Besides fashion and travel, reading is a big passion of mine. Rarely am I not in the middle of reading a book. I love summertime because I have more time to read, which means I can cross more books off my to-read list. This summer I read 26 books from June 1st until now. Of those 26 books, I’m going to share with you my top favorites that stood out to me the most and that I would highly recommend.
1. Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 4/5 stars
Synopsis: This book follows the story of Lina, who is spending her summer in Italy. She doesn’t want to be there, but it was her mom’s dying wish that she gets to know her father. While in Italy, Lina is given an old journal of her mother’s. Lina uncovers mysteries and secrets of her mother’s life with the help of a boy named Ren, who is one of the first people she meets in Italy.
Thoughts: This book was a quick, light read, which I absolutely love reading! I really enjoyed the story line and getting to know the characters. This story left me yearning to go back to Italy and wanting gelato and pasta! I loved that it took place outside of Florence since that was my favorite place in Italy I visited. If you enjoy YA books, I highly recommend this book!
2. When Life Happened by Jewel E. Ann
Genre: New Adult
Rating: 5/5 stars
Synopsis: I’m not going to give much of a summary for this book because I don’t want to ruin it and give anything away. You simply need to read it. Trust me! This is the story of Parker Cruse. She’s 26 and has just moved out of her parent’s house to live on her own and start to grow up. First, she needs to find a job. Her journey has ups and downs, love, heartbreak, and secrets.
Thoughts: I absolutely loved this book! It wasn’t predictable like a lot of new adult books can be. Reading this story had me going through many different emotions such as happiness, sadness, and anger. I truly enjoyed going along on Parker’s journey of adulthood with its many ups and downs.
3. A Court of Thorns and Roses Series (Book 1 & 2) by Sarah J. Maas
Rating: 4/5 stars (book 1) 5/5 stars (book 2)
Synopsis: Feyre, who is 19, hunts to help her family survive. One day when she is hunting in the woods, she ends up killing a wolf. Little did she know that this would have such a big repercussion. Later that night a beast-like creature arrives at her family’s cottage demanding that she pays retribution for it. Feyre is dragged away from her home to a magical land that she has only heard about through legends. This series follows Feyre as she learns about the magical Fae world and how to navigate it while making sure she survives.
Thoughts: So far there are three books in this series. I’ve read the first two and plan on reading the third very soon! These books are pretty long, but I didn’t find this to be an issue at all. I easily got absorbed into the characters, storyline, and magical Fae world. This series has a bit of a beauty and the beast vibe to it at times as well. I thought the first book was really good, but I was told that the second is the best and that I needed to get to that book. I definitely agree with this. The first book was still really good, but once you read the second, there’s no debate about which one is better! I can’t wait to read the next book in the series!
4. All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda
Genre: Mystery Thriller
Rating: 4/5 stars
Synopsis: This is the story about the disappearances of two young women, a decade apart. This story is told in reverse order starting with day 15 and working backwards until day 1. Nicolette is back in her hometown ten years after she left and the disappearance of her best friend, Corinne, to help her father and sell the house. Then right after Nicolette returns, another young woman disappears.
Thoughts: This book has been on my to-read list for awhile! I really enjoy mystery thrillers like this book so I was really looking forward to reading it. It took a little getting used to the backwards order the story was told in. Once I got used to that, I couldn’t put this book down until I finished it. Every chapter gave more clues and left me wanting to know more. I personally didn’t thing the ending conclusion was predictable at all and wasn’t expecting it!
Have you read any of these books? What did you think? If you have any book recommendations for me, please let me know those as well in the comments below!