Hey, hey, hey!
How’s it going my pack? Did you guys miss me?! No….well I missed you! I finally got all moved and semi-situated. We still have some unpacking and decorating to do but I am finally in my new place! It’s crazy to think I left my second home town after 15 long years. It still doesn’t feel real! I know that feeling will go away after some time but it feels surreal. I hope every enjoyed their weekend. It’s already hump day!
All I can picture is that commercial with the camel that is walking through the movie theater. That’s a good quality commercial if I do say so myself.
For this Wednesday I thought I would change it up a bit and give you guys some spring/summer reading recommendations. I got this little inspiration thanks to PeruseProject over on YouTube. You guys should go subscribe to her! Love her videos ❤ You can just click the link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tc-JMv-4dD4. I’ll list the books down below with the summary and why I enjoyed reading it. Prepare yourself for a few contemporary novels! Muahahaha.
Of course I’ll kick things off with The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han. I mean who didn’t read this series growing up? I feel like this trilogy is a right of passage for a young teenage girl. I know a lot of people didn’t enjoy it because it was “cliche,” but I enjoyed it when it came out. I guess I am just a young girl at heart still.
“Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer — they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one wonderful and terrible summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.”
Next is Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler. Man oh man! If you want an AMAZING coming of age story with a sad twist then this is the book for you. This book is EVERYTHING to me. It will always have a very special place in my heart. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a stand out contemporary novel.
“According to her best friend Frankie, twenty days in Zanzibar Bay is the perfect opportunity to have a summer fling, and if they meet one boy every day, there’s a pretty good chance Anna will find her first summer romance. Anna lightheartedly agrees to the game, but there’s something she hasn’t told Frankie—-she’s already had that kind of romance, and it was with Frankie’s older brother, Matt, just before his tragic death one year ago.”
I have seen The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson making its way around on bookstagram. This is another brilliant read! All of the stories that I have read that are “coming of age” stories seem to touch my spirit in a way other books can’t. Probably because my life was never quite like the ones in books. I was always jealous of MC’s going away to beach houses or going on spring break. I never did any of that! Super jelly.
“Adrift after her sister Bailey’s sudden death, Lennie finds herself torn between quiet, seductive Toby—Bailey’s boyfriend who shares her grief—and Joe, the new boy in town who bursts with life and musical genius. Each offers Lennie something she desperately needs… though she knows if the two of them collide her whole world will explode.
Join Lennie on this heartbreaking and hilarious journey of profound sorrow and mad love, as she makes colossal mistakes and colossal discoveries, as she traipses through band rooms and forest bedrooms and ultimately right into your heart.
As much a celebration of love as a poignant portrait of loss, Lennie’s struggle to sort her own melody out of the noise around her is always honest, often uproarious, and absolutely unforgettable.”
With all the flowers blooming and rain falling how could I not have Wings by Aprilynne Pike on this recommendation list?! This is the perfect time to read about Fae and the seasons! I adore the Laurel series! I have a full sleeve tattoo dedicated to these books. These books are WAY cooler than the whole A Court of Thorns and Roses. #sorrynotsorry
“Laurel was mesmerized, staring at the pale things. They were terrifyingly beautiful—too beautiful for words.
Laurel turned to the mirror again, her eyes on the hovering petals that floated beside her head. They looked almost like wings.
Laurel’s life is the very definition of normal . . . until the morning when she wakes up to discover a flower blooming from her back. As it turns out, nothing in Laurel’s life is what it seems. Now, with the help of an alluring faerie sentry who holds the key to her true past, Laurel must race to save her human family from the centuries-old faerie enemies who walk among them.”
My last reading recommendation I have for you guys is Invincible Summer by Hannah Moskowitz. I remember picking up this book randomly because I was super into summer stories at the time. I didn’t even know how good it would be. It is another fun yet sad story that hits you right in the feels. So be warned! But if you are looking for a good beachy read then I say pick this one up!
“Noah’s happier than I’ve seen him in months. So I’d be an awful brother to get in the way of that. It’s not like I have some relationship with Melinda. It was just a kiss. Am I going to ruin Noah’s happiness because of a kiss?
Across four sun-kissed, drama-drenched summers at his family’s beach house, Chase is falling in love, falling in lust, and trying to keep his life from falling apart. But some girls are addictive….”
What are some of your favorite spring/summer reads? I wouldn’t mind picking up some new contemporary novels. I haven’t read them in quite some time! I’m always looking for a good sappy story. Sometimes you just need to indulge a little bit.