Long time, no blog post. I know, I know, I need to get my blogging act together. I wish I could tell you all that I’ve been working on a huge project and that’s why I’ve been so MIA for the past five months, but I’ve really just been busy with everyday life. Adulting is a lot more time consuming than I anticipated. However, I’m getting this out in writing now that my goal is to have weekly blog posts coming out every weekend from now on. I made a whole content calendar and I’m good to go (I hope).
Anyways, this week, I’m really excited to tell you guys about some of my favorite books. In 2018, I read over 30 different novels, and I decided to narrow it down and show you all some of my favorites. Here is my spring/summer reading list comprised of the perfect beach reads. Quick disclaimer: they’re not ranked in any particular order.
1. “We Were Liars” by E. Lockhart
Oh my goodness, this one is a roller coaster you want to be on. E. Lockhart’s “We Were Liars” is absolutely amazing. Whenever anyone asks me for a good book recommendation, this is usually the very first one I give out. I’m traditionally not a huge fan of mysteries, but this one is just so interesting. It is a young adult novel, but like I told my mom when I recommended it to her, it’s not a “high school” young adult novel. It doesn’t take place in a school and it’s far from predictable. It’s about a teenage girl named Cadence who lost her memory in a tragic accident that no one will tell her about. This book is full of family secrets, lies, romance, and tragedy.
2. “Everything Everything” by Nicola Yoon
“Everything Everything” is another fantastic read. I think I read this entire book in one sitting it was just that good. It’s essentially about a girl with a rare illness that basically makes her allergic to the entire world. She’d spent her entire life inside, never stepping out of her house… until one day everything changes. Dun dun dun. I don’t want to spoil anything, but seriously, go read this book. There’s even a movie of it now but read the book first. The book is always better.
3. “All the Bright Places” by Jennifer Niven
Jennifer Niven takes her readers through the wringer in her heart-wrenching novel, “All the Bright Places.” If you like John Green books, you love Jennifer Niven. Again, I don’t want to give spoilers, so I’ll just say it’s about two teenagers that meet each other standing on the roof of the school wondering if they should jump. Just a warning, have all the tissues ready and make sure you have a lighter pick-me-up read ready to go when you finish this book. I’m serious. Jennifer Niven does such a good job of making these characters come to life, you’ll swear you’re a part of the story.
4. “An Abundance of Katherines” by John Green
If you need a lighter summer read, “An Abundance of Katherines” by John Green is the way to go. Don’t worry, this isn’t a tear-jerker. It’s just a really well-written, funny, and entertaining coming-of-age story about a child prodigy named Colin. For some reason, Colin has only ever dated girls named Katherine and for some reason, they’ve all broken up with him. Because he’s dying to fulfill his intellectual potential, he decides to find the perfect formula to determine how long relationships will last and who will dump who. Like John Green’s other books, this doesn’t disappoint. It’s just as much of a page-turner as “The Fault in Our Stars” minus all the ugly tears, so go check this book out.
5. “Mrs. Houdini” by Victoria Kelly
My mom actually recommended this book to me and it’s definitely one of my favorites I’ve read in the past year. “Mrs. Houdini” is a book all about Harry Houdini and his wife, Bess, and their love story, as well as Bess’ life after Harry’s death. Before Harry died, he apparently told Bess he’d come back to her, so this book is all about Bess’ quest to reunite with Harry, despite the fact that everyone thinks she’s mad. I really enjoyed the historical aspect of this novel and I learned a ton about the Houdinis, so if you love historical fiction, this is the book for you.
6. “Every Last Word” by Tamara Ireland Stone
“Every Last Word” is another incredible book that I love recommending to my friends. I’ve talked a little bit about this book before in one of my YouTube videos, but I’ll talk about it again. It’s about a girl with OCD named Sam that’s stuck in a toxic friend group that’s giving her anxiety. The book takes you on Sam’s journey of self-discovery, romance, and independence from her old life. If you struggle with anxiety at all, I definitely think you’ll relate a lot to this book whether you have OCD or not. It’s also another great pick-me-up read, but it’s definitely not predictable in the slightest bit.
7. “The Spectacular Now” by Tim Tharp
So I screwed up a little bit on this one. I actually watched this movie on Netflix before reading the book because I had no idea it was a book. However, I liked the movie so much, I decided to give the book a shot even though I already knew how it ended, and let me tell you– that was a great decision. The book is so much better than the movie and that’s saying a lot because I thought the movie was pretty great. It’s about a charismatic guy with a drinking problem who’s stuck in “the now” and can’t ever think about the future and a shy intelligent girl who can’t ever put herself first. Overall, this is a wonderful book and I’d recommend it to anyone.
There you have it, the perfect beach reading list. If you’ve read any of these books before, comment down below and let me know what you thought about them and also let me know if you’re planning on starting any of these! Also, I’m always looking for new book suggestions, so be sure to comment down below and leave me your favorite summer reads because I’m always on the search for beach reads!