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☀Top 5 books I read this summer☀

Hi and howdy, welcome to my blog!!

Yes we’re halfway through September and I’m only just getting around to talking about the best books I read this summer. It’s been busy and time management isn’t one of my strong suits.

Also, I just don’t want summer to be over. Don’t get me wrong I’m looking forward for the temperature to drop and not be sweating buckets 24/7, but I’ve really enjoyed being free of my jeans and having little to no responsibilities.

Over the course of June, July and August I read 31 books and I enjoyed the large majority. That being said, it was pretty easy to pick out my favourite books I read this summer!!

1- If This Gets Out by Sophie Gonzales & Cale Dietrich

I had little to no expectations when I started reading this. I’d never read anything by Sophie Gonzales and I wasn’t a fan of Cale Dietrich’s debut novel but I’m so glad I was accepted for an ARC.

This book follows two members of a super popular boyband that start dating in secret and have to navigate the change in their relationship as well as dealing with the demands of being so high profile.

I enjoyed everything about this book. Zach and Reubens relationship felt so authentic, as did their friendships with the other two boys in the band who both were well developed, especially considering they’re just side characters.

While Reuben knew he was gay, Zach is only now coming to terms with his bisexuality in this book so that was another detail I enjoyed reading about. They had a bunch of obstacles to overcome like Zach discovering who he was, Reubens insecurities, their management team being arseholes, but they had such good communication.

These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

There’s nothing better then one of your most anticipated releases that you put off reading until “just the right moment” lives up to the hype.

Yeah I saved this book until school had finished so I had plenty of time to read it … and then the week I picked this up ended up being ridiculously busy. Typical.

This book was such a great read, so atmospheric and entertaining. I loved the writing so much with the descriptions of the city making me feel like I was there, and the chapters talking about the monster that’s wreaking havoc genuinely making me itch.

Of course I also enjoyed the main characters and their “enemies-to-lover-to-enemies-to-maybe-lovers” dynamic. This book was dark and broody but beautiful and I can’t wait to read the sequel, as well as whatever else Chloe Gong writes.

As Many Nows as I Can Get by Shana Longdahl

If you can, read this book on a long train journey. Or plane ride, whatever. Just make sure you dedicate a good chunk of time to read this book because reading it in two sitting added so much to my reading experience.

I can’t explain the plot, I’m barely going to try. It’s very character focused with trigger warnings for drug use, alcohol, overdose, death, teen pregnancy. It was very real and raw and touched on many important things without feeling like it was trying to hard.

The way it was told, switching from different moments of the past to present confused me at first but soon became one of my favourite aspects. If I hadn’t been on a train by myself surrounded by strangers, I swear I would have sobbed.

Never Saw You Coming by Erin Hahn

At this point it’s safe to say that I’m an Erin Hahn stan. I don’t say that for many people or fandoms but Hahn has written three of my favourites for the past three years so she deserves all my love and attention.

I’ll hold my hands up and admit that this book scared me. Erin Hahn’s past two books focused heavily on music and I loved this. This newest release however focused more on religion. I am many things but religious I am not so I went into this with caution. In the end though I ended up loving this book so much and found the topics related to religion to be very important.

This book discusses the hypocrisy of the Church and how it places the blame on young women simply for existing. I thought the romance was so well done with both characters having their own personalities and having to work through their individual problems separately, while still complementing each other and helping each other along the way.

Erin Hahn is now an instant buy author for me, no question, and I look forward to everything and anything she writes from here on.

The Hawthorne Legacy by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

The excitement I felt when I was accepted for the Blog Tour and got an ARC of this book … you don’t’ even know.

Jennifer Lynn Barnes was one of the authors that got me into YA with her series The Naturals and since then she’s become one of my favourites. My love for her stories continues with her newest series which is perfect for fans of the Knives Out movie as it follows a girl who inherits a random billionaire’s fortune and has to live in the same house as his disinherited family, including the four handsome grandsons.

This book definitely mixed Sherlock/Agatha Christie style mysteries with soap operas in the best possible ways. I devoured this story and having to wait over a year for the third book is going to kill me.

Me: *I need to write as many posts as I can in the next couple of days*

Also me: *takes almost 3 days to write this post and finishes it while totally drunk*

So those are my favourite books of the past three months and probably of the year. I had a great season of reading this year. While I didn’t totally love everything I read this month, I definitely think I’ve found some new all round favourites and I can’t recommend these five books enough.

I’d love to know your thoughts and feelings on any of these books, as well as what you’ve been reading and loving this month. Thank you for reading :))

Elli xx

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