A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end – William Styron.
I haven’t written about any books on my to be read shelf in a little while, and as it is summer, it is the time of year that I tend to read a little bit more. The days are longer, the words seem to dance on the pages in front of me, and it is an excuse to sit in the sunshine and get lost in a different world for a little while. Originally, I wanted to try and get through a total of six books before September. However, last time I checked, I still work, I still have a social life, and I still have projects of my own that I need to focus on over the next couple of months too. Therefore, six books was perhaps an over-reach. I have settled for four, including the one that I am currently reading. I feel like it might possibly take me until the end of the month to read this one alone. If you want to read other people’s books for summer, I recommend Albertine Sarah’s post (who inspired this very blog post, down to the number and the season – the book colours are completely coincidental)!
LORD OF SHADOWS
by Cassandra Clare.
My parents bought me this book for Christmas. Yep, I am still getting through my TBR list from last year. I get distracted by new books all of the time which leads me to forget about the earlier bookish anticipations in my life. It is taking a little while to get into this one, unfortunately. Lady Midnight was a book that I read in two or three days because I was so hooked. It is as though there isn’t as much drive in its sequel. I’m carrying on, and hoping for it to grab me and suck me into the shadowhunter realm again. I still love the Blackthorn family and Emma Carstairs, so they are spiralling me forward with their love and friendship. A full review will be coming as soon as I finish it!
by Cecelia Ahern.
I read Flawed last year. This was a book I couldn’t put down! It is the dystopian story of a world where everything and everyone is perfect. If you do something morally wrong, you will become one of the Flawed, a group of people who nobody wants to be associated with. However, when Celestine North helped someone in need, she was branded Flawed, and now she is the number one threat in society. Perfect is the conclusion of the duology, where she is on the run with a secret. It was actually my mum who bought it because she wants to read it after reading Flawed! I wonder who will get to it first!
THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR
by Shari Lapena.
The Couple Next Door has been on the tips of wagging tongues for months now. It was a huge hit when it came out. I’m pretty sure I saw copies of it all over buses and trains. It seems to have sucked people into its claws. I hadn’t read the blurb on the back until right this second and I immediately want to know what happens. I am obsessed with thrillers of any kind. I love twists and turns so to know that there are secrets to find out, I know I’ll be hooked.
THE LANGUAGE OF THORNS
by Leigh Bardugo.
I love Leigh’s work. Her Six of Crows duology literally made me cry. Anything that is to do with fantasy and Young Adult literature, I will clutch onto. I’m lucky to have friends who know exactly what books I love to read too. This book is of Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic. It tells six stories from the lands of Grisha, full of dark magic and haunted worlds. Flicking through the book itself reveals a beautifully crafted piece of artwork that should be on every bookshelf. The illustrations are stunning, just as, I am almost certain, they are deceiving.
I have a good feeling about getting through all four of these books. They are all unique, in some ways more than others. The majority are Young Adult, but that is my favourite genre to read. I love to get lost in the magic of feeling like a protagonist that will save the world from demons and blight, just as I love how these young adults can seem older than what they are. I also love a gripping story, one that I cannot put down, especially when it makes me completely switch off from the outside world. That is when you know you have a piece of magic in your hands.
What are you reading this summer? Are there any books I simply must have?!
Love, Faye xo