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Literacy Lists: Summer Reading


Originally I was going to focus on ‘vampires’ this month and have a summer feature during August. It made sense initially that way since August is meant to be a summer month. Then I decided to mostly focus my list on what I’d like to try and tackle over the summer and I realized that I was actually better off switching things around – otherwise I’d have lost half of the summer before I even started.

So what is a summer read? It seems like a good question to me as I often feel like I don’t really know? The most common answer seems to be a contemporary novel but there are other people who love checking out mysteries over the summer or enjoy getting chills from a creepy horror story. Some people enjoy tackling an entire series or picking up a classic that they want to read. Others love sticking to sci-fi, fantasy, historical fiction or basically any genre under the sun! I always lean more towards the idea of ‘contemporary’ novels being summer reads but the truth is I’m not a seasonal reader. I don’t think my tastes vary from summer to winter; I just read what I want to, when I want to in general.

I’ve tried to include a couple of books that seem to be more conventional summer reads on this list but all of these choices are high priority on my TBR.

UPDATE: Since I took a longer break than I meant to I never got a chance to post this blog post before. As, even if it’s not still technically summer, I would ideally like to get these books read by the end of the year I’ve decided to post it now. My actual September post will follow later on today; then I shall be back to one top ten a month. Bright side? The weather lately has at least been summery enough to justify posting this.

Save The Date by Morgan Matson

So let’s start this list off with what feels like a more traditional summer read. I wanted to pick this novel up when it came out but ultimately failed to do so. Three chaotic days of the perfect weekend wedding falling apart with a distractingly cute guy sounds like perfection on a summer’s day!

A Darker Shade Of Magic by V. E. Schwab

I’ve been meaning to read this book forever. Four different Londons with a mixture of bloody regimes, magic and mad kings? Sign me up! Plus it’s by V.E. Schwab and I’ve been meaning to read something by her for ages.

The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman

I’ve read the first book of this series and loved it so I seriously need to get on and finish it! It blends the supernatural with it’s historical setting wonderfully and is such a joy to read. I can’t wait to see how it ends!

A Court Of Thorns And Roses by Sarah J. Maas

The fae + Sarah J Maas = heaven, surely? I have no idea how I’ve never picked this series up but I’m incredibly eager to finally, finally!, get on with it. I love all things fae 😀

Once And For All by Sarah Dessen

What makes a better summer choice than a Sarah Dessen novel? One by her that also involves wedding planning! At least I hope. It sounds, to me, like the perfect summer read.

The Corset by Laura Purcell

After reading The Silent Companions I am seriously desperate to read this book!  I imagine it’s going to be incredibly chilling and twisty. And if it’s anything like the last one I’m going to find myself constantly questioning what’s truly going on. I need to get this read over the summer because her next books out in September and considering how much I loved her other novel, I need to read this before then.

The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare

So I read Lord Of Shadows ages ago and bought Queen Of Air And Darkness straight away but somehow haven’t read it yet. After that ending how is that even possible?!? The one positive is that it’s been so long that I now have the perfect excuse to re-read the first two! Ah I love these books!

An Enchantment Of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

More fae? Yes please. Didn’t I say that I love them? I can’t wait to pick up this book and see what it’s like. I’ve been looking forward to it for a long time.

The Woman In The Window by A.J. Finn

I love thrillers, especially ones with unreliable narrators that leave you guessing as to what’s going on. This strikes me as one of those books so yes I want to read this! Plus I need to get on with it soon as the movies coming out later this year.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

More Sarah J Maas? Yes please. I’ve started this series but I fell behind and I really want to re-read and finish it off this year. I’ve absolutely adored what I’ve read so far so I can’t wait to find out how everything ends. Although, even if I did fall behind, I don’t really want it to finish because from what I remember these books are sooo good!!

So there you have it, ten of the books and series that I most want to get read over the summer. I’m not someone who particularly plans out my reading so this may change admittedly but I’m hoping to tackle a fair few of these books as a lot of them are the ones that I keep circling back to.

What do you consider to be a ‘summer read’? Do you change your reading habits with the seasons? Are there any books on here that you want to read? What’s on your summer TBR? Let me know in the comments section below.

