Summer Reading List 2018
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Little late on this one considering first day of summer was two weeks ago – but better late than never. This summer’s reading list consists of romance novels (as per usual), poetry and something purely for expanding my knowledge. Let’s dive into the 10 books I have chosen for my summer 2018 reading list:
1. Snow Falling – Jane Gloriana Villanueva
For the Jane the Virgin fans out there, you know exactly why I need to read this, for the people that don’t watch Jane the Virgin… first, go on Netflix and watch it then you can read this book! In the show Jane, the main character and writer, writes the novel called Snow Falling and it’s based on her story with her lover Michael – but, they brought the story to real life!! I absolutely loved this show and I cannot wait to read Snow Falling, I’m a little late as this was published at the end of 2017 but I’m glad I’ve saved it for my summer reading list.
“Knowing what would happen – the heartbreak, the tears, the love, the hope, the betrayal, the heartbreak (yes, it was always the heartbreak) – would she do it over? And she knew the answer was yes because of how it all ended.”
2. Mind Platter – Najwa Zebian
I’ve seen this book posted all over Instagram stories and quotes from it all over VSCO, which made me very intrigued to read it. It is basically short little one page entries that are Najwa’s reflections on topics we encounter in everyday life. A friend of mine had bought me this for my birthday not too long ago, she had mentioned that when purchasing it she had read a few of the first pages and decided she needed it for herself as well. I just started reading it a few days ago and the reflections are really significant to everyday life, and so relatable to many people.
“At the end of the day, no one will walk your journey for you.
You have to do that.
At the end of the day, no one will dream for you.
You have to do that”
3. More Than Words – Mia Sheridan
When friends and family asked what I’d like for my birthday I knew I was running low on books for the summer, so I surfed around Google to find some newer contemporary romance novels. I found this one, which had really great reviews on the Indigo website and Goodreads, which are my best friends when looking for book recommendations. This book was only published the beginning of June so I’m excited to read something fresh to the contemporary section! Some of my guy friends actually picked this one up for me, along with The Princess Saves Herself in This one, I couldn’t believe they went into an Indigo, looked them up on the computer and purchased with no staff assistance haha.
“No one ever makes me feel like you princess Jessie, no one ever will.”
4. The Princess Saves Herself in This One – Amanda Lovelace
This book is a collection of poems that are segregated into four parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen & you – they are about life and all it’s love, lost, grief, healing, empowerment and inspiration. I’ve read some really mixed reviews about this one – some saying it really hit home and they loved it, others say it’s not even poetry and was done really poorly. I’m very intrigued to read and form my opinion about this one.
5. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han
This book was on my summer reading list back in 2015 but I never ended up reading it, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is the first book in the series followed by P.S. I Still Love You and the third Always and Forever, Lara Jean. However, when I was walking through Indigo on my lunch break a few months ago, I stumbled upon it again and it had a “soon to be a major motion picture”. If there’s a book before a movie, I always want to read the book first and let my imagination run wild with it then compare to watch the directors and producer’s come up with for a movie. Netflix has this rights to the movie and its release date is August 17th, 2018 – so I better get reading.
"He starts to run his fingers through my hair, and it feels so nice I can't think straight. It's better than getting my hair washed at the salon. I move my hands down his back and along his spine, and he shivers and pulls me closer. A boy's back feels so different than a girl's back- more muscular, more solid somehow."
6. The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One – Amanda Lovelace
After falling completely in love with Milk & Honey and The Sun & Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur, I looked for recommendations based on enjoying those reads – both this one and the one I mentioned above in this post were on the list. Based on the reviews I’ve read, this one is supposed to have a lot of poems about feminism, which is something that most women like myself have taken a huge passion in. I’m excited to see how Amanda convey’s her thoughts on feminism through poetry.
we do not.
pink lace & ribbons.
every woman is authentic.”
7. Dating You/Hating You – Christina Lauren
New York Times Best Selling Author, Christina Lauren is definitely in my top handful of favourite authors, I’ve read a few of her books in the past so when I saw this in the romance section on the Indigo website I had to pick it up. It was published June 2017 and has great reviews on the Indigo and Goodreads websites, based on the reviews it is supposed to be a very sexy but sweet read – I love a good contemporary romance novel.
“His smile is warm and slow, and when it reaches his eyes, something inside my chest turns over in defeat.”
8. Honeybee – Trista Mateer
Honeybee is the last poetry book in my summer reading list, I like to mix up a good romance novel and some poetry and keep flipping between genres. I got a gift card to Indigo recently for my birthday so I was just browsing and figured I’d add another poetry book to my collection. I find poetry to be the kind of genre you can always go back to. I haven’t heard too much about Honeybee, which was published in May 2018, and there weren’t too many reviews in Indigo but when I quickly checked Goodreads the reviews were absolutely incredible; I hope I am as impressed as the other readers.
“I still remember you
as a little girl
who overwaters plants
because she doesn’t know
when to stop giving.”
9. All Your Perfects – Colleen Hoover
This book is most definitely the one I am most excited for. Colleen Hoover is hands down my absolute favourite author of all time. Her books are so suspenseful, heartbreaking but sweet – they are that true cannot put down book. She has 17 books out as of right now and I’ve read 11 of them, because I can never seem to find the ones I haven’t read in store and always seem to forget when I’m ordering on Indigo. I’m going to make it a note to haul the rest that I am missing and haven’t read. All Your Perfects doesn’t launch until a little later in July, so when I ordered a few days ago I decided to pre-order it and it’ll deliver on launch day – I could not be more excited for a book launch.
“I would say it’s good to meet you, Quinn, but this is the worst moment of my life.”
10. Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Astrology: The Easy Way to Learn Astrology – Kris Brandt Riske
For the past while I have been saying how I really want to learn about astrology. I am a little old fashioned when it comes to reading from a book rather than online, I obtain the information better when it is a hard copy in my hand rather than on a screen. I spent the last few weeks researching which book would be perfect for me to buy, I wanted something bigger that covered signs, planets and moons – this book is like a big textbook that covers it all and is broken into chapters, making it much easier to digest. I’m very excited to be learning about something that interests me, I don’t know too much about astrology at all but definitely do believe in it.
That completes my summer reading list for 2018, hope you all enjoyed reading!