It’s finally getting warmer here in Austria and I’m starting to put together a list of books I want to read in my summer holidays. For some reason most of the people I know, including myself, manage to read way more books in the warmer months. Maybe that’s because of the free-time and the opportunity to spend your day lying in the sun/at the pool with a good book in your hand. I tried to pick 5 books which you should definitely read in the summer of 2015 and here they are….
Most of those books are pretty popular
(especially on bookstagram/booktube) and no secret tipp at all but I thought it might be nice to share some favourites with you. Also all of the books mentioned are stand-alones rather than series because I much prefer those books in the summer time.
Same goes for the genre. I’m a fantasy/ sci-fi/ thriller lover in the cold winter months but as soon as the weather gets warmer and summer approaches my mood switches to romance/ Young adult/ New adult fiction. Kinda weird I know but that’s just how it is #sorrynotsorry.
Ugly Love – Colleen Hoover
If you have never read one of CH’s books than this is the perfect opportunity for you. Buy it, love it and hop onto the Colleen Hoover worship train. Ugly love is the heart-clenching, intense, real and also ugly story of Tate Collins and Miles Archer (duh hottie) who decide to engage in a sex-only relationship. However, while Tate falls in love with the mysterious and secretive Miles, he does everything to push her away. Prepare for a rollercoaster ride of emotions and don’t forget the tissues.
“God gives us the ugliness so we don’t take the beautiful things in life for granted.”
More than this – Patrick Ness
I need to admit that I dived into this book knowing nothing about the plot
(it was “oh my god the cover is so pretty I need to have that book” buy) and I’d advice you to do the same. More than this is a funny, heart-wrenching, creepy book which amazingly manages to also deal with philosophical issues. It’s clever, fast paced, action-packed, thrilling and an absolute page-turner.
- Buy on Amazon: More Than This
- Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Thriller
- My Goodreads rating: 5/5 stars ★
“People see stories everywhere…We take random events and we put them together in a pattern so we can comfort ourselves with a story, no matter how much it obviously isn’t true…We have to lie to ourselves to live. Otherwise, we’d go crazy.”
Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe – Benjamin Alire Sáenz
I loved everything about this book! The story, the characters and their development, the writing, the romance, the pace, the family relationships – everything. The story is about two teenage boys who couldn’t be more different but somehow manage to develop a deep and life-changing friendship. It’s a story about growing up and finding out who you really are. I need to admit that, once again, I went into this book knowing nothing about the plot and I feel like it made the whole experience even better for me.
- Buy on Amazon: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
- Genre: YA, LGBT
- My Goodreads rating: 5/5 stars ★
“Another secret of the universe: Sometimes pain was like a storm that came out of nowhere. The clearest summer could end in a downpour. Could end in lightning and thunder.”
Eleanor and Park – Rainbow Rowell
I have to confess that I’m not the biggest Rainbow Rowell fan but this book got me hooked. This is the story about Eleanor and Park. Its their story – their love story. Both characters were perfectly flawed and their fears, insecurities and mistakes made them trustworthy and real. Eleanor and Park had humor, incredibly cute dialogues, real-life problems every teenager can rely too and an amazing ending (right in the feels is all I can say here).
“Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.”
The Rosie Project – Graeme Simison
And now let’s talk about the only adult romance in my little list here. The Rosie Project is the feel-good story of Don Tillman, a socially awkward but heart-warming genetics professor, on the search for the perfect future wife. Thus he designed a questionnaire which he hands to women on dates. Until he meets Rosie… who’s absolutely unsuitable for marriage. However, the both of them try go on a quest to find her biological father together and Don realized that love is way more complicated than he thought.
“It would be unreasonable to give you credit for being incredibly beautiful.”
What are your must-reads for summer? Any books you can recommend? I’d love to read about your opinion in the comments :)