Hello. It’s been a long time, hasn’t it?
I’m not sure what time period is the right amount of time for a wrap up. Monthly sounds like it should be right, and yet the whole summer went by and I did not reflect on my reading. And a whole summer’s worth of reading is quite a long list to recap.
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them by JK Rowling / Newt Scamander
The audio book is narrated by Eddie Redmayne, who plays Newt in the new movies. It’s fantastic.
Geekerella by Ashley Poston
Super cute Cinterella retelling that appeals to fan girls everywhere, especially those who are fans of sci-fi movies and shows like Star Wars and Star Trek.
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
I loved Eliza and Her Monsters. It appeals to the former fan fiction writer in me. Perfect for fan girls everywhere, and anyone else who has ever been a fan of something amazing. It also deals a lot with anxiety in a very realistic way.
Caraval by Stephanie Garber
The first in what I believe to be a duology, Caraval is quite the trip to a traveling carnival-esque game where nothing is what is seems. Perfect for fans of The Night Circus.
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
I read this for book club, and because I wanted to see the Hulu show (which I haven’t completed yet). It kind of drags in the beginning but I feel like it all comes together toward the end. Fascinating and haunting. It was written in the mid-80’s but it’s so relevant today.
Burntown by Jennifer McMahon
A bit of a haunting mystery involving Necco, the main character’s past as well as mysterious murders that are haunting Ashford, VT.
The Circle by Dave Eggers
Another book club read. I felt like The Circle was a bit too long, and very anticlimactic. I enjoyed reading it because you can see the makings of a dystopian society. It’s like reading the lead up to how The Hunger Games started. And Emma Watson plays the lead in the movie.
All of these titles by Sarah J. Maas are part of the unfinished Throne of Glass series. If you like assassin’s, magic, fae and new worlds, you’ll love this action-packed series.
Once and For All by Sarah Dessen
Sarah Dessen’s novels are the perfect summer read. Once and For All follows Louna as she navigates the wedding planning world with her mother. Louna is trying to figure out her own personal grief while just making it through her summer. Is there someone out there who might have the power to help her see life differently?
Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
See my little blurb in July about the Throne of Glass books.
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Dimple wants to be your average American girl. She does not want to be part of an arranged marriage, she just wants to go to a summer program and compete to create an app and maybe met her idol. Rishi can’t wait to start a family and follow a more traditional Indian-American life. Super cute contemporary read.
What To Say Next by Julie Buxom
This is a super cute contemporary novel about the friendship and romance between popular Kit and David who is her social opposite. David has Autism Spectrum Disorder which makes it difficult for him to maintain relationships. But he is different and thoughtful in a way that Kit isn’t used to from her peers.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
I’ve read this novel so many times. It’s easily in my top 5 lists of favorite books. If you haven’t read it before, you just need to.
Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy
I love this novel so much. It’s about sexual identity, friendships and heartbreaks. Oh, and a girl with blue hair.
The Names They Gave Us by Emory Lord
Emory takes us into the world of summer camp where Lucy struggles with her faith, navigates a summer job at a new-to-her camp and deals with the grief of having a sick family member.
Nightbird by Alice Hoffman
This is my first Alice Hoffman novel and it certainly won’t be my last. There’s a mysterious monster in the magical town of Sidwell. Twig has to come to the bottom of the strange occurrences before her brother is blamed.
The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
When Suzy’s friend dies there has to be a logical reason, right? If everything happens for a reason, then the death of Nancy has to have one, too. Convinced her fried was stung by a jellyfish, Suzy works to figure out how to prove what she believes.
The Princess Bride by William Goldman
If you’ve seen the movie then you’ve basically read the book. I think the humor translates better on the big screen, and I don’t recommend this novel.