Hi everyone! I decided to skip my usual WWW Wednesday today because I’ve had a slower reading week. I am still reading Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith but I hope to finish that in the next day or two. I did start Vicious by V.E. Schwab as well and I am LOVING it! I enjoyed the Shades of Magic series but I am now realizing that she is such a versatile, talented author. Anyway, I decided to do a a Top 5 Wednesday once I saw the topic- summer reads!
Summer is definitely coming here in San Francisco- it has been beautiful the past few weeks! If any of you are from California you know we have had a very rainy and chilly winter, at least for us Californians 😉
Here is my Top 5 Wednesday for this week:
Top 5 Wednesdays is hosted by Sam @ ThoughtsOnTomes and Lainey @Gingerreadslainey. You can check out the Goodreads group here.
Topic: Summer Reads
The weather is heating up (for half of the world), so what books remind you of summer and are your quintessential summer reads?
When I think of summer reads, I immediately think of cute, contemporary romances. While I included a few on here, I also included other reads that I can definitely see myself reading in the sun on on the beach. For me summer reads means first loves, adventures and sometimes a little bit of magic. All of the book images are linked to my review (If I have written one). Enjoy!
Anna and The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris–until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend.
But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?
This book is adorable! This is the perfect summer read because it takes place in the beautiful city of Paris and it involves a swoony romance. I have yet to read Lola and Isla, but they are also high on my list.
P.S. I Like You by Kasie West
Signed, sealed, delivered…
While spacing out in chemistry class, Lily scribbles some of her favorite song lyrics onto her desk. The next day, she finds that someone has continued the lyrics on the desk and added a message to her. Intrigue!
Soon, Lily and her anonymous pen pal are exchanging full-on letters—sharing secrets, recommending bands, and opening up to each other. Lily realizes she’s kind of falling for this letter writer. Only, who is he? As Lily attempts to unravel the mystery and juggle school, friends, crushes, and her crazy family, she discovers that matters of the heart can’t always be spelled out…
This book is, hands-down, my favorite Kasie West book. I was smiling and giggling the entire time I read it, it was that cute. This is a book you will probably read in one sitting, so make sure you are all set up on the beach to read for a few hours. If you have already read this book, I highly recommend any of Kasie West’s other books. They are all great for summer reads!
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from New York Times bestselling author, National Book Award finalist, and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.
While this is a bit of a detour from a cute romance, it is still an excellent summer read and will have you on the edge of your seat for the entire story. Most of the action revolves around a family’s recurring summer vacation home, so it definitely fits in this summer reads category. This story is unique thriller with magical realism-esque qualities that will have you guessing until the conclusion.
The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry
Natalie Cleary must risk her future and leap blindly into a vast unknown for the chance to build a new world with the boy she loves.
Natalie’s last summer in her small Kentucky hometown is off to a magical start… until she starts seeing the “wrong things.” They’re just momentary glimpses at first—her front door is red instead of its usual green, there’s a pre-school where the garden store should be. But then her whole town disappears for hours, fading away into rolling hills and grazing buffalo, and Nat knows something isn’t right.
That’s when she gets a visit from the kind but mysterious apparition she calls “Grandmother,” who tells her: “You have three months to save him.” The next night, under the stadium lights of the high school football field, she meets a beautiful boy named Beau, and it’s as if time just stops and nothing exists. Nothing, except Natalie and Beau.
Emily Henry’s stunning debut novel is Friday Night Lights meets The Time Traveler’s Wife, and perfectly captures those bittersweet months after high school, when we dream not only of the future, but of all the roads and paths we’ve left untaken.
This book is beautiful, dreamy and perfect for summer. I mean, look at that cover! It is absolutely gorgeous. Be ready to get carried away in Henry’s lush, beautiful writing. Natalie and Beau have a lovely romance with a magical realism twist. This book is incredibly unique and definitely worth the read!
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”
It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.
Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.
His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.
But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.
For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.
From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.
Because, come on. Who doesn’t want to read about Blue and her four Raven Boys having adventures in search of the lost prince, Glendower? Full of friendship, romance and unforgettable adventures, The Raven Cycle is a beautiful series you will not want to pass up.
What are your favorite summer reads? Have you read any of these? Do you have any recommendations for me? Let me know if the comments!