Summer Reading List

I’ve only recently got back into reading books again, which I’m super happy about. I honestly would read non stop, and had a bookcase filled to the brim with books. I also used to feel really guilty about getting rid of them, even after I read them?! I’m now going to start donating my books to charity after I’ve read them, since I rarely read a book more than once. Also, the lighting in these photos are super shitty due to the fact I kept buying more books, and had to re-write this post a billion times, so I quickly took these when the sun was setting, which explains the yellow tinge these have…

All The Bright Things – Jennifer Niven

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‘Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.
Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.
When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the ‘natural wonders’ of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself – a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink. How far will Violet go to save the boy she has come to love?’

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I’ve actually had this on my bookshelf for a good 4/5 months, and I still haven’t gotten around to reading it. What initially drew me in was not only that it was recommended by A LOT of people, but also I really enjoyed reading John Green’s books in the past, and since a few people had said that they also enjoyed this as much as Mr Greens, I was definitely interested. Also, I’m the sort of person who likes to read a book before seeing a film, and I’m 100% sure that this will get made into one since it’s super popular.

Into The Water – Paula Hawkins

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‘In the last days before her death, Nel called her sister. Jules didn’t pick up the phone, ignoring her plea for help.
Now Nel is dead. They say she jumped. And Jules has been dragged back to the one place she hoped she had escaped for good, to care for the teenage girl her sister left behind.
But Jules is afraid. So afraid. Of her long-buried memories, of the old Mill House, of knowing that Nel would never have jumped.
And most of all she’s afraid of the water, and the place they call the Drowning Pool…’

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After that description, how could I not want to read this?! I brought this straight after I finished reading ‘The Couple Next Door – Shari Lapena‘ (which I definitely recommend if you haven’t read it already), and I started to read this the day before my surgery, and then found myself either too unwell to read, or I was blogging! Definitely going to have to find the time to start reading this!

Holding Up The Universe – Jennifer Niven

‘Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed ‘America’s Fattest Teen’. But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to see who she really is. Since her mum’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for EVERY POSSIBILITY LIFE HAS TO OFFER. I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything.
Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the art of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his own brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone.
Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game which lands them in group counseling, Libby and Jack are both angry, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world – theirs and yours.’

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It sounds stupid since I havent even read the book yet, but this was recommended to read if you liked ‘Holding Up The Universe’, but there is a method in my madness. Since others recommend ‘Holding Up The Universe’ if you liked John Greens books, I thought that surely this one would be the same? Also, it’s by the same author, so I don’t think I can go wrong here.

Reasons To Stay Alive – Matt Haig

‘WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO FEEL TRULY ALIVE?
Aged 24, Matt Haig’s world caved in. He could see no way to go on living. This is the true story of how he came through crisis, triumphed over an illness that almost destroyed him and learned to live again.
A moving, funny and joyous exploration of how to live better, love better and feel more alive, Reasons to Stay Alive is more than a memoir. It is a book about making the most of your time on earth.’

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I have heard some really wonderful things about this book. Originally, I did think it was just going to be a massive list of reasons to stay alive since I never read the description before buying this, but I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it was about Matt’s journey, and I’m excited to find out more.

Small Great Things – Jodi Picoult

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‘When a newborn baby dies after a routine hospital procedure, there is no doubt about who will be held responsible: the nurse who had been banned from looking after him by his father.
What the nurse, her lawyer and the father of the child cannot know is how this death will irrevocably change all of their lives, in ways both expected and not.’

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Now, I obviously know that films and books are COMPLETELY different, but since ‘My Sisters Keeper’ is one of my favourite films, I thought that there was no way I couldn’t not like this book?! Jodi Picoult, you’re incredible.

Pillow Thoughts – Courtney Peppernell

‘Pillow Thoughts is a collection of poetry and prose about heartbreak, love and raw emotions.
It is derived into sections to read when you feel like you need them the most.
Make yourself a cup of tea and let yourself feel.’

This was recommended by Amazon when I was buying ‘Milk and Honey – Rupi Kaur‘, so I told myself that if I liked ‘Milk and Honey’, I’d buy this. Turns out that ‘Milk and Honey’ is bloody amazing. I have started reading this already, and I’m about halfway through. The only reason I didn’t read this fully, is because when I checked the time, it was 5am, and I thought it should perhaps get some sleep… I will finish this soon though.

