Friday, 5 June 2015

5 Books You Need to Read This Summer

The clouds have parted, there's a mysterious ball of heat in the sky, and people all over the world are wondering which books to stuff into their suitcases. It's a difficult task. Last year, I was forced to only take four books even though we were going away for a week, and I got through them all in the first four days. It was greatly upsetting.

So, you need to make those books count. Before I get to my recommendations, I just wanted to add that I accidentally put my hand in hedgehog poo in the process of taking the below photograph, so you'd better appreciate it. Thanks. 

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

We Were Liars is short and sweet, perfect for taking to the beach, but don't be fooled - it's not light or fluffy. It is complex, disturbing and deceitful. It is summer, sand, and stolen kisses. Intrigued? 

The Last Summer of Us by Maggie Harcourt

If you're not going on a road trip this summer, great, you can live vicariously through this book. And if you are going on a road trip... even better, you can take this along with you! 

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

If you haven't read any books by Stephanie Perkins, please do. This trilogy makes me so, so happy. And, hey, if you're not going anywhere exciting this summer, these books are set all over the world, so they're perfect for escapism. Plus, they make your heart all warm and fuzzy. 

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

Okay, this book didn't make me happy - in fact, it made me incredibly sad - but, at the same time, it's such a beautiful book and I urge you to read it. Jandy Nelson is a fantastic writer and you'll be hooked from the very first word, I promise you.

Paper Towns by John Green

This is the first book I read by John Green. It's also one of the first books I read as a book blogger. And now it's being adapted for the big screen! I seriously cannot wait - how are we supposed to wait until August?! - and this is the perfect opportunity to re-read it in preparation for the film, or to experience the magic of reading it for the first time.

What should I be reading this summer? Let me know your recommendations!


  1. I'm planning to read The Sky Is Everywhere this summer. It looks like a good book. I've already read Paper Towns and it's brilliant! :)

    Serena /

    I'd absolutely recommend Cinder by Marissa Meyer, Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson (playlists and bucketlists - very summery) and The Jewel by Amy Ewing
    This post has just made me want to go and read ALL THE BOOKS

    1. I'd love to read Cinder and The Jewel! I DNF'd Since You've Been Gone, though. :(

  3. I am ashamed to say I haven't read paper towns yet... I usually read the books before the movies (obviously) but after seeing the trailer I'm kind of debating just seeing the movie first... for the different experience? I haven't decided yet but YES SUMMER READS ARE MY FAVOURITE. Contemporaries are by far my favourite in summer :D


    1. Same! I love contemporaries in summer and darker reads in winter - not sure why. Hope you enjoy Paper Towns!

  4. As a person who would not be reading any Contemporary if I wasn't blogging, and only reads Contemp review books that involve heavy social issues when I do read them; which book would you recommend if I were to read only one? :D

    1. Both The Last Summer of Us and The Sky is Everywhere include death/grief. TSIE is the heavier of the two so I'd go with that one. :)

  5. I absolutely love Isla and the Happily Ever After! After I finished it I had a horrible book hangover and even though I wanna reread it, I'm scared to incase I can't get over it again haha.

    If you haven't already, you should read Amy and Rogers Epic Detour by Morgan Matson. It's another road trip book, but it's one of the best that I've read. I'd also recommend Paper Aeroplanes by Dawn O'Porter, and both Saving Francesca and On The Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. I genuinely think Marchetta is a genius, and in my opinion she's a better writer than John Green (who I still love). :)

  6. I seriously cannot deal with heat. I've been on a French exchange for the past ten days (that's why I haven't been commenting, sorry) and the last two days I was there it was between 35-37 degrees Celsius, which was way too much for me, the old Irish country bumpkin. Is it bad that I was actually a little happy when I returned home to clouds and wind?

    Anyway, this seems like a pretty good list. I've only read Paper Towns and it was a pretty fun, light read and would be pretty ideal for summer. I've heard of the rest of them and have been meaning to read them but you know how long that can take. Great list!

  7. We Were Liars was amazing! Also loved Paper Towns, well, let's be honest, I love all John Green's work (even his tweets!) I NEED to get on the Jandy Nelson book, because I'll Give You the Sun was so amazing. Need to read more of Nelson's work. Great list!

  8. Your blog is awesome! And great book reccomendations