T5W: Classics I Need To Read

T5W: Classics I Need To Read

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Lainey. You get a new topic every Wednesday, and you list your Top 5 books related to that topic. If you’d like to take part, join the Goodreads group, and add your name to the list of bloggers & booktubers!

This weeks topic wasn’t actually the same as the one I chose, it was ‘classics I wish had modern adaptations’, but I definitely haven’t read enough classics to complete that post! So instead, I’ve decided to go for classics I need to read but haven’t yet.

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When Elizabeth Bennet meets Mr. Darcy she is repelled by his overbearing pride, and prejudice towards her family. But the Bennet girls are in need of financial security in the shape of husbands, so when Darcy’s friend, the affable Mr. Bingley, forms an attachment to Jane, Darcy becomes increasingly hard to avoid. Polite society will be turned upside down in this witty drama of friendship, rivalry, and love—Jane Austen’s classic romance novel.

I’ve had a Jane Austen set for almost 3 years, and I definitely think it’s time I delve into them.

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Sauron, the Dark Lord, has gathered to him the Rings of Power – the means by which he will be able to rule the world. All he lacks in his plan for domination is the Ruling Ring, which has fallen into the hands of the hobbit Bilbo Baggins.
In a sleepy villiage in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as the ring is entrusted to his care. He must leave his home and make a perilious journey across the realms of Middle-Earth to the Crack of Doom, deep inside the territories of the Dark Lord. There he must destroy the Ring forever and foil the dark lord in his evil plan.

I also found a set of Lord of the Rings at least 6 months ago now, and I read The Hobbit but didn’t carry on.

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When Alice follows the White Rabbit down a rabbit hole, she finds herself in an enchanted world, filled with creatures like the Mad Hatter, the disappearing Cheshire Cat, and the Queen of Hearts. Alice quickly finds out that nothing is as it seems in the wild world of Wonderland.

I love the idea of Alice in Wonderland, but it’s not a book I own or have read yet unfortunately.

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In a house haunted by memories, the past is everywhere … As darkness falls, a man caught in a snowstorm is forced to shelter at the strange, grim house Wuthering Heights. It is a place he will never forget. There he will come to learn the story of Cathy: how she was forced to choose between her well-meaning husband and the dangerous man she had loved since she was young. How her choice led to betrayal and terrible revenge – and continues to torment those in the present. How love can transgress authority, convention, even death.

I’ve actually visited the place where Wuthering Heights is set, and I adore Jane Eyre, so I have no excuses when it comes to this one.

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I’ve also visited the set of Dracula, and I’d love to pick up a copy next time I visit.

Which classics do you want to read?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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T5W: Friendship Groups

T5W: Friendship Groups

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Lainey. You get a new topic every Wednesday, and you list your Top 5 books related to that topic. If you’d like to take part, join the Goodreads group, and add your name to the list of bloggers & booktubers!

Hi readers! I’m relishing my last 2 weeks before I start uni, which I’m very excited but nervous about. I’ve been reading around 100-150 pages a day and I’m loving the books I’m reading at the moment (more on that later).

Anyway, I love this topic! Bookish friendship groups warm my heart because YA romance can take the centre of books way too often.

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I couldn’t do this topic without mentioning the most famous trio – Harry, Ron and Hermione have to be the most talked about this week.

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A close second is this beautiful group. I love the dynamic between all six of them in Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom.

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The inner circle of the Night Court definitely came to mind this week, because they’re all so interesting and bounce of each other so well. I included this book because for fans of the group and the city, it’s beautiful!

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Simon, Leah, Nick and Abby make such a great group, and they’re so funny to read about. I loved reading about them in this one and Leah on the Offbeat.

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I’m currently just over halfway through The Raven King and I don’t want to finish this series! I adore this group and I never want to stop reading about them.

Which friendship groups do you love?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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T5W: Books for A Mental Health Class

T5W: Books for A Mental Health Class

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Lainey. You get a new topic every Wednesday, and you list your Top 5 books related to that topic. If you’d like to take part, join the Goodreads group, and add your name to the list of bloggers & booktubers!

This T5Ws theme is required reading books for a class of your choosing, inspired by school starting up again this September. It took me a while to think of a topic, but I was scrolling through Twitter earlier when something sparked my interest. Someone had tweeted that mental health should be discussed more in school, and I couldn’t agree more. So when I came to writing this post, I thought why not focus on mental health?

So for this weeks T5W, here are some of my personal favourite YA books that centre around mental health and that I have found useful.

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What if you aren’t the Chosen One?
The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?
What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.
Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.
Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions…

The MC of this book suffers with anxiety and OCD, and I remember it being very accurate. Not only that, but Patrick Ness explores mental health and grief in his other beautiful books, Release and A Monster Calls.

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Audrey can’t leave the house. she can’t even take off her dark glasses inside the house.
Then her brother’s friend Linus stumbles into her life. With his friendly, orange-slice smile and his funny notes, he starts to entice Audrey out again – well, Starbucks is a start. And with Linus at her side, Audrey feels like she can do the things she’d thought were too scary. Suddenly, finding her way back to the real world seems achievable.

I read this book a few years ago and found Audrey very relatable in her suffering with anxiety. I would definitely urge those who suffer with anxiety too to pick this one up!

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Sixteen-year-old physics nerd Aysel is obsessed with plotting her own death. With a mother who can barely look at her without wincing, classmates who whisper behind her back, and a father whose violent crime rocked her small town, Aysel is ready to turn her potential energy into nothingness.
There’s only one problem: she’s not sure she has the courage to do it alone. But once she discovers a website with a section called Suicide Partners, Aysel’s convinced she’s found her solution: a teen boy with the username FrozenRobot (aka Roman) who’s haunted by a family tragedy is looking for a partner. 
Even though Aysel and Roman have nothing in common, they slowly start to fill in each other’s broken lives. But as their suicide pact becomes more concrete, Aysel begins to question whether she really wants to go through with it. Ultimately, she must choose between wanting to die or trying to convince Roman to live so they can discover the potential of their energy together. Except that Roman may not be so easy to convince.

I read this book earlier this year and found it incredibly touching and beautiful. It also sparked a lot of thoughts and conversations about mental health for me and that is the most important thing!

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Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis. Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

Aza’s story is also one I found incredibly relatable, and may hold the top spot in my John Green collection.

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Charlie is a freshman. And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it. Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But Charlie can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

How could I post this without including The Perks? It’s such a touching and important novel.

A few mentions for Thirteen Reasons Why, which even though I disliked, I know has helped many people. And to When We Collided and The Sky is Everywhere which deal with bipolar and grief.

-Beth

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T5W: Future Classics

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Lainey. You get a new topic every Wednesday, and you list your Top 5 books related to that topic. If you’d like to take part, join the Goodreads group, and add your name to the list of bloggers & booktubers!

Hi everyone and welcome to another Top 5 Wednesday post! I did this topic in March last year, but I think my reading tastes have changed so much that this one is going to be completely different. Talking of my reading habits, I’m really happy to say I’m reading so much more now it’s the summer and I’m not at college. I just finished Leah on the Offbeat and I’ll have a review coming early next week for that one!

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Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal they are swiftly confiscated by his grisley aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry’s eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
An incredible adventure is about to begin!

I know this might be cliche, but it’s so true. If not already a modern classic, these books are definitely going to become them.

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Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

You might not know this, but I want to confirm I am not The Fault in Our Stars fan. I honestly think it’s overhyped but that’s going to result in a whole rant so let’s just stop there and maybe save that for another post? But just because I’m not a fan doesn’t mean I don’t think it’s going to be a classic one day.

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Charlie is a freshman. And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it. Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But Charlie can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

I think some of these books can already be classed as modern classics, and this one definitely can!

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The nation of Panem, formed from a post-apocalyptic North America, is a country that consists of a wealthy Capitol region surrounded by 12 poorer districts. Early in its history, a rebellion led by a 13th district against the Capitol resulted in its destruction and the creation of an annual televised event known as the Hunger Games. In punishment, and as a reminder of the power and grace of the Capitol, each district must yield one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 through a lottery system to participate in the games. The ‘tributes’ are chosen during the annual Reaping and are forced to fight to the death, leaving only one survivor to claim victory.
When 16-year-old Katniss’s young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives. , she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.
 

So many new famous dystopians have the chance to end up as classics, but I definitely think The Hunger Games will.

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The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night. 
But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway – a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love – a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands. 
True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Oh my gosh, this book is written so beautifully I almost thought it was already a classic as I read it!

Thank you for reading, bookworms! I’ll be back tomorrow with my review of the final book in The Selection series.

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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T5W: Best Books I’ve Read So Far in 2018

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Lainey. You get a new topic every Wednesday, and you list your Top 5 books related to that topic. If you’d like to take part, join the Goodreads group, and add your name to the list of bloggers & booktubers!

It’s weird to say this but I have actually finished college! My final event is tomorrow and then I have the whole summer ahead of me. I celebrated the end of the past two years by having a lovely weekend in sunny Wales with some of the best people in the world! It’s been so relaxing and I’ve managed to almost finish The Selection series!

Talking of books, I’m looking forward to these T5W themes and today we’re starting with the best books I’ve read so far this year.

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Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.
Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Will is funny and flirtatious and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And if Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.
There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker Reid. He’s an awkward Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?

This post is a very mixed collection of books, but let’s start with contemporary. I read this one recently and couldn’t help but find myself addicted to it.

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The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.
But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway – a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love – a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.
True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead. 

The Night Circus is possibly one of the most setting heavy books I’ve ever read and it’s definitely near the top of my favourite books ever.

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Whisked away from his comfortable, unambitious life in his hobbit-hole in Bag End by Gandalf the wizard and a company of dwarves, Bilbo Baggins finds himself caught up in a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon..

This year has meant reading books that have been on my TBR for years – including this one! I really enjoyed The Hobbit and I can’t wait to get round to Lord of the Rings soon.

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Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.

This year is also about finally completing series, and this is one of them I’m very happy to have read.

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Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal they are swiftly confiscated by his grisley aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry’s eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
An incredible adventure is about to begin!

Talking of series I have finally managed to read this year, Harry Potter has to be right at the top of the best books I’ve read this year. I adore this series!

What are your favourite books you’ve read so far in 2018?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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T5W: Books I Want to Read in 2018

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Lainey. You get a new topic every Wednesday, and you list your Top 5 books related to that topic. If you’d like to take part, join the Goodreads group, and add your name to the list of bloggers & booktubers!

It’s about halfway through the year and I’m thinking a lot about the progress I’ve made so far and what else I’d like to read before the end of the year. I’ll be writing a more detailed post on Friday about this, but today let’s introduce the subject by talking about 5 books I’d like to read before the end of 2018!

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Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after…

I need to continue and finish with so many series, including this one! But I fear it’s been so long since I read the first one, I might have to reread it completely.

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Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat.
Jule is a fighter, a social chameleon, and an athlete. 
An intense friendship. A disappearance. A murder, or maybe two. 
A bad romance, or maybe three.
Blunt objects, disguises, blood, and chocolate. The American dream, superheroes, spies, and villains. 
A girl who refuses to give people what they want from her.
A girl who refuses to be the person she once was.

There are many books that have been sat on my shelves for a while now, including this one! I really need to get more on top of my physical TBR sometime soon.

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“What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?”
Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed.

This is another one that has been sat on my shelf since practically it’s release – but this one is even more crucial as I can’t stop seeing how amazing it is! It has one of the highest Goodreads ratings and won the Goodreads Choice Award last year, so it’s about time I join in.

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A boy drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments. He dies. Then he wakes, naked and bruised and thirsty, but alive. How can this be? And what is this strange deserted place?
As he struggles to understand what is happening, the boy dares to hope. Might this not be the end? Might there be more to this life, or perhaps this afterlife?

Talking of books on my shelf, I would really like to read this as it would complete my reading of Patrick Ness’ books!

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Eight years ago Anne Elliot bowed to pressure from her family and made the decision not to marry the man she loved, Captain Wentworth. Now circumstances have conspired to bring him back into her social circle and Anne finds her old feelings for him reignited. However, when they meet again Wentworth behaves as if they are strangers and seems more interested in her friend Louisa. In this, her final novel, Jane Austen tells the story of a love that endures the tests of time and society with humour, insight and tenderness.

One of my goals at the start of the year was to read more classics, and I really would like to actually read a few and at least start my Jane Austen set.

Which books would you like to read before the end of the year?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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T5W: Summer Reads

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Lainey. You get a new topic every Wednesday, and you list your Top 5 books related to that topic. If you’d like to take part, join the Goodreads group, and add your name to the list of bloggers & booktubers!

Welcome to another T5W! I was so busy last week I unfortunately missed the topic, which was summer reads. And seeing as I couldn’t find enough books for the actual topic (bookish dads for Father’s Day), I thought I’d use last weeks topic!

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It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list.
On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try. But what if they could bring her best friend back?
Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough.
Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not?
Kiss a stranger? Um…
Emily now has this unexpected summer, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected), to check things off Sloane’s list. Who knows what she’ll find?
Go skinny-dipping? Wait…what?
 

I had to include a Morgan Matson books because all of her books are just so perfect for summer!

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Axi Moore is a “good girl”. When Axi invites her best friend, Robinson–with whom she’s secretly in love–to come with her on a cross-country road trip, she’s finally breaking all the rules. But they soon find that, however far they run, they can’t escape the heartbreaking troubles that brought them together in the first place.
In this madcap adventure full of love and loss, Axi realizes that her romance with Robinson might not have the happy ending she was hoping for….

Who doesn’t love a good road trip? And this one is definitely perfect for fans of Morgan Matson and Amy and Roger’s Epic Road Trip.

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Classic movie fan Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online as Alex. Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush.
Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new archnemesis. But life is a whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever it is she’s starting to feel for Porter.
And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex…Approximately.
 

Alex, Approximately is such a great read for the summer! It’s literally set in summer in California. What could be more perfect?

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Sophia has seven days left in Tokyo before she moves back to the States. Seven days to say good-bye to the electric city, her wild best friend, and the boy she’s harbored a semi-secret crush on for years. Seven perfect days…until Jamie Foster-Collins moves back to Japan and ruins everything.
Jamie and Sophia have a history of heartbreak, and the last thing Sophia wants is for him to steal her leaving thunder with his stupid arriving thunder. Yet as the week counts down, the relationships she thought were stable begin to explode around her. And Jamie is the one who helps her pick up the pieces. Sophia is forced to admit she may have misjudged Jamie, but can their seven short days of Tokyo adventures end in anything but good-bye?
 

And talking of different settings, how about Tokyo? I love that this book is set in Japan!

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Jandy Nelson meets Friday Night Lights: a sweeping story about love and family from an exceptional new voice in YA. With a grandmother from China and another from Ghana, fifteen-year-old Wing Jones is often caught between worlds. But when tragedy strikes, Wing discovers a talent for running she never knew she had. Wing’s speed could bring her family everything it needs. It could also stop Wing getting the one thing she wants.

Ahhh, this book! I read this book last summer and it is definitely one of the most underhyped books I’ve read in the past year.

Which summer reads do you recommend?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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