A few days ago I saw this video on YouTube. It inspired me to write this post. I really like the idea of making a list of my favourite books from each season. So without further ado, Let’s get into it!
For your reference, these are the books I read in June, July and August:
10. Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman
The tenth best book of this summer is Illuminae. I only finished it a few days ago, but I loved it. It’s so different from anything else I’ve read in my entire life. It’s told in files, e-mails, chats, etc. and it’s absolutely amazing! Apart from that, I really enjoyed the characters. I shipped Ezra and Kady so hard. The plot was fast-paced and exciting. I gave this book 4.5/5 stars. It’s the only book on this list that I didn’t give the full five stars.
9. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Even though this book is super cheesy, I loved it! I finished it in a day. It’s the perfect summer read. It’s so fun, sweet and adorable. I loved Natasha and Daniel. Their romance was so cute and lovely to read about. It was a severe case of insta-love though, but I found that I didn’t mind. I really liked the short chapters from other POVs too. Those have left me wondering though. What happened to the train driver? etc. But in a way it’s nice to be left wondering. I also really liked the ending even though it was super open. This was just super enjoyable.
8. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, Siobhan Dowd and Jim Kay
Next is the most emotional book on the entire list. I straight up sobbed. I don’t cry often in books, so that means something. It just impacted me so hard. I really felt for Conor and I think his character was portrayed wonderfully. The monster was done amazingly too. It was a different monster than the one I expected when reading the synopsis. It was even better. The illustrations were absolutely beautiful. They added so much to the story. This was my first book by Patrick Ness and I really want to check out his other work.
7. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
This was a re-read. I read this for the first time in February of this year and I highly enjoyed it back then. The Lunar Chronicles is one of my favourite series and after buddy (re-) reading Cinder in July I decided to re-read the entire series. After the four main books, I’m going to read Stars Above and Wires and Nerve for the first time. Anyway, I enjoyed Scarlet even more than the first time. I was already attached to the characters and that made a difference. I just love Scarlet.
6. Juliet takes a Breath by Gaby Rivera
This was a very recent read. I absolutely loved it. It dealt with topics such as diversity, feminism, queerness, intersectionality, queer- and PoC- only spaces, etc. in such amazing ways! I found myself highlighting so many passages in this book! It’s also a funny book and that’s always a big plus. I really liked the characters. The main character was funny, relatable and felt very real. I also loved Ava, Kira, Lil’ Melvin, Zaire, Maxime,…
5. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
This is such an important book. I think every one should read it. I learned a lot from it. It handles a lot of difficult topics in such an amazing way. On top of that I really liked the characters. The main character, Starr, felt very real. She is really funny too. I laughed out loud several times. I loved the family relations in this book. They were just so amazing. I recommend picking this up even if it’s just for that.
4. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
This was another re-read. I’ve re-read this trilogy countless times. It’s the series that got me into reading YA and it is still one of my all time favourites. The Hunger Games is still my favourite out of the three. Catching Fire holds second place and Mockingjay third. Still, I’d give any of the books five out of five stars. I just absolutely love them and I have a deep appreciation for what they’ve done, introducing me to YA and thus to the book community.
3. Simon VS. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
This is the last re-read on this list. I’ve read it three times already, the first time being in January of this year. I absolutely adore this book. It’s one of my all time favourite books. Every time I read it, it just makes me so happy. I always have a big smile on my face. I ship Simon and Blue so so hard. Their romance is just so adorable.
2. Kids of Appetite by David Arnold
This was the biggest surprise of the summer. I didn’t expect to adore this book as much as I did. I absolutely loved it. This book is very underrated, so go read it! I loved it so much I had to get my own copy of the book, so I’ll be re-reading the story soon, this time from my own copy. I’m already looking forward to it. I love the vibe and the writing style of this book. It’s super beautiful. The characters are fantastic and truly what drive the story. There is an element of mystery too.
1. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
And the very first book on this list is ACOMAF. I know it’s not without its problems, but I was simply obsessed with this book and the sequel A Court of Wings and Ruin which is fantastic too. I love the plot, characters, romance, world building,… Everything in this book really. I have a review for the entire series that goes into a lot of depth, if you want to check it out. I don’t know what more to say except for that I absolutely loved this book and that I want to go to Velaris!
That’s my top 10! I had a hard time assembling it! I read so many amazing books this summer and I have a ton of books that could’ve made this list too! We Should All Be Feminists, Crooked Kingdom or the Upside of Unrequited for example. I hope you enjoyed this post! Thanks for reading.
Do you love these books as much as I do? What are some of your favourites?
See you next time! Love,