Hello everyone! Long time no see, huh? Life has gotten a bit crazy since my last post with moving back to uni and getting used to my new apartment. I tell myself to catch up on this blog every time I find some free time but then get distracted so sorry guys! But I am officially back and with far more posts planned for the next few months. Yay for being productive!
Today I thought that it would be fun to share with you guys a quick review of my summer reading wrap-up. I definitely didn’t read as much as I thought I would but making the most of my time with family and a break from school was priority. I actually didn’t realise until I started writing this blog that all of the books I read were either amazing (five stars) or average (three stars) which really isn’t bad for reading a total of six books but hopefully my year ends with high ratings.
During this past year, I have discovered that I tend to be a seasonal reader. Meaning happy YA’s in the summer, classics and serious novels in the fall/winter time, and a mix of classics and happy fiction in the spring. However, my 2017 summer seemed to be a mix. From nonfiction to historical fiction to contemporary and fantasy YA – I was definitely a bit of a mess but am proud of myself for the wide selection.
For this review I have put each book in the order that I read them, how long it took me to get through them (and why), a brief review, and my ratings. I hope that you enjoy and I would love to hear about what books you read this summer down below in the comments!
#1 Unfiltered: No Shames, No Regrets, Just Me by Lily Collins
(Read from 11 May 2017 to 29 May 2017)
This book was definitely, by far, one of my favourites from this summer. I highly recommend it and keep feeling the urge to re-read it so guess who will probably be bringing it to uni after her next break. I had been waiting for the right time to read this ever since I bought it (so for like one month) and boy did it not let me down! I now have a great level of respect for Lily Collins as both an actress, writer, and person. It was an impactful read and full of things that most girls in high school and college should read about. Definitely check it out if you are a fan of her’s!
#2 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
(Read from 25 April 2017 to 12 June 2017)
As you can probably tell from how long it took me to read this book, this was my biggest disappointment of the summer. I finally gave in to reading it after being curious (pun intended) about it for the last few years so my boyfriend, who really enjoyed it, let me borrow his sister’s copy. Maybe I went into it with too high of expectations but I really didn’t enjoy it until I passed 50% of it and read multiple books during it. I can understand why it is a popular book with the topic being quite unique but sadly it just wasn’t a book for me.
#3 Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
(Read from 16 June 2017 to 22 June 2017)
I have to admit that I didn’t actually read this book but instead listened to the audiobook (which I highly recommend!). This was my first time reading a Becky Albertalli book after hearing about the massive hype of her on booktube and her recent release “The Upside of Unrequited” so I was really excited to start this one. I didn’t know what to expect when going into this book but I absolutely loved it! It was like reading “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky but the main character was gay instead of the best friend. I never got bored while listening to it, I didn’t solve the love mystery so I enjoyed the surprise, and I fell in love with each of the characters. I can’t wait to read Albertalli’s latest book and see if it lives up to the hype too. Definitely check it out and give it a try!
#4 The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
(Read from 13 June 2017 to 06 July 2017)
THIS BOOK. WOW! Hands down, one of the best books that I have ever read. I had planned on writing a review for this one so that I could rant about my love for it to you guys but sadly that never happened so just believe me when I say that it is amazing and the type of book that you will never forget nor get over (emotions wise). This book was one of those rare one’s that I have come across where even though it is quite big, you never get bored and your love grows for the characters every page that you read. I have always been interested in the history of the Nazi period so to read a fictional book that has the perfect amount of historical facts was incredible. Definitely check it out if you haven’t! I wish that schools made it a required read.
#5 We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
(Read from 19 July 2017 to 08 August 2017)
If you already my review for this book, you would know that I definitely didn’t love it but was happy to finally read a YA novel. This book had so much hype for months after its release but then died down once people actually read it, which is quite sad. It was definitely a unique read for me and one that I found quite inspiring as a writer but it did have it’s flaws and wasn’t the best YA book that I have ever read. I wouldn’t recommend it to everyone so definitely check out my review for it if you are curious.
#6 City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1) by Cassandra Clare
(Read from 07 August 2017 to 29 August 2017)
Guess who FINALLY started The Mortal Instruments series after owning the first book for two years! I really have no excuse for why it took me this long to finally read this book but I have to admit that I do regret waiting so long because I loved it! I am eager to buy the box set now and finally complete it (before reading the extra series, of course). I have to admit that I watched the movie before buying the book – yes, gasp, I loved the movie and I know that people who read the book first didn’t. I really don’t understand why though. I didn’t find many differences but I would love to watch the movie now that I have read it to see if I’m right. If you love fictional (or specifically YA) books that mix fantasy with the real world, I would definitely recommend checking out this series because it was one of the best first books that I have read and I really can’t wait to read the rest.