I don’t know if summer is ever going to come to the UK as it has been raining all week long with random spurts of sunshine. Ahh the joys of being British.
That being said the three months of summer will be the only free time I have for at least the next year as I am going back to university to become a teacher. I won’t have a fantastic amount of free time so I want bang out some of my most anticipated summer reads. When I created this TBR list I wanted to include a selection of different genres, although most are contemporary, I also picked out fantasy, not fiction, memoir and classics to name a few to both expand my reading and give myself plenty of choice.
I have a list of 12 books I want to try and pick up (I probably wont pick them all up as I know I will pick up other things depending on my mood) before I have less reading time :(.
Let me know you summer reads in the comments down below…
1. Summer Day’s and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins (X)
This is the summer edition of My True Love Gave To Me Perkin’s collection of holiday stories. I loved the holiday collection and I knew that as soon as the summer collection came out I have to have it. I have it on my kindle and will probably read in on the plane. I’m excited to delve into this stories of summer romances, lazy summer days and perfect summer nights.
2. Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour (X)
I have heard some wonderful things about this book as a LGBT novel and a contemporary which is the genre I tend to veer towards in the summer months. This is the story of Emi, a Hollywood set designer that is a little unlucky in the love department. I have a feeling that this will be the one novel I take with me on holiday.
3. Winter by Marissa Meyer (X)
To be truly honest with you I actually need to read Cress first but as I haven’t yet I guess it should technically read Cress (maybe in July). I wanted to get this series finished before I go off to University in September because it’s a bit of a beast. Winter is the fourth and final instalment in The Lunar Chronicles and focuses on not only Cinder’s story but the story of Winter, a retelling of Snow White.
4. Anna and The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (X)
Like I said I veer towards contemporary novels in the summer and Anna and The French Kiss is always reccomended as a YA summer read. I loved Stephanie Perkins writing in My True Love so I have high hopes for this companion series. This novel revolves around Anna who is shipped of to Paris in her senior year and meets a gorgeous french man, one problem his girlfriend. Even though this isn’t set in the summer months I think the setting will more than make up for it.
5. Reader, I Married Him edited by Tracy Chevalier (X)
The second collection of short stories this time based around the classic Charlotte Bronte novel Jane Eyre. This collection includes 20 stories using the inspiration from the first line of Bronte’s classic work. A wide variety of authors and stories are written in this collection and I am excited to pick this one up as Jane Eyre is one of my favourite classics.
6. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier (X)
This is the one and only classic on my list as I have been horrible at keeping up my promise of reading more classics this year. As I tend to prefer the more gothic classic style literature I think this might be a classic I finish. Rebecca is the story of the second Mrs de Winter who moves into her new husband’s home, where the housekeeper is faithful to the first Mrs de Winter; Rebecca who’s death is surrounded by mysterious circumstance.
7. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (X)
I have had this book since last summer where I bought it to read on holiday. Well I never got around to it so I am actually currently reading this one. I have been a bit obsessed with Sam Heugan and I want to watch the TV series but I want to read the book first. Outlander is a time travel story where Claire is transported back in time to 1743 Scotland and the arms of the handsome highlander Jamie Fraser.
8. Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson (X)
Morgan Matson is pretty much the Queen of summer YA contemporary and there are a few to choose from and Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour was the first one I came across and wanted to pick up so I decided that this was the one I was going to choose to read first. Amy and Roger have to make road trip across the US California to Connecticut. They both have baggage and demons to face and this trip may be the healing they need.
9. One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid (X)
This book has been allover bookstagram as of late, I can’t get away from it. However the premise of this story is beautiful, so I put it on my list. This is a story about the concept of having more than one love of your life. When Emma’s husband disappears and presumed dead she falls in love with Sam who brings her back to life. When her husband is found she had to decide what her heart is telling her. This sounds like a interesting concept and has been garnering high reviews with an average 4.27 rating on GoodReads.
10. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver (X)
The third and final collection of short stories on this list (I promise). This is a collection focusing on love, loss, and companionship. The main reason I heard about this novel as it is mentioned in one of my favourite films Stuck in Love. I am interested to see where this collection goes and what I can garner from this text.
11. My Inappropriate Life: Some Material May Not Be Suitable for Small Children, Nuns, or Mature Adults by Heather McDonald (X)
Heather McDonald is hilarious! Her comedy special on Netflix had me creasing over from start to finish so when I saw that she had published a book I new I had to pick it up. This is the only non-fiction piece on this list; I really should find some more really. I have a feeling that this memoir is going to be just as funny as McDonald is on TV. If I want something light hearted and comical then I can pick this up.
12. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur (X)
I like poetry, more modern poetry than classic and this collection seems right up my alley. This is a journey piece with each chapter taking the reader somewhere new focusing on love, loss, abuse, violence and femininity. I have a feeling that this collection will give me a new perspective on how sweetness can be found in the bitter moments of life.