Top Tuesday: Summer Reads

Well hello there!

So glad you’ve popped over for a little look! Today I am chatting about the top 5 books I have read during the summer months, all of which are either 4 or 5 stars and all of them I would absolutely recommend to others.

“I lived in books more than I lived anywhere else.” ― Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

I read this one at the end of July and I really really liked it. It is only a short read and so it didn’t take me long to devour. Neil Gaiman has been an author I have loved for many years, ever since I read The Graveyard Book in 2013. The Ocean at the end of the Lane is a book that I would have adored as a child, with the fantastical magical qualities and the charming and relatable characters. Though it is categorised as a book for adults, I feel that children and young adults would love this just as much.  It is hauntingly beautiful and somehow nostalgic. It almost feels like a fable. The story centres around a middle-aged man who returns to his childhood home and remembers the magical adventures he once took with the remarkable Lettie Hempstock. Definitely worth reading, like everything Gaiman has written in my opinion! I gave this book 4/5 stars.
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“Everyone’s immortal until they’re not.” ― V.E Schwab, A Gathering of Shadows

I read A Gathering of Shadows, the second instalment of the Shades of Magic series at the beginning of this month. It had been over 18 months since I read the first one and so I had to read a couple of spoiler reviews to remind myself what had taken place. I was a bit reluctant to pick it up at first because I’ve been so busy in work and its a bit of a chunker, but I am so glad I did. I don’t want to give too much away in case you haven’t read the first book… but the basic premise is as follows. Kell is one of the last Antari, a magician with power beyond the imagination of most. Kell has the ability to travel between 4 parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and Black. While smuggling artefacts from the different Londons, Kell meets Delilah Bard. Now the two of them must save all of the worlds. I love this series so far and highly recommend it. I gave AGoS 4/5 stars.
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“It doesn’t matter what’s true—what matters is what people believe.” ― Eileen Cook, With Malice

With Malice was a book that had been gaining popularity on book blogs and booktube for some time and I just happened to buy into the hype. At the time I was looking for a fast-paced young adult thriller and this just fit the bill perfectly! After I posted my review I got chatting with Eileen Cook herself, and let me tell you, she is one of the nicest people and totally deserving of the attention she has been getting for her writing. With Malice follows 18-year-old Jill Charron who wakes up in hospital following a car accident in Italy in which her best friend Simone died. She has lost the last 6 weeks of her life. Trying to piece everything together is tough for Jill, especially because everyone is saying the caused the accident on purpose with the intention of killing Simone. I love that you find out what happened as Jill begins to remember the events leading up to and including the car accident. Worth the hype? Absolutely! I read With Malice in the middle of August and gave it 5/5 stars.
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“silence has always been my loudest scream.” ― Amanda Lovelace, The Princess Saves Herself in this One

I also read this poetry collection at the end of July. Now, it takes a lot for me to like a poetry collection, I’d say there are probably only a dozen that I have loved over the years, and By George this is one of them! the princess saves herself in the one is a collection of four parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen and you. It explores life, love, loss, grief, healing, empowerment and inspiration. All within 156 short pages. This took me on such an emotional rollercoaster that as soon as I had finished the first time, I immediately re-read it. I love how unapologetic and strong Amanda is while telling this story. It is raw, hard-hitting and relatable. It made me catch my breath. It felt like a kick to the gut. And I loved every single word. I gave this poetry collection 5/5 stars.
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“At an early age I learned that people make mistakes, and you have to decide if their mistakes are bigger than your love for them.” ― Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give follows 16-year-old Starr Carter. A bright young girl living between two worlds; the poor neighbourhood where she grew up and the fancy school full of rich kids that she attends. Starr’s world is shattered when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her unarmed friend, Khalil, at the hands of a police officer. A truly heartbreaking story, made even more so by the fact that it is a story lived by so many, Angie Thomas manages to weave a tale in which we are able to gain insight into the lives of those effected by such unnecessary events. I loved the relationships in this book, the depiction of a family unit, and the bond of a community drowned in grief.In short it is not only a gut-wrenching story that is so familiar to us, the story of a young black unarmed teenager getting shot, but one of love and loss, of grief and unity, of family and friendship. A fantastic 5/5 star read. I loved it.
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What books have you read and loved this summer? Let me know down below.

Peace and pages
Amy
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4 thoughts on “Top Tuesday: Summer Reads

  1. The Ocean at the End of the Lane was my introduction to Neil Gaiman in 2013 and I have devoured his work ever since. My favorite read of the summer was Consider Phlebas, a space opera book written in 1987 by Ian M. Banks. I won’t divulge too much since I am posting my review tomorrow, but it was entertaining and almost transcendent of its genre. Great post!

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