It has been a couple of years since I’ve had a summer TBR and so I thought it was about time for another one. I’ve found it difficult over the past year to read anything but contemporary YA. When life is tough, no other genre will do. It’s also my favourite genre to pick up when the sun’s out, so here’s what I’ve chosen to read this year (with an accidental blue and pink theme!).
I visited the beautiful new Waterstones in Crouch End and bought Sandhya Menon’s “arranged-marriage YA romcom” When Dimple Met Rishi. If the internet is raving about a YA contemporary novel, I’m all over it, and everyone on Twitterverse is saying how cute this story is. Next up is Nina LaCour’s Everything Leads to You. I’ve wanted to pick up a Nina LaCour story for a while and recently bought her latest, but We Are Okay didn’t quite sound like the ideal summer read… Everything Leads to You is about Emi, film buff and true romantic.
I also plan to read Katy Canon’s And Then We Ran. I’ve read her first novel, Love, Lies & Lemon Pies, and have high hopes for an adorable road trip story. Speaking of road trips, I was sent a copy of Clémentine Beauvais’ first YA novel, Piglettes. I adore Clém’s writing (she is the author of the fantastic Sesame Seade Mysteries) and so I can’t wait to get stuck into this tale of three friends and their summer adventures.
Walker Books sent me a copy of Love & Gelato, which instantly caught my attention because who doesn’t like gelato?! It’s about 16-year-old Lina, who moves to Tuscany after her mother dies. And more travels ensue in Sarah Mlynowski’s The Girl’s Guide to Summer (two friends backpack across Europe) and Jenny McLachlan’s Sunkissed (Kat’s family send her off to Sweden for the summer. Jealous.). As I’ve just come back from Stockholm and my next holiday abroad isn’t until October, I’ll be living vicariously through these characters!
Have you read any of these summery YA novels?
It’s the first week of February and I’ve read 7 books so far this year. I’m pretty happy with this as it means I’m ahead of schedule – I challenged myself to read 52. I still have two book left on my January TBR – I’ve just started re-reading Wolf by Wolf and I’ll pick up Blood for Blood after – but soon I’ll be ready to start a new TBR.
For February, I picked one that I’ve been wanting to read for a while: Radio Silence. I’ve yet to read a book by Alice Oseman (Solitaire is also on my shelves), so I’m excited to finally discover this. I appear to accidentally be reading one non-fiction book per month (I already know which one I’ll be reading in March) and this month I chose Bryony Gordon’s Mad Girl. I’ve been seeing a lot of buzz about this book on social media and I’d like to read more about mental health this year (last month I read Furiously Happy). In keeping with the mental health theme, I think it’s time I read All the Bright Places.
I received All About Mia and History is All You Left Me for review last month, so I want to read both soon. I’m immensely looking forward to both of these books but All About Mia is one in particular I’ve been waiting months for, even since I read The Art of Being Normal.
I’m thrilled about the books I’ve chosen this month. If I get time, I want to read Forever Geek – the last book in the Geek Girl series – which I have on eBook. And lastly, I’ve started listening to the audiobook of Six of Crows, after finishing Fangirl. I’ve been loving listening to an audiobook before going to bed, and I’m curious about my first Leigh Bardugo.
Have you read any of these books?
It’s finally a brand new year, hooray! As soon as it hit 1st January, I created a new What I’ve Read page, set 52 books as my Goodreads Reading Challenge and picked out my TBR.
I ended 2016 with …And a Happy New Year? and finished it on New Year’s Day. I was sad to say goodbye to Amber, Lottie & Evie. I’ve now started We Come Apart and, at 2 am when I couldn’t sleep, I continued to listen to Fangirl. I’ve been meaning to re-read it for quite a while and I’m really enjoying the audiobook.
I borrowed Furiously Happy from the library last year, so I’ll also be picking this up shortly. And I want to re-read one of my favourite books of 2015, Wolf by Wolf so I can start on the sequel, Blood for Blood. And lastly, I borrowed Unconventional from my housemate Charlie, which seems like a lot of fun and will get me all geared up for YALC 2017!
I’m also hoping to kickstart the year with some graphic novels and comics. I’m planning to delve into Chi’s Sweet Home, Giant Days and Lumberjanes: Beware of the Kitten Holy.
Here’s to an excellent reading year!