Summer Book List 2K16

Reading over summer vacation used to be second nature to me. Now, as I'm in my second summer of my college career, I find myself devouring books like I used to before life began to stress me out.

Seriously, I feel like I should be applauded for the amount of words I've read so far this summer.

I wanted to put a post together to give you some suggestions of can't-put-them-down books. These are some serious page turners. Without further ado, here is my summer reading list in no particular order.

 

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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A Court of Thorns and Roses was reccomended to me by old roommate since I loved Maas' other books Thrown of Glass and the following sequels. I liked the fantasy world she had created in the novel, and I was promised the world building in this one would be different.

This was the second book that I read in full on my kindle. I devoured it. It was really a page turner for me, because this fantasy world that Maas creates was so rich and full, colorful and vibrant that I was so deeply sucked into it. 

I was lucky enough to meet Sarah at the Barnes and Nobles in The Grove before I even read either of these books, but I am so glad I went and got to hear her speak, because now I actually understand what she was talking about.

A Court of Thorns and Roses or ACOTAR as it is known by its fans by is about a young woman, Feyre gets taken by Fae King Tamlin. It's basically a Beauty and The Beast retelling in the beginning, but as the story progresses you will quickly realize that it is so much more than that. Sarah said at the event that this book holds a special place for her since it was the first one she wrote, and you can tell in the writing. It is clear and precise, with a lot of thought put into it.

There's adventure, magic, love, lust, violence and so much more. But, its a big hunking book, so make sure when you bring it to the beach you're prepared for its massiveness.

 

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

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It should really come as no surprise that my next recommended book is the sequel to ACOTAR. This book is even bigger and better. There was not a moment of it that I didn't love. I can't say too much without giving spoilers, so my lips are sealed.

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

I'm sure you've heard of this book. I feel like everyone has heard of this book by now. And for good reason. It gave me a range of emotions.

and then I cried..

a lot.

For a long time I wanted to write a book about what it was like to live with depression and suicidal tendencies. I wanted to show what it was like to live with it instead of how people die from it. And this book. did. that. Better than I ever can. (Thanks, Jennifer, guess I'll just give up on writing my book now. geez.)

But really, this book is important because it talks about mental health issues in a downright accurate way that I haven't seen since reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower, which still remains, to me, one of the most accurate depictions of a panic attack.

All The Bright Places is a story about a boy named Finch and a girl named Violet. It's about depression and grief, because there is more than one way to be sad.

The thing I loved most about it though, was that it didn't make me feel more alone in the world. It didn't make me feel empty or sad by the ending. It made me feel like there was some level of understanding in the world that I had always neglected to see before.

Read it, and you'll know what I mean

 

The Wrath & The Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

This book totally knocked my socks off. Sorry to use the phrase that my Kindergarten teacher used every day, but it's true, and there isn't a more apropos phrase to use in this instance. I had heard of TWATD a while ago, but when someone told me the basic plot, I wasn't too intrigued. But, that was already a while ago, and I hadn't read Sabaa Tahir's masterful An Ember in the Ashes yet. After reading that, I was completely turned on to Middle Easter mythology.

And, I couldn't wait to pick this book up.

And, as soon as I started reading it, I couldn't stop. It was one of the few books in my life that I read while I was walking, looking like a complete lunatic, but also not caring at all because I was in a different world and that was what mattered.

Ahdieh's book is about Shahrzad, a teenager living in the land of Rey who has volunteered to marry Khalid, the king of kings who kills his wife after spending just one night with them. So, why would she volunteer to be the next to die? Because the wife before her was her best friend, and Shahrzad wants revenge. She'll do anything to live through the next morning.

And hot damn, does she. Seriously, she's kind of my hero. She's what I imagine a younger Olivia Pope to be like.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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