SUMMER IS HERE!
Hey-o, internet people! (lol idk)
So summer has officially arrived (like two weeks ago but whatever) and I have so much work to do. I need to study my arse off, update this blog for you guys, work on the script for our annual school production, do the summer holiday homework (CURSE YOU, SCHOOL!), and work on my almost non-existent novel.
So what am I gonna do?
I’m gonna read.
I’m not really the kind of person who makes a summer TBR – mostly I just read the stuff I want to read, whenever I want to read it.
So here’s a list of books I read recently and adored, along with books I really really want to read (if my library has them. Because I’m broke.)
(By the by, I linked all the book covers to their Goodreads pages. So just clicking on them should open up a new tab. 🙂 )
Books I loved:
- Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz. I’m not usually the kind of person who reads lots of YA novels, but John Green got me hooked into the genre. This book was beautifully written, and I cried at least ten times throughout the whole thing. It’s about two boys – Aristotle and Dante – trying to understand the mysteries of themselves, as well as things around them. Ari and Dante will forever live on in my heart. 🙂
- Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. Yet another YA novel. This book was hilarious and had me laughing so much I almost cried, but it was also heartwarming and kind of sad in a few places. The perfect combination, don’t you think? It was amazing, this book.
- Heartless by Marissa Meyer. I mainly read this because it was by Marissa Meyer, the author of the Lunar Chronicles. (Also because it was an Alice in Wonderland retelling, and I love Alice.) I was NOT disappointed. Basically, this is the story of how the Queen of Hearts came to be the Queen of Hearts. The ending made me cry so much 😦
- Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. I read this because of all the hype surrounding the show (and you know me, I’d prefer reading a book to watching a movie/TV series). The beginning was interesting, but there were some bits in the middle that just lost me. Overall, though, it was a really good book – and much better than the TV show (which I watched two episodes of, but still.)
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. Initially, I shunned this book because I thought it was going to be a kiddish one. But then a friend started raving on about how good it was, so I borrowed it from her – and I was quite pleasantly surprised. It’s not childish at all – in fact, I think there are a few concepts which would be hard for children to grasp. It’s just a really fun, sometimes dark, action-filled book. (Also, while the movie was good and all, it was NOTHING like the book. They literally switched the names and abilities and looks of two characters! Like, it’s not even similar to the book!)
Books I really really want to read:
- Caraval by Stephanie Garber. Okay, so I actually did start reading this book – but for some reason I left it halfway through and started reading something else. (Am I the only one who does that?) But the book was actually really interesting and I’m looking forward to finishing it soon. (One of the main reasons I’m reading it is because of the cover. Isn’t it just beautiful?)
- Splintered by A. G. Howard. So I saw this series over on May’s (Forever and Everly) Summer TBR, and I read the first book – which was really good. In a psycho kind of way. Which is what the book is about. (It reminded me of the song Mad Hatter by Melanie Martinez… anyone else heard that song?) It’s basically an Alice in Wonderland retelling (and like I said before, I love Alice). I got the first book on my Kindle, but I’m hoping I can find the other books in the series in my library. (Because, like I mentioned, I’m broke.)
3. History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera. Because I really want to start reading more contemporary novels, and I heard that Adam Silvera is an amazing author. I read a sample of this book (thank you, Goodreads) and it seems interesting and heart-wrenching; it’s a definite yes.
4. More Happy than Not by Adam Silvera. Yep, another Adam Silvera book. What can I say? This guy seems amazing. And I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book, so hey – can’t hurt, right?
5. Shatter Me. Right, so one of my friends kept raving on and on and on about how amazing and beautiful this book was, and how I should really read it, because it was so good – and well, you get the idea. So that’s mainly why I’m reading this series. (Also because the cover is really pretty. 😀 )
I mean there’s probably way more books I have and should read, but I already have enough stuff to do. So.
What are some of the books on your TBR? Do you randomly drop off books in the middle because something more interesting came up? Do you read every single book by your favorite author because you’ll love them no matter what? Do you like my new layout and fonts and aesthetics? DO YOU LOVE CONTEMPORARY NOVELS AS MUCH AS I DO?!! Tell me everything in the comments.