Books: Summer Wrap-Up [2015 edition]

Posted 5 September, 2015 by Lianne in Lists / 2 Comments

Wow, how is it September already? Seems like yesterday that summer was just starting…As some of you know, the end of summer usually means my seasonal wrap-up reading-wise, something I started doing a few years ago, where I list out my top six favourite reads from the first week of June to the first weekend of September (why this time frame and why six, I don’t know, it was an arbitrary choice that stuck over the years). Now, granted, this summer’s a little strange because a) I read a lot in the preceding months so all my reviews are scheduled and backed up…so some of my favourite reads below may not have reviews up yet (not that this is an issue or anything, but it hasn’t happened before and I find it a bit strange tbh) πŸ˜‰ and b) my reading schedule went out of whack because of my consoliation over the summer πŸ˜› I was reading more textbooks and course notes than actual books T___T

But anyway, without further ado, six books I read over the summer that I loved:

  • Rachel Bach’s Paradox trilogy (see author tag) — I read the first book, Fortune’s Pawn (review) last year and was absolutely itching to read the next two books in the trilogy. I normally take forever getting around completing trilogies but this has to be one the fastest I’ve ever gotten around to reading πŸ˜› Love love love this trilogy; readers of bad-ass female protagonists and space opera will want to check this out.
  • Jess Walter’s Beautiful Ruins (review) — Guys, this book has been on my want-to-read list for years, why the hell did I take so long getting around to it? The writing was absolutely gorgeous and the story totally drew me in. I’ve never been anywhere near the Cinque Terre region but makes me want to go there so very much πŸ˜€
  • Julie Schumacher’s Dear Committee Members (review) — Another book I had been eyeing for a while (though not at long as Beautiful Ruins!) but I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and the lead character’s unapologetic, passive aggressive letters to staff, ex-wives, colleagues, friends, students, etc.
  • Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan books (review #1; the rest will be posted next week) — Guys, #FerranteFever is real. I read these books in one weekend, I was just absolutely absorbed into Lila and Elena’s lives and world. My review cannot do it justice how amazing this book is. Go check it out now πŸ˜›
  • Lindsey Kelk’s Always the Bridesmaid — My review of this novel won’t be live until sometime in October (*gulp* That’s how far in my scheduled review posts are at) but omg this book was such a delight, it was the perfect summer read. It reminded me of Bridget Jones’ Diary, Pride and Prejudice, and Miranda but set now (as opposed to Bridget Jones set in the 1990s). The references are very much current; it was hilarious and aww and cringeworthy (at times) but I totally emphathised with Maddie the whole way. Definitely worth checking out!
  • Max Wirestone’s The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss — My review of this book won’t be going live here on my blog until October/closer to the publication date, but suffice to say I loved this book. It was funny, the mystery was intriguing, the characters were interesting, the gamer/geek culture references πŸ˜€ Definitely a book to keep an eye out this autumn (especially if you’re a fan of Veronica Mars and Ernest Clive’s Ready Player One (review)).

And of course, some honourable mentions that didn’t make the above list but where nonetheless fantastic:

  • L. Frank Baum’s The Wondrous Wizard of Oz (review to follow later this month)
  • Sigal Samuel’s The Mystics of Mile End (review)
  • Dean Palmer’s The Queen and Mrs. Thatcher (review)
  • Philip Slayton’s Mayors Gone Bad (review)
  • Susanna Kearsley’s Season of Storms (review)
  • Aliette de Bodard’s The House of Shattered Wings (review)
  • Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians (review)
  • Susanna Kearsley’s The Winter Sea (review forthcoming)
  • N.K. Jemisin’s Dreamblood duology (reviews forthcoming)

And that’s my list for summer this 2015! What were some of your favourite reads this summer (or winter, depending on where you are in the world)? Have you read any of the books I mentioned above? Interested in any of them?

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