Hello beautiful people!
Thank you Olivia @ Purely Olivia for tagging me in The Summer Bucket List Book Tag! I’ve seen this EVERYWHERE and was planning on doing it but kept forgetting, so thanks for the nudge to get on it! I’m more of a fall girl … because it gets SUPER humid here and I’m not a fan … but seeing that blue sky and the sun … what’s not to love? I’m also going to try and copy Olivia on picking good summer reads … since this IS a summer book tag. This doesn’t mean they necessarily take place in the summer … I’m including that contain fun vibes, adventure, romance and coming of age.
Also, Olivia is an epic blogger — one I see growing in popularity in the book blogging community. She’s approachable, fun and provides wonderful information on her blog. So please visit her website!
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Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett — This was one of those pleasant surprise novels, where I went in with little expectations and ended up truly enjoying the novel. The setting is a beach town — which for some reason I really love in books, even though I’m not a beach bum at all.
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston — Now THIS book was a FANTASTIC read! If you’re looking for a fiery and passionate romance, I HIGHLY recommend picking this up. Henry and Alex are relationship goals, completely captured by one another. Honestly, I like being single … but the love and heat and connection these two have made me miss having that special someone.
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee — I swear, ONE of these days I won’t include this novel … I CAN’T HELP IT! But this TOTALLY works, since the trio main characters travel across Europe on a grand adventure with a number of side tracks and hilarious situations. But it’s not just a physical journey, for the characters (especially Monty) go through personal development journeys.
If I’m Being Honest by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka — Another book I went in with LITTLE expectations but fell IN LOVE with (I honestly bought it because of the cover and colours ha-ha). The characters, the plot, the meaningful messages and takeaways from the novel … I was left with this beautiful feeling by the end of the last chapter. It was ONE of the FEW times that I felt like a 400+ page novel could’ve been longer … which is saying something.
Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills — When I got this in an OwlCrate, I was JUST starting to read more contemporary/realistic fiction novels … I was one of THOSE people that had a “hate-on” for such genres other than the RARE occasion. Mills’ novel helped me see how much fun the contemporary YA genre can be! Seriously, I’m PRETTY sure I read this in one to two sittings.
Autoboyography by Christina Lauren — Though heart-wrenching for almost the ENTIRE FLIPPIN’ NOVEL, I loved the connection of the main two characters. It’s so genuine and raw and real … I just kept on routing for them the entire time!
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli — I loved this novel, especially the representation of the LGBT community. Simon’s coming out story and exploration as identifying as a homosexual young teenager felt so REAL and EMOTIONAL and BEAUTIFUL. Both the good and the bad, the whole novel was well done and original.
Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills — There isn’t just ONE character who conquers an obstacle … there’s a BUNCH of them! And they all tend to overcome more than one, which I loved. From family complications to friendships to letting go, Mills’ novel explores so many topics!
With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo — Honestly, I haven’t read this yet … I don’t actually KNOW if the food sounds delicious. But according to all the reviews I’ve read and the cover of this novel, I’m going to assume there is INDEED delicious food in this novel.
100 Days of Sunlight by Abbie Emmons — This is actually my most recent read … and I still feel like my review did little justice describing how remarkable Emmons’ books is. There aren’t big epic battles, extremely dire situations … it’s simply two teenagers learning to live life when life has given them some major struggles. Weston and Tessa, the two main characters, make me FEEL infinite … that I can do anything, even when I feel lost and alone. It’s honestly one of my top reads of 2019 … and in general.