Ever since I was little I’ve loved reading books, whether they’re fiction or not, classic or contemporary – fantasy or true crime, I’ve loved reading anything and everything I could get my hands on.
Over time, my taste has changed and I find myself hunting for particular titles instead of the ‘anything my eye lands on’ attitude of my childhood, but reading still is and always will be one of my absolute favourite ways to chill out.
Speaking of, actually – I’ve never mentioned it here, but I have a Goodreads account that you can keep up with. I’d love to chat books with you guys on there, it’s so much fun and I love logging what I’m reading and when! Right now I’m chomping my way through Final Girls by Riley Sager (and wanting to love it a lot more than I actually am! Have you read it? Let me know below!)
In a bid to bring more book-ish content to my blog, I thought I’d do a quick run down of some super fun (and quick!) books that are perfect for the end of Summer/slow beginnings of Autumn. From a bit of chick lit to a pretty dark crime novel, here are four of my favourite Summery reads of recent!
We Were Liars
A mysterious Summer read. We Were Liars is a book that I’d heard a lot of buzz around when it was released a few years ago but hadn’t gotten round to picking up in ages and then when I finally did I was essentially going into it blind because I couldn’t remember anything that anybody raved about. But that worked to its advantage in so many ways.
I think this book is one that you should go into blind – just know that it’s set during the Summer, and not all is what it seems. It’s a great read, especially with the transition from those bright Summer days to the darker Autumn nights.
To All The Boys Trilogy
I can’t even begin to tell you how invested I became in the story of Lara Jean. This was an unlikely book for me, but I do love a good feel-good read, and after picking up the first novel, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, I knew I was going to be obsessed. I finished the sequel – P.S. I Still Love You – about two months before the third was announced, so I spent the last year in excited anticipation for its release and then zoomed through that entry within 24 hours of picking it up! (P.S. Since then, a movie adaptation of the series has been announced – which is really exciting!)
The series, which follows the life of Lara Jean, focusses on her days at school and blossoming romances. It’s a great read, and although it sounds like it might be a little thin – there are so many great characters that you’ll become invested in, and a lot of heart in its pages. This is a must-read for Summer (or any time of the year really!) Think of it a bit like a bookish version of Gilmore Girls, with a sister dynamic more than mother-daughter.
Kafka on the Shore
When I started Kafka on the Shore, I was immediately struck by how gorgeous Murakami’s writing is. It’s my first of hopefully many of his novels, and I’m already anticipating picking up the next one! Although it may seem disjointed, this book is – in my opinion – really great, and although some parts can be really confusing it’s totally worth sticking through! I’m trying to talk about it in my least-spoiler-y way, that’s why I’m giving nothing away. Ha!
Just pick this one up, it’s a great read if you’re going on holiday, or spending a lot of time at the beach – something you can really sink your teeth into.
Big Little Lies
After being gripped by the HBO adaptation (all the leading ladies in that most definitely brought their A-game), it took all of 5 seconds after the credits stopped rolling for me to come to the conclusion that I had to read the book, too. Set in Australia, as opposed to Monterey, California, I found the book to be a completely different change of pace but still entirely addictive also. I loved the differences in characters and the quirks/flaws that showed in totally opposing ways to their on-screen versions. It was awesome.
Both this novel and the TV show I highly recommend, it’s also got me into Liane Moriarty’s writing in general, I’ve got my eye on picking up Truly Madly Guilty in the recent future!
What are your favourite books to read this season?
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