Hello and howdy.
Summer is over and I’m now officially on countdown for going back to school. I go back to school in less then a week and yet I still have no idea what’s happening and neither do my teachers😂. Gotta love the Spanish school system.
Anyway. With the summer now coming to a close it’s time to take a look back and talk about the best books I read over these past three months.
Throughout June, July & August I read a whopping 38 books. That is absolutely crazy to me and yet I’ve narrowed down my 5 favourite which I’m going to be talking about today:)
Me by Elton John
I can’t believe I read this back in June. That feels like forever ago!
Is this because I’ve read so many other books since then or is my sense of time just incredibly warped? Probably both tbh.
Last year I read and loved Becoming by Michelle Obama, and since then I’ve wanted to read more autobiographies but obviously I wanted to read about somebody I was actually interested in.
I grew up listening to the likes of Elton John, Queen, WHAM! and a whole lot more without even realising it and my love for that music has only grown as I’ve gotten older so I loved reading this so much.
It goes without saying that this book won’t be for everyone but I was personally fascinated by everything covered: Elton’s early life and his career, his battle with drug use and the whole culture around that, his experience living through the AIDS pandemic to his life now as a husband, father and national treasure.
Deadly Little Scandals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
I never shut up about my love for Jennifer Lynn Barnes and that’s because I have loved every single one of her books that I’ve read and Deadly Little Scandals was no exception.
This is the concluding novel to the Debutant duology which follows a girl called Sawyer who agrees to become a Debutant in exchange for lots of money off her estranged grandmother. While the money is a sweet incentive Sawyer has other reasons she agrees to the deal and that is to discover who her father is and so from there she enters the crazy world of Southern Belles and Debutant Balls.
I have a pretty thick East-Yorkshire accent and yet these books had me reading in an accent. It was actually kind of funny.
These books were such fun and easy books to read, overflowing with drama and mystery. I couldn’t put it down and I cannot recommend these books enough!!!
The Falling in Love Montage by Ciara Smyth
I get a huge smile on my face whenever I think about this book. It was so good😭
This book is an F/F romance which is something I’ve been wanting and needing more in my life. It follows Saoirse who does not believe in true love, especially since her mothers diagnosis of early-onset dementia but then she meets Ruby who convinces her to break her own rules and re-create the perfect rom-com moments.
The Falling in Love Montage was fun for so many reasons: the fact that it’s set in Ireland, the rom-com elements, the romance in general, the budding friendship between Saoirse and her classmate Oliver.
Definitely one of my favourites of the year, I’m so happy I picked it up and if you haven’t read it yet you really should.
What Kind of Girl by Alyssa Sheinmel
What Kind of Girl was on one of my (many) “anticipated 2020 releases” but I did not expect to enjoy this quite as much as I did.
“Enjoy” is a word I feel weird using in connection with this book due to the topics it deals with such as: domestic abuse, self harm, eating disorders, but this was just such a compelling novel in the way that it was told and I genuinely couldn’t put it down.
I feel like this is a pretty impactful story as it follows a girl who arrives at school with a black eye she claims her very popular boyfriend gave her.
It explores the early warning signs for domestic abuse, asks and answers the question of “what kind of girl stays in a relationship like that?”, it shows how not everything is so black and white in moments like that and it also shows the harsh reality of what comes hand in hand with speaking up about domestic abuse.
If this is something you feel comfortable reading then I cannot recommend it enough!
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Can I get a round of applause for finally jumping on the hype-train? Thank you.
I went into this with little to no expectations. If anything I was expecting to dislike this due to my dislike for Rowell’s previous novel Fangirl but Carry On took me completely by surprise.
This book was so witty, funny and humorous. I couldn’t put it down! I actually finished Wayward Son just a couple of days ago and loved that even more. I’m 100% a fan of this series despite being very late to the game.
And so those were my favourite books I read this summer. I feel like I’ve talked non-stop about these books in recent months so I don’t know how much more I really had to add today.
What was you favourite book you read this summer? I’d love to know 🙂 Thanks so much for reading and stay safe!