This year, I’ve read very few books other than the long list of required reading for my grad classes. And I would like to change this, especially since I have dozens of books sitting on my shelves that I was once (and maybe still am) excited to read!
With the help of grad school, I’ve become quite fond of to-do lists, especially when they’re very attainable. So, I thought I’d make up a list of my top 5 books that I own copies of and want to read this summer:
So, in no particular order…
1. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli — I’ve heard mostly positive things about this YA contemporary and its movie adaptation Love, Simon. And in order to watch the latter, I feel the need to read the former. (Yeah, I’m one of those people.) I’m all about YA romance, LGBTQ characters, and coming-of-age stories, so I’m sure this one will be an enjoyable read. And I’ll get to watch the movie after! (Maybe I’ll post a read & watch review at a later date.)
2. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson — I’ve heard amazing things about this YA contemporary and, in 2014, I very much enjoyed Jandy Nelson’s novel The Sky is Everywhere. (I definitely recommend it if you like YA contemporary and stories that deal with family and grief!) Just like that one, I’m expecting an emotional and touching story. I’ll Give You the Sun depicts a set of twins (one boy and one girl) and their relationship that has drastically changed over time. I’m looking forward to the multiple timelines and the mystery aspect of what exactly changed their relationship.
3. American Gods by Neil Gaiman — So, I love everything I’ve read by Neil Gaiman, but it’s like I have some kind of mental block for American Gods. I’ve read the first (maybe) third of it, and it hasn’t quite held my interest like his other books have. Honestly, that’s probably because I’ve stopped and started so many times! It’s a fascinating premise: the main character Shadow encounters American manifestations of ancient gods from all over the world. And it’s just as bizarre and fantastical (and difficult to summarize) as Gaiman’s other novels. This is one I definitely want to have read by the end of this summer, so if I was forced to pick my #1 priority, I would have to pick this one.
4. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz — This is another YA contemporary that I’ve heard is wonderful. (I mean, look at all those awards on the cover!) It’s also an LGBTQ coming-of-age story about two teenage boys. I remember reading a little of this one a few years back and enjoying it, but I got sidetracked (as I’ve been known to do.) But from that brief time reading, it seemed like a novel I’d fly through! I’m excited to get back into this one and see what all the fuss is about.
5. Scott Pilgrim, Volumes 2-6 by Bryan Lee O’Malley — This series might seem a bit out of place, but I’m very fond of graphic novels and don’t read them anywhere near enough. I flew through the first volume in 2014 and planned to read the next five rest shortly after. (Oops!) If the first volume is any indication, this series will be a very fun one! But let’s be real, I’ll definitely be rereading Volume 1 before the rest.
I think this short summer TBR will help me focus and get through some books I’ve been wanting to read for a while! What books are at the top of your list for summer? Have you read any of these? I’d love to hear!
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