My Summer Reading List 2019

Thursday, 1 August 2019

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First off there's this bloody annoying bird outside my window who is screaming the same three notes over and over and I think my head is going to explode. But ANYWAY summer is almost upon us and that means it's time to crack out some mildly-trashy summer contemporaries and get seriously invested in some fictional relationships. Due to exams I've seriouslyyy neglected reading over the past few months and can't wait to lie in the sunshine and catch up on my TBR (to be read) list. I want to mix it up a bit too this summer and throw in some non-fiction and poetry along with some classic beach reads.
Update : so between writing this post and publishing it I actually read some of the books on the list so have included mini-review-kinda-things with them!
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The List by Siobhan Vivian
10866233This little corker has been sitting on my shelf for TOO LONG and every time it's midly sunny I consider cracking it out. The ultimate high-school nightmare, in the novel a list is released name the two 'prettiest' and two 'ugliest' girls in each year group (or grade if you like.) The story follows the girls who are named on the list and ohhhh it sounds so dramatic and lovely, but also massively thought-provoking and I can't wait to FINALLY read it.
Update: I read this in two sitting and despite not loving the cliche characters or writing style the book really came together for me at the end. I'm a complete sucker for a good ending and the last few lines of this book SHOOK ME and I loved it, literally bumping up it's rating an extra star. Trust me - this really is the perfect YA beachy read.


Vogue on Givency by Drusilla Beyfus
I've read through this once already cover to cover and hope to pick up plenty more in the series in the future, it's such a stunning, well-curated book that inspires more than anything. I think this summer is the perfect time to settle down and re-read it again and hopefully pick up a few more in the series.

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It Only Happens In The Movies by Holly Bourne
Another romantic contemporary with all the cliches, the novel surrounds the relationship between film-fanatic Audrey and film-maker Harry. I don't know too much about the story but it's quite chunky at around 400 pages so I'm expecting a lot of drama to go down. Another perfect pick for a holiday.

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Stuff I've Been Feeling Lately by Alicia Cook
I bought this for a friend for her birthday months ago and have wanted to read it for even longer. This book of beautiful poetry is inspired by one of my favourite things: music. Supposedly beautiful and inspiring I would really love to pick up this before the end of summer and have a nosey.

12000020Aristotle And Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
I feel like I'm the last person to be reading this book? I planned to read it last summer but ended up not having time to before summer ended and I had to go back to school so this year I haaave to get round to reading it! I don't completely know the story but I have heard it's completely heart-wrenching and beautiful and so so special. I can't wait to get all the feeeeeels.
Update: This is honestly one of my favourite books of all time, I read it in two sittings and just, ugh, yes, I love it.

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Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
As soon as Lady Midnight (the first book in the Dark Artifices series) came out, I bought it and read it and LOVED it - like LOVEDDDDD it. Then as the second (Lord of Shadows) and third (Queen Of Air And Darkness) came out I bought them both and yet they've just been gathering dust on my shelf because I'm too scared to read these books (they're so long and emotional I don't think I have the strength). Anyway, I know it isn't a particularly summery read, but I still hope to pick up this one before summer is out.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Again, I'm pretty sure I'm one of the last people left who hasn't got around to reading this book. I know it's bad, but I've always kinda been put off by the fact it's almost 500 pages long, I've only ever read books that long by the one and only Cassandra Clare and didn't feel ready to commit to all those pages. But, I've heard countless good things about this book and my friend Becca has been asking my to read it for yearsss, so I'm finally getting round to it. You're welcome Becca.


I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai & Christina Lamb
Like most of the books on this list this has been on my bookshelf for a while and I've seriously been waiting to pick this up. I think just so my brain doesn't melt it's important to read some important non-fiction from one of the most well-known activists of our time. It's important to learn and grow and it's books like these that can really stimulate that.

22910900The Rest Of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
As always Patrick Ness never fails to amaze readers and I actually haven't read too many of his books (I know I'm a failure) but I have had this one on my shelf for a while and have always been really intrigued to read such a character-driven story. Mickey, the main character, is the centre of the whole book and the action is driven by his day-to-day completely mundane life. The story looks at his family, his crushes and his friends and I'm interested to see how such a character-driven (and seemingly simple story) has come together to become so loved by readers.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Seriously I'm so bad at following bookish trends and for some reason have never gotten around to reading this little well-known gem everyone raves about. A short buy punchy romance I've heard such amazing things about this adorable story and hope I love it just as much as everyone else seems to!
Update: I was literally so heavily invested in this relationship it was unhealthy.

