Books I Need to Read This summer

I love books, to a worrying extent sometimes. A-Levels stopped me reading and I really want to get back into it, now that I have actual free time. What better way to do that than to rave about the books I want to read this summer?

These come from a range of places, from recommendations to just stalking my Twitter for books I should read. Will I get through all of them? Hopefully, but who knows?

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
OKAY YES I HAVE NOT READ THIS BOOK I AM SO SORRY. I honestly think I’m one of the only ones who hasn’t read it? It’s been on my TBR for years now and it’s ridiculous how I’ve not read it? WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME??? I’ve read the other books in the Grishaverse, like Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, so this is a must-read especially because my friends always scream about it.

A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews
For a long time, Cait’s reviews on Goodreads were my main source of book recommendations. She’s wonderful and I read a story by her on Wattpad, a long time ago; her words were addicting and emotional. I can’t wait to read this – I can tell it will make me sob but it’ll be worth it for the beauty her words can inspire.

The Astonishing Colour of After by Emily X.R. Pan
I’ve seen so many great reviews of this book, including the brilliant Ilsa telling the world how much she adores the book. The premise sounds so interesting too and I’ve heard the writing is fantastic.

Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody
When I read Daughter of the Burning City, I fell in love with Amanda Foody’s work. She writes with such attention to character and setting that it actually makes me cry. I’ve heard that this book is really diverse too, so that makes me want to read it more.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
There’s no doubt about it: I need to read this book. Its message is so incredibly important and though it will be hard-hitting, people need to read these words. I’ve needed to read it for such a long time but thiss summer, it’s going to be one of the first I read.

Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust
Though I’ve seen a fair bit of hype for this on Twitter, I don’t know much about it. The summary sounds awesome and I need to read more fairytale retellings anyway. It seems diverse too but again, I don’t know too much about it; I want to go into it with as little expectations as possible.

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
like the last book, I don’t know much about this one apart from that it’s fantasy and apparently awesome. I’m the type of person who gets scared of hype so I’ve resisted crying over reviews. We’ll just see how it goes.

Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy
Originally, I heard negative things about this book but that was mostly from my internalised you-have-to-be-gay-or-straight-make-up-your-mind that plagued me for ages, and made me dislike myself a fair bit. However, I think I really need this in my life because it presents people realising they might have a different identity in a positive light. There should be more books like that.

The Hazel Wood by Melissa albert
I’ve heard so many things about this book, both good and bad in terms of the plot and fantasy world. I really want to see what the hype is about and I kind of want to be able to wail about it to people??

I Was Born for This by Alice Oseman
Radio Silence was the best thing I have ever read and from all the reviews I’ve read, this book is spectacular as well. It talks about fandom, identity and reality, all of which are parts of my life in some capacity. Alice Oseman seems to right in a way that relates you to the narrative so I desperatly want to get my hands on this (e)Book soon YES.

There you have it! I honestly can’t wait to read these; wish me luck! They’ve been on my TBR for so long, although said TBR is still growing.

Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?

From Elm 🙂

24 thoughts on “Books I Need to Read This summer

  1. UM HI!! Im sorry i haven’t replied to your email yet (I WILL SOON I HAVE A DRAFT ITS A WORK IN PROGRESS) I literally know u will love Six OF Crows; best way to love it just to appreciate EVERY SINGLE Word in the book! i literally think everyone loves it. I think the astonishing color of after is a very personal novel to me (i related to the asian mc in ways i cannot explain) which is why I LOVE It. If u like beautiful writing…>THEN I THINK U’ll like it!! ITS SUPER LONG THO. I’ve TRIED reading girls made of snow and glass and I CANT GET INTO IT AHHHH. Girls of Paper and Fire is releasing in october 2018!!

  2. A-levels are the worsttttt for making us feel guilty about reading, and omg my reading list this summer is just as long as yours is. I also want to read The Hate U Give, it looks so
    good! I hope you get through all of these and have a great summer! x

    • Thank you so much, you too!! Are you all done with A-Levels? And what else is on your reading list? 🙂 have a lovely summer! Xx

  3. A-levels are awful, they take up your time and aren’t fun. The hate you book looks good, I may give it a try too as I am trying to get back into reading. I just stated ‘wonder’.

  4. I’ve been wanting to read The Hate U Give and You Were Born for this for the LONGEST time!

      • I am! I’m reading The Island by Victoria Hislop which is this romance book which I normally wouldn’t pick but it is set in the area I’m going to holiday in a week. I’m also reading Opening Skinner’s Box by Lauren Slater which was a recommended read for my sixth form class xx

  5. OH MY GOODNESS ELM I REALLY THINK YOU’LL LOVE SIX OF CROWS I HOPE YOU WILL ANYWAY. Also don’t feel bad I only read it last year so you’re not the only one who’s a bit late to the party 😛 The Hate U Give and I Was Born For This are incredible as well and I can’t wait to read A Thousand Perfect Notes either, even though I too will probably sob

    Hope you’ll be able to read all these amazing books and love them ❤️

    • I Am SO HYPED??? i CANNOT Waittt aaaaaa OOOOH you’ve read I Was Born for This?? AAAA THAT’s SO AWESOME!!! I’m going to start on A Thousand Perfect Notes soon!

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