19 thoughts on “Literacy Lists: Summer Reading

  1. I hope that you enjoy ACOTAR! It certainly is very different from TOG but the hot Fae males are still there… not that I told you that! There seems to be a lot of dispute about representation in SJM books but personally I think it is there?
    – Emma 🙂

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    1. Thank you, me too. I think I will though. Ive loved TOG as far as I’ve read and I adore the fae too so hopefully. ☺️ I think there was some but I’ve only read the first few once so I’m not completely sure. Hopefully I’ll get it reread and finished by the end of the year and find out.

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    1. I know I can’t believe I still have to read it. I think I’m going to aim to read it and her new book around Halloween maybe. I might even reread the first then too as it’s certainly fitting for that time of year ☺️


  2. I’m SO EXCITED for you to read the ACOTAR series omg. OMG!! I hope you love them. I also need to read An Enchantment of Ravens and The Dark Artifices. I can’t keep up with it all lol

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    1. Thank you ❤️❤️ I’m super excited to read them too and truly hope to ASAP. I hope you end up enjoying them once you get a chance to read them. I can totally relate, I can never keep up with everything that’s coming out. And then when I feel like I’m doing a bit better something seems to derail me.

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      1. Same. And I also sometimes ignore the new releases I’m excited for in favor of rereading old favorites lol. I just finished Ninth House (have you read it yet? If so, what did you think?) and instead of working my way through newer books, I felt compelled to reread The Picture of Dorian Gray. It’s so fantastic I just felt like it was calling to me again.

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      2. I can understand that. There’s something so lovely about rereading books that you already know you love. Ooh oddly that’s actually what I’m reading atm. I’m about 3/4 of the way through it. I think I’d be finished by now but I had a couple of days where i had a bad headache and couldn’t read. I’m quite enjoying it. It’s compelling and I want to know what happens next. How dark it was surprised me a few times and the main characters quite different to any I’ve came across before. I love how different the magic system is to what I’d expected though. And the inclusion of ghosts. I feel like the novels got a sort of gritty feel to it with its darkness and tone but it really works for the story. If that makes any sense at all. What did you think of it? I’ve only ever seen the film of that. I’ll have to check out the book sometime though. I added it to my TBR the other day actually (:

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      3. I really liked Ninth House. I expected different magic, too, and really enjoyed how it worked but overall wanted more. I also loved the ghosts! I know what you mean about gritty and I agree. It’s very “real world” if you know what I mean.

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      4. I can understand that (: it did take me a little while to get into it. Although I am super excited for the sequel after that ending so the wait is rather frustrating now. I agree, it felt as if it could have been real and blended the supernatural and natural world so well.


  3. This is a lot of books but I hope you will all enjoy them and get to them ASAP!! I don’t really feel like a seasonal reader myself, lately I’ve been reading what I’ve had the longest and pick my books through that or just pick up what I want.
    I’ve heard good things about Morgan Matson books and I am tempted to try them out and I don’t think I’ve ever read a book based on a wedding so that would be cool!!
    As I’ve told you before, I want to read more V E Schwab books so I hope to read them next year (or so I’ve said every year 😂)
    A lot of Sarah J Maas books– I would be interested to see which you prefer out of the two series as a lot prefer ACOTAR but I prefer TOG. Not like it is a comparison game, I’m just curious!!
    Happy reading and good luck!! 😉

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    1. Yes that’s generally what I do too. A lot of the books that I want to read atm are witchy, have vampires or otherwise seen like Fall reads but that’s not really why I want to read them now – I’ve just either had them on my TBR for a while or else recently learnt about them and am desperate to pick them up.
      I don’t think I have either actually. Although I have that one to read hopefully soon and Once And For All which is about a wedding planner I think.
      DW I’m the same. I seriously need to read some of her books soon.
      Once I’ve had a chance to read them both I’ll let you know 😊 I have loved TOG so far but I also have a weak spot for the fae so I’ll just have to wait and see.
      Thank you, you too ❤️❤️

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      1. Yes as sometimes publishers/book marketing does it by season so you hear about seasonally appropriate books and want to read them ASAP!!
        That’s nice– it is good to try out different things in stories.
        Haha, hopefully we will love her stories as much as everyone does!!
        Thank you!! You should enjoy both then which is very exciting!!
        Thank you!! ❤

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