Books & Coffee #10 – Summer Reads

Soooo. I’ve started this blog post about 3 times but never finished it, and now we’re in the last month of summer and I’m finally getting it up😅.

Better late than never, right?!
I first wanted to do this at the beginning of summer, sharing 4 books I wanted to read or start reading and for books I’ve read that I thought would make good summer reads. I had taken the photo’s, but as I was editing them I decided I wanted to share some other books both in the “I’m gonna read these myself” pile and the recommendations pile. So I took new photo’s and changed the little bit of text I already had. And then I just didn’t finish it. And now we’re in August and summer’s almost over and I’m finally getting it up, waaay late. But maybe, for those last summer days, you are still looking for a fun book and this will still help. Or if you are already thinking about next summer’s reads. Or maybe you want some summery vibes in the fall. I don’t know, but here are 4 books I think are the perfect summer books.

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Okay, so these are all Young Adult. I don’t know what it is, but I feel like in summer I long for those easy, sweet, romantic YA stories. Or funny, some of these are definitely funny YA.

Jenny Han – The Summer I Turned Pretty

“Every year Isabel spends a perfect summer at a family friends house. There’s the swimming pool at night, the private stretch of beach – and the two boys.
Conrad – unavailable, aloof – ho she’s been in love with forever.
Jeremiah – friendly, relaxed – the only one who’s ever really paid her any attention.
But this year something’s different. They seem to have noticed her for the first time. It’s going to be an amazing summer… and one she’ll never forget.”

So this book is the first in a trilogy. It centers around a girl – fifteen I believe – who spends every summer at a beach house with her family and her mom’s best friends. And her two sons. There’s summer nights, summer romance, and summer drama. Easy and quick to read. Basically the typical summer Young Adult romance, but there’s a reason it’s written so much – it just works. I loved this series when I read it a few years ago, perfect for a day at the beach.

Morgan Matson – Second Chance Summer

“Taylor Edwards has made leaving things behind into an art form. Then her dad gets some terrible news and the whole family decides to spend the summer at their old lake house, where Taylor is forced to confront her past. She hasn’t been to the lake for years and isn’t keen to go back, but then she starts to reconnect with the people she thought she’d left behind – including Henry, her first crush, who’s even cuter at seventeen than he was at twelve…
With fireworks, fireflies and midnight swims, the summer feels full of possibility and, for the first time, Taylor wants to hold on to the moment. But is one summer really enough to have a second chance – with family, friends and love?”

I would recommend every Morgan Matson book as a good summer book, but since this is the first book of her I read, I figured this would be a good one to recommend. Again, a girl spends a summer with her family in a house by the water. She has a history with the people there that she’s been trying to run from, but because her dad gets sick they decide to spent the summer their. Again, the typical YA summer drama and summer romance, but I liked the underlying factor of dealing with family and loss and it was actually a bit of a touching book as well as far as I remember. What I like about the other Morgan Matson books, but I believe this one doesn’t have that, is that they feature playlists of what the main characters are listening to. It’s a cute extra touch, and pulls you in the story a bit more.

Gayle Forman – Just One Day

“She went looking for him and along the way she found herself.
When sheltered American good girl Allison first encounters laid-back Dutch actor Willem at an underground performance of 
Twelfth Night, there’s an undeniable spark. So when faith brings them together a second time, Allison takes an uncharacteristic leap, changes course, and follows Willem to Paris. After just one day together, the spark bursts into a flame… until Allison wakes up after a whirlwind day shocked to discover Willem is gone. A life upended in one day turns into a year of self-discovery as Allison embarks on a journey of breaking free from a life of limits in order to find her true passions, and maybe even true love.”

This is actually a bit more serious than the rest of the books, and spans over a whole year instead of just one summer, but it is a beautiful, romantic story about self-discovery mostly, and looking for what you really want in life. Finding who you are. I just said the same thing three different ways. But it is true, and I love this book for that. I also like the fact that the main guy is Dutch, and I’m pretty sure he mentions hagelslag somewhere in there. That just made me happy.

Libba Bray – Beauty Queens

“Survival. Of the fittest.
The fifty contestants in the Miss Teen Pageant thought this was going to be a fun trip to the beach, where they could parade in their state-appropriate costumes and compete in front of the camera’s. But sadly, their airplane had another idea, crashing on a desert island and leaving the survivors stranded with little food, little water and practically no eyeliner. What’s a beauty queen to do? Continue to practice for the talent portion of the program – or wrestle snakes to the ground? Get a perfect tan – or learn to run wild? And what should happen when the sexy pirates show up?
Welcome to the heart of non-exfoliated darkness.”

It’s been a while since I read this one, but what I mostly remember is that it is HILARIOUS. A bunch of beauty queens are on their way to a pageant, but their plane crashes on a desert island and they have to try and survive there. But like, they’re beauty queens, used to a life of glamour and luxury. And as is the case in any good desert island story, they uncover some bigger mystery. I can’t actually remember the sexy pirates mentioned on the back, so maybe this is a good summer recommendation to myself as well… 😉

All perfect summer books right? And all pretty good travel/take with you to the beach size. Writing this, I actually really want to re-read all of these, so I might do that when the unread books on my shelves just don’t speak to me.

Speaking of unread books, I obviously didn’t end up adding the “books I want to read this summer” pile to this post. The reason for that is that I’ve already finished one of the books, and I keep changing my mind about the others that I want to read. I keep buying new books or wanting to buy new books, and I’m just really bad at planning ahead with my reading. I read what I’m in the mood for at that time, and although I may want to finish a certain series or start a certain book that’s been standing untouched on my shelf  for months, if I’m not in the mood for the genre of story, I just can’t get myself to pick it up at the time. But no worries, there’s a blog post coming up showing you everything I did end up reading this summer!

Thank for stopping by ❤

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