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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.