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IMG_5441I actually really, really dislike Summer. With a passion. Because a) the weather can get too hot and b) I hate hot weather because c) I can’t curl up in bed in lots of jumpers to read and d) I’m expected to go out and socialise because it’s the holidays and it’s sunny. What is this socialising thing you speak of. Ahem.

Buuuut, there is one pretty cool thing about Summer – over a month’s break from school! Before all the pressure hits in September as year eleven starts for me, I’m planning on spending the next weeks reading and blogging. That’s it. Plus sleeping. (Also volunteering at the library – I’ll have a shiny desk to read at, then).

Back to the point of this post. Last year, I did a summer TBR – picking particular books to read for the holidays – but it completely failed and I still haven’t read everything I listed on that post. Maybe I’ll do better this year?


bc it’s summer i actually went outside to take photos be proud of me

Here’s a little look at the books and why I picked them! Click on the titles to visit Goodreads.

IMG_5435The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson: I read I’ll Give You the Sun a few months ago and it was a masterpiece. I’d really like to give her first novel a go. I’m sure I’ll love it as well.

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith: I bought this from the lovely A Bundle of Books at a convention recently! This is very different to Smith’s other book, Winger – a lot wackier. I’m curious!

My Heart & Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga: I bought this quite a while ago because both the US & UK covers are stunning and the synopsis grabbed me. It seems like a really interesting read but I think I’ll need tissues.

IMG_5437All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr: I bought this from my local indie bookshop, Kirkdale Bookshop, on the IBW2015 Bookshop Crawl. I’m in love with the cover and it’s been all over the internet!


IMG_5438Before I Go To Sleep by SJ Watson: I was nagging my dad about borrowing this ever since he got a proof copy of this before it was released years ago – now I have a copy of my own I should probably get into it!

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell: I love Rainbow Rowell’s books Fangirl and Eleanor and Park to bits. I’ve wanted to start this one for ages but as it’s a signed copy I haven’t wanted to take it out of the house! Summer is a good excuse.

So, hopefully I’ll stick to this to-read list! What books do you want to read this Summer? What did you think of any of the books in this post?



The Summer TBR pile


I have so, so many books to read – I think I may have exactly 200 books on my TBR pile now. Gulp. That’s a lot. I have a book buying problem. My TBR pile isn’t organised at all, it’s totally chaotic. But, a few days ago, I decided I’d pick a certain number of books out, that I would definitely read, over the summer!

After all, as of Twelve O’Clock on Wednesday (I’m counting down ;D), it’s officially my Summer Holidays. My holidays are going to be pretty busy, because as well as some book events lined up and booked already, I’m also going to be volunteering at my local library for quite a few afternoons, helping kids with the Summer Reading Challenge (Which I’m really excited about!).

Anyway – I wanted to organise what to read over the holidays, and make a post about it – like a check-list, maybe, so it’s my own Summer reading challenge! I’ve narrowed down my overall TBR pile (it was HARD) to fifteen books. That may be a little bit over-ambitious, and I will probably add books, or swap some books, because I won’t always be in the right mindset for certain genres, I don’t think.

So… here’s what I’ll be aiming to read this summer!


The Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo // I have read the first book in the trilogy, but that was a pretty long time ago, and I really want to reread it and marathon the trilogy – I’m really bad at remembering events from previous books in series, especially when it’s fantasy. Leigh Bardugo is coming to the UK  over the Summer, and so to coincide with her visit I’m hoping to read all three of her books before the event that I’m planning to go to.

DSCF7303LIFE: An Exploded Diagram by Mal Peet // I received this at YALC and I’ve wanted to read it for ages!

If I Stay by Gayle Forman // I loved Just One Day when I read it a few weeks ago, and I really want to read this before I see the movie. I will start stocking up on tissues. The movie trailer made me cry.

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins [ARC] // I received a copy of this from Usborne (thankyou!), and I have heard so much about Stephanie’s books. Everybody loves them. Lola looks like a perfect Summer read (:

Naomi & Ely’s No Kiss List by David Levithan // Thank you to the people who organised the blogger’s YALC event, for putting this in my goody bag (: I’m really excited about reading more by David Levithan. I’ve just finished Every Day (which reduced me to a sobbing mess) and I’ll be seeing David in conversation with James Dawson very soon, eep!


The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson // Ruby’s review. That is all. 😀

Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStephano // The cover for this book is gorgeous! I read the synopsis on Goodreads a little while before the book came out, but never got the chance to buy it. I managed to get a copy at YALC.

SHIFT by Jeff Povey // I won this a few months ago, in a Twitter giveaway run by Wondrous Reads (thank you Jenny!), and it looks really awesome. For some reason, I still haven’t gotten around to it… I’d really love to in August, though!

Glimpse by Kendra Leighton // I bought a copy of this at Kendra’s launch a few weeks ago, but I’ve been scared to read it because I’m paranoid about taking signed books into school in case they get damaged… Now, as I’m almost finished with school, I can read it, hehe (:

Darkness Hidden by Zoe Marriott [ARC] // I recently finished The Night Itself and really loved it! I can’t wait for book two, and I’m hoping to do a joint-review for them. Thanks to Walker for the copies.

DSCF7311Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury // I received this really pretty Folio Society edition as a Christmas present. I’ve read a few stories from Ray Bradbury and really enjoyed them, though somehow I haven’t yet read this one, which is probably his most well known.

The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains by Neil Gaiman & Eddie Campbell // I haven’t read a graphic novel in a while! (probably because I’m still recovering from Young Avengers feels). This book looks really stunning and interesting in terms of the art, which I saw when I flicked through it. And of course I love Neil Gaiman. I can’t wait to read this!

I hope I manage to get around to all of these books over my holidays – though I don’t want to try and race through them, of course! 😛

What will you be reading, over the next few weeks? (: