Besides the spooky season, summer is my favourite time to get stuck into books! There is something so wonderful and wholesome about taking my current book down to the beach, the woods, or an outdoor café, and getting my emotions fed by another beautiful figment of literature’s never-ending imagination. For this reason, I’d love to share with you all a few of my most recommended reads for the summer time, to help you start planning out your summer TBR, and fall in love with some glorious characters and stories!
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
Series by Jenny Han
This series comprises of three novels, told from the perspective of our narrator, Lara Jean. After a series of love-letters she wrote to all her past crushes get mailed out, she ends up in a chaotic situation, having to face up to a series of unrequited loves, and further down the line, some morally challenging situations. I’m sure many of you have heard of this series from the Netflix film adaption, and what better time to read the series that summer 2019, with the adaption for the second novel, P.S. I Still Love You confirmed to be in the making this year! Lara Jean is one of the kindest, most adorable teen-voices I’ve read in a YA contemporary, and this series features some of my most favourite couples in YA literature!
The Raven Cycle
by Maggie Stiefvater
Oh my goodness, this series earned its place in my heart last summer! This series of four novels tells the story of a group of public school boys in search of the long-lost Welsh king Glendower, said to be buried on a magic leyline, awaiting to be found, and grant a wish to whoever awakens him. Enter Blue, a young girl from a family of psychics who has been told since birth that she will cause her true love to die by kissing him. Yep, you’ve guessed it; as she teams up with the boys, using her own abilities as a battery for awakening the magical leylines, she inevitably falls for one of the boys. This series hosts a number of fantastic twists and turns, and offers one of my favourite character groups of all times. Be aware the series is a little slow to begin with, but by the time you’ve read the first 100 pages or so, you will be hooked!
Simon VS The Homosapien’s Agenda
by Becky Albertalli
I’m sure many of you have again heard of this book, but I simply couldn’t go without including it. Our narrator Simon Spier, an American schoolboy, has fallen in love with an online pen-pal who goes by the name of Blue. Unsure as to who Blue really is, Simon suddenly falls under the pressure of having to come-out before he is ready, when his online chain of emails with his unidentified male classmate is threatened to be leaked to the rest of the school. This book hosts one of my favourite LGBTQ+ representations in contemporary literature, and I found the novel to be a very touching account of life for people who are untimely rushed out of their comfort zone. These sensitive issues are beautifully dealt with by Albertalli, and the novel is an all-round heartwarming tale.
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue
by Mackenzi Lee
Can we all just stop for a moment, and appreciate how BEAUTIFUL this book is? This was inarguably one of my top five reads of the year so far. Set in the 1700s, Lord Henry “Monty” Montague, a born-and-bred, yet untamed, gentleman, sets sail across the world with his best friend, Percy, to try and find a cure for Percy’s epilepsy, without which, he will be sent to a mental institution. One slight issue; Monty has a crush on Percy. Why is this an issue, you ask? Well, it’s the 1700s, and Percy is A. A Man, B. Black, and C. Lower-class. This book, deals with these social prejudices in a very sensitive way, but also has the most pin-point wit and satirical challenge to social taboos, it really does showcase the strength of morality and acceptance of equality.