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The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
This book has been on my summer reading list for years and I seriously need to pick it up and read it this summer before my head explodes. Scandals and dog-walking and romance - it literally sounds like my perfect book and seems to refreshing and lovely for summer.

And that's my summer reading list for 2019. I can't wait to start reading all of these little gems and get unnecessarily invested in fictional characters in the sunshine. What are you planning to read this summer? What's your favourite thing to do when the weathers nice? x
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Lots of love,


  1. Oh my! So many good books but the only ones I read from your reading list are Rainbow Rowell's books. Amazing reading list btw.

  2. very nice post, I like it :) do you want to follow each other on GFC?

  3. Wow, you've been so busy with your reading. How impressive.
    I've only read two books this summer...I bet get going!

  4. The List is something that I really want to start reading! It looks like it would be perfect for curling up beside a tree and reading in the sun.

    Have a great weekend :)
    Amy x Wandering Everywhere

  5. So many books!
    I got interested in several of your post, they look very interesting!
    I wanted to enjoy reading more, but I don't have that habit :(

  6. I've heard great things about ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE. It's on my TBR!

  7. i've been meaning to read It only Happens in the Movies and i think this has finally pursuaded me to give it a go! Love this list :)

    Lily Loves |

  8. From your list I read only I am Malala and that book is amazing. Thank you for sharing all of them, I find few that seems very interesting.

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  9. Yessss I love all of these books !! You especially need to pick up "I Am Malala" at some point, it's truly incredible!! xx

    Gorgeous post!
    (thanks for giving me 'stuff I've been feeling lately', It's really incredible -- you can borrow it anytime xx)

    Thea ||

  10. I would LOVE to read I am Malala too. I have a few of the books in the Vogue On series and I always find them interesting. I think they do them quite well in terms of fashion/ brand history and explaining how those designs sat culturally at the time. Hope you manage to complete your list x


  11. Nice books, I love reading ­čĺ×

  12. Great book reviews, thanks for sharing. From your list, I really want to read I am Malala, I can't believe I haven't read it yet, I've been planning it since forever. She's such an inspiring person!

  13. Summer is really the perfect time to catch up on your reading! Thanks for sharing your reading list! The only one I've read is I Am Malala and it is so good. She is so brave and inspirational. I hope that bird will give you some peace.

  14. This is a great summer reading list! I Am Malala was such a good book!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

  15. I totally agree summer is the perfect time to get invested in some seriously swoon worthy fictional relationships, especially some cheesy one we cant help but love?? And ugh I hate it when exams get in the way of reading!! Thats why I always get so much more reading done in the summer! Vogue On looks really good! Is it a fashion book? I may need to pick it up before the end of summer after adding it to my TBR! Lovely list :)

    1. It really is!!! And yesss Vogue On are fashion books, seriously picks them up soon!! x

  16. Perfect post, as I'm going on vacation and need new books to read!


  17. I picked 3 books to read this summer but I don't have much time, I only started reading the first one but left it there, need some time off to relax and start reading again!! x


  18. I have a stack of books I want to get through, but still havent touched! Time to pick up reading again!

  19. so many fun books! I need to try some of these! I love to read :)

  20. Great set of books. Enjoy your summer read!

  21. Ooh, I haven't read The List, but I've heard of Siobhan Vivian and her books, and I actually own one of them! (Fire with Fire, I think?) Also, Fangirl is really long, but it's actually surprisingly engaging and it doesn't feel like a 500 page book. <3

  22. These look like really good reads! I'm interested in seeing what you think. I've heard good things about I am Malala but haven't gotten around to that one yet since my reading list is really long as is.


  23. What a great list, I'll have to check out these books, thanks for sharing!

    Have a lovely and happy weekend!
    XO, Melissa

  24. I actually read The List a while back and genuinely enjoyed. Definitely a perfect summer YA book!

    Eena ☼ cabin twenty-four

  25. So many great books! I'd like to read the Malala one, she's so inspiring, but I know how sadly her story starts and I'm not sue I'm up for that! i tend to pick light reads when I do get a rare moment to read, haha!

  26. So many amazing books on this list - I just picked up "I Am Malala" last week on sale at B&N! I'm adding Vogue on Givenchy to my list!! :)

  27. Oh my, I love Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe!!! I tried to read it before but too lazy to continue after 3-5 pages, then gave it a try again and dang, it was so beautiful. One of my faves now, too! x