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When I was told that I could take part in Summer Lovin’ month, there was no doubt about what my guest post would be about. Any reader will be able to relate to me when I point out that there are books that you read in the cold winter and feel like you should be sat in the garden in summer reading, or books that just come across as the perfect beach reads. So in this post I shall just ramble about the books that I’ve read and will recommend for a summer read!
During the summer when I was thirteen, I went through a period where I was at my local library every day and there was one book there that I would read at least once a week. That book was Shug by Jenny Han. A few months ago I took Shug out of the library again and despite the fact that it was actually the middle of winter here, I was taken back to that summer, sat on the grass outside the library with an ice-cream and some ice cold Sprite.
I’m yet to read Jenny Han’s Summer series, but I am dying to read it, I remember how Han’s writing made me feel, how I could relate to twelve year old Shug when I was thirteen and I can’t wait to read the Summer series, aimed for older readers, now that I am eighteen.
But what other books would I recommend this summer?
Skuse is the kind of writer who can make a totally unbelievable story seem real. Rockaholic is a fun story which, when you reflect on it, actually has some pretty serious undertones. Don’t let that put you off though, the story, about a teenager who inadvertently kidnaps her favourite rock star, is cute, exciting and extremely funny.
Jessie Hearts NYC by Keris Stainton
This absolutely adorable story of fate is one of my most charming reads of 2011. The story is short and simple, the writing is gorgeous and this book is filled with moments that make you laugh, cry and gasp (sometimes all at once). This is the perfect read for sitting in the garden on a hot Summer day.
Anything by Sarah Dessen (Though my personal favourite is This Lullaby)
There is something about Dessen’s writing that any teenage girl can relate to, but that also attracts older readers. Dessen has a way of telling bittersweet stories of heartbreak without making them too sad. I love all of her books, but This Lullaby is a favourite read of mine (and one that I must reread every summer!)
But it’s not just the contemporary reads! While most paranormal/fantasy books are quite dark and serious, not usual beach reading material, some of them are just right for a hot summer day!
Forgive my Fins by Tera Lynn Childs and Tempest Rising by Tracy Deebs
Who doesn’t love mermaids? Forgive my Fins is a cute romantic read and Tempest Rising is a little more serious, but still fitting for a beach read. For some reason, mermaids seem like the absolute perfect read for the beach. I don’t know about everyone else, but they make me want to grow gills and fins and find an underwater world myself!