There you have it. This isn’t so much a ‘what I need to read’ list, as it pretty much is a ‘what I’m going to be doing for the next month’ list.

Get Your Sh*t Together – Sarah Knight

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‘Ever find yourself snowed under at the office – or even just glued to the sofa – when you really want to get out (for once), get to the gym (at last), and get started on that daunting dream project you’re always putting off? Then it’s time to get your sh*t together.
In The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k, ‘anti-guru’ Sarah Knight introduced the joys of mental decluttering. Get Your Sh*t Together takes you one stop further – organizing the f*cks you want and needto give to help you quit your day job and move abroad, balance work and fun – and save money while you’re at it – or simply get out of the door for happy hour, every day.’

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I actually really wanted to buy ‘The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying‘ since I’m a super messy person, and wanted to change my ways. I soon realised I had ZERO chance of ever changing my messy trait, and went on to buy this instead. I definitely feel like I need to get my shit together, more than being tidy.

Love x Style x Life – Garance Doré

‘A fashion A-lister, beloved by top fashion editors and aspiring fashionistas alike, she takes a candid and self-deprecating approach that’s thoroughly unique.
Part-style guide, part-visual diary, part-intimate look into the world of one of fashion’s most powerful influencers, Garance surprises us with her candour and intimacy, blending deeply personal storytelling with her unmistakable photos and illustrations in a unique narrative journey.
Infused with her honest and authentic writing, eclecticism and the wild, passionate spirit of her native Corsica, the book is a backstage pass behind fashion’s frontlines, peppered with Garance’s French-girl-next-door wit and advice on everything from mixing Zara with Chanel, to capturing the true essence of chic to pursuing a life and career that you love.
This is a charmingly addictive read that will inspire you to discover and cultivate a chic that is all your own.’

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This was a book that is highly raved about in the blogging world. I wanted in. I’ve actually become super obsessed with books like this recently, so if you know any others that are similar, please let me know!!

#Girlboss – Sophia Amoruso

‘In the space of ten years, Sophia Amoruso has gone from high-school dropout to founder and Executive Chairman of Nasty Gal, one of the fastest-growing retailers in the world.
Sophia’s never been a typical executive, or a typical anything, and she’s written #GIRLBOSS for other girls like her: outsiders (and insiders) seeking a unique path to success.
Filled with brazen wake-up calls, cunning and frank observations, and behind-the-scenes stories from Nasty Gal’s meteoric rise, #GIRLBOSS covers a lot of ground. It proves that success doesn’t come from where you went to college or how popular you were in school. Success is about trusting your instincts and following your gut, knowing which rules to follow and which to break.
Inspiring, motivating and empowering, #GIRLBOSS will give you the kick up the ass you need to reach your potential.’

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As soon as the trailer for the ‘Girl Boss’ Netflix’s series, I instantly fell in love with Sophia. Like many, I had heard and loved the brand Nasty Gal, but I had ZERO idea about its background. When I was last admitted, I managed to watch the whole series in one day, and I was hooked with Sophia, her motivation, and her brand. #TeamSophia.

Capture Your Style – Amiee Song

‘With 3 million Instagram fans and counting, Aimee Song knows a thing or two about taking the perfect Instagram photo. In Capture Your Style, Song reveals the secrets behind creating the ultimate feed and breaks down the technical and editorial essentials for creating an account that will draw thousands of followers to earn you likes and brand attention. Organised by lifestyle categories, including fashion, travel, food, décor and more, the book presents the best apps and filters for processing photos, improving your voice and capturing your story on Instagram. There is also how-to information for propping and styling food and fashion photos. Whether you re launching a career or simply sharing a gorgeous meal with your friends, Capture Your Style empowers you to become a master mobile photographer and shows you how to turn everyday moments into Instagold.’

You’ve likely seen this book all over Instagram, and I can see why. I’m only about half way through, and I’m hooked. The ideas, help, and stories that Amiee has written are amazing. If you’re a blogger, Instagramer, or just genuinely interested in pretty photos with decent content, then this is for you. I also have started to write a review about this already, and I’m dying to tell you all more.

