It’s that time of year again, folks! Maybe it’s all those years I was in school, but when summer comes around, I suddenly get the urge to read constantly. And it’s not even that I don’t do that all year. Because I do. But there’s something about summer that makes books even more pleasing and enjoyable. It’s not just me, right?
I have several unread books on my bookshelf. So I went through and picked the ones that I most wanted to read within the next few months. Honestly, there were quite a few, so I picked the top six ones to include in this list. They span a variety of lengths and genres, so hopefully you find something that piques your interest!
Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
Since finishing Lady Midnight over a year ago, I have been highly anticipating its sequel. The only problem is I barely remember what happened. But I’m not about to go back and read 700 pages as a refresher, let’s be honest.
In this second book of the Dark Artifices series, Emma Carstairs continues her story of uncovering the mystery of her parents, falling in love, and oh, you know, just saving the Shadowhunter world. If you are a fan of any of Cassandra Clare’s other series, you should definitely pick up this one. They are absolutely giant, but worth the wrist ache in my opinion.
To be honest, I think this is Clare’s best series yet. That is, if I’m even remembering correctly. I love all the characters and the references to characters from her other series. I’m excited to dive into this one, and hopefully everything will come flooding back.
The Circle by Dave Eggers
I’ve heard great things about Dave Eggers and have been wanting to pick up a book of his for quite some time. Considering this story was just adapted into a movie (with Emma Watson, no less), it seems like a good place to start.
In this dystopian-type novel centered around the internet, a company called the Circle aims to create more transparency online. But as Mae, a new hire, discovers, everything is not as it seems. This book has been related to the likes of 1984, which makes it even more exciting to me. I feel like it’s going to be equal parts entertaining and thought-provoking.
My only worry is this book may be a little heavy for a summer read. It’s definitely something I will have to be in the mood for. But when I am, I will definitely be picking this book up. Especially so I can watch the movie.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
There are plenty of books that sim to make social commentary, but very rarely are those books aimed at young adults. I don’t think that makes them any less important. In fact, I think it makes them more so.
In this incredibly well-rated contemporary YA novel, a young kid from a poor, black neighborhood is killed at the hands of a police officer. Sound familiar? Starr, the protagonist, witnesses the death of her best friend and has to watch while people create an untrue narrative of what happened that night. As you can imagine, Starr is going to struggle quite a bit. Likely, in more ways than one.
It’s crazy to me that this story is so rare and unique. In fiction, that is. And I am so excited to finally read it. Again, this may be a heavy story that I’ll need to be in the mood for. But I think it will very quickly pull me in and have me hooked.
Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven
I’ve been holding onto this book for quite awhile now. It seems about time to finally pick it up and read it. I love reading a YA fiction book like this when I want something quick and relatively light-hearted. Which is basically what everyone wants from a summer read, right?
This story seems to cover one of my favorite YA themes: people are more than they seem. First, we have Libby, the girl everyone calls fat and no one bothers getting to know. Then, we have Jack, the cool guy with a dark secret. They both feel pretty alone and misunderstood. But my guess is they’ll meet each other and won’t feel that way anymore.
Maybe YA fiction isn’t you think, but it’s totally mine. Yes, even at 22 years old, I thoroughly enjoy reading about teenagers. Is that weird?
True Believer by Nicholas Sparks
I’m not ashamed to admit (OK, maybe a little ashamed) that I’ve gone through a very serious Nicholas Sparks phase. Ever since I read The Last Song in high school (still my favorite), I was hooked. I went through every book, one after the other. But because I’m insane about my favorite books and TV shows, I always wanted to keep some books unread. This way, there would always be something I hadn’t read yet. I told you I was insane.
The two books I left unread were True Believer and At First Sight, the story of Jeremy and Lexie. Jeremy is a city boy and Lexie is a country girl — two people who would likely never meet, much less fall in love. But of course, since it’s a Nicholas Sparks novel, I think you can guess what happens.
Sometimes it’s just fun to read a cheesy romance. And I find summer is one of the best times to do so. I definitely plan to pick up this last (but certainly not least) Nicholas Sparks book in my collection.
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
If your first thought is, oh my god you haven’t read Harry Potter yet, DON’T FRET! I’ve read the series many, many times. It’s my favorite series, which is why it’s on this list. See? I told you not to fret.
I’m sure I don’t have to summarize it for you, but Harry Potter is about a young wizard who is destined to defeat Voldemort, an evil wizard who is trying to take over the wizarding world. Obviously, the story is much more expansive than that (enough to span seven books), but I can’t even begin to go into details. You just have to read it and trust me that it’s amazing and well-worth the read (or multiple).
The reason it’s on my TBR list is because it’s on it every summer. For some reason, like clockwork, the days get longer and warmer, and I find myself being pulled toward Harry Potter. Maybe it’s some weird nostalgia thing, but I’m not complaining. I love Harry Potter and I’m happy to indulge in my weird book cravings.
Make sure to let me know in the comments what books you are hoping to read this summer! I’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions!