No matter what your school or life schedule is, summer is half over. However, an optimist would point out that this means half of summer is still ahead of us! That means plenty of time for sunshine, relaxing and reading great books. But what if your Goodreads “To Read” list is exhausted? (Which has probably happened to no one ever…) Or you just don’t know what the perfect book to read in different summer situations is. Luckily I’m here to help! Check out my 2015 Summer Reading List and where/when/with what perfect beverage to read them:
The Improbable Theory of Ana & Zak by Brian Katcher
The beach is the ultimate place for something light and fluffy and full of romance. Spread out on your towel, catching some rays, reading about potential lovers in between dips in the ocean. But what if you aren’t really into Nicholas Sparks or tales of sappy, star-crossed lovers? Then perhaps this is the book for you. Two nerds thrown together at a comic convention, trying to feel out whether they are meant to be friends, enemies or something more. I just finished this book. It’s simple, an easy read, but still worth your time. The characters will ring true with fellow geeks, although they can be a bit overdramatic at times… just remember they’re teens and that’s how teens are.
Book Rating: 5 out of 10 Feels ?ﾟﾘﾊ?ﾟﾘﾉ?￢ﾚﾪ️⚪️⚪️⚪️⚪️
Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer
What is the perfect book for lounging by the campfire? Or for snuggling in your sleeping bag while listening to rain hit your canvas tent? How about a post-apocalyptic tale of 4 scientists venturing into a restricted Area X? The book jacket promises an excellent ride, with plenty of of the mystery. Goodreads reviews promise frustration and plenty of “weird”. I’m intrigued and excited to explore the first novel of Jeff Vandermeer’s Southern Reach series.
Leave Your Mark by Aliza Licht
Summer days don’t mean I’ll abandon my old ways. Just because the air is warm and the sun is shining doesn’t mean that there isn’t still time in the day for a good old Starbucks visit. Coffee shops are usually the backdrop for study sessions, hard-core blogging and general ‘bettering-myself’ activities. Why not complement this with a book meant to inspire & propel? The buzz for this non-fiction hardcover is almost as crazy as the buzz for its author, a social media superstar who is the face behind the popular twitter handle @DKNY PR GIRL. As a talented lady who rocks the spotlight, Licht is definitely someone I’ll be eager to learn from!
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
Nimona was one of those books that I put on a Goodreads list based on a recommendation from a source I no longer remember. Then weeks (or months… or even years?) later I requested from the library on a whim. When it finally came to me I had totally forgotten what it was supposed to be like or about. Wasn’t I surprised when I opened it up and found a novel in the form of comic panels. The entire book is a full-color comic! On top of that, the characters were enjoyable (and enjoyably flawed). The plot was fast-paced and decently complex. And the emotions were very real. I <3 Blackhearts so hard ? Definitely recommend to anyone who enjoys a self-contained story with a comic format.
Book Rating: 9 out of 10 Feels ?ﾟﾘﾮ?ﾟﾘﾊ?ﾟﾘﾅ?ﾟﾘﾅ?￢ﾚﾪ️
I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest
“But Kris,” you ask as an attentive reader, “what should I be reading on the days I can’t be outside in the sun?” What an important question! Sometimes there are rainy days and you should have a novel to complement them. I personally chose I Am Princess X, by Cherie Priest. This is the story of a teen girl who loses her best friend to a tragic car accident, only to find the character they created together pop up in street art & graffiti 3 years later. I expected it to be thrilling, but I had no idea how drawn in I’d get. This was the kind of book I couldn’t put down. Told through narrative & hand drawn comic panels the world of the saucy Princess X parallels the adventures of our heroine Libby. While it is typical YA in the prose & complexity, I enjoyed having a book made for teen girls about legitimately strong women whose lives in no way revolve around romance. I was hooked from the first page to the last.
Book Rating: 8 out of 10 Feels ?ﾟﾘﾬ?ﾟﾘﾮ?ﾟﾘﾥ☺️?￢ﾚﾪ️⚪️
Have you already taken in any of my 2015 Summer Reading List? What did you think? What else are you reading this summer? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below! Also make sure to check me out (and be my friend maybe?) on Goodreads: Kris Padget!
Love & Luck,