read one of these short stories after every full book I completed, kind of like a reward or respite from full, lengthy novels. A lot of these stories were refreshing and unique, but others felt a bit unoriginal or boring. Nevertheless, the collection overall was really great. Full review to come soon.
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
Morgan Matson books are just the best things to read in summer. I adore them, and The Unexpected Everything was not an exception. It was exciting and funny and really upbeat. The characters were also really great to read about, as this book puts a lot of emphasis on the importance of friendship. You can read my full review here.
Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
Speaking of Morgan Matson… I believe this is Matson’s first book, and I read it just before I read The Unexpected Everything. Whilst I didn’t enjoy it as much as The Unexpected Everything – as it wasn’t as upbeat or positive in its messages (not that the messages weren’t positive, just not as positive) – I still really enjoyed this book. It’s actually really interesting to see how Morgan Matson has progressed in her writing abilities between these books. Read my full review here.
The Martian by Andy Weir
I picked up a copy of this book during my trip to NYC, and I’m so glad I did! This book was so far out of my comfort zone, yet so incredibly enjoyable. I loved everything about it, except, perhaps, its movie adaptation, but that’s another story. Literally. Read my full review here.
Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin
It feels so long ago that I read this book, but, alas, it was actually during summer 2016. This book was unlike any book I’ve ever read, and not only because I’ve never read alternate history before: the characters were dynamic, their beings seeming to jump off the page; the writing was fervent, every sentence, every thought flowing seamlessly into the next; the events were exhilarating, making me breathless with anticipation throughout. Read my full review here.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Though this was a reread, I’m still going to include it, for I adored this book even more this time around. I don’t know what it is about Rainbow Rowell, but all of her characters instantly feel like friends, like real people you want to snuggle up close to. Fangirl was one of the first books to make me feel this way, and it still does almost 3 years on.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
This is another book I puchased on my trip to NYC, and another book I adored. I’ve read a lot of books about mental conditions – especially autism – this summer, and I find myself subconsciously comparing every single one to this book. The bar is high! Read my full review here.
Just One Day series by Gayle Forman
There’s a lot that I loved about this series – from the characters, to the travelling aspect, to the romance – but the one thing I loved the most is that every happiness and lightness to the story was contrasted with depth that was extremely eye-opening. I loved that this book started off as one about finding love, but ended up being one about finding yourself. Full review to come soon.
Which is the best book you read this summer? Tell me in the comments!