Hey guys! My name is Lori. Normally you can find me on my book blog, Writing My Own Fairy Tale, talking all about young-adult books, making Top Ten lists, and hosting giveaways. Megan was awesome enough to contact me and ask if I wanted to participate in a blog post swap in August and I couldn't pass it up. It sounded like a lot of fun. I hope you guys think so too! Because it's the end of summer for me, I decided to write a post that highlights the books I enjoyed the most this summer. For me, my favorite summer books are YA (sometimes NA) contemporary romances. I like sarcastic characters, funny situations, and lots of chemistry. I was surprised this summer because a couple of my favorites didn't include any of those things and dealt with more intense issues than I usually like to read in summer. I'm glad I didn't just stick to my usual summer books. While I still read about 90% contemporary romance and found several of those that I loved, I will be a little more open to what genres I read when. Do you have certain genres you like to read at certain times? Let me know! Now, without further ado, here are the books that I absolutely loved this summer!
Boomerang by Noelle August: This book was just so much fun. But it also had heart and a really good story. Plus, is there anything better to read in the warm summer sun than a fun, sexy romance? I don't think so. I definitely recommend this one. As long as you're over 13 or so because this book is hot.
On the Fence by Kasie West: Spoiler Alert: I'm a huge Kasie West fan. So when her new ya romance showed up on my Kindle, I read it as soon as I could. And I loved it. I loved the romance and the main character and her brothers and her struggle to find herself and grow up and everything. It wasn't quite as light as Boomerang, but still a great book to read in the warm sunshine. Plus, it has a great boy-next-door romance. I love those kinds.
Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally: Have you read any of Miranda's Hundred Oaks books? If not, you should go do that. If you have, let me tell you, this one is my favorite of all of them. Annie and her journey make a perfect story. One that's filled with emotion and growth and love and heartbreak. And her love interest Jeremiah? He's pretty good too. Bonus with this one: it'll almost make you want to put the book down and go outside for a run!
Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid: Are you looking for a road trip book this summer? I recommend this one. Let's Get Lost is all about Leila, though we meet her through four random strangers before hearing from her. It's a perfect story about finding yourself and the people and moments that help us along the way and about not rushing through life but really trying to grab a hold of the moments that matter and the people we love. And summer is a great time to remember to get out and enjoy the world.
Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang: This one is a little different for a couple of reasons. One - It was not an easy read. It deals with big issues and I don't normally read books like this during the summer but I borrowed this ARC and couldn't keep it forever. So I read it even though it was not a book I'd normally read in summer and I'm so glad I did. I do recommend this book but you should know before you start that it deals with lots of heavy issues, it has a really unique narrator, and isn't an easy book to read. Two - It doesn't come out until September. Normally I wouldn't recommend a book that's not on sale now, but I definitely think you guys need to make sure this is on your radar for when it does come out. It's beautiful and heartbreaking and it will definitely make you think. So read it when you can!
Just One Night by Gayle Forman: Did you guys read Just One Day and Just One Year? If you did, then I'm telling you, and you can trust me on this, you need to read this novella. It will give you the closure you need in terms of Allyson and Willem's story. You will feel content and satisfied in a way you didn't feel after Just One Year. I promise. And if you haven't read these stories, now is a great time to do that because the series is complete!
That's it, guys! Those are my favorite books that I read this past summer. I can hardly believe that it's almost over! But the start of school means that fall is right around the corner and fall is my absolute favorite season. I hope summer (or whatever the season is for you wherever you may be) has been good for you. I'd love to hear from you guys! Let me know in the comments what your favorite books of the summer were. And don't forget, you can always find me at Writing My Own Fairy Tale!