I know it’s hard to tell, but summer is coming. It’s that time of year when you get to lay on the beach, in your back yard, in the park, in the sunshine and read everything on your ‘to be read’ list. I’m sure I’m not the only person with that list.
Here are a few of the things that have made it on to my list for summer…
Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy – to be honest I’ve already read this one and really liked it. It’s a perfect summer read about 16-year-old Willowdean who wants to prove to everyone that she is more than just a fat girl. So she and some misfits from school enter the beauty pageant her Texan Beauty Queen mother runs…oh yeah and there might be some romance along the way.
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys – This one definitely isn’t a light summer read; it’s based on the true story of the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff during World War II. Told from the alternating points of view of Joana, Emilia, and Florian, it’s a gripping tale about the tragedies of war and the fight to survive.
The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman – this is a guilty pleasure for summer. Throw in a little Regency romance with a supernatural twist for good measure. It is the spring of 1812 and Lady Helen Wrexhall is drawn into the shadows of Regency London, there she also meets Lord Carlston. Can he help her solve the disappearance of her house maid? Dare she ask for his help, when his reputation is almost as black as his lingering eyes…did I mention this is the first in a planned trilogy?
Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell – I love the story of Peter Pan and here is a twist on that tale. It is the story of Gwen, and her best friend Olivia, who are kidnapped and taken to a mysterious island filled with fairies, a roguish captain, and bloodthirsty beasts. This is a Neverland that you don’t know from the stories.
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon – this title has been on my reading list since last fall and I’m finally going to read it. Maddy is sick, has been sick for a long time, and basically lives in a bubble. The only people she ever sees is her mom, and her nurse Carla – that is until Olly moves in next door and she starts to want things she didn’t ever want for herself. If you like your fiction contemporary with a bit of sadness, humour, and tears thrown in… then this is the book for you.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany – I guess it goes without saying that I totally plan on reading this… It’s the eighth story, nineteen years later and it’s a play. The first Harry Potter story to be presented on stage, it will makes its debut in London at the end of July!
So that’s the beginning of my list, just the tip of the iceberg. What do you have on your reading list?