Favourite Summer Reads

I may be super late with my summer reads post, but I thought it would be really interesting to look over what books I really enjoyed reading over this past summer. Just a disclaimer, I didn’t really read summer inspired books, purely because I don’t read in seasons. I love to pick random books or books I feel like reading rather than whether they fit into the season or not.

My brain just doesn’t work that way!

So on with the list, books I read from June to August are included.

Let me know what you read this summer and what you loved in the comments down below!

The Final Empire

In a world where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, an evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. The future of the empire rests on the shoulders of a troublemaker and his young apprentice. Together, can they fill the world with color once more?

In Brandon Sanderson’s intriguing tale of love, loss, despair and hope, a new kind of magic enters the stage — Allomancy, a magic of the metals.

This was a book that I had had on my shelf for a really long time but had never gotten around to reading. I don’t know why I put it off for so long, it turned out to be amazing. I mean like crazy good. This book had me hooked from the word go, hence the place on the summer reads list. I can’t even begin to put into words how much I adore this book, oh wait I did. In a book review which you can read here. Handy that.

The Winner’s Trilogy

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions.

One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin.

But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

This was a little bit of a reread for me as I got ready for the third and final book. I love these books, the political intrigue, the characters and the way everything pans out, it always leaves you wanting more. Which is kind of sad because, there isn’t anymore…

A Court of Thorns and Roses plus the sequel

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

I still can’t form a coherent thought about this series but I do know it deserves a spot on my summer reads list. I also know that every time I pick up one of Sarah J Maas’ books I’m destroyed. Like literally a walking mess. I don’t know why I keep doing it to myself. It’s becoming embarrassing. I should stop, but I’m not going to. But I like the pain.

I have written TWO book reviews on why I love the pain here and here.

Room

I listened to Room on Audible, and I fell in love. With the story, the narrators, the whole darn thing. The narration of the world they were living in was well done and it was harrowing, like mind bogglingly so. I adore this book, and it will definitely have a special place in my heart for all the seasons.

I did write a sneaky book review going into way more detail here.

To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it’s where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.

Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it’s not enough…not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son’s bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

Red Rising and Golden Son

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations.

Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.

But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.

Urgh, these books. Red Rising was a reread to prepare for Golden Son. These books never disappoint. I love the political nature and the alliances in this book, I also love the Roman/Greek feel it all has. Both of them are well written, meaning no boredom here. They thoroughly deserve their place on my summer reads list.

I wrote a review for both of them for those interests, here and here.

In terms of finding some new favourite books and summer reads, this summer hasn’t been too bad at all. Let me know what you read this summer and what you loved in the comments down below!

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