On My TBR: Summer

I love a summery TBR! Here are six fun contemporary novels I’ve picked to read over June, July and August.

The Wonder of Us by Kim Culbertson

Riya moved to Berlin while Abby stayed behind in California. Riya proposes an epic adventure: two weeks, six countries, unimaginable fun. I love travel novels, so I can’t wait to get stuck into this.

The Summer of Us by Cecilia Vinesse

I picked out another fabulous travel + friendship novel. Aubrey has two weeks before she leaves for college. She and her best friend, Rae, have planned one last trip across Europe. From Paris to Prague, they’re going to explore famous museums, sip champagne in fancy restaurants, and eat as many croissants as possible.

The Summer of Impossible Things by Rowan Coleman

30 years ago, something terrible happened to Luna’s mother. In Brooklyn, her mother’s birthplace, something impossible – magical – happens to Luna, and she meets her mother as a young woman back in the summer of 1977. I love a bit of time travel. I picked up this novel at the Lush book club last year, so I’m excited to finally read it.

Two Summers by Aimee Friedman

In this contemporary romance, we’re off to France! Summer says goodbye to her best friend, her secret crush and her single mum, and is off on a trip of a lifetime to visit her estranged artist father. But right before she’s about to board, her phone rings. Should she answer it?

Lying About Last Summer by Sue Wallman

Skye’s sister died in a tragic accident. Her parents think that a camp for troubled teenagers might help her process her grief. When Skye starts receiving text messages from someone pretending to be her dead sister, she knows it’s time to confront the past. But what if the danger is right in front of her? I thought it’d be fun to add a thriller to the TBR!

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

And finally, a road trip novel that I’ve wanted to read for ages. After breaking up with her boyfriend, Reagan is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. Her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own. Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of break-up ballads and healing hearts.

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Halloween TBR 😱


There are two weeks until Halloween and I’ve picked four creepy books to read this year!

I’ve read a new book in Jonathan Stroud’s Lockwood & Co. series every year around Halloween since 2014, which means I’m onto the fourth book, The Creeping Shadow. I’m curious to see what trouble Lockwood, George and Lucy get up to in this installment. They’re my absolute favourite ghost-fighting trio. I’ve also chosen There’s Someone Inside Your House because I adore Stephanie Perkins’ contemporary novels and now she’s turned her hand to horror: ‘One-by-one, the students of Osborne High are dying in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, the dark secrets among them must finally be confronted’.

I meant to read Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories last year but didn’t get round to it, so hopefully I will this year! It’s a collection of ‘dark, sensual, fantastic stories’. I’m also excited to read the eerily beautiful The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell, which is inspired by the works of Shirley Jackson and Susan Hill, and is a ghost story set in a crumbling mansion. 👻

Have you read any of these spooky stories?

Autumn TBR 🍂

It’s finally autumn, my favourite time of the year. Hot chocolate. Cosy jumpers. Blankets. And curling up with a new book. I finished my summer TBR in August, so it’s time to pick a new TBR!

I’m really looking forward to working my way through these 10 books over the next few months. There’s an exciting mix of contemporary and sci-fi, LGBT+ and translated fiction, and YA, non-fiction & literary fiction. I love having a diverse TBR after my recent stint of YA contemporary romances.

I’ve already read Emery Lord’s The Start of Me and You, about sixteen-year-old Paige, who’s mostly known for being the girlfriend of a boy who drowned… and she wants to claim her life back. For my work book club this month, we’re reading Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West: ‘In a city swollen by refugees but still mostly at peace, or at least not yet openly at war, Saeed and Nadia share a cup of coffee, and their story begins’. I rarely pick up literary fiction, so it’ll be a nice little challenge for me.

I’m pretty intrigued about Naomi Alderman’s The Power since it won the Women’s Prize this year (awesome women with electric shock powers, what’s not to like?), plus Han Kang’s The Vegetarian (translated by Deborah Smith). It won the Man Booker International Prize and is described as a ‘fraught, disturbing and beautiful’ story set in modern day South Korea.

I cannot believe that I’ve not yet read Patrick Ness’ Release – a story inspired by Mrs Dalloway and Judy Blume’s Forever – because I normally read his new books straight away. I’ve also heard excellent things about David Owen’s The Fallen Children – inspired by John Wyndham’s The Midwich Cuckoos – and Lisa Heathfield’s Flight of a Starling

In October, I’m taking a trip to Berlin and so I want to re-read Anna Funder’s Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall. It’s a captivating collection of interviews with people who have first-hand experience of the Berlin wall, such as 16-year-old Miriam, who attempted to escape West Berlin.

And lastly, I cannot wait to read Adam Silvera’s They Both Die at the End – I loved History is All You Left Me (and I’m sure this one will make me cry, too) – and Nina LaCour’s beautiful We Are Okay because I recently fell in love with Everything Leads to You.

Phew!

Have you read any of these?

Summer Has Begun!


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?


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On My TBR / February 2017

On My TBR / February 2017
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.

On My TBR / February 2017

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?

On My TBR / February 2017