Books to Read in the Summer | seasonal recommendations

Depending on where you are in the world, we’re getting one day closer to summer! Finally. It’s been a rough semester of online university and I’m happy to finally have a chance to relax a little and enjoy some good weather ๐Ÿฅฐ

If you’re anything like me, you’re in the mood for different types of books depending on the season. For example, in the winter you might prefer fantasy/sci-fi whereas in summer it’s more of a contemporary/romance vibe. Hopefully that is not just a ‘me thing’ and some of you can relate lol.

Here are some recommendations for books to read over the summer that perfectly fit the vibes! Loooots of YA contemporary on this list because that genre is literally MADE for sunny days ๐ŸŒž But I will also add more diverse genres in case that’s more to your liking.

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What I Read in March + My April TBR

So, remember when I said I wouldn’t be posting a March wrap-up because I probably wouldn’t read enough to write a whole post about? Well, surprise ๐Ÿ˜—๐ŸŽ‰ I didn’t have an amazing reading month, but audiobooks came through once again to save me. I’m happy to say I was able to read/listen a grant total of 4 books — which, considering how crazy University has been, is somewhat of an achievement.

I also have an updated TBR for April and May! It’s honestly so unpredictable how things will go and how much time I’ll actually have to read. The good news is April is my last month of classes before Summer break (but then I signed up to take Summer classes. Love that for me ๐Ÿ™ƒ). I’m really hoping I still won’t be too busy and that I’ll have a good amount of free time.

Also, really quick, I wanted to say take my TBR with a grain of salt. I’ve really been taking advantage of Libby (my virtual library) and because of that I’ve kind of been reading whatever is available at the moment. That means that it’s a lot of spur of the moment picks and it’s actually been a good way of getting me to read books I normally wouldn’t have picked up.

I read a wide variety of genres and had a lot of opinions, so without further ado…

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Everything I Never Told You | book review

โ€œYou never got what you wanted; you just learned to get by without it.โ€

If I could describe Everything I Never Told You in one sentence, it would be this: a heartbreaking book about a fractured family told in a beautiful way. Luckily, I have more than one sentence to write this review, but frankly, I donโ€™t think anything I write could truly do it justice. 

This book takes place in the suburbs of Ohio during the 1970โ€™s. The Leeโ€™s are a mixed-race family of four who have a seemingly perfect life. However, the story starts with the body of Lydia Lee, the oldest daughter, being found in the local lake. In her wake, Lydiaโ€™s mother, father, brother, and sister are all left to deal with their grief and figure out where they stand as a family and as individuals without her. We follow multiple timelines, like when James Lee (the father) and Marilyn (the mother) first met, their romance and struggles as an inter-racial couple in the 60โ€™s/70โ€™s, the lives of their kids growing up, and more.

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What I Read in February + My Spring TBR

For those of you have read my earlier posts, you probably know that February was a busy month for me. Because University classes started again, my schedule has been jam-packed. That, unfortunately, means I have close to no time for reading. I tried to pick up a book any chance I got, but it was just not easy this past month. This month I “read” a total of 2 books. And by “read”, I mean I listened to them via audiobook. There are people out there who say “oh, audiobooks don’t count as real reading” ๐Ÿ™„ And to them I say, you do you. In my books, audiobooks 100% count towards your reading goals and let’s not shame people for their method of reading :))) Sorry if that came across as too passive aggressive, but I am very passionate about this subject lol.

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