Top 10 Books I Read This Summer

This summer I read a total of 28 books and I’m narrowing down my favourites to recommend in hopes that you will read it  too! I will link the Goodreads page for each book on the title so you can read the summary of the books for yourself.

10. Morning Star by Pierce Brown - The final instalment of the Red Rising Trilogy makes me feel all sorts of ways. Highly recommend this series for all the epic moments that occur; full of political intrigue and war strategies which all takes place in a sci-fi setting

9. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows - What a fun book! Wasn’t sure what to expect going into this book, I guess it’s best described as an alternative historical fiction story with fantastical elements

8. A Certain Age by Beatriz Williams - Did you love The Great Gatsby? Yes? Then read this book! Set in New York in the Roaring Twenties with ALL the drama and scandal and romance and etc. etc. Conclusion: it’s great, read it.

7. East of Eden by John Steinbeck - I loveee all of John Steinbeck’s novels but this one stands out to me because every element of prose and theme he’s developed in his other works reaches an apex that is indescribably beautiful and memorable. Yes, it’s a classic and it’s long, but it will be worth it!

6. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier - WOWW! The plot itself is reminiscent of Wuthering Heights but DO NOT BE FOOLED! This book is a masterpiece and should not be compared! It is a book that has stuck with me and I can see why the book has stood the test of time. There are so many different ways of interpreting this book which contributes to the mystery and drama and UGH IT IS JUST TOO GOOD FOR THIS WORLD

5. The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North - This is a book about “the girl who no one remembers.” Does that not sound amazing? Aside from the phenomenally original plot, the story explores the complexities of human nature and life. (sounds like a risky business but it works) Love the thought provoking novels of Claire North, but this one is probably my favourite <3

4. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson - Matson’s books are the epitome of summer goals and this one is no different. It’s cute, there’s romance, probably the ultimate summer beach read in my opinion; it might be a YA book with all it’s typical cliche moments, but it’s done so well you can’t help but love it. 

3. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens - Not going to lie this book was so boring for me in the first few pages but before I knew it, I was completely sucked in to the story. I always thought Dickens would be dull, my mistake, he is a MASTER OF STORYTELLING and I can’t wait to read his other works. Don’t be put off by the ‘giant-ness’ of his books, it goes by so fast!

2. The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen - Another amazing YA series! Love this because of the epic heroine (who loves books?!?!? yes please). Actually have no words to describe how much I love this so here’s one of my favourite lines: “Even a book can be dangerous in the wrong hands, and when that happens, you blame the hands, but you also read the book.” 

1. Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier - I AM A SUCKER FOR HISTORICAL FICTION AND THIS COMBINES HISTORICAL FICTION WITH ART HISTORY. CAN YOU SEE WHERE THIS IS GOING? I WANT THIS BOOK TO BE MY BABY (I see the mixed reviews but I just love the lush imagery of Holland in the 1600s and omg the slow-burning-scandalous-romance, like I actually can’t.) I JUST LOVE THE SETTING AND SUBJECT TOO MUCH OK BUT PLEASE READ IT (:

Those are my favourite books! Let me know if you’ve read any of them/what you thought of them or what your favourite books this summer was!