Summer Reads

God, summer is so hot! Whether you’re catching some rays at the beach, or escaping the heat in air conditioning (like me), books are the perfect way to pass the time. If you’re struggling with finding some good ones, look no further. Here are five books you should read before summer ends!

1. ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE BY BENJAMIN ALIRE SÁENZ

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This gorgeous book cover is covered in awards, and rightfully so. This is unquestionably my favorite book ever (which is saying a lot!) and it’s the perfect summer read. You’re going to want to curl up somewhere comfortable and give yourself some time to absorb the poetic writing style, easy dialogue, and amazing characters. This book explores identity and sexuality effortlessly, and the best part is, most of the book takes place in summer. This is a must-read! (But honestly everything by this author is a must-read.)

2. SIX OF CROWS BY LEIGH BARDUGO

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Six of Crows is fresh and fun fantasy book. I tend to be wary of fantasy books, since so many plots are overused and exhausting, but I was blown away by Six of Crows. Not only is the plot interesting – six teenagers, all with very different personalities and values, plotting a dangerous heist – but the characters are outstanding. This is in a duology, so you’re going to want to pick up the second / last book, Crooked Kingdom, immediately after finishing the first.

3. WE WERE LIARS BY E. LOCKHART

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We Were Liars is the perfect book if you’re looking for something different. A rich extended family that spends their summers on a private island covers up secrets and family issues. The best part of the book, of course, is the ending – your jaw is guaranteed to drop. Take my word for it and pick this book up the next time you see it!

4. THE HATE U GIVE BY ANGIE THOMAS

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This book focuses on the Black Lives Matter movement, told in a very realistic, honest, teenager’s voice. An eye-opening read, especially if you don’t know as much about the movement or issues that face many black Americans. And although the subject is serious, humor and wit are still sewn throughout the novel, making for a very enjoyable read.

5. ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE BY ANTHONY DOERR

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This is an absolutely incredible book. Set in World War II, the perspectives switch between a blind Parisian girl and a scientifically gifted German boy. The writing is amazing – eloquent, descriptive, and yet simple at the same time. All the Light We Cannot See is a book you definitely want to get sucked into, and very much deserving of the Pulitzer Prize.

And there we go! My five top picks for this summer season. Don’t hesitate to leave a comment if you’ve read any of these books, or any other great novels you’d recommend for summer! 🙂

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