Life Of Pie – Yann Martel

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‘After the tragic sinking of a cargo ship, one solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wild, blue Pacific.The crew of the surviving vessel consists of a hyena, a zebra (with a broken leg), a female orang-utan, a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger and Pi – a 16-year-old Indian boy.The scene is set for one of the most extraordinary pieces of literary fiction of recent years.
Yann Martel’s Life of Pi is a transformative novel, a dazzling work of imagination that will delight and astound readers in equal measure. It is a triumph of storytelling and a tale that will, as one character puts it, make you believe in God.’

Again, I watched Life Of Pi for the first time ever during my last admission. I honestly have NO idea why I haven’t watched it sooner. Not only is it one of the most visually beautiful films I have ever watched, but the end scene has stayed with me still this very moment. I cannot believe how well crafted it is, and I’m really hoping the book is just as good. Like I said before, I usually try to read the book before the film comes out, but I’m so glad I watched the film first this time, since I can’t get over the visuals that were shown.

And there we have it! I honestly can’t wait to get stuck into all of these, and let you all know what I think of them. Wish me luck!

Have you read any of these before? What did you think? What books do you recommend?


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50 thoughts on “Summer Reading List

  1. Reasons to Stay Alive is a FANTASTIC book! I put dozens of sticky notes on the pages that were really profound to me. I read it last summer when I was in a really bad phase of my depression, with pending brain surgery…yeah, it was a rough time. I made my husband read it and even though he’s not much of a book reader, he enjoyed it, too!

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      1. Thank you! Well, I’ve recovered in a sense. My MRI scan in April showed no recurrence, so I’m tumor free at the moment and hope to stay that way! But I’ve had some lasting issues due to the fact that the tumor affected my pituitary gland. It’s causing me a lot of grief currently. 😕

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  2. I just read All The Bright Places and LOVED it! Such a good book, I was a bloody mess at the end though! You’re right, they are making it into a movie which I am really looking forward to (I think there is a trailer on YouTube!) I’ve also read Holding Up The Universe and that was a fantastic read as well! Really funny in places. if you enjoy All The Bright Places and Holding Up The Universe, I’d recommend Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. I’m 17 books in to my reading challenge on Goodreads and Everything, Everything was hands down the best book I’ve read all year! I had it finished in 4 hours! Really enjoyed this post and I’ll be sure to check out some of the others you’ve mentioned! Xx

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    1. Ahh I wanted to read Everything, Everything! I saw the film trailer and it looks incredible, so I really need to check it out! I’m pretty sure I’ve sussed it out already, but still would be worth reading! I think I need to read All The Bright Places next though!! Let me know if you end up getting any of the other ones! xx

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      1. Yes, that’s how I came across it too! I wanted to watch it before the film came out. There was a twist for me in it towards the end as I hadn’t seen the full trailer but nowt I’ve seen the full trailer it does make the twist a little obvious 😟. I thought it was written in a similar style to John Green as well! Yes, definitely give that a go, I would say it is a close second in my favourite books I’ve read this year! I absolutely will, I’ve gotten out of the way of reading lately but I’m going to download some new books this weekend and get back into it! 😊 xx

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      2. Favourite John Green? I’ve only read The Fault In Our Stars! I keep meaning to check out some other books of his and just never got round to it! Favourite all time book I will probably say Everything Everything! I don’t even know why I enjoyed it so much, it was just brilliant! Favourite series has got to be Harry Potter, I only read them at the start of the year and I have no idea how I’ve gone all these years without reading them! I’ve got Hunger Games to read next. What’s your faves? 😊 xx

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  3. I’ve read Reasons to Stay Alive and that’s such a great book! I was going to pick Small Great Things but I’m such an emotional mess that I didn’t want to read it but now I really wanna buy it! xx

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  4. Omg I have ‘All The Bright Places’ on my kindle but I haven’t started it yet. I’ve been really bad lately but I do want to get back into reading! So I’ll definitely look at these other recommendations you have here! 🙂

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  5. All The Bright Places has been my fave book so far this year (and I’ve read about 30 so far). I just love Finch so much. I can’t wait to see the movie version of this when it comes out. Elle Fanning is going to be playing Violet!

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