Summer Reading Wrap-Up & Favorites

Summer 2018 was easily one of my best summers, with many thanks to all the books I read. As we transition from swimsuits to sweaters and iced coffee to PSL (even though I’m a hot chocolate and year-round iced coffee kind of girl), I wanted to take today to reflect on my summer reading and all the amazing books I read.

Short Summer Stats:

  • I read a total of 38: 12 in June, 15 in July & 11 in August
  • I read 17 ARCS and 21 published books
  • It’s SO hard to choose, but I think that July was my best reading month because I read some really awesome ARCs, binge-worthy books, and reread the first books in the To All the Boys I’ve Loved before trilogy (Always and Forever, Lara Jean reread  TBD).


I wrote reviews to most of the books below-if it’s not linked, the review will most likely be coming soon!

Save the Date by Morgan Matson- Any Morgan Matson book easily becomes a favorite for me, but her latest wedding-centric and family focused read earned a spot among my favorites within its first pages.

The Summer of Us by Cecilia Vinesse (ARC)- Forever being a fan of Maureen Johnson’s 13 Little Blue Envelopes, I love travel-inspired stories, especially in Europe, and The Summer of Us is no exception. It was really fun to see five best friends take on a two-week European adventures, and I love how it focused on both friendship and romance.

Wildcard by Marie Lu (ARC)- Wildcard was/still is one of my anticipated releases of 2018. I’m so happy with how much it lived up to my expectations. While I did not expect its direction, it was such a high-stakes and action packed read. And I’ll never forget my reunion with Hideo Tanaka.

The Accidental Bad Girl by Maxine Kaplan- The Accidental Bad Girl influenced me to want to pick up more thrillers! This book deserves so much more hype for having kickbutt female characters and a unique story.

Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch – Yes, even I’m still trying to figure out how I managed to not read this book about a girl’s summer in Italy AND WITH PLENTY OF GELATO AND OTHER AMAZING ITALIAN FOOD until this summer. I cannot wait to see what other travel books and sweet contemporaries Jenna Evans Welch has in store.

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor – Strange the Dreamer is one of my new favorite fantasy stories. I just can’t get over Laini Taylor’s beautiful writing style and this unique story. Strange the Dreamer is so unlike any other YA fantasy that I’ve ever read.

Burn for Burn trilogy by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian- Summer calls for at least one binge-worthy series. I read the Burn for Burn trilogy floating around my pool, completely invested in this throwback YA series about three girls set on revenge.

Check, Please! #Hockey by Ngozi Ukazu (ARC)- I love watching professional hockey, so I loved how Check, Please! combines my love for hockey and reading. It also inspired me to read the Check, Please! webcomic, where I am constantly checking for updates from Queen Ngozi Ukazu.

Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart (ARC)- Grace and Fury rose to one of my 2018 favorite books almost immediately after I started reading. I just love the emphasis on sisterhood and feminism in this The Handmaid’s Tale-like fantasy world.

The War Outside by Monica Hesse (ARC)- After loving Monica Hesse’s Girl in the Blue Coat, I knew I needed to pick up The War Outside. I loved The War Outside even more. It is such a unique YA historical fiction read, as it follows two girls forced to live in a US interment camp during World War II.

Mammoth by Jill Baguchinsky (ARC) – Mammoth is the fashion meets paleontology meets plus-sized protagonist story I didn’t know I needed. Another fun-filled and unique summer contemporary!

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett- Forever thankful to my fellow bloggers and bookish friends for convincing me to pick up Jenn Bennett’s books. I enjoyed Alex, Approximately so much and it makes me want to move to the West Coast to find my own surfing and movie-loving boyfriend.

Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between by Lauren Graham- I decided to pick up Talking as Fast I Can after rewatching Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. Lauren Graham’s autobiographical novel is easily my favorite “celebrity” book. I loved both the Gilmore Girls and non-Gilmore Girls content. Also much love for expanding my hope that we’ll get A Year in the Life sequel.

Unclaimed Baggage by Jen Doll (ARC)- Unclaimed Baggage could be a favorite just for its cover alone. Another really unique and creative YA read, I especially loved the emphasis on friendship.

Sadie by Courtney Summers (ARC)- Sadie deserves ALL the hype its getting and more because this new thriller from Courtney Summers is just that good. I loved its format, as it’s half told through a podcast script and from the perspective of our title character.

 Honorable Mentions

Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch

What If It’s Us by Adam Silvera and Beckly Albertalli (ARC)

Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor (ARC)

Dry by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman (ARC)

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab (ARC)



What were your favorite reads this summer? Any of the above? Share in the comments below!

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