At the beginning of 2019, I promised myself I would read more. As a kid, I used to love reading. I’m not sure what happened as I reached my late teens but I just stopped, perhaps I was preoccupied with other things. Anyway, I’ve kept my promise and am onto my fourth book of the year. This may not sound like many to some, but for someone who hasn’t read a full fiction book in well…years, it’s an achievement haha. So I thought it’d be nice to share whats on my summer reading list!
the keeper of lost things by ruth hogan
I was browsing the book section in my local charity shop when this book caught my eye. I know, they say don’t judge a book by its cover but I feel like we all do it haha. So, this book is about a man named Anthony Peardew who has spent half his life collecting lost objects. When he realises time is running out, he leaves his house and all its lost treasures to his assistant Laura, the one person he trusts to fulfil his legacy and reunite the thousands of objects with their rightful owners.
the versions of us by laura barnett
This was another charity shop pick. As soon as I read the blurb of this, I knew I had to read it. This is about two people, Eva and Jim who are 19 and students in Cambridge when their paths first cross in 1958. Jim is walking along a lane when a woman approaching him on a bicycle swerves to avoid a dog. What happens next will determine the rest of their lives. The book follows 3 different versions of their future, together and apart, as their love story takes on different incarnations and twists and turns to the conclusion in the present day.
everything, everything by nicola yoon
Yup, you guessed it, I bought this in the charity shop as well haha. A bit different from the last two, mostly because this is a young adult fiction. I’ve wanted to read it for quite some time now, soo here it is on the list. This is actually been turned into a movie now as well, which I haven’t seen but if I like the book I may watch it. So, it’s about a girl called Maddy who is allergic to the world; stepping outside the sterile sanctuary of her home could kill her. But then Olly moves next door. And just like that that, Maddy realises there’s more to life than just being alive. You only get one chance at first love. And Maddy is ready to risk everything, everything to see where it leads.
goodbye, perfect by sara barnard
Another young adult fiction, that I haven’t actually purchased yet but plan on doing so. This book is about a young girl called Eden McKinley who knows she can’t count on much in this world, but she can depend on Bonnie, her solid, steady, straight-A best friend. So it’s a bit of a surprise when Bonnie runs away with a guy Eden knows nothing about five days before the start of their GCSEs. Sworn to secrecy and bound by loyalty, only Eden knows Bonnie’s location, and that’s the way it has to stay.
why social media is ruining your life by katherine ormerod
The only non-fiction book on the list, but I purchased this in the Oliver Bonas sale a few months ago now. I’d seen a few people talk about it and I was intregued, I think it’ll be a super insightful read. Why Social Media is Ruining Your Life tackles head on the pressure cooker of comparison and unreachable levels of perfection that social media has created in our modern world. I think anyone who actively uses social media can understand, there is a lot of image manipulation. I look forward to reading this!
Whats on your summer reading list?