My reading plans for this summer ☀️

Hello 👋

My plans for the day came to a screeching halt when my Grandma, who I was meant to spend the day and go out to dinner with, tested positive for Covid. I normally love it when plans get cancelled cause I’m very much an introvert. But I was looking forward to this, even just to get out of the house. I had my outfit picked out and everything.

To amend the fact that I feel all out of sorts now, I figured I’d talk a bit about my plans for this summer.

I’ve got a busy summer coming up. By the time this goes live I’ll be back in Spain, I think I’ll have even started my new job. Things on the agenda for this summer include:

  • Hanging out with my friends as much as possible even though we’re all going to be working.
  • Snorkeling. Every summer I say I’m going to do this more often but never actually do.
  • Another thing I say every summer is that I’m gonna write. Keep your fingers crossed for me. (If anyone wants a writing buddy, hit me up. I need all the help lol)
  • Trying not to let the anxiety kill me as I try and sort out my US visa. The only high-point in all of this is a possible trip to Madrid.

And then of course, the most important part of summer is reading as many books as possible! Even then though, I have specific reading goals for the summer that I’m hoping to achieve!

1. Re-reading The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins gives me anxiety. The books and the movie. To be honest, dystopian novels in general give me anxiety. Why I still feel like this when I’ve already read the books, watched the movies and literally know everything that happens, I don’t know.

Recently, however, I’ve had the urge to re-read this series. I’m nearly 20 (*screams*) and so I’m interested in seeing what I think of these books at this age – an age where I wouldn’t even be eligible for reaping.

I’m also doing a series on my blog where I share my favourite quotes & moments from popular books that I’ve enjoyed before and I want to do the same with The Hunger Games. Ideally I’d read the whole trilogy but I’ll be happy if I get to just the first book.

2. Read my Rainbow

Summer for me started the minute I pressed “submit” on my last assignment which means my June challenge of “reading my rainbow” counts as a summer goal.

I’m doing quite well so far. I can knock blue and yellow off … even though the two books I read – On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong and Nick & Charlie by Alice Oseman – weren’t on my official TBR.

3. Reading some backlist books I left behind

When I moved to uni I left behind a bunch of books so I really want to get to some of those backlist books while I’m back at home. As much as I want to constantly be reading new releases, I can’t forget about the books I was excited about once upon a time.

4. Re-read some contemporary favourites

Erin Hahn and Jenn Bennett have both written some of my favourite contemporary books so it seems only fitting that I re-visit the books that made me the happiest.

I got physical copies of Never Saw You Coming and More Than Maybe (which is probably my favourite book by Erin Hahn) for Christmas so I’m very excited about reading these again. You know when you physically miss a book? That’s how I feel about these two.

And then I also plan to read Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett. With the beach-town setting this is perfect for summer. All three of these books made it to my “favourites of the year” list when I read them for the first time so I can’t wait to re-visit them.

5. Read all the romance my heart desires

For someone who once said “romance is my least favourite genre, I don’t think I’ll ever like it” I sure do read a lot of romance novels.

I recently invested in Kindle Unlimited and this summer is the perfect time to get as much use out of it as I can reading books I’ll be too ashamed to share the cover of. As well as that though, I also have five specific books I want to read:

  • Beach Read by Emily Henry – I’ve heard so many people rave about Emily Henry’s books. I keep seeing so much about January and Gus on Twitter. I need to experience what everyone else is!
  • Terms & Conditions by Lauren Asher – I started this last month and really liked it but life was hectic so I’m going to start from the beginning again and fully savour it.
  • How to Fake it In Hollywood by Ava Wilder – This is apparently much more hard-hitting and less fluffy romance but I don’t care, I’m still on board. In fact, I pre-ordered the ebook already.
  • Addicted to You by Krista & Becca Ritchie – I’m caving and starting the Addiced/Calloways series. I’ve heard great things, despite the fact I think it’s a long ass series that going to make me cry.
  • American Royalty by Tracey Livesay – I have such a good feeling about this book and you bet your ass that as soon as this book is released I’m going to be treating myself even though I probably won’t have done anything to deserve it.

I’m going to be busy this summer. I don’t know if I’m ready. I am definitely read to be back home in Spain in the sun and reunited with my dogs and cat though. Also the hair cut I’m booked in for in a couple weeks which is very much needed.

I’d love to know your thoughts and feelings on any of the books mentioned, as well as your plans for this summer! Thanks for reading 🙂

Elli xx

9 thoughts on “My reading plans for this summer ☀️”

  1. Looking forward to hear what you think of Beach Read! I loved it too, but I then loved People We Meet on Vacation, and my new favorite is Book Lovers. Sounds like you have a busy summer ahead!

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