The heat is killing me slowly. All I do during daylight hours is hide away in my room under the protection of my ceiling fan and eat as much ice-cream as humanly possible.
I’m also trying to read as much as humanly possible and I’m happy to report that I’m having a good book-ish summer so far. Maybe not in quantity, but definitely in quality.
At the minute, Goodreads is asking the question “what’s your summer reading style?”. Ok techinically they don’t care about the answer, they’re just given recommendations, but it did get me thinking of what my summer reading style is.
The Trendsetter – You love to find the up and coming authors (before your friends do).
I’m not the type of reader who likes to find things first. I’m happy to follow the tide and jump on hype trains late. Thankfully my friends also follow this same philosophy as me so there’s no competition between us as to who can read things first.
Usually if I do read an authors debut novel it’s a while after the books publication, or even after they’ve already released more books.
Looking at the books I’ve read so far this summer I’ve only read from one debuting author: How to Fake it In Hollywood by Ava Wilder.
Team Book: The Adaptation Reader – Before you watch it on the big/little screen, you’ll want to get lost in the pages.
Yeah ok I have been reading a fair few books recently that are set to be adapted or have recently been adapted in the last couple of months. Last month I read both The Girls I’ve Been by Tess Sharpe and The Seven Husbands of Evely Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid.
Both of these books have movie deals in the works but besides from outrage that Evelyn Hugo is being turned into a movie instead of a TV show, I’ve not heard much about the productions yet. I also was still feeling Heartstopper show withdrawls so I read the novella, Nick & Charlie by Alice Oseman.
The Culture Vulture – You want to catch up on the books everyone’s been talking about.
I’m just trying to live, laugh, love but here I am being called out by Goodreads. Lovely.
Summer is just the opportune time to catch up on the popular books. In the last couple of months I’ve caught up on Taylor Jenkins Reid‘s three most popular books, joined the Emily Henry hype train, and had a look into what all the Colleen Hoover hype is about.
The Riveting Reality Reader – Truth is always stranger than fiction.
I read to escape reality. Why would I want to read about it?
The Award Winner – You want to spend time with the books with all the accolades.
Ha, honestly I’m more intimidated by books that have won awards and things like that because I get into my own head.
I like to read books without knowing what they’re been awarded, and then when I love the book I can feel proud on that books behalf.
I haven’t gone into any books this summer knowing they’d won awards, but upon using Google I can tell you that Loveless by Alice Oseman, Beach Read by Emily Henry and On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong have all won awards of some sort.
The Literal Beach Reader – Even if your toes can’t be the sand, your plots will be.
I live ten minutes away from the beach but even then I like to read books set beach-side. Infact, I prefer chilling in my house in my PJs, sat next to the fan rather than surrounded by strangers, sweaty and with sand going everywhere being scorched by the sun.
This year I’ve read two books that took place in a beach-side town and loved them both so much: Beach Read by Emily Hery and Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I’m really happy I saved, whether intentionally or not, for the summer season.
The Tome Tackler – You like big books and you cannot lie! No light reading for you!
I definitely do not like big books. They’re scary. No matter how many times I tell myself “you’ve got free time, nows the perfect time to read big books”, I never actually follow through on that. If this was true I would have read Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas ages ago.
The Leisure Learner – Downtime is the best time to educate yourself, in a literary kind of way.
Again, I always have every intention but those intentions go flying out the window in no time. In my defence, I did start reading by Stamped From the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi but was reading it on my computer which just wasn’t working for me. As soon as I have access to the physical copy from my uni library I’ll be picking it back up
Getting Lost in Translation – Spend time armchair globe-trotting with new books translated in English!
I’d like to read more translated works. I mean I really enjoyed Before the Coffee Get’s Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi a couple of months ago. It seems like a really enjoyable way to experience and learn about new countries and cultures.
From this I think it’s quite easy to discern that I am clearly a “culture vulture” type of summer reader. I’d love to know what category you fall in! Let me know. Thanks for reading :))