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4 books you should read this summer


There are so many great books out there which sometimes makes it hard to choose from. If you are like me- a so-called “grown-up” who likes Young Adult novels, then I got some awesome recommendations for you.

My TOP 4 books to enjoy this summer:


4) A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas


Okay, if you haven’t read any of Sarah J. Maas’ books then shame on you! Just kidding, but seriously I love her fantasy sagas. “A Court of Wings and Ruin” is the latest instalment in her “A Court of Thorns and Roses” series and it is as magical (maybe even more) as her former releases. I don’t want to spoil anything so if you haven’t read the other books, then you should better skip this short synopsis. Here it goes- The story starts at Spring Court to which Feyre has returned to gather information. She is playing a dangerous game, trying to maintain her cover of being the victim but she can only keep up the masquerade for so long. As war is inevitable, Feyre has to decide who to trust and finds allies in the unlikeliest places.

The story continues where the last book ended and it’s super interesting to see how Feyre adapts to being at Spring Court with her former lover Tamlin. But my favorite bits are when Rhys and Feyre interact. There is such a great dynamic between those two and you can just feel the love.

I also celebrate the fact that Feyre is her own heroine and not a damsel in distress kind of character.  It is a great series and it has everything (action, romance, friendship goals and complicated but relate-able family issues) and I honestly don’t want to spoil it so please just get “A Court of Thorns and Roses” already!


3) The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry


“The Love That Split The World” is a bit of an oldie since it was released last year but it’s still on my list because it is such a great read. It has everything a YA fan needs and more (it has paranormal and sci-fi elements). I would still call it a romance but I use this word very loosely as it is not your typical girl-meets-boy story.  It’s about Natalie Cleary, a teenage girl whose life turns upside down after a mysterious encounter with an other-worldly being she calls grandmother who tells her that she has three months to save a stranger. It’s wonderfully written and has a unique story. That ending though… It kept me up for quite some time after I finished it. But in a good way. I love when a story is so good that you can’t stop thinking about it. I don’t want to sound bossy BUT – you should totally read this book!

It kept me up for quite some time after I finished it. But in a good way. I love when a story is so good that you can’t stop thinking about it. I don’t want to sound bossy BUT – you should totally read this book!



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2) Unconventional by Maggie Harcourt


I can only recommend this book as it is such a cute love story but at the same time focuses on becoming who you are meant to be. Lexi Angelo has been growing up helping her dad organizing conventions around the UK. She loves her convention family and being in charge of things. Even though she struggles to stay atop of college assignments and chasing runaway dogs around hotel lobbies, she wouldn’t want to change a thing about her “(un)conventional” life. Until she meets arrogant and messy-haired Aidan Green that is.

Great characters, cute plot and set in a world that us geeks can relate to. I mean who hasn’t dreamed of falling in love at a convention? It’s a really adorable story and left me with a smile plastered on my face after I finished it.


1) A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard


A Quiet Kind of Thunder is my number 1 must-read this summer as it is another unconventional love-story (see what I did there?). I loved how the author introduces the readers to the world of sign language and gives us a glimpse of what the deaf community is like. The main character, Steffi, suffers from anxiety and has been a selective mute for most of her life. Due to her basic knowledge of sign language, her teacher assigns her to look after new transfer student Rhys, who is deaf. They quickly become friends because to Rhys it doesn’t matter whether Steffi can talk or not. They start communicating in their own way. It’s a sweet story about falling in love, facing fears and living with mental illness. It makes me want to go out there and do things I thought I couldn’t do. Such an emotional and beautifully written novel.


So what do you think? Which is your must-read this summer?

Let me know in the comment section below. I can’t wait for your recommendations.


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Santina is currently residing in the UK after having spent the last few years traveling the world. She loves to read (anything she can get her hands on) and writes short stories. When she's not traveling, she enjoys going to concerts and attending comic conventions.

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