Summer is over. The sun might not know this considering the fact that it’s still making me sweat my arse off but it’s over. I’m ready for hoodies, blankets and lots of tea. With the end of another season, it’s time for me to share my recent five favourites.
I’m pretty sure I forgot to do this for Spring but looking at the list of spring favourites I have written down here I’ve already talked about all of them at length. As much as I loved these books, I don’t wanna keep gabbing on about them so we’re just skipping ahead.
Anyways, onwards and upwards to autumn we go!
Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales
Sophie Gonzales cemented herself as a must read author for me with this book. I loved her 2021 co-authored book, If This Get’s Out, and I loved this maybe even more. Her writing style was so addictive.
This book follows Darcy who considers herself an expert when it comes to handing out love advice, hence why she started up an anonymous love advice buinsess at her highschool. When Broughman finds out about this he leverages this secrete against her until she agress to help him win back his ex.
On the surface it may seem like any other high-school set story but it went deep and even touched on bisexual erasure among other things. It also had a super cute romance that was entertaining to read the entire time.
Tea Dragon Society by Kay O’Neil
This summer I decided to get Kindle Unlimited. When I got KU I was expecting to use it to read cheesy romance books and instead it led me to the cutest graphic novel trilogy in the entire world.
I’m not even sure how to describe this series beyond that it’s about Tea Dragons – Dragons that grow Tea leaves. It’s got a mix of found family and LGBTQ+ romances paired with an adorable art style. I read all three books in the trilogy but I’d say the first is probably my favourite.
Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Taylor Jenkins Reid did it again – made me want to dedicate my life to one of her books.
If you somehow haven’t heard about this book, it follows the four Riva siblings, children of famous musician Mick Riva, and over the course of one night where, at the end of it, their Malibu House goes up in flames. It explore’s their family trauma, their bond as siblings, and what it’s like growing up with a famous but absent father.
Probably my favourite aspect of this book, besides Nina Riva herself, was the tight familial bond. As always each siblings plot and character ARCs intercepted with each other seamlessly. It made me hold me breath at times and even made me tear up on a train.
House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland
Part of me is bummed I didn’t save this for colder months, the other part of me is glad I read it in time to recommend it for Halloween.
I’ll hold my hands up and admit this book was totally a cover buy so I was kinda scared it wasn’t going to live up to what I hoped it would be. Thankfully that was not the case and this book was just as aesthetically pleasing and intriguing as the cover art.
It follows three Hollow sisters who disappeared for exactly one month as children. Ever since returning there has been something off about them, something different. Years later the eldest sister, Gray, goes missing again and it’s up to the youngest sister Iris, to find her, and find out what happened to them all those years ago along the way.
This book was so unique in its aesthetic and imagery. I actually would compare it to Stranger Things if you swap 80’s American retro for creepy British floral. I was invested in this book from the first page and will be recommending it every chance I get as we go into autumn.
A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
I was not expecting to become so invested in this series, specifically in Pip and Ravi who I would die for.
This book follows Pip who, for her final school project, plans to investigate the murder of local girl Andie Bell. Despite her boyfriend, Sal Sing, confessing to the crime and commiting suicide not long after, Pip is adament that the police got it wrong and plans to prove it. In doing so she teams up with Sal’s younger brother Ravi and the two of them get to work to hopefully clear his brothers name and find out what really happened.
As soon as I get the time I’ll be doing a full series review so in the mean time I’ll mention the highlights. 1) It’s set in the UK and I will happily read all the England set YA books I can get my hands on because they just hit different. 2) It is such a compelling mystery espcially because there’s interview transcripts, photos of evidence and maps throughout that makes it feel like you’re solving the case right along Pip. And 3) Pip and Ravi themselves were so fun to read about – the banter and back forth was immaculate.
So there we have my summer favourites. From memory alone I’d say I had a good reading season. I’m hoping to just as good of a autumn, if not better.
In the few days it’s taken me to start this post and finish it, the weather has turned rainy and grizzly so yeah, we’re officially into Autumn, thank god.
If you’ve read any of these I’d love to know your thoughts and feelings. And even better, I’d love to know your favourite recent reads! Thanks for